The popular compact Audi A4 sedan deftly balances ample elements of comfort and sportiness. It’s top rated for reliability by Consumer Reports, and is ranked above average in this regard by JD Power. Base MSRP: $36,975.
BMW 2 Series
The lithe and lively BMW 2 Series coupe/convertible delivers unquestionably crisp handling in base turbo-four and “M” six-cylinder versions. It’s rated above average for reliability by Consumer Reports, and receives a top ranking for dependability from JD Power. Base MSRP: $35,795.
BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series is the quintessential compact sports sedan (and wagon), delivering more smiles per gallon than any of its large legion of competitors. It just makes the cut here by virtue of its above average reliability rating by Consumer Reports, and average ranking in JD Power’s owners’ survey. Base MSRP: $35,895.
BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is more or less to the midsize luxury sport sedan segment what the smaller 3 Series is among compact models, with deft handling and acceleration that runs from good to terrific, depending on the version. It’s rated above average for reliability from both Consumer Reports and JD Power. Base MSRP: $53,395.
The posh and personable Infiniti Q70 sedan packs a choice of V6, V8, or hybrid power, with rear- or all-wheel-drive. It’s top-rated for reliability by Consumer Reports, though JD Power has yet to rank it in this regard. Base MSRP: $51,295.
Awaiting a redesign for 2019 that promises added pizzazz, the Lexus ES has long been a popular entry-level luxury sedan and it comes top-rated in both Consumer Reports’ and JD Power’s reliability surveys. Base MSRP: $39,945.
The brand’s answer to the above 5 Series, the sporty midsize Lexus GS sedan comes in V6, hybrid, and the V8-powered “F” versions and is top-ranked for reliability by its owners in surveys conducted by both Consumer Reports and JD Power. Base MSRP: $47,305.
The Lexus IS is the luxury division’s BMW 3 Series fighter, offering nimble handling to go along with a choice of turbo-four and V6 engines. It’s top-rated for reliability by Consumer Reports and receives an above-average ranking from JD Power. Base MSRP: $39,205.
Midsize luxury sport coupes are becoming rare in this SUV-crazed car market, and the Lexus RC holds its own with a choice of either a turbo-four engine or a smoother V6; the top “F” model comes with a more-muscular V8. Consumer Reports gives it a top rating for reliability, while JD Power ranks it above average in its durability study. Base MSRP: $41,635.
Offering the widest model line in this list, the elegantly posh Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes in sedan, coupe, wagon, and convertible models for 2018, with engines and equipment that can combine to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets. It gets an above average rating for reliability from Consumer Reports and an average overall ranking from JD Power (with an above-average score for powertrain dependability). Base MSRP: $53,945.
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