2013 Audi A4 vs. Its Competition

2013 Audi A4
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The A4 sedan remains embroiled in a longstanding rivalry with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series, but the Cadillac ATS is a strong new rival that deserves attention.

The Cadillac ATS is GM's best small luxury car ever, with remarkable handling and the top-notch CUE infotainment system.

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

Acura's 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
Magnificent design and technology sets the Audi A4 apart, but it's not quite as sporty as its BMW and Cadillac competition.
The 2013 Acura TL is a comfortable, attractive, and well-equipped luxury sedan--but in top SH-AWD guise it morphs into something that even driving enthusiasts will find compelling.
The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
With unerring focus on handling, Cadillac finally has the 3-Series' number with the 2013 ATS.
For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4
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Compact CarsMid-SizeCompact CarsCompactCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa4-Door Sedan 2.5L RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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