Are these the best sedans under $55k?
Well-endowed in the horsepower department? Check. Ample room for car seats? Check. Room for golf clubs? Absolutely.
B8 Audi S4
Basically the best platform for a daily driver that occasionally encounters a snow drift! Audi has perfected the Quattro system and now provides the S4 with a V6 and garnished it with a supercharger. With 333hp and 325lb-ft of torque the B8 S4 will take your kids to school while you play hooky from you boring cubicle.
For all intensive purposes you can get a base B8 S4 for under $55k.
Probably one of the most understated sedans on the market. A muscle car V8 with 415hp and 415lb-ft of torque this American muscle car can hold its own against the Europeans, wait it really can’t. Sorry to say but when you are spending $45k or more on a car the fine German engineers have again beaten Americans to the punch!
Subaru WRX STI
If you have the yellow fever the Subaru STI is perfect for you! It also brings a few goodies to the table too. The STI can hold its own against the S4s and 335s on a track or rally stage but when it comes to the interior think again. But remember the STI is a fraction of the cost of a new Audi S4 or Bmw 335i Xdrive. With a turbocharged flat-4 the STI makes 305hp and 290lb-ft of torque which is definitely enough to carry you over the snowy roads to hug a tree!
Mercedes CLA45 AMG
The CLA 45 AMG has a pretty annoying name but you will forget about that because it produces 355hp and 332lb-ft of torque from a twin scroll turbo. Yes this is technically a smaller car than the rest of the sedans but the Mercedes C400 is lip wristed and the C63 AMG has a nuclear bomb for an engine and the same for the price tag.
Volvo S60 Polestar
I can’t believe a Volvo made the list. Volvo is synonymous for safe, basically it’s a great car to carry your airbags in. But Polestar, not to be confused with the B squad stripper that left spray tan on your jeans last night, got ahold of the S60 and actually made a man out of it! Volvo didn’t build the S60 Polestar for Touring Car fan boys. They wanted a Volvo that would appeal to mature drivers of a serious bent, the sort who might otherwise shop German brands. But the Polestar does make 345hp and 369lb-ft of torque from turbocharged inline 6.
Bmw 335i Xdrive
Finally we get to the crem de la crem! The 335i has been the choice car for socialites and yuppies for years now but it continues to be the yard stick. Make sure to get the M Performance package because it actually ups the hp to 320 and torque to 332 from the standard 300hp and 300lb-ft of torque.
Chrysler 300 SRT8
It seems as if the Americans are producing a few more luxury performance sedans then before to keep up with Europe. Has it worked? In a word…maybe. The new 300 SRT8’s looks have definitely improved and the imported from Detroit thing is kind of working especially when it comes equipped with a 6.4L V8 producing 470hp and 470lb-ft of torque. But it would have to produce those numbers just to move its fat butt from 0-60 in under 5 seconds. Where the 300 SRT8 lacks is the interior which has been and will continue to be where the Germans outperform them. A few more years and just maybe the 300 SRT8 will be able to compete on all levels!
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