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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS550
“The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class offers a level of athleticism and sumptuousness that in the past has been difficult to find in one car.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.2 
2
2009 BMW 528
“[The] 528i feels delightfully light on its feet for a clean, satisfying driving without a lot of high-tech aids to get in the way. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2009 BMW 535
“Midsize luxury with performance tendencies is the 5-Series mandate... ” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2009 BMW 550
“...the predecessor...BMW 5-Series was a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, and this year's J.D. Power and Associate Dependability Study of 3-year-old cars showed the BMW brand above the industry average.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2009 BMW 750
“There is almost nothing this car can't do, and the stretched L version makes a perfect rolling office for the businessperson on the go. ” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2009 Lexus GS 350
“The V6 engine provides more than enough power for daily commuting and spirited jaunts, and the cabin remains blissfully silent.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2009 Lexus GS 450h
“The hybrid system in the GS450h is so highly evolved that its only remaining unusual behaviors are positives.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2009 Lexus GS 460
“The interior is skillfully wrought, the car is beautifully built, and the powertrain is a gem.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2009 Lexus LS 460
“On the road, the 2007 Lexus LS 460 is impressively quiet. Drivers and passengers will find themselves sheathed in a bubble of serenity.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2009 Mercedes-Benz S550
“Virtually every convenience imaginable, from massaging front seats to electric door-close assists, and the most sophisticated passenger-car safety technology money can buy.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.0 
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2009 Audi A8
“Throttle response is gratifying, to say the least. Whether taking off from a stoplight or jetting up to cruising speed on the freeway, a solid rush of power is always on tap.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
3
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2009 Cadillac STS
“Cadillac estimates the V8 rear-drive version of the upcoming STS to be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. All-wheel drive adds a second.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.7 
3
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2009 Lexus ES 350
“The old car packed only 218 hp, so the ES350's new, more potent engine addresses a genuine weakness.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
3.7 
3
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2009 Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC
“The E320 BlueTec is perfectly at home on the highway. It wafts over bumps, and gentle pressure on the pedal easily adds 10 mph to the cruising speed.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.7 
3
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2009 Mercedes-Benz E350
“This car's interior is truly beautiful. ” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
3.7 
3
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2009 Mercedes-Benz E550
“There's nothing like the E550's V8 power for smooth, exhilarating acceleration.” — Automotive.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
4
2009 Audi A6
“An "advanced key" option allows you to start the car without digging around for the key at the bottom of your purse or briefcase. Sensors recognize the key, and to start the car, you press the "engine start" button.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
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2009 BMW 135
“On the road, the power delivery of the turbo six is so smooth and relentless that it makes the 1 Series fast-very fast-but never furious. ” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
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2009 BMW 328
“It was the sheer smoothness of it all -- the ease with which the 328i consumed highways, its dance-like nimbleness in city traffic. The car went exactly where pointed -- no wavering, wobbling or hesitation, just excellent directional stability at any speed.” — WashingtonPost.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
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2009 BMW 335
“The car will move exactly where you want it, exactly how you think it will. There's never any odd feedback or off-target steering, and there's rarely a slip of the rear wheels.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
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2009 BMW 335d
“We found ourselves outrunning everyone while grunting it around town without ever approaching the upper reaches of the tachometer. ” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
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2009 Cadillac CTS
“The cabin is impressively hushed overall. ” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
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2009 Cadillac DTS
“Opt for Luxury III and there's genuine burled walnut interior trim, massaging front seats, Bose premium audio system, "rainsense" wipers and chrome wheels.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
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2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
“Hyundai cleared the fence with the Genesis. The high level of quality, refinement and performance of our top-of-the-line 4.6L V8 test car amazed everyone who has sat behind its wheel.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
TIE
2009 Lexus IS 250
“We enjoyed driving them, particularly the more powerful IS 350. It's fast, it sticks in corners and it stops with authority.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
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2009 Lexus IS 350
“The IS 350's VDIM electronic stability control steps in very early to keep the driver out of trouble.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.5 
5
2009 Acura RL
“The 300-hp. RL is a fine piece of work - quick, quiet, surefooted, luxurious - and standard with all-wheel drive, not extra.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Acura TL
“...the TL has also earned a reputation for solid reliability and good resale value, two items which we expect will continue with this new model.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Audi A4
“...with that increase in length and width and a minor reduction in height (it's now lower by less than 0.1 inch), the new model has a planted, sportier stance and holds the road with a new sense of confidence and enthusiasm...” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
TIE
2009 Audi A5
“It's practical and comfortable enough for everyday driving with enough style and performance to make a statement.” — Forbes   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 INFINITI G37 Convertible
“The G37's buttons and knobs don't overwhelm as they do in some luxury car offerings and are very straightforward and intuitive in operation.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
TIE
2009 INFINITI G37 Coupe
“The G37's buttons and knobs don't overwhelm as they do in some luxury car offerings and are very straightforward and intuitive in operation.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 INFINITI G37x Coupe
“Serious horsepower, refined manners, and excellent handling make the G37x [a] strong player in [its] segment. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 INFINITI M35
“The 280-hp V-6 offers gobs of go across the rev band and rarely leaves you thinking that you shoulda had a V-8.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 INFINITI M35x
“The 280-hp V-6 offers gobs of go across the rev band and rarely leaves you thinking that you shoulda had a V-8.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 INFINITI M45
“The stiff superstructure, with wheels stretched to the corners and the engine behind the front wheels, adds up to a package more than capable of hitting the sweet spot in balance, ride and handling in a sport-luxury sedan.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 INFINITI M45x
“Considering the M45's superb handling capabilities, the ride quality is surprisingly comfortable and compliant...” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Jaguar XF
“From the pulsating starter button to the mechanized revolving air vents and pop-up rotary gearshift, the XF does things differently. There's a sense of fun, of what-the-heck style missing in the ascetic logic of German rivals.” — CAR   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Jaguar XJ
“The styling may not break any new ground, but an all-aluminum body and high-tech air suspension transform this former fat cat into a friskier flagship.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Lincoln MKS
“On the road, the MKS has a firm ride for a Lincoln, though comfortable, even with the 20-in. wheels. Twisty roads reveal predictable manners; the MKS may not be as pointable as a rear-drive sedan of similar size, but it does have well controlled body motions and steering that's not overboosted.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Lincoln MKZ
“The 3.5-liter V-6 with 6-speed automatic whisks you away from the light or down the merger ramp or into the passing lane with much more speed and authority than before.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Saab 9-5
“Each [trim level] has a distinct personality, with individual interior styles, different performance levels, and different price points to suit the priorities of their buyers.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Volvo S60
“The heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls are well designed and easy to operate, with big buttons that use Volvo's clever metaphoric design to direct the airflow.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Volvo S80
“Some might find it boring, but suburbanites of the low profile sort will not be disappointed.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
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2009 Volvo V70
“Wonderfully supportive seats, ample cargo capacity, top-notch safety features, Swedish flair.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2009 Volkswagen Eos
“The Eos' interior decor is what we've come to expect of VW lately: dense, pebbled vinyl dash materials, serenely technical instrumentation, affirmative switches and logical layout. A keen impression of quality and competence. Just terrific.” — Los Angeles Times   See More Reviews
2.7 
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2009 Lincoln Town Car
“The Town Car is appealing for its spacious seating for six people and a trunk that provides cavernous storage for luggage and golf clubs.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2.5 
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2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
“From behind, rollover hoops lend seriousness and at any angle the sports car has a planted-on-the-ground presence. ” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
2.0 
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