Closer in size to the mid-size Germans, the Cadillac CTS-V is priced against more compact sports cars.
A chief rival is BMW's M3 lineup of sedans, coupes and convertibles, brilliant performers with V-8 power and hefty curb weights.
The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is another paddle-shifted, mega-watt offering, this year with a new coupe body style added to the lineup.
The Lexus IS-F competes on paper, but its interior isn't quite up to snuff, and its eight-speed transmission is a shifty piece--and it's sedan-only.
The Audi S4 is a bit shy on performance, and its supercharged V-6 sounds coarse compared to the Caddy or BMW or Benz, but it's more of a bargain, and has standard all-wheel drive.
Lastly, there's the Infiniti G37 IPL, a more sporty version of the G lineup that's not quite as transformed as the other superheated sports sedans, coupes and convertibles in this class.
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|5-Door Wagon 6.2L||4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus||2-Door Coupe||4-Door Journey RWD||F 4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Wagon||Sedan||Coupe||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
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