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2012 Audi A4 vs. Its Competition

 
2012 Audi A4 4-door Avant Wagon Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Angular Front Exterior View
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The A4 sedan remains embroiled in a longstanding rivalry with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series.

The C-Class gets some extensive changes for 2012, including a new base turbocharged four-cylinder engine, in the C250, so it's now pretty much up to snuff with the A4's more fuel-efficient sensibilities.

The BMW 3-Series is still the most popular with the traditional crowd of driving enthusiasts, though the latest 3-Series has become heavier and quite a bit more expensive; its turbocharged inline-six offers brilliant power, however.

The Infiniti G37 is an interesting alternative, sporting BMW-like handling and matching it with Japanese design flair; but the G can feel a bit coarser with respect to road noise and powertrain refinement.

The Cadillac CTS is perhaps GM's best effort yet, with remarkable handling and top-notch entertainment and trims.

And the Acura TL is worth considering, too, for its somewhat roomier backseat, composed ride, and surprisingly good handling, especially in all-wheel-drive versions.

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The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans.
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The 2012 Acura TL is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan, with a host of advanced tech features, and in top SH-AWD trim morphs into a complete and compelling sport sedan.
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The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
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It has a styling leg up, and the 2012 Cadillac CTS backs up its looks with good dynamics, good build quality and a competitive set of body styles and options.
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Forget that the 2012 Infiniti G Sedans are somewhat practical four-door designs; they can provide all the sensory thrills and dynamic satisfaction of full-fledged sports cars.
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With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
MSRP From     
$32,500$35,705$34,900$35,915$36,900$34,800
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMid-SizeCompact CarsMid-SizeMidsize CarsCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Journey RWD4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Continuously Variable RatioAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
 
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