When it comes to the search for the best RWD sedans, there’s no question that there are a number of choices from which to make your selection. Generally speaking, if you’re after high-performance, it will be a rear-drive sedan that you’ll choose. If you want luxury and performance, but not all-wheel drive, then there are a few that fit the bill among the  best RWD sedans . Of course, you can spend a lot to get full-size luxury, or opt for a more upscale yet reasonable midsize, or even an affordable midsize. In the end, figure out your wants and needs and check out these contenders for best RWD sedans.

  • Hyundai GenesisThough some reviewers say it can’t compete with high-performance luxury brands, others say consumers can’t beat the overall value and refinement of the rear-drive 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan. Consumer Guide says, “Though the Hyundai brand has little of the cachet of rival brands in this class, Genesis holds its own in terms of powertrain performance. It also offers impressive accoutrements at relative bargain pricing. While any Genesis sedan is worth your consideration, we think the V6 version is a better value that gives up little to the V8 in everyday driving.” Available in 290-hp 3.8-liter V6 and 375-hp 4.6-liter V8.
  • BMW  5-Series Gran TurismoConsumers looking for the ultimate driving machine should definitely check out the all-new 2011 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo. Available in 535i and 550i Gran Turismo, these rear-drive high-performance sedans achieve 300 and 400 horsepower, respectively, from 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with twin turbo power (535i Gran Turismo), and 4.4-liter V8 (550i Gran Turismo). Starting manufacturers suggested retail prices (MSRPs) begin at $56,000 and $63,900, respectively. Edmunds comments: “Sportier than the Mercedes E-class, cleaner-looking inside than an Audi A6 and roomier than a Jaguar XF, the 2011 BMW 5 Series continues to be one of the best vehicles you can drive, period.”
  • Cadillac CTS-VMotor Trend remarks: “This is it. The fastest, most-powerful Cadillac ever built. The fastest, most-powerful American sedan in history, for that matter. Locked, loaded, and gunning for Europe’s heavy-hitting sports sedans – BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Audi RS6.” The car the magazine refers to as “Cadzilla” takes on all comers with ease. Car and Driver named it a “10 Best” for 2010. Quite literally, the rear-wheel drive 2011 Cadillac CTS-V is the fastest production sedan in the world, with 556 horsepower from its 6.2-liter V8 and 6-speed manual transmission. MSRPs begin at $63,465.

Want still more choices for best RWD sedans? Also check out the Infiniti M56, Jaguar XF, and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. Better yet, why not take a test drive in all of these great cars? That’s the only way to truly determine the best RWD sedans.

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