Among $50,000 luxury sedans, we’re most impressed by the 2011 Infiniti M37 and M56.
Formerly anonymous, the M&Ms have ripened into major sex objects this year; the cabin’s subtly gorgeous and the V-8 has thundering power.
So is the V-6, but it's noisier and harsher than you’d expect.
The Jaguar XF is utterly captivating, inside and out, but the backseat is the smallest of all these cars, and early reliability hasn’t been stellar.
Both the E-Class and the 5-Series are reinvented this year; the E-Class’ shape is controversial, but handling’s improved and so are fit and finish.
Meanwhile, the 5-Series gets a much cleaner set of lines and better interior space as BMW junks most of the excesses of the Bangle era of design.
The 5-Series GT is specifically aimed at the Audi A6 Avant; its flexible cargo space borders on brilliance, though there’s a visual penalty to be paid in the form of a tall, heavy rear end.
|2010 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2011 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Infiniti M37Browse Used Listings||2011 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings||2010 BMW 5-Series Gran TurismoBrowse Used Listings||2010 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V6|
|Midsize||Mid-Size||4-door Large Car||Midsize Car||Large||Sub-Compact|
|4dr Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium||4dr Sedan 528i RWD||4dr Sedan RWD||4dr Sedan||5dr 535i Gran Turismo RWD||2dr Coupe E350 RWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4dr Sedan||4-door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|