2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid

What’s the opposite of “simplify and add lightness”?
A six-figure price tag used to be a clear sign of exclusivity in the automotive world, but rapidly ballooning sticker prices have eroded the inherent specialness of cars residing around the $100,000 mark. Heck, high-end pickup trucks can cost nearly that much now.

HIGHS
Dramatic styling inside and out, satisfying handling, better fuel economy than the V-8.
LOWS
Diminished performance versus the V-8, slurred soundtrack, burdensome mass.

2017 Audi Q7

Midway through its 40,000-mile stay, our Audi Q7 starts accumulating miles at a faster clip. WHAT WE LIKE: After spending the early part of its stay mostly puttering around southeast Michigan, our long-term Audi Q7 found itself regularly exploring farther afield both in and out of state during its second 10,000 miles. After…