We ranked these upscale sedans highly based on their history of reliable service and these manufacturers’ reputation for producing quality vehicles.
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Mazda Millenia, Saab 9-5, Audi A4
In 2001, Lexus brought this sporty sedan to the market, powering it with a 3.0-liter straight six, 215 horsepower engine and a 5-speed electronic automatic transmission with manual “E-Shift.” In 2004, Lexus improved the integrity of this cross-bred vehicle adding a maintenance indicator light and automatic power door locks to its impressive list of standard features. This performance-oriented sport sedan could be a great option for those looking for a pre-owned family vehicle.
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Acura added this high-performance sedan to the market in 1996. This nice sporty venture has seen regular design changes, with a complete redesign in 1999 and the addition of the Type S in 2002. The third generation Acura TL rolled off the assembly line in the United States late in 2003. This vehicle featured the first 6-disc Panasonic DVD-Audio system, with 8 speakers offered to American car buyers.
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This high end Volvo sedan rests on an amended version of the Ford full-size car platform (P2). The first S60 hit showrooms in 2001. The stylishly designed S60 gave Volvo a safe vehicle with great looks. This front wheel drive vehicle has standard features that include antilock four-wheel disc brakes, front side airbags, side-window curtain airbags, anti-whiplash front-seat backrests (Volvo’s WHIPS) and head restraints. By 2004, Volvo added a new engine option and a new rack-and-pinion steering system, increasing the great acceleration and precise handling of this quality car.
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In 1991, Infiniti released its sporty G20. The first generation G20 was produced from 1991 to 1996. The second generation of the G20 was produced from 1999 until it was replaced by the G35 in 2003. The larger, late model G20s offered multi-link beam rear suspension. The G35 is larger than the G20 and has significantly more power. Its 3.5-liter, V6 engine produces 260 horsepower – power to spare.
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Produced in 2002, this smooth comfortable ride is synonymous with Cadillac’s luxury reputation. The CTS was introduced in 2002 as a sports sedan and since then has continued to garner a strong following. It is powered by a 3.2-liter LA3 V6 engine producing 220hp. Its attractive interior appointments and a sharply styled exterior, make you feel like a King when driving this beauty.
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