If you're looking for something that breaks the cookie-cutter mold of Germans and Japanese rivals, this is it.
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.
|2011 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2011 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2011 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Infiniti G37 SedanBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lexus IS 350Browse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4dr Sedan 3.0L RWD||4dr Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4dr Sedan 328i RWD||4dr Journey RWD||4dr Sedan RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|