Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Best Selling Luxury Cars Under $40K: November 2010

15. Lexus HS 250h

November 2010 Sales: 788
Change vs. November 2009: +2.2%
MSRP: $35,100 - $37,870
MPG: 35 City / 34 Hwy

The HS 250h is a luxury hybrid sedan with seating for five. It is available in two trims; Base and Premium. As a hybrid, the powertrain features a four-cylinder engine and electric motor which combined generate 187-hp. The power is sent through an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) to the front wheels. The powertrain can operate in four drive modes: Normal, Power, Eco and EV (electric only).

14. Audi A5

November 2010 Sales: 806
Change vs. November 2009: +2.4%
MSRP: $36,500 - $44,190
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg Hwy/21 mpg City

Perfectly elegant and aggressive all at once, the A5 is Audi's two-door, four-seat luxury sports coupe or cabriolet, offered in front- and all-wheel drive configurations. The A5 is available in three models: 2.0T quattro Coupe, 2.0T quattro Cabriolet and 2.0T FrontTrak Cabriolet. All models are powered by a 211-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with FSI direct fuel injection.

13. BMW 1 Series

November 2010 Sales: 1,019
Change vs. November 2009: +40.7%
MSRP: $29,450 - $34,500
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Hwy/18 mpg City

Inspired by the BMW 2002, the 1-series redefines the entry-level luxury vehicle with typical BMW refinement and balanced performance. The rear-wheel drive 128i is available as either a coupe or convertible. The 128i is powered by a 230-hp 3.0-liter dual overhead cam, inline six-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifting.

12. Chrysler 300

November 2010 Sales: 1,291
Change vs. November 2009: -32.7%
MSRP: $27,260 - $37,415
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg Hwy/18 mpg City

The Chrysler 300 stands out with bold, imposing styling reminiscent of an art deco look of years past. Its strong lines give off a sense of power and refined stature. The 300 is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. An optional long wheelbase rear-wheel drive model is available that allows for a rear seat area much larger than the standard car.

11. Toyota Avalon

November 2010 Sales: 2,186
Change vs. November 2009: +12.4%
MSRP: $32,445 - $35,685
Fuel Economy: 29 mpg Hwy/20 mpg City

The front-wheel drive Avalon is available in two trim levels: Base and Limited. Both are powered by a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The Base trim is well-equipped, with 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless connectivity with music streaming and a USB port.

10. Acura TL

November 2010 Sales: 2,431
Change vs. November 2009: +18.1%
MSRP: $35,305 - $38,855
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg Hwy/18 mpg City

The front-wheel drive TL is outfitted with a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the all-wheel drive TL SH-AWD features a more powerful 305-hp 3.7-liter V6. Both engines are paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, featuring Sequential SportShift manual mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Acura's exclusive Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system enhances grip, stability and all-weather control, while an electric power assist steering system on both models provides direct feedback.

9. Lexus IS 350

November 2010 Sales: 2,557
Change vs. November 2009: -10.3%
MSRP: $38,570 - $41,030
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg Hwy/20 mpg City

The Lexus IS 350 is a true rear-wheel-drive sports sedan. It's quick and fun to drive thanks to its balanced chassis and advanced electronic stability control system. The IS 350 is propelled with authority, benefitting from a 306-hp 3.5-liter V6. It has VDIM electronic stability designed to keep the driver out of trouble. More sophisticated braking and electronic stability systems augment its additional performance. Safety features include driver and front-passenger knee airbags.

8. Acura TSX

November 2010 Sales: 2,589
Change vs. November 2009: +21.8%
MSRP: $29,610 - $35,150
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Hwy/20 mpg City

The front-wheel drive TSX is powered by a 201-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission, or a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic. The auto transmission includes SportShift and steering wheel paddles and is available with the 4-cylinder engine. The TSX is well-equipped, with a power moonroof, Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity.

7. Audi A4

November 2010 Sales: 2,761
Change vs. November 2009: +9.1%
MSRP: $31,950 - $35,940
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg Hwy/22 mpg City

The A4 is Audi's spirited and versatile mainstay, offering a combination of style and substance that keeps it highly competitive within its class. It is available in either a sedan or wagon (Avant) body style, both with Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel drive system; FrontTrak front-wheel drive is also offered on the sedan. The A4 is outfitted with a 211-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, featuring FSI direct fuel injection; available transmissions include a six-speed manual, a new eight-speed automatic with Tiptronic manual shift mode, and a Multitronic CVT.

6. Infiniti G37 Sedan

November 2010 Sales: 2,856
Change vs. November 2009: +35.9%
MSRP: $35,050 - $56,750
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg Hwy/19 mpg City

The Infiniti G37 is available as sedan, a coupe, or hardtop convertible. Responsive and agile, the G37 has a sporty flare while offering a comfortable ride and a luxurious interior. The rear-wheel drive G37 is named for its 3.7-liter V6 engine, available with between 325 and 330 horsepower depending on the model. This smooth, powerful engine comes with a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

5. Hyundai Genesis

November 2010 Sales: 3,005
Change vs. November 2009: +71.6%
MSRP: $33,000 - $43,000
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg Hwy/18 mpg City

The Hyundai Genesis sedan is designed to offer the luxury appointments of much more expensive cars, for less. The Genesis can be had with a 290-hp 3.8-liter V6, or a 385-hp (using premium fuel) 4.6-liter V8. Both engines send power to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission that features manual sequential shift capability. Mechanical safety features include traction control, stability control, and panic brake assist.

4. Cadillac CTS

November 2010 Sales: 3,727
Change vs. November 2009: +37.8%
MSRP: $35,165 - $50,965
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg Hwy/16 mpg City

The Cadillac CTS now offers a range of vehicles to suit any lifestyle. New for 2011, the amazing CTS Coupe joins the recently introduced Sport Wagon, and the respected, award winning Sedan. All models offer optional all-wheel-drive, an impressively finished benchmark interior and a large dose of style. Available in two trims the 2011 CTS comes standard with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels. 19-inch polished alloy wheels are optional.

3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

November 2010 Sales: 3,930
Change vs. November 2009: -2.3%
MSRP: $33,990 - $58,200

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class remains the most accessible of the brand's models sold in the United States. Completely redesigned in 2008, the fourth-generation C-Class continues to deliver the expected levels of advanced engineering, design and safety features that keep it highly competitive within the entry luxury segment. The C-Class is offered as three models: C300, C350 and C63 AMG.

2. Lexus ES 350

November 2010 Sales: 4,070
Change vs. November 2009: -1.0%
MSRP: $35,525
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg Hwy/19 mpg City

The Lexus ES 350 is a luxury sedan that is renowned for its refined driving dynamics, elegant appearance, and craftsmanship. The ES 350 is offered in one model with the opportunity to layer luxury by adding the Ultra-Luxury Package, or by selecting a wide range of standalone options. Power is provided by an all-aluminum 272-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

1. BMW 3 Series

November 2010 Sales: 8,796
Change vs. November 2009: +35.6%
MSRP: $33,150 - $45,000
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Hwy/18 mpg City

The BMW 328i delivers a special mix of sporting performance, practicality and European luxury in a compact package. It's the car that defines 'sport sedan,' and the benchmark every luxury car maker from Acura to Volvo aims at when it develops an entry-level luxury sport sedan. The rear-wheel drive 328i is available in coupe, sedan, wagon and cabriolet bodies, while the xDrive all-wheel drive system is available in coupe, sedan and wagon only. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that puts out 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque.

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