Best 2021 Midsize Luxury Cars According to Consumer Reports

With more luxury cars available than ever before, it can be tough to pick between them. Luckily, Consumer Reports combined its own testing and survey data to pick the best luxury cars that should be on your radar. While there are various segments covered in this list, today, we’ll focus on midsized cars, typically costing between $35,000 to $55,000.

According to Consumer Reports’ testing, none of the vehicles on this list managed to receive a favorable predicted ownership satisfaction rating. Despite this, all of the models covered below managed to excel in the predicted reliability section.

2021 Audi A4: 87/100

An image of an Audi A4 parked outdoors. It is one of Consumer Reports' top picks for 2021 luxury cars.
Audi A4 | Audi

Starting off this list of Consumer Reports’ favorite luxury cars is the 2021 Audi A4. This midsize, on average, should cost you anywhere from $39,11 to $44,600. However, keep in mind that performance-oriented models can quickly shoot that price into the stratosphere.

Regardless, this midsize luxury car managed to impress Consumer Reports with its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Aside from delivering excellent power, the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission onboard was reportedly quick and ultra-smooth.

Thanks to massive quality improvements over the last decade or so, this brand-new Audi received a stellar predicted reliability score. However, Consumer Reports’ survey resulted in an average ownership satisfaction score.

2021 Infiniti Q50: 85/100

An image of an Infiniti Q50 parked outdoors. It is one of Consumer Reports' top picks for 2021 luxury cars.
Infiniti Q50 | Infiniti

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Next up in this list of luxury cars by Consumer Reports is the 2021 Infiniti Q50. On average, this sedan should cost you between $36,600 to $57,750. As you’d expect, the most expensive variants are the performance-oriented models with larger engines.

This Infiniti managed to impress Consumer Reports with its turbocharged V6 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. With 300-hp on tap, Consumer Reports found that this sedan was more than quick. However, in terms of downsides, fuel economy was reportedly quite poor.

Thanks to a lack of available amenities and less-than-stellar fit and finish quality, this sedan received a very poor owner satisfaction rating. However, in terms of reliability, the Q50 received a perfect score.

2021 BMW 3-Series: 83/100

An image of a BMW 3-Series parked outdoors.
BMW 3-Series | BMW

Next up in this Consumer Reports list of brand-new luxury cars is the 2021 BMW 3-Series. Like with the other contenders in this list, the 3-Series is available in many flavors ranging from eco-friendly to high performance. However, you’ll be paying around $41,250 to $56,700 for this midsize sedan on average.

As standard, you’ll find a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine under the hood, although more powerful options are available for a premium. With all-wheel-drive available and a sporty driving experience, Consumer Reports gave the 3-Series top marks during its road test.

However, unlike the previously mentioned options, the 3-Series has less-than-stellar reliability ratings. While they are still above average, they aren’t as good as the others. On top of that, the 3-Series received an average owner satisfaction score.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 83/100

An image of a Mercedes-Benz C-Class parked outside.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class | Mercedes-Benz

Last up in this Consumer Reports list of luxury cars is one of the best-looking contenders in the segment, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. On average, you should pay between $41,600 to $85,600 for this contender. However, the one costing around $80,000 is the V8-powered AMG variant.

In terms of its base trim, the C300 offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which scored decent fuel-economy ratings. Like with the others, all-wheel-drive is available. Additionally, Consumer Reports found that this vehicle was one of the most comfortable out of this entire list.

Like the BMW, the Mercedes-Benz didn’t excel in the reliability or owner satisfaction ratings. However, since this model has so many different powertrains available, these might not be widespread problems.