Now that it's only offered in sporty T5 trim, the Volvo S40 competes against the higher-performance variants of a number of luxury and near-luxury sedan models.
The Subaru Impreza is less expensive but has a similar focus on performance and safety.
In its base 2.5i form, it comes with standard all-wheel drive and performance from its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine similar to the base five in the Volvo.
The WRX's crash-test scores are better, too.
The Acura TSX, which includes the superior service of Acura dealerships, has especially nimble handling, a good ride, and impressive fuel efficiency, but its backseat is somewhat cramped.
However, the Acura, along with the Audi A4, is pricier than the Volvos.
|2011 Volvo S40||2011 Acura TSX||2011 Audi A4||2011 Subaru Impreza|
|$27,750Browse Used Listings||$29,610Browse Used Listings||$32,300Browse Used Listings||$17,495Browse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Manual 2.5i|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|