SPLIT DECISION

Motor TrendAugust 2020

SPLIT DECISION
NOT EVERY AUTOMAKER CAN CREATE LUXURY ON A BUDGET
Mark Rechtin

Ties suck. But soccer teams play to a draw all the time, and sometimes one team considers it a victory that they even managed that result.

From our four-test “Is Luxury Worth It?” shootout, luxury and mainstream brands claimed two test wins apiece. No verdict was a convincing rout. And depending on your needs and desires from your daily transportation, an argument could be made that some results could have flip-flopped.

Can luxury brands move downmarket and conquest folks with Mercedes tastes but Mazda pocketbooks? Definitely. Can mainstream brands aspire to greatness and deliver the same? Absolutely.

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August 2020