2. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
You will never convince your neighbors that this sedan cost less than $50K. With classic styling, deep windswept lines, unmistakable AMG front grille, standard 18-inch wheels, and an aggressive stance, the exterior of this sedan looks as though owning it would require quite a lot more of “what it takes to get along.” Step inside and elegance meets functionality with your choice of burl wood dash trims in ash or walnut, for the more classic connoisseur, as well as aluminum and carbon-fiber to suit more modern tastes. The CLA45 premium sports seating with leather upholstery, large analog gauges, well laid out center stack, AMG steering wheel, and GPS navigation system seem to belong in a much less economical automobile. On the business end, a specially enhanced 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a twin scroll turbocharger is mated with a seven-speed shiftable automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drivetrain. This combination puts 355-horsepower to the pavement and 332 lb.-ft. of torque, while managing reasonable fuel efficiency numbers of 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway.