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Top 10 Best Sedans Car under $45K of 2011 edition Part 1: 35K-45K

Updated on July 16, 2011
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Intro

Looking for a new car can be a challenge for some people. You will need to find a lot of information or research about what type of car you need, what type of car can fit your budget, and what type of manufacturer you like, etc. The following article can be used as a research tools for a new car buyer. I have provided the list of $35K-$45K sedans for your convinient. These cars may include mid size or full size sedans. This list will provide a lot of details about the car model, car manufacturers, car fuel economy, car size, car lowest MSRP, car speed, and more. This article will provide the first top 5 of this category, more on my next article.

Note: You can do a test drive to verify the following infomation by visiting your local auto dealership.

The Top 10 best premium cars $35k - $45k are:

  1. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  2. Lexus ES 350
  3. Cadillac CTS
  4. Ford Taurus SHO
  5. BMW 3 Series Diesel
  6. Volvo S80
  7. Acura TL
  8. Saab 9-5
  9. Lexus IS 350
  10. Audi A5 Convertible

 

Top 10 Best Sedans Under $45K Info

(click column header to sort results)
No  
Model  
Manufacturer  
Lowest MSRP  
Review Rating  
Length (in)  
Width (in)  
Height (in)  
Fuel Economy City/Highway (mpg)  
1
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln
$35,180
5
189.8
72.2
56.8
41/36
2
Lexus ES 350
Lexus
$36,025
4.5
191.1
71.7
56.3
19/27
3
Cadillac CTS
Cadillac
$35,165
4.1
191.3
72.5
58
16/26
4
Ford Taurus SHO
Ford
$37,770
4.6
202.9
76.2
60.7
18/28
5
BMW 3 Series Diesel
BMW
$44,150
5
178.2
71.5
55.9
18/28
6
Volvo S80
Volvo
$36,950
4.6
191
73.3
58.8
19/27
7
Acura TL
Acura
$35,305
4.3
195.5
74
57.2
18/26
8
Saab 9-5
Saab
$38,525
4.5
197.2
73.3
57.8
17/27
9
Lexus IS 350
Lexus
$39,070
4.4
180.3
70.9
56.1
20/27
10
Audi A5 Convertible
Audi
$42,450
4.9
182.5
73
54
21/31
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid | Source

1. 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is well known for the blend of luxury and practicality. It combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor drive powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. With total output of 191 horsepower, it rides 0-60-mph time of about 8.7 seconds. This car is voted as the best new car and most fuel-efficient in its class ($30,000-$45,000). This is what Kiplinger said about 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, “In a bold move, Lincoln gave the hybrid variant of the MKZ the same price tag as the gasoline-engine model, sidestepping the average hybrid price premium of $50,000. With 41 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway, it takes the cake for near-luxury fuel efficiency, too.”

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is only available in one Base trim. It is a five-passenger hybrid sedan. The standard features offered are 17-inch alloy wheels, heated and ventilated power front seats with memory functions, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors (auto-dimming on the driver side), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, fog-lights, a nine-speaker stereo with a six-CD changer, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio, as well the Sync multimedia integration system.

Advantages

  • Smooth transmission
  • Capacious and fine cabin
  • Sync system is useful and easy to use
  • Fair price
  • Top in class for fuel economy


Disadvantages

  • Headroom feels a bit too small
  • Sport suspension creates overly firm ride
  • Low-grade parking-brake handle

Lexus ES 350
Lexus ES 350 | Source

2. 2011 Lexus ES 350

The new 2011 Lexus ES 350 offers the comfortable and luxurious ride with the new V6 engine's calibration for regular octane gas instead of premium fuel. The Lexus ES 350 is easy to drive and the additional technological features can be added as per one’s preference.

The 2011 Lexus ES 350 is available in one single trim level. It is a midsize luxury sedan featuring standard 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, driver memory functions, heated exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, automatic wipers, 10-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cruise control, fog-lights, wood interior trim, a sunroof, an auto-dimming mirror, an eight-speaker stereo with iPod interface, satellite radio, six-CD changer, USB audio jack and auxiliary audio jack, as well Bluetooth phone and music streaming capability.


Advantages

  • Good mileage per gallon
  • Luxurious and hushed cabin
  • Easy and comfortable ride
  • Powerful acceleration
  • Smart ride

Disadvantages

  • Handling not comfort
  • Average braking
  • Uncomfortable front-seat
  • Adding additional features is costly

Cadillac CTS
Cadillac CTS | Source

3. 2011 Cadillac CTS

Cadillac was first introduced in 2002. And for three consecutive years, it had been named in the 10 Best Car by Car and Driver Magazine. Compared to large year, the 2011 Cadillac CTS has not much different. The new CTS is significantly more compact with edgy styling and improved performance.

The 2011 Cadillac CTS is available in five trim levels, 3.0 base, 3.0 Performance, 3.0 Luxury, 3.6 Performance and 3.6 Premium. The 3.0 Base featuring standard equipment such as 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, premium vinyl "leatherette" upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, an eight-way power driver seat, a rear center armrest with a pass-through, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and an eight-speaker CD stereo with satellite radio.


Advantages

  • Secure handling while driving
  • Well-designed cabin interior
  • Works well on regular gasoline
  • Stylish gadgets

Disadvantages

  • Uncomfortable feel at driving position
  • Trim level and body style combination are confusing
  • Panoramic moon-roof is not well executed
  • Rear visibility is low

Ford Taurus
Ford Taurus | Source

4. 2011 Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus was first introduced in 1986. Ford Taurus was the best-selling car in the United States between 1992 and 1996. And now, the new 2011 Ford Taurus is coming back with its roomy, comfortable interior and larger trunk serving as a comfortable family vehicle in the full-size sedan class.

The 2011 Ford Taurus is available in four trim levels, SE, SEL, SHO and Limited. The standard equipment offered in the SE are 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry with an access keypad, a six-way power driver seat (manual recline), steering-wheel audio controls, automatic headlights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, and a six-speaker stereo with CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack.


Advantages

  • Huge and spacious trunk
  • Gives comfort in driving
  • Gain top scores in crash test
  • All-wheel drive option is available

Disadvantages

  • Smaller backseat
  • Confining cabin 

BMW 335d
BMW 335d | Source

5. 2011 BMW 3 Series

First manufactured in 1975, the BMW 3 Series has been recorded as the BMW’s best-selling vehicle. It has been produced in various body style; sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible. The new coupe and convertible BMW 3 Series have received minor restyle for 2011. The BMW 3 Series has received a lot of praises. Kiplinger said that BMW 335d is the best car in the class and Edmunds acknowledged it as one of the finest automobiles on the globe.

The 2011 BMW 3 Series is available in four body styles; sedan, coupe wagon and convertible. The basic model for all body styles is the rear-wheel-drive 328i. Standard features on the base models are 16-inch wheels, "leatherette" premium vinyl upholstery, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, fog-lamps and a 10-speaker sound system with HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and CD player.


Advantages

  • Strong and smooth engines
  • Secure acceleration and strong breaks
  • Good in fuel-efficient
  • Fashionable cabin
  • An option for diesel engine is available

Disadvantages

  • Limited storage space
  • Small backseat and trunk
  • Relatively price for base and additional features are costly

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Top 10 Sedan Cars Performance

(click column header to sort results)
No  
Model  
Manufacturer  
Lowest MSRP  
Review Rating  
Base Engine (l)  
Turning Cycle (ft)  
Horsepower (HP)  
Speed 0-60mph (s)  
Transmission  
1
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln
$35,180
5
2.5
37.5
156
8
cont
2
Lexus ES 350
Lexus
$36,025
4.5
3.5
36.7
268
7
6
3
Cadillac CTS
Cadillac
$35,165
4.1
3
36
270
6.7
6
4
Ford Taurus SHO
Ford
$37,770
4.6
3.5
39.7
263
6
6
5
BMW 3 Series Diesel
BMW
$44,150
5
3
36.1
230
5.9
6
6
Volvo S80
Volvo
$36,950
4.6
3.2
36.7
240
5.9
6
7
Acura TL
Acura
$35,305
4.3
3.5
38.4
280
5.6
5
8
Saab 9-5
Saab
$38,525
4.5
2
37.1
220
6.4
6
9
Lexus IS 350
Lexus
$39,070
4.4
3.5
33.5
306
5.6
6
10
Audi A5 Convertible
Audi
$42,450
4.9
2
37.4
211
6.6
6

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