Cars can impact how we feel about ourselves, and when it's good, it can be thrilling. That's certainly true with the 2013 Jaguar XF. It made me — an overwhelmed minivan-driving mom of three, wife of one and servant to all — feel like a million bucks. As for my three little ones, even they were impressed by its elegant feel. The pronounced silver Jaguar ornaments on the steering wheel and hood are always popular with the small set.
The XF isn't perfect, but it's got a lot going for it and given the increased sense of self-worth it gave me, a price of $69,045 almost seems like a bargain.
Even the XF's drive seems luxurious. The 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that I tested accelerates effortlessly and gears shift smoothly. There is an Eco mode that turns the engine off when idling at stoplights or in heavy traffic.