The BMW 5-Series is the traditional archrival to the 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and it tends to have a businesslike approach to driving that's usually more involving (and fun) for the driver—ditto for the underrated Infiniti M, perhaps the sleeper of this group.
The Lexus LS is by design the most conservative and least performance oriented.
This big sedan delivers detached and serene luxury that some drivers will enjoy.
Several years ago, the Cadillac STS would not have made it into any type of comparison to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but the car has improved so dramatically in performance and build quality that it now presents itself as a credible alternative to the Benz, especially if your pro-American sentiments are running high.
The Audi A6 and more performance-oriented A6 4.2 are nimble mid-size sedans that provide less room but much more contemporary style than the 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
As welcoming as the Benz is, Audi still leads in interior design.
Either way you go, when you're spending upward of $50,000 on a car, you'll get something good when you pick from this group.
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|2009 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings||2009 Cadillac STSBrowse Used Listings||2008 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2008 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I6|
|4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD||4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SC||4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic CVT||Manual|