Alright, so, today we’ll talk about 11 car brands with the biggest price range, meaning the largest spread in pricing between the most economical and the most expensive models. We, as human beings, are drawn to the nicest things in this world – the best women, the best houses, the best countries, and, of course, the best cars. And the automobile manufacturers all over the world know that better than us, and that’s why they’re constantly rolling out with all kinds of off-the-charts supercars at the annual Auto Shows – to show folks up close and personal what “the best” actually looks like in real life. They say hey, if the greatest car out there is “just a bit” too expensive for you, then why don’t you take a look at the cheaper models that still pack great looks, nice interiors and solid powertrains, you know? That’s exactly why there’s a line-up of drop-dead C7 Corvettes right next to the row of, say, Sparks, Cruzes or Sonics – so that you can always go with the second best. Pay attention to this the next time you’re at your local dealership: cars don’t just line up the way they want, it’s a whole procedure, quite an important one, too. And, to be fair, this technique is in no way Chevrolet-exclusive. Everybody does that.
Adjusting To The New Reality
Back in the day the industry wasn’t really as crowded with talent as it is today. However, they had to evolve and to adapt to the reality of the new world, and that means you gotta have at least one solid model in every segment and in every price category. Otherwise you might just find yourself in the far back of the pack. Therefore, the majority of automobile giants these days are offering cars that are up to ten or even 20 times cheaper than the most expensive model. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the 11 car brands with the biggest price range, starting with the companies that have the smallest ranges and building our way up to the most elaborate ones. And I bet you’ll be surprised to learn that, say, BMW and Toyota don’t have significant gaps, while Chevy, Nissan and Porsche do. Read on and you’ll find out more!
11 Car Brands With The Biggest Price Range – #1, Cadillac
Yes, that’s true, Cadillac did make the list, but honestly, I thought it would be higher up (I mean, down the list). The most affordable vehicle from the legendary American luxury cars brand is the ATS Sedan, which has a starting price of 33.1K with MSRP. On the other hand, the priciest Caddy you can get on the market is the CTS-V Sedan, and the price on the fully-loaded edition is 102.6K. Yep, you’ll have to pay up if you wanna own the most expensive Cadillac in the United States. Oh, and yes, the CTS-V is 3.1 times the price of the ATS, and that’s our lowest entry today. By the way, the 33K-worth ATS is a pretty capable, sleek and mighty car.
#2 – Jaguar
The old cat is number 2 today, and that’s all thanks to the brand-new, basic-level Jaguar XE, which has a starting price-tag of 34.9K. I gotta say that this car is one of the most expensive low-budget models in the list, so, watch out for it. Ok, so, what about the highest rank of the British brand? Please welcome the F-Type R, the most expensive vehicle available in Jaguar’s line-up, with a price-tag of 128K (that’s American dollars, not UK pounds). The XE is 3.7 times less expensive than the F-Type R, and, compared to the other majors down low, that’s a pretty tight price range, guys (or, should I say lads? mates?) Anyway, Jaguar lands at #2 in the list of 11 car brands with the biggest price range. Stay tuned, I’ve got more exciting stuff for you further up.
#3 – BMW
The German brand BMW is known for their luxury-level sedans and sports cars, but they offer some reasonably priced and affordable models as well. For example, the BMW 2-Series can be yours for 32.5K (that’s the entry-level trim, with no additional technological features and safety equipment). As for the most expensive car, we’ve got the i8 hybrid model, which actually costs more than the brand’s flagship sedan – the 7-Series. I guess the company wanted to be the first in the race for the new markets. The fully equipped edition will rob your wallet of 154K, and that’s 4.7 times the price of the 2-Series cars. I’m not sure how you’re gonna manage the 0.7 of a car, but that’s not the point. So, yeah, the Germans know how to work with a price spread.
11 Car Brands With The Biggest Price Range – #4, Toyota
However, the Japanese mogul, Toyota, is far ahead of BMW when it comes to customer relations. The brand’s most affordable baby, the Yaris, starts at just under 15K, which is quite an appealing offer. On the other hand, the mighty-mighty Land Cruiser is pretty steep: if you go for the most expensive Toyota SUV, you’ll have to cash in about 85K MSRP. The thing is, there actually aren’t any trim levels with this one – what you see is what you get. But it will still be 5.7 times more expensive than the tiny Yaris, which is one of the most affordable cars out there.
#5 – Audi
Audi, the second huge German brand, knows a thing or two about appealing to the public as well. The most low-budget option is the all-around solid A3 sedan that comes with a starting price of 30.9K. On the other side of the street is the R8, the company’s major player on the market of luxury sedans. If you want to be the lucky owner of one of the most beautiful, reliable, powerful and premium cars on the planet, then be ready to let go of 206K (that’s two hundred and 6 thousand American dollars). The R8 is 6.7 times pricier than the A3.
#6 – Ferrari
Alright, we’re finally down to the good stuff, folks. And remember, this is the list of 11 car brands with the biggest price range. So, yeah, it’s a bit surprising to find the Italian major in this spot, but it is what it is. I bet you don’t know about the least-expensive Ferrari car unless you’re a true fan – it’s the California T model, a classic GT vehicle with a starting price of 200K MSRP. On the other side of the road is a true supercar, the LaFerrari, with a staggering price-tag of 1.416 million dollars, and that’s a 7.1 times more expensive purchase.
#7 – Mercedes-Benz
This is the third major from Germany in the list. Now, even though the brand is known for high-quality and expensive cars, they do actually have quite a big spread. The most affordable option from the Benz is the CLA (32K for the entry-level trim). As for the most expensive Benz, you’ve got the fully loaded S65 AMG, the steepest edition of the S-class sedans with a tag of 255K (and that’s 8 times the price of the CLA).
11 Car Brands With The Biggest Price Range – #8, Chevrolet
The good-old Chevy Spark is actually the second most affordable car available in America, with a starting price of 12.6K. However, as you know, the General Motors subsidiary has some top-notch models as well. The Corvette C7-R will empty your bank account of 120K large, and that’s 9.5 times higher than 12.6K. Do the math, if you don’t believe me :).
#9 – Nissan
Oki-doki, we’re down to the top-3 of the list of 11 car brands with the biggest price range. Nissan has the upper hand, as they’ve got the least expensive model on the US market, the 11.9K-worth Versa. Yep, it’s quite cheap, and when you compare it to the legendary GT-R (the Nismo version), you get a huge gap: the price on the fully-loaded Nissan champ is 166.5K, which is 14 times the cost of the low-end Versa.
#10 – Aston Martin
Yep, I’m just as surprised as you are (well, maybe not as much). Aston Martin has a pretty big price gap, and the least-expensive V8 Vantage can be yours for “just” 126K. On the other end of the spectrum we’ve got the Aston Martin One-77, a limited supercar with a ridiculous price-tag of 2.4 million. The difference is pretty huge – 19.2 times, to be exact. I have to say, though, that the latest reports claim that the price on the One-77 has dropped a mil and is now worth 1.4 million, so, in case you’ve got that kind of money, I suggest you go for it!
#11 – Porsche
This is it, the winner of today’s competition. It’s ironic, actually, that the brand with the biggest price range only produces super-expensive sports cars. So, how did Porsche land at the number one spot? Well, they’ve got the Cayman S beauty at the left side with an MSRP of 53K. And on the right side there is the 918 with the Weissach Package, worth 1.056 million US dollars, or 20 times the price of the “cheap” Cayman S. Alright, guys and girls, this is it – of all the 11 car brands with the biggest price range Porsche is the leader, even though Aston is pretty close.
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