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Aug 10 2017

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What car should I buy?

I want: 4 door, AWD, 6 speed manual (needed for engine braking on ice — no paddle shifters!), 270 horsepower, and heated leather seats. Any suggestions?

Sounds like a recipe for success on our end: Combine ample power, rowing your own gears and all-wheel drive to get that power to the ground in any weather. There are three new cars that fit your criteria. All are $40,000-plus:

BMW 335xi sedan (MSRP: $40,800)

  • AWD
  • 6-speed manual
  • 300-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six
  • Leather seats standard
  • Heated front leather seats are optional ($500). (no heated rear seats)
  • All-season tires
  • 16/25 mpg city/highway

Audi S4 (MSRP: $48,610)

  • AWD
  • 6-speed manual
  • 340 horsepower 4.2-liter V-8
  • Leather seats standard
  • Heated front and rear leather seats are grouped into convenience package ($2,125)
  • Summer-only tires
  • 13/20 mpg city/highway

BWM 535xi (MSRP: $51,600)

  • AWD
  • 6-speed manual
  • 300-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six
  • Leather seats standard
  • Heated front leather seats are optional ($500).
  • Heated rear leather seats are optional ($350).
  • All-season tires
  • 16/25 mpg city/highway

For your criteria, the BMWs are favorable because they include all-season tires as standard equipment while the Audi S4 has summer-only tires. We haven’t tested the larger 535xi, but the 335 is continually one of our favorite midsize luxury cars; it’s cheaper than the Audi S4 and also has better fuel economy ratings. The S4 has more of a performance edge, though, which is reflected in the choice of standard summer-only tires. If winter driving is a must, which it sounds like it is if you’re concerned about driving on ice, then the BMWs would be a better choice so you don’t have to buy a separate set of tires to get around during the winter months.

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