The 2014 Cadillac ATS is the brand's best effort so far in challenging the Germans in their home territory of handling and performance.
The Audi A4 is a bit softer and slower, but Audi Connect and Google Earth features give it a tech edge.
The BMW 3-Series is nearly as new as the ATS, but it's grown larger and a touch softer, and loses a bit to the ATS' interior.
Mercedes' C Class is more conservative in styling and performance, but still engaging and fun, and has also recently been updated with new infotainment and a turbocharged four-cylinder option.
The Infiniti Q50 (the all-new successor to the G37 Sedan) promises even more dramatic styling and similarly breathtaking performance, but remains an unknown quantity as yet.
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