The 2011 Audi A4 remains a front- or all-wheel-drive sedan just like the TL, but Audi goes to great lengths to move its mass rearward and successfully crafts it into a sportier, more engaging drive.
The Cadillac CTS presents as strong a styling statement as the TL, yet does so in a more appealing way; its well-sorted, rear-wheel-drive chassis, great powertrains, and sumptuous interior complete the CTS's compelling package.
Looking somewhat outside the traditional box and starting in the low $30,000 range, yet with an interior that's sized within inches of a Mercedes S550, the rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis sedan is the clear value leader here, but soft handling means it won't win the driver's vote.
Another slightly off-the-radar pick might be the Nissan Maxima; Nissan calls the latest Maxima a four-door sports car, but it’s really more like the TL, with a V-6, front-wheel drive, and a nice ride and beautiful interior above all else.
VW’s CC sedan is also an attractive pick for style mavens; its base four-cylinder engine gets great mileage, too, but it’s not at all a sport sedan.
Sportier picks in this size range might also include the Lexus GS, and the newly redesigned Infiniti M37, which comes in an all-wheel-drive M37x variant.
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|2011 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lincoln MKZBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volkswagen CCBrowse Used Listings||2011 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volvo S80Browse Used Listings||2011 Hyundai GenesisBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas/Electric I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6|
|Mid-Size||Midsize Cars||Compact||Mid-Size||Midsize||Large car|
|4-Door Sedan 2WD||4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD||4-Door Sedan Manual Sport||4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD||4-Door Sedan 3.2L FWD w/Moonroof||4-Door Sedan V6|
|Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Continuously variable ratio||Manual||Manual||Automatic,||Automatic w/OD|
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