The mid-size Lexus GS 350 has six cylinders and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, which pits it directly against some of the most popular luxury sedans on sale today.
The Infiniti M37 may be its most direct challenger: it has great handling, a charming fluid style and rippling V-6 power, but some coarse drivetrain noises and less badge equity than some other brands.
The Audi A6 is new this year, and in truth we prefer its sleeker hatchback A7 cousin, but the front- or all-wheel-drive sedan can be had with a supercharged V-6 and tech wonders like Google Earth mapping and S-line sport trim.
The Cadillac CTS gets the nod for distinctive American styling and a lineup that includes sedan, coupe, and wagon, as well as the power-crazy V-Series, but rear-seat room is tight and the interior's aren't quite as well-turned-out as some others.
Of the Germans remaining on our list, the E Class and 5-Series both have their pluses and minuses: we love the Benz diesel sedans and the AMG E63, and BMW's turbo sixes are swell, but the BMW electronic driving feel is just that, and the Mercedes styling language isn't exactly settled.
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