We vowed we wouldn’t go home until we’d shot the Jaguar with the Statue of Liberty in the background, though. It took several circuits of the Financial District and a few trips down 12th Avenue before we found an unobstructed view of Lady Liberty near Battery Park. However, the only access was up over the sidewalk, past the Korean Monument and through an archway.

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Road Trip: NYC in a 2013 Jaguar XJ 3.0 AWD. Click image to enlarge

No problem. We’re practically native New Yorkers, now – and with the chutzpah born of desperation, quickly get our shots and peel out of there.

Despite the luxurious cocooning ride of the Jaguar, there was no fear of falling asleep at the wheel. Thanks to the numerous Starbucks stops to maintain our caffeine fixes, and the sugar-induced hyper-manic conversation, it was a memorable drive home.

The Jaguar XJ can certainly stand the test of tolerance. I’m not sure about me, however; my middle finger was just about worn out.

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Manufacturer’s Website:
Jaguar Canada

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2013 Jaguar XJ AWD to New York City

Pricing: 2013 Jaguar XJ 3.0 AWD
Base Price:
$89,000
Options: Visibility Package ($850); Front Seat Comfort Package ($2,000); Wood and leather heated steering wheel ($500); 19″ Toba Alloy wheels ($525); Illumination package ($1700)
A/C Tax: $100|
Freight: $2,143
Price as tested: $96,293

Competitors:
Audi A8
BMW 7 Series
Land Rover Range Rover
Lexus LS 460
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Porsche Panamera

Crash test results
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

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