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The stepping stones towards fully autonomous vehicles are already in place on our roads in the form of lane keep assist, automated braking and other forms of crash avoidance technology; but the question remains, do they work in the real world?
A Battle of Five Luxury Sports Sedans
The compact luxury sedan market is an interesting place. When designing a new entry, manufacturers are constantly trying to find the perfect balance between sport and luxury. Although most cars end up skewed one way than the other, these vehicles typically offer a plethora of trims and options that allow potential customers to tailor their rides with as much sport or luxury as they want.
Given a choice, we’d select maximum sport. We’d rather evaluate a car’s ability to clip an apex than by how coddled our mothers-in-law feel in the passenger seat. What better way to do this than collect a group of the latest and greatest offerings and see which one is the best? Now, we aren’t talking about the ultimate in sport luxury sedans like a C63, M3 or IS-F as they can get quite pricey. Instead, we have grabbed a more affordable group of contenders playing around the $50,000 mark.
First we sent an invite out to Cadillac. The all-new ATS seriously impressed us since coming out last year; it was a car of the year finalist after all. Next, we brought along the BMW 3 Series. If we are going to be testing luxury sport sedans, how could we not bring the vehicle that has defined the class for decades? While on the topic of German sedans, we also had to include a Mercedes-Benz and an Audi. Finally, to complete our quintuplet of test vehicles, there’s an oddball, the Volvo S60. Now, before you cry foul that the S60 is not a sports sedan, take a look at what we grabbed; the 325 hp S60 T6 R-Design.
A FEW CONTENDERS ARE AWOL
There are a few notable vehicles missing from this comparison test. Lexus didn’t have an all new IS ready for us, nor did Infiniti the all-new Q50 or Lincoln the MKZ. Finally, the Acura TL was left out because, although a great car, it is too large for this class of vehicle (a foot longer than most of the competitors here).
With the cars collected, pencils sharpened and score sheets firmly attached to clipboards, it was time to put these cars through their paces and see which is best.
10. Lexus CT
Car thefts have dropped an average 13 percent each year since 2006 according to the latest data from the government safety regulators.
With that in mind, this is the list of the 10 car least likely to disappear from the driveway while you’re busy playing Rip Van Winkle.
Kicking off the list is the Lexus CT, an entry-level hybrid that began sales in the U.S. in March 2011. The CT 200h is powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with 98 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque paired with an electric motor for a combined system output of 134 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque. NHTSA reports 0.2 thefts in 2011 per 1,000 vehicles produced.
One of the biggest complaints with electric vehicles today is range anxiety, or the lack of being able to charge your vehicle on a long trip.
An article published on 247wallst.com named Volvo among brands it predicted to disappear by 2014, but president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America John Maloney says it isn’t true.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is growing closer to calling for laws making automatic braking systems in cars mandatory.