Loyalty counts heavily in this crowd, and the BMW M3's reputation brings a legion of fans with it.
This is a hotly contested field, and each of the three rivals has also been completely redesigned in the past year or two.
Lexus's IS-F has a 416-hp V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, which gives it a technical edge on the M3.
Then there’s the new Cadillac CTS-V, which might actually be the most fun to drive of these sedans, with especially communicative steering and great body control at the limits.
The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG may be faster, but it doesn’t have the same frisky feel of the Cadillac or Lexus.
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|2009 BMW M3Browse Used Listings||2008 Lexus IS FBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMGBrowse Used Listings||2007 Cadillac CTS-VBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas V8|
|4-Door Sedan||F 4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 6.3L AMG RWD||4-Door Sedan|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2009 BMW M3 vs. 2008 Lexus IS F||2009 BMW M3 vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG||2009 BMW M3 vs. 2007 Cadillac CTS-V|