2013 Audi A6 vs. Its Competition

2013 Audi A6 TDI
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Audi A6 and S7 family goes up against a wide range of models, from rather staid and traditional to high-performance.

Models such as the Mercedes-Benz E Class and BMW 5-Series offer just as wide of a lineup, and the E-Class is offered both in clean-diesel and hybrid models.

The Infiniti M is the fabulous looker of this pack; V-6 versions are a little too throaty for our tastes, but the rear-driver's handling is brilliant and its tech features equal those on the Audi.

The Chrysler 300 is an intriguing alternative, with arguably better handling than the A6, available all-wheel drive, and a smoking SRT8 performance version.

Some might think of the Lincoln MKS as an odd one for this list, but it's quite distinctive, roomy inside, and very safe.

Plus, EcoBoost versions of the MKS are very quick.

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Quick Specs
8.4
Traditional looks disguise this Audi's brilliance: it's a blast to drive in either 3.0T trim or S6 spec.
8.6
The 2013 BMW 5-Series packs in the advanced technology and fuel-efficient powertrains, yet it manages to keep true to its sport-sedan mission.
8.4
The image-building 2013 Chrysler 300 is handsome and classy, as well as a proper luxury car or a scorching muscle sedan.
8.8
With sharp handling, scorching performance, and decent comfort, the 2013 Infiniti M sedans are bold and beautiful but not overwrought.
8.8
The 2013 Lincoln MKS steers away from both traditional American luxury and German sport sedans--and ends up in a good place for those who want a distinctive, well-rounded big sedan.
8.2
Better handling and interiors put the Mercedes-Benz E-Class back in benchmark status; a passel of new engines brings fuel economy to new heights.
MSRP From     
$42,200$47,800$30,345N/A$42,870$51,000
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6N/AGas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMid-SizeLarge CarsN/ALarge CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Motown RWDN/A4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD4-Door Sedan E350 Luxury RWD *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555N/A55
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanN/ASedanSedan
Transmission     
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticN/AAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift