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Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide

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.

BMW 3 Series
An automotive legend and the best-selling luxury car in the country.
Explore 3 Series
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The recently redesigned C-Class is as refined, comfortable and solid as you'd expect, but it's also sportier, more youthful and more stylish.
Explore C-Class
Lexus IS
Famously reliable fun, with a new engine lineup.
Explore IS
Acura TLX
With favorable pricing and excellent resale values, the TLX is one of the segment's value standouts.
Explore TLX
Infiniti Q50
The curvaceous, stylish Q50 is roomy and refined, and offers a value advantage over many of its European competitors.
Explore Q50
Audi A4
Contemporary character and finesse-driven fun.
Explore A4
Cadillac ATS
Bold styling and the performance to back it up.
Explore ATS
Volvo S60
A luxury sport sedan with a lighter touch.
Explore S60
Alfa Romeo Giulia
The all-new Giulia backs up the expectations set forth by its Italian heritage and curvaceous styling with standout performance and driving dynamics.
Explore Giulia
Jaguar XE
Jaguar's all-new XE boasts strong rear-drive performance, good looks and a modern, tech-friendly cabin.
Explore XE

 

New for 2017

In addition to a completely redesigned Audi A4, the 2017 model year includes two brand-new small luxury sedans. Say hello to the 2017 Jaguar XE and the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, two sport sedans with the legendary BMW 3 Series squarely in their sights. These are just a few of the new-for-2017 vehicles that are now available.

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, Cadillac ATS-V, and Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 and AMG C63 S.

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 2 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3. Some of these smaller models made our most recent list of the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $35,000.

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