When it's time for you to step out of the smaller entry-level premium sedans to something more serious (kind of like buying your first dark suit), the list of cars easily stratifies.
The traditional German brands naturally slot in thanks to their reputations.
However, the 2008 Infiniti M (either the M35 or M45) tend to be friendlier, more involving drives with a sportier personality--this especially applies to the Mercedes and Audi.
The Acura RL is completely incapable of hitting the performance marks achieved by the 2008 Infiniti M cars, but is OK otherwise.
Boldly storming into this category is the new Cadillac CTS.
Especially with its 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6, this car is a solid performer with a lot of really good moves.
The CTS could be the best deal in this group.
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|16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6|
|35 4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA||4-Door Sedan (Natl)||4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD|
|Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Manual||Automatic w/OD||Automatic CVT||Manual||Automatic w/OD|