Autoblog reader Alex asks,
"I am trying to decide on what to buy for my next car. I am looking into entry-level luxary cars and what I have in mind are a BMW 3-series sedan, MB C-class and Audi A4. I have a limited budget and would like to spend below $30K, so probably looking into pre-owned certified cars, about years 2002 onwards."
After some serious thought I think I'd go with a 2005 Acura TSX, which isn't one of the vehicles you mentioned, but either meets or exceeds their levels of quality, is light on its feet, just as fun to drive, can be had with a 6-speed manual and returns 29 mpg highway from a 200-hp high-tech four-cylinder. And Kelley Blue Book lists the retail price (in my area) of a 2005 model with 12,000 miles as a little over $28,000.
Any one else have some suggestions on what's the best entry-level luxury sedan under 30 Gs?