Midsize Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on January 8, 2015 9:46 AM

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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, diesel engines 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

The Acura RLX is quietly, confidently brilliant.

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Audi A6

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

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BMW 5 Series

The 2015 BMW 5 Series is a stylish, comfortable, tech-savvy modern luxury sport sedan that makes as strong a statement as any 5 Series ever has.

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Cadillac CTS

Cadillac now makes a more fun-to-drive midsize luxury sport sedan than BMW.

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Infiniti Q70

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

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Jaguar XF

Jaguar's sleek midsize luxury sedan, all-new for 2016, is gorgeous inside and out, and you don't see it every day.

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Lexus GS

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

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a perfect example of how the company evolves with the times.

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What's New and What's Next

Infiniti has introduced a long-wheelbase version of the Q70 for 2015, while the 2016 Audi A6will feature styling tweaks and more power. The updated A6 was one of several new 2016 models unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Lexus revealed its high-performance GS F, which we drove, and is one of many new-for-2016 models going on sale within the next year, Acura announced its updated 2016 RLX and, at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Jaguar introduced its all-new 2016 XF.

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 Options

Today's diesel engines are so smooth and quiet that they're appearing in more and more luxury cars. In addition to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, you can now opt for diesel efficiency in the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.

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 even the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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 boasts the highest predicted resale value of this group, and earned one of KBB's most recent 5-Year Cost to Own awards.