with 40+ MPG
Audi's player in the rapidly expanding entry-luxury segment is the sub-$30,000 (destination charges not included) 2015 A3 sedan. Happily that price tag comes attached to a car you'd actually want to drive. Both sporty and welcoming, the A3 may be small but it's a pleasure to live with – its standard panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights and leather seating only sweeten the deal. The new-for-2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA is a prime competitor, as are the cheaper Acura ILX and Buick Verano, but the A3 distinguishes itself as a traditional, albeit compact, premium sedan...at least until the sportback and convertible versions arrive. We like the A3 and we're guessing luxury buyers looking to downsize will too.