When I think of luxury sports sedans, the first thing that comes to mind is Mercedes and BMW. These past two weekends I got to compare both champions of the road.
The Mercedes C250 sports sedan is a beautiful car, it has great styling and a plush interior. It comes well equipped at around $35,000. The model I dove featured heated leather seats, a soft leather wrapped steering wheel, and a Harmon Karman sound system. One of the neatest features is the ability to remotely lower the windows, an extremely useful feature when the car has been sitting in the hot sun. The base engine is a 1.8L 4-cylinder turbo, which produces 201 horsepower. It is definitely not a race car.
The BMW 328i sports sedan, puts the sport in sports sedan. The interior was a disappointment, but the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine produces an impressive 240 horsepower (impressive for such a small engine). The car handled great and the steering was very responsive. The base model, at around $36,000, lacks the luxuries you would expect from a car with that price tag: It comes with an imitation leather interior and imitation aluminum trim. The seats are also very uncomfortable with no lumbar support… I forgot. are we comparing luxury sports sedans or just sports sedans?
The BMW 328i is the car to get if you want performance and need a four door sedan. It was significantly quicker while cornering and faster in a straight line.
The Mercedes C250 is the car to get if you want a true luxury sports sedan. It is quick, fun to drive, and offers a comfortable ride.
Ashley Cline with her Lexus IS250
I have driven my (ex)girlfriend’s Lexus IS250 a bunch times and have grown quite fond of the car. I am a sports car type of guy and usually don’t enjoy sedans, but the Lexus IS250 brought a smile to my face. The car handles like a go-kart and is spacious enough for a cross country road trip.
I was impressed by the styling and options offered by Lexus in their entry level sedan. The car featured smooth leather seats, wood grain trim, and a large screen for GPS navigation. Using Pandora on Ashley’s iPhone via the radio was fun. It even show the album cover on the screen!
The V6 engine only produces 204 HP, but what it lacks in power it makes up for in handling and styling.
I was shocked after driving the Buick Regal GS! My original impression of Buick as a brand is that they are a car for grandfathers. This is no longer the case. The Regal GS is the perfect car for a young executive or anyone interested in a sports sedan.
The first thing you will notice about the Buick Regal GS is how sleek the car’s interior looks and feels. From the aluminum trim on the steering wheel to the stitching in the seats, you find that General Motors paid every attention to details. The second thing you will notice about the car is it’s performance. This six speed 4 cylinder sports sedan packs 270 HP thanks to a turbo charger. In addition, the GS offers Grand Sport mode which made a huge different when hugging corners. GS mode stiffens the suspension by 40% and tightens the steering wheel. The Buick Regal GS is one of the few non-sports cars to come with Brembo brakes.
They also loaded the Regal GS with a wide range of technology features. This includes luxury features such as auto dimming mirror, automatic wipers and lights. The touch screen and voice activated controls for satellite radio, internet radio, and the navigation system shows off Buick’s new focus on technology, performance and luxury.
To put the Buick Regal GS to the test, my friend Alex and I created the #BuickRoadTrip. We ventured from Miami Beach Florida to Coconut Beach, then to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, then to Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. Driving the Buick on a few hundred mile road trip was very relaxing. It offered a quite ride on the highway, but an exhilarating experience on the side roads.
Buick’s reputation as a car manufacture for old men is gone. The Regal GS has superb styling and a sporty feel. Thanks to the adjustable suspension, plush seats and turbo-charged engine, you will love this car!
Big thank you to General Motors and Buick for loaning me the Regals GS for a week.
I borrowed the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta last Thursday, so this weekend my friend John and I spoofed the 1990′s Volkswagen Golf commercial. The featured song is Da Da Da by Trio. Use this link to see the original: Da Da Da Commercial
Ford unveiled the 2013 Police Interceptors a couple days ago at the 2011 NASCAR Championships press lunch. So I got one of Ford’s VPs to give me a tour of the new SUV and sedan which will be replacing the Crown Victorias.
- Built to withstand a 70 mph rear end crash
- Both cars now feature all-wheel-drive standard
- Powered by a modified Mustang engine. Ford modified the engine for longevity when idling
- Both the sedan and the SUV use interchangeable wheels so Police departments can swap spare tires between vehicles.
I am not looking forward to seeing these in my rearview mirror!