2. Lexus IS250

If you prefer the reliability and supple ride of a Lexus over the diabolical engineering and race-tuned ride of the German competition, the ES350 might be for you. With a less aggressive version of Lexus’s now-ubiquitous spindle grill, the ES350 is otherwise indistinguishable from the current 2018 model and, if we’re honest, isn’t a bad-looking car for a three-box front-drive sedan.

Based on the Toyota Camry platform, the ES350 shares that car’s 3.5L V6, floor pan, and most major components, so it’s as reliable as the day is long and gets very respectable gas mileage (especially in the hybrid ‘H’ model). Plus, maintenance and repairs are likely less expensive than on the bespoke German competition as well.