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Audi vs. Lexus: Battle of the Brands

US News & World Report - Cars Logo By Jim Gorzelany of US News & World Report - Cars | Slide 2 of 18:     Winner: Audi      Audi produces three models in this segment: the compact A4 sedan, the A5 sedan/hatchback/convertible, and the subcompact    A3    sedan. The A5 and A4 are ranked at No. 3 and No. 4 among luxury small cars, with U.S. News overall scores of 8.6 and 8.5 out of 10, respectively. The A3 sits at No. 10 on this list, with a still respectable score of 7.7. The A5 has powerful engines, amenable ride and handling qualities, easily operated tech features, and a well-finished interior. The A4 offers almost everything the A5 does, as well as strong fuel economy estimates. The A3 offers peppy engines, well-balanced driving dynamics, and an ample standard feature set. However, we took points off for shortcomings in cargo space and predicted reliability.    Lexus offers two cars in this class: the compact IS sport sedan and the sporty RC coupe. They rank at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively, with overall scores of 7.5 and 7.4. The IS has a smooth ride, plush cabin, and an excellent predicted reliability rating. However, its outdated interior, difficult infotainment controls, poor fuel economy, and a too-small trunk force it down our rankings. We sang many of the same praises for the wildly styled RC coupe, but were less than delighted with its lackluster performance, baffling infotainment system, lack of back seat room and cargo space, and its high sticker price.

Luxury Small Cars

Winner: Audi

Audi produces three models in this segment: the compact A4 sedan, the A5 sedan/hatchback/convertible, and the subcompact A3 sedan. The A5 and A4 are ranked at No. 3 and No. 4 among luxury small cars, with U.S. News overall scores of 8.6 and 8.5 out of 10, respectively. The A3 sits at No. 10 on this list, with a still respectable score of 7.7. The A5 has powerful engines, amenable ride and handling qualities, easily operated tech features, and a well-finished interior. The A4 offers almost everything the A5 does, as well as strong fuel economy estimates. The A3 offers peppy engines, well-balanced driving dynamics, and an ample standard feature set. However, we took points off for shortcomings in cargo space and predicted reliability.

Lexus offers two cars in this class: the compact IS sport sedan and the sporty RC coupe. They rank at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively, with overall scores of 7.5 and 7.4. The IS has a smooth ride, plush cabin, and an excellent predicted reliability rating. However, its outdated interior, difficult infotainment controls, poor fuel economy, and a too-small trunk force it down our rankings. We sang many of the same praises for the wildly styled RC coupe, but were less than delighted with its lackluster performance, baffling infotainment system, lack of back seat room and cargo space, and its high sticker price.

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