This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about affordable luxury. If adjustable leather seating and heads up displays are what you’re after, this list is for you. We’ve got the best highlights of each model to make it easy to narrow down your selection.
Attainable for well under 35k, the Acura ILX offers as much as 201hp from a 2.5-liter engine, with a sporty exterior and luxurious interior. The ILX features a multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8 way adjustable leather seating, available ELS Surround premium audio, multi-view rear camera, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, SMS texting, USB, 5-inch color display and pushbutton start.
Acura’s TSX has remained popular in the automaker’s lineup for quite some time now. It’s no surprise since for under 35K you get a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 201hp with an available 3.5-liter V6, sequential SportShift automatic transmission, sport seating with perforated leather-trimmed interior and contrast stitching, dual zone automatic climate control, a 7-speaker premium sound system with an available ELS Surround system, Bluetooth, rearview camera, USB, and HID headlights.
As the sole SUV on today’s top ten, the RDX is also the third model from Acura to provide luxury with enticing pricing. Perforated leather seats come standard, as well as a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, lots of cargo room, multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, SMS/E-mail functions, 5-inch color display, automatic climate control, available ELS Surround Sound, USB and iPod integration, and HID headlights. Performance comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 273hp and 251lb-ft of torque, with a combined epa rating of 23mpg.
The A3 is one of Audi’s four-door models that gets its go from a 220hp 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine. Apart from the ample power under the hood, Audi made sure to include as much as heated leather front seats, a 12-way power drivers seat, dual zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, advanced key-keyless start, stop and entry, music interface with iPod integration, aluminum interior package, and automatic xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. Bluetooth, HD Radio, 10-speaker sound system, driver information systems, automatic windshield wipers and headlights, and heated windshield washer nozzles are also included.
The A4 boasts the same 220hp 2.0-liter TSFI as the A3 for power. Beyond this, Audi offers up halogen headlights with daytime running lights, leather seats, a 10-speaker sound systems, automatic climate control, sunroof, electronic stability control, eight-way power seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment, SiriusXM trial, cruise control, iPod integration, Bluetooth, garage door opener, automatic wipers and headlights, front and rear fog lights, power adjustable heated side mirrors, dual exhaust outlet, matte black window trim and LED turn indicator lights.
BMW 2 Series
BMW’s all-new model is a compact, lightweight, rear-wheel drive coupe with 240hp. It has plenty of performance and driver-focused features, such as brake drying, adaptive xenon headlights, parking assistant, dynamic stability control, a leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and an 8.8-inch multi-media display.
BMW 3 Series
The current BMW 3-Series is an updated version of the automaker’s long-running luxury sedan, powered by a 180hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Some of the model’s highlights include BMW Apps, full color heads up display, concierge service with critical calling, auto start-stop, a Harmon Kardon surround sound system, rear-view camera and active blind spot detection.
The ATS is Cadillac’s brand new upcoming coupe. A 272hp 2.0-liter turbo offers the going power, while stopping power is provided by a set of Brembo performance brakes. A wide and low stance gives the luxury model sport appeal, while features like heads up display, 4 available interior themes, text to voice, available OnStar with 4g LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot provide luxury and convenience.
Lexus’ hybrid CT200h gets a combined EPA-estimated rating of 42 mpg. The fuel-efficient model also boasts a sport-tuned suspension, Yamaha performance dampers, drive mode select, a multi-function steering wheel, sport seating, and available Lexus Enform with App Suite, pre-collision system and automatic collision notification. The CT200h is powered by a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle 134hp engine linked to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, as well, and gets electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist.
Mercedes’s new CLA model has a price tag as attractive as it’s exterior. A 208-hp turbo inline 4-cylinder engine sits under the hood, while on the inside the model offers Bluetooth, sport front seats, ambient lighting, a central controller, as well as options like a 7-inch navigation display, mbrace2 technology, and safety technology like lane keeping assistance and radar-based cruise control.