When economy cars no longer perform to your taste, and you know luxury cars will make you go broke, you can always look somewhere in the middle for that taste of luxury with affordability.
The big name brands precisely target car buyers looking for upscale brand recognition without the bank-breaking price. They also give you extra braking options, better steering systems, and a hefty horsepower boost. The more horsepower, the lower the acceleration time, of course.
Here are seven entry-level luxury sedans that top the list:
1. Infiniti G37x
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Infiniti’s G37x tops our list doing 0-to-60 miles per hour in just 5.6 seconds. It actually beats everyone else by almost one second. And it should, because this beauty starts at $32,850 (cheaper compared to almost every other car), and comes equipped with a 328-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine with 17-inch alloy wheels, Rearview Monitor, 4-wheel ABS, and a USB port. Also, I should mention that its rear legroom is also wider than the others.
2. Volvo S60
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Volvo, known for its safe reputation, may be your alternative if you want something other than a German- or Japanese-made car. The S60 hits 60 at a modest 6.4 seconds. The 250-horsepower, 5-cylinder, 2.5 liter engine is definitely a rival for its BMW and Mercedes counterparts. You can also get the S60 with all-wheel drive to add a little bit more safety.
3. Audi A4
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Starting at $33,800, the A4 has a 220-horsepower 2.0-liter TFSI engine, and a 0-60 mile per hour acceleration of 6.6 seconds. Its key features include a anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution, leather seating surfaces, and a radio with 10 speakers with MP3 playback capability.
4. BMW 320i
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The BMW 3 Series are getting so common on the streets nowadays that they hardly get a second glance. Sitting around the low $30K, the 320i has a competitive EPA-estimated 36 miles per gallon on the highway, with a 180-horsepower, 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine that climbs to 60 in 7.1 seconds.
5. Mercedes C250 Sport Sedan
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One of the more popular compact luxury sedans, the C250 starts at $35,800 with a 201-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbo-4 engine that accelerates at the same speed (7.1 0-to-60 miles per hour) as the BMW 3 Series. If you like what you see, the C250 has a 7-speed automatic transmission, sport-tuned suspension, LED daytime running lights, and an 11-way air big protection.
6. Cadillac ATS 2.5L
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Clearly a true competitor against the BMW 3 Series, the ATS’s specs don’t lose in anyway compared to the 3 Series. Famous for its steering feel, and standard Brembo brakes, the 202-horsepower, 2.5- liter 4-cylinder engine reaches 60 miles per hour in 7.5 seconds. The ATS 2.5L’s base price starts at $33,065 and goes up to the 321-horsepower, V6-engine with AWD at $42,020. That one, on the other hand, recorded an impressive 5.4 seconds to reach 60.
7. Lexus IS250 RWD
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Starting at $35,950, the 204-horsepower V6 engine accelerates from 0-to-60 in 7.7 seconds. The base model can come with a backup camera, Bluetooth 3.0 technology, and a high-resolution navigation system featuring destination assist, fuel prices, and an app suite with Bing, Yelp, Facebook, and Pandora.