The next step in luxury makes a terrific final destination

The average transaction price for an entry-level luxury car is about $40,000 nowadays. The average price for a flagship luxury sedan is closer to $100,000. That's a big gap, and these midsize luxury sedans are here to fill it with an average selling price of around $55,000.

Today's mid-lux lineup is more diverse than ever. Turbocharged 4-cylinder engines are increasingly common, while some models have dropped the V8 altogether. Other trends include all-wheel drive and even hybrid powertrains. Still, the segment remains defined by V6 power and rear-wheel drive.

And while the cars have leaned sportier in recent years, midsize luxury sedans still split the difference between famed drivers' cars like the smaller BMW 3 Series and big cruisers like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Acura RLX

Starting Price: $55,895

The Acura RLX is quietly, confidently brilliant -- with a new sense of style. Read More

Audi A6

Starting Price: $50,675

As Audi's star continues to rise, the A6 is an increasingly appealing alternative. Read More

BMW 5 Series

Starting Price: $53,395

Larger, lighter and loaded with features, the newest 5 Series has a sharp focus on driving enthusiasm and modern luxury. Read More

Cadillac CTS

Starting Price: $47,490

The CTS combines sharp style, high tech and a surprising fun-to-drive factor. Read More

Genesis G80

Starting Price: $42,745

The G80 separates itself from the pack by offering luxury amenities, an excellent warranty and V6 or V8 power at lower prices than rival models. Read More

Infiniti Q70

Starting Price: $51,295

The Q70 is one of the smaller entries in the midsize luxury sedan segment but also among the most fun to drive. Read More

Jaguar XF

Starting Price: $48,770

Jaguar's sleek midsize luxury sedan is gorgeous inside and out, and you don't see it every day. Read More

Lexus GS

Starting Price: $47,635

Before you even start the engine it's easy to appreciate the Lexus GS as a well-built, refined sedan that practically oozes luxury. Read More

Lincoln Continental

Starting Price: $46,085

Lincoln's newest flagship sedan offers a unique mix of old-school cruiser luxury and up-to-the-minute automotive tech. Read More

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Starting Price: $53,945

The famed E-Class was totally redone just last year with forward-thinking design and cutting-edge technology. Read More

What's New and What's Next

Last year was a big one for the segment. The E-Class and 5 Series were both completely redesigned, the Genesis brand was born, and Lincoln brought back the Continental. The 2018 model year is a bit quieter. 

Engine Evolution

Not so long ago, virtually every entry in the midsize luxury sedan segment offered available V8 power. But as a result of rising gas prices and improved engine technologies, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines -- unheard of in the segment until recently -- are now about as common as big V8s.

Diesel Power

Today's diesel engines are so smooth and quiet that they're an excellent fit for luxury cars. They've been coming and going in this segment, and right now only the BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF are available with diesel power.

Hybrid, Too

If you prefer efficiency of the gas-electric variety, you can get hybrid power in the Acura RLX, BMW 5 Series, Infiniti Q70, Lexus GS and Volvo S90.

Weather Warriors

In addition to the wide variety of powertrains outlined, each of these models is available with the added traction of all-wheel drive.

Value Champ

The Lexus GS 350 took home our most recent Best Resale Value and 5-Year Cost to Own awards in the mid-level luxury car segment. 

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