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Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on March 17, 2014 3:00 PM
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Mercedes-Benz C-ClassAcura TLXCadillac ATSBMW 3 SeriesLexus ISAudi A4Infiniti Q50Volvo S60

The most affordable luxury cars are some of the most fun.

Today's luxury cars feature higher-quality materials than ever, futuristic technologies, and come backed by increasingly exceptional dealer service. It's as true for the lower-priced luxury entries as it is for the six-figure flagships sold alongside.

And while it's easy to hope your first BMW 3 Series is merely a stepping stone to a 5 Series and then a 7 Series, the truth is that the 3 Series is the most entertaining among them. So have fun now, before you get all rich and stuff.

  • Acura TLX
    2015 Acura TLX
  • Audi A4
    2015 Audi A4
  • BMW 3 Series
    2015 BMW 3 Series
  • Cadillac ATS
    2015 Cadillac ATS
  • Infiniti Q50
    2015 Infiniti Q50
  • Lexus IS
    2015 Lexus IS
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Volvo S60
    2015 Volvo S60

New for 2015

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, one of the segment's pioneers, has been completely redesigned for 2015. Also new is the Acura TLX, which replaces the Acura TSX and TL and combines the best of both.

10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000

Fun time: Before you click the link, guess which four of these small luxury sport sedans made our most recent (2014) list of the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000.

Engine Options

For those looking to maximize mpg, the BMW 3 Series is available with hybrid or diesel power, and the Infiniti Q50 is available as a hybrid.

Performance Plus

Many of these cars have high-performance alter egos, including the Audi S4, BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and, the newest player, the 455-horsepower 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. The ATS-V was one of several new and redesigned cars introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Entry No More

Once the smallest, lowest-priced models in their respective lineups, the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class have been displaced as their brands' entry-level models by the BMW 1 Series, new-for-2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA and redesigned-for-2015 Audi A3.

 

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