The Infiniti G37 has a new, more powerful 332-horsepower engine, but is based on the same excellent-handling FM platform as the G35 before it, with well-balanced sports-sedan styling and proportions, plus available all-wheel drive.
It's also substantially less expensive than the German sedans.
The BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class are the benchmarks in the segment, but their higher prices bring their value into question.
Both are available with a range of body style and drivetrain configurations, and their handling and build quality are top-notch.
The Cadillac CTS is also a relative newcomer to the segment, but its low price and excellent feature set make it a good value proposition.
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|2011 Lexus ISBrowse Used Listings||2011 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD||4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
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|2011 Lexus IS vs. 2011 BMW 3-Series||2011 Lexus IS vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class|