2012 Audi A4 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The A4 sedan remains embroiled in a longstanding rivalry with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series.

The C-Class gets some extensive changes for 2012, including a new base turbocharged four-cylinder engine, in the C250, so it's now pretty much up to snuff with the A4's more fuel-efficient sensibilities.

The BMW 3-Series is still the most popular with the traditional crowd of driving enthusiasts, though the latest 3-Series has become heavier and quite a bit more expensive; its turbocharged inline-six offers brilliant power, however.

The Infiniti G37 is an interesting alternative, sporting BMW-like handling and matching it with Japanese design flair; but the G can feel a bit coarser with respect to road noise and powertrain refinement.

The Cadillac CTS is perhaps GM's best effort yet, with remarkable handling and top-notch entertainment and trims.

And the Acura TL is worth considering, too, for its somewhat roomier backseat, composed ride, and surprisingly good handling, especially in all-wheel-drive versions.

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Quick Specs
The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans.
The 2012 Acura TL is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan, with a host of advanced tech features, and in top SH-AWD trim morphs into a complete and compelling sport sedan.
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.
It has a styling leg up, and the 2012 Cadillac CTS backs up its looks with good dynamics, good build quality and a competitive set of body styles and options.
With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsMid-SizeCompact CarsMid-SizeCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Continuously Variable RatioAutomaticManualManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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