The luxury brands have converged on a model for success, and for all the vehicles mentioned here, there's a choice of engines, transmissions, drivetrains, and body styles.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Lexus IS are the most conservatively styled in the group, with sedate, well-finished interiors-and a wild side in their respective C63 and IS-F forms.
The BMW 3-Series is a perennial here, with everything from diesel power to ripping M3 acceleration in the cards.
The Infiniti G37's not far off the BMW benchmark of ride and handling, and it looks better to many eyes, too.
The Audi A4 has grown into a larger body, and spins off coupe and crossover versions as the A5 and Q5.
Meanwhile, the sedan and wagon bring highly detailed cabins and all-wheel drive to the party, though Audi's fantastic S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox is nowhere to be found.
|2010 Cadillac CTS||2009 Audi A4||2008 BMW 3-Series||2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class|
|$35,165Browse Used Listings||$30,700Browse Used Listings||$32,700Browse Used Listings||$31,600Browse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I6||Gas/Ethanol V6|
|4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|