The right car, truck or SUV is essential for the on-the-go, high earning real estate executive. This vehicle needs to balance function, features, and style into a versatile statement: that I am a capable, confident and trusted real estate professional that can close.
Our list includes luxury sedans, sporty SUVs and roomy Crossovers. These vehicle selections were informed by hundreds of conversations with in-market car shoppers, as well as personal test drives and interviews with real estate professionals across Southeast Michigan, where we are located.
#9. BMW X1
With thick, chunky styling paired with BMW’s dog-leg, traditional styling, this car is an eye-catcher from the outside, and a people pleaser on the inside – perfect for client meetings, closings and making bold, confident statements.
Now in its second generation, the BMW X1 features BMW’s new interior and exterior architecture; bold, sweeping folds in the sheet metal that give it a more aggressive stance, updated front end with BMW’s new large (and in charge), beautiful grille, chunky, off-road-looking lower side panels for off-roading (maybe just-in-case of a zombie apocalypse?), and a tapered, tailored end.
Inside the BMW is large enough for plugging in the laptop and working on the road, and intimate enough to still feel exciting. The X1 features the wide-screen interactive display and utilizes BMW’s funky little mouse for its telematics system. Beautifully appointed seats and the dashboard will round out an experience that will make your clients beg to be driven from showing to showing. Or by your friends driving any of the other vehicles on this list for that matter.
#8. Land Rover Range Rover Velar
The kid brother to the Range Rover, yet still bigger than the Evoque and Discovery, The Range Rover Velar is a beautiful new vehicle under this iconic brand introduced in the 2018 model year. The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar (a mouthful, we know), takes advances in sound deadening from its ultra-luxurious brother to new heights, with a more modern and tech look to its exterior design, and a gorgeous, almost alien-like spaceship interior. It shows well and makes a statement: you know what you are doing and can close a deal.
The 2019 Velar offers fantastic transmission and dynamics technology that keeps road and engine noise to a minimum. Dynamic Stability Control™, Speed Proportional Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and a fully independent coil sprung suspension system that combines double wishbones at the front with an advanced multi-link rear suspension design. Luxury materials abound inside that help keep noise to a minimum.
#7. Jeep Grand Cherokee
As Jeep’s flagship vehicle, the Grand Cherokee is as comfortable and smooth as it is versatile and capable for all-seasons driving, perfect for the real estate executive who has to navigate variable weather and road conditions. Able to seat four comfortably and five in a pinch, the Grand Cherokee packs plenty of rear cargo room, maintains a solid and upscale interior and is adorned with premium touches, such as smoked wood accents, soft-touch materials and an easy-to-use, responsive touch screen entertainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Grand Cherokee is one of the sportier driving vehicles on our list, powered by an adequate 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with an agile eight-speed automatic transmission. Touches such as titanium paddle shifters and a four-setting Selec-Trac 4-wheel drive management system ensure the driver remains engaged and in-control in changing winter weather conditions. Comfortable front and rear passenger seats ensure provide ample support for long drives. The climate package offers heated front row and rear seats, heated rear view mirrors and a heated steering wheel, amongst other features at a fair upcharge. If you are seeking a versatile vehicle that looks good inside and out and provides an engaging, confident driving experience no matter the condition, then look no farther than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
#6. Volkswagen Passat
Despite certain assertions otherwise, mid-sized sedans still serve a purpose. They handle well, are spacious, are reliable and are efficient. Yet, they often get a bad rap: they’re bland, predictable and not that much fun to drive. Fortunately, for those real estate executives looking for the convenience of a sedan without the bland baggage, there’s the Volkswagen Passat. Real estate executives on the go from showing to showing will appreciate the Passat’s generous interior space and spacious rear seats, providing ample room for working on the fly, chauffeuring clients and storing documents. Real estate executives will also enjoy the Passat’s comfortable, quiet ride and improved interior fit and finishes.
Powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Passat is smooth and peppy – perfect for highway driving long distances from listing to listing. The Passat also leads its class when it comes to safety, with forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert all standard for 2019. Combining value, styling and safety, the Passat is a top choice for real estate executives seeking a reliable, spacious vehicle that remains capable of making a statement and standing apart from the crowd.
#5. Ford Edge
The Edge excels in rear passenger space and comfort. Offering ample legroom and deep recline, the Edge provides real estate executives and their clients with an Economy Comfort+ equivalent of road travel; perfect for the real estate executive who values quality and value but who does not want to appear too flashy. Updated for 2019 with a revised facia, updated powertrains, more entertainment options and more advanced safety features, the Edge is an unexpected, yet practical choice for real estate executives specializing in rural properties looking for an affordable, truck-like CUV that sits high yet still drives smooth. A 250-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and delivers ample power.
Passenger-friendly features include generous cargo space, a quiet cabin thanks to enhanced noise dampening systems and a smooth ride. Driver friendly features include the comprehensive Sync 3 infotainment system which has been enhanced to be more intuitive and include more features. Standard safety equipment benefitting both driver and passenger includes forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.
#4. Lincoln MKC
Luxury meets value. The MKC blends luxury and high tech features to deliver a convenient office on wheels. Perfect for showing city listings, the MKC delivers strong power generated from a 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine paired with a peppy six speed transmission. Secure handling, premium noise dampening and ample rear seat room result in an enjoyable ride for passengers or clients. Rear cargo space provides ample room for boxes of listing brochures, open house signs and other documents required to make an ambitious real estate executive’s business a success.
#3. Buick Enclave
Buick has built a brand that is all about moving from point A to point B in comfort and style. And nowhere is this more evident than in the redesigned and re-engineered 2019 Buick Enclave. With more space and improved fuel economy, the 2019 Enclave is a city-cruising boss. Accommodating three rows of seating, the cabin is roomy and well-apportioned, perfect for transporting clients and listing materials from showing to showing. A 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with a responsive nine-speed automatic transmission generates a respectable 18 MPG combined fuel economy, which we find admirable given this vehicle’s weight and size. An intuitive infotainment system synchs effortlessly with Apple CarPlay and Android auto, providing driver and occupants with endless entertainment, navigation and exploration options.
#2. Alfa Romeo Giulia
With a driving experience as distinctive as its styling, the Alfa Romeo Guilia delivers tight handling, an engaging powertrain and an athletic ride. A quiet cabin and a contemporary cockpit design result in a satisfying driving position and experience. Attractive leather seats and rich aluminum accents throughout the cabin provide a premium feel. A spacious rear cargo space and fold flat rear seats can accommodate boxes of listing materials, closing documents and open house signs. Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder 280 horsepower engine paired with a peppy eight-speed automatic transmission, the Guilia is a true sports car, making it a perfect match for real estate executives who want to make a memorable statement. Tight suspension, responsive steering and firm braking ensure hour upon hour of engaging, energizing driving from showing to showing.
#1. Cadillac XT5
“First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado… …second prize is…”
This is the car for closers. The new XT5 brings a breath of fresh air to the car maker with beautiful, chiseled exterior and interior design, quality construction and use of new materials, and new tech. Yes, the Escalade is still the king of the road and an aspirational vehicle, but we love the looks of this new model. It exudes winning.
Moreover, the XT5 crossover is quiet; it utilizes cylinder deactivation that seamlessly switches between V-4 and V-6 modes, and a lighter steel structure that touts high-strength adhesives keep the squeaking at bay. Other luxury and tech options include Bose® 14-speaker Studio Surround Sound System, Cadillac’s user experience Information and Media Control System with Embedded Navigation, LED Headlamps, front park and cornering, and Tri-zone climate control.
So, get your XT5 and get them to “sign on the line which is dotted”. ABC. You’ll thank us for it.