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2015 Audi S3 vs. Its Competition

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Compact luxury cars are now a thing, and some of them are bringing high-powered companions like the Audi S3 to market along with more sedate models.

There's a turbocharger available with the Buick Verano, but it's avoiding the whole sport-sedan fray, with its very well-composed ride and quiet cabin.

The Acura ILX is more of the same, only less--less satisfying, less quiet, less appealing.

The S3's a shot straight at the Mercedes-Benz CLA, which comes in CLA45 AMG trim and is so good, it was named Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2014.

2015 Audi S32015 Audi S32015 Acura ILX2015 Acura ILX2015 Buick Verano2015 Buick Verano2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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The 2015 Audi S3 sticks its U.S. landing with terrific turbo pull and in-car LTE.
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The 2015 Acura ILX is a well-rounded compact premium sedan for those who want features and comfort, but don't mind sacrificing performance.
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The 2015 Buick Verano may not be much of a sports sedan, but it certainly delivers in the category of comfort.
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The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.
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Gas Mileage   
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/4-cylIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsCompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige4-Door Sedan 2.0L4-Door Sedan w/1SV4-Door Sedan CLA250 FWD
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
quattro SedanSedanSedanSedan
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
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