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4 Best Luxury Midsize Cars for 2016

 

Do you have disposable income and want to drive something a bit nicer than your standard midsize car that could be mistaken for a rental? If so, the market has you covered. Luxury midsize cars blend space with well-appointed interiors and handsome looks.

Furthermore, many midsize luxury cars are also available in wagon and performance versions (and in some cases, performance wagons). 

Check out our favorites for the segment. 

1. Audi A6

The 2016 Audi A6 has just about everything you could want in a luxury midsize car, from top to bottom. Like almost every Audi, the A6's exterior styling is understated, yet incredibly handsome. It doesn't shout "look at me" or attempt to wave its price tag in your face, but it still looks like a luxury car. 

The interior of the A6 is one of the best in the business. The A6's comfortable leather seats are available in a variety of colors that pair well with the decorative inlay options. The A6 is also surprisingly powerful. The base trims are equipped with a turbo 4-cylinder that produces 252 horsepower, and it's available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The higher trims receive a 333-horsepower supercharged V-6 that's mated with Audi's excellent all-wheel-drive system.

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Available options include heated and ventilated seats, premium sound system, sport suspension, driver-assistance aids and in-car Wi-Fi with the Audi connect system.

The downside of the Audi A6 is that it has a firmer ride that can be a bit uncomfortable, especially when outfitted with larger wheels and the sport suspension. The trade-off is that the Audi is particularly planted around corners, which makes it a joy to drive. 

Base price: $46,200

2. Cadillac CTS

Cadillac is certainly not a brand for octogenarians anymore, and the car that led the charge was the CTS. The CTS has grown into a serious luxury car competitor to the classic German brands. The 2016 model's interior is very refined with plenty of premium materials, and the seats are very comfortable, especially over long distances. 

The suspension is well-tuned for comfort as well, but it's still able to minimize body roll and prove competent in the corners. The performance of the CTS isn't lacking, either, across three engine options. Base trims receive a 268-horsepower turbo-4, a 335-horsepower V-6, and a 420-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 available on the V-sport model.

The standard Cadillac CTS is equipped with Bose audio, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, and Cadillac's CUE infotainment system with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Options include driver assistance aids, tri-zone climate control, a heads-up display and a 360-degree camera. 

Unfortunately, Cadillac's downside continues to be its CUE infotainment system, which can be clunky and hard to use. The CTS also has fairly cramped rear seats for a midsized car. Overall though, the CTS is a great all-rounder and a solid midsize luxury car. 

Base price: $45,560

3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Unlike the other cars on this list, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class doesn't have many sporting intentions, but it is an incredibly comfortable car to drive. In many ways, the E-Class can be viewed as a midsize S-class due to its very luxurious cabin filled with high-end features.

Also notable from the E-class is the wide variety of styles available. The E-class comes in sedan, coupe, wagon and convertible forms. The E-Class sedan has a 195-horsepower turbodiesel-4 engine. The sedan has a number of advanced standard features, like forward-collision warning and driver-drowsiness monitoring.

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The list of available options is vast, and it includes air suspension, beautiful leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, driver aids and premium sound systems. 

Even in the sportiest settings, the E-Class never feels as spry as its rivals, and the steering lacks a precise feel. However, not everyone wants to carve corners, so the E-class is a welcome alternative to the sportier luxury cars out there.

Base price: $52,650 

4. Jaguar XF

Jaguar has long been thought of as a company that makes fun, beautiful, yet unreliable cars. Fortunately, they've improved massively since they entered the tutelage of India's Tata Group, and Jaguar now offers a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty. The XF is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, which outputs either 340 horsepower or 380 horsepower depending on how much money you want to spend. 

The XF also utilizes what Jaguar calls "lightweight aluminum architecture," which decreases weight and increases rigidity, allowing the car to have excellent handling. The interior is also particularly nice, with comfortable seats, upscale interior materials and an attractive infotainment system.

Optional equipment includes an upgraded stereo system, driver-assistance aids and four-zone automatic climate control.

The downside of the Jaguar XF is that its infotainment system can be a bit slow sometimes, and the engine's unrefined note doesn't really match the power and feel of the car or the brand. All in all, the Jaguar XF is a fun and fresh alternative to the ubiquitous German luxury-car brands.

Base price: $51,900

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