Among $50,000 luxury sedans, we’re most impressed by the 2011 Infiniti M37 and M56.
Formerly anonymous, the M&Ms have ripened into major sex objects this year; the cabin’s subtly gorgeous and the V-8 has thundering power.
So is the V-6, but it's noisier and harsher than you’d expect.
The Jaguar XF is utterly captivating, inside and out, but the backseat is the smallest of all these cars, and early reliability hasn’t been stellar.
Both the E-Class and the 5-Series are reinvented this year; the E-Class’ shape is controversial, but handling’s improved and so are fit and finish.
Meanwhile, the 5-Series gets a much cleaner set of lines and better interior space as BMW junks most of the excesses of the Bangle era of design.
The 5-Series GT is specifically aimed at the Audi A6 Avant; its flexible cargo space borders on brilliance, though there’s a visual penalty to be paid in the form of a tall, heavy rear end.
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|2011 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2011 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings||2011 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V6|
|Midsize||Mid-Size||Midsize Car||Subcompact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||4-Door Sedan||2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4dr Sedan||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2011 Audi A6 vs. 2011 BMW 5-Series||2011 Audi A6 vs. 2011 Jaguar XF||2011 Audi A6 vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class|