2010 BMW M3 vs. Its Competition

2010 BMW M3 2-door Coupe Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Loyalty counts heavily in this crowd, and the BMW M3's reputation brings a legion of fans.

This is a hotly contested field, and each of the three rivals has also been completely redesigned in the past year or two.

Lexus's IS-F has a 416-hp V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, which gives it a technical edge on the M3.

Then there's the new Cadillac CTS-V, which might be the most fun to drive of these sedans, with especially communicative steering and great body control at the limits.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG may be faster, but it doesn't have the same frisky feel of the Cadillac or Lexus.

The newest generation of the Audi S4 manages to undercut all these vehicles on price, while cruising alongside them, thanks to a 333-hp supercharged V-6, but like the M3, it's better savored minus the electronic add-ons to its suspension and steering.

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Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2010 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success.
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The 2010 Audi S4 blasts its way into a performance war with BMW and Mercedes-Benz-and Lexus, Infiniti, and Cadillac-thanks to a big price cut and 333 supercharged horsepower.
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The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is about as close as you can get to a four-door Corvette; Cadillac manages to beat top German sports sedans with a track-ready sedan that doesn’t forget about comfort.
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MSRP From   
$55,400$45,900$60,720$58,460
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V8Gas supercharged V6Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class   
CompactCompactMid-SizeSub-Compact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus4-Door SedanF 4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll-wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5554
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
ManualManualManualAutomatic