2013 Audi A7 Prestige - $37,500

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This gorgeous luxury sedan is a 2013 Audi A7 Prestige Edition. The A7 and its sleek Sportback styling were introduced in 2010. Sporty and spacious, this platform gives you a car for all occasions.

The bodylines really make this design stand out from the mass of Mercedes and BMW types. This 44k-mile example is the top-of-the-line Prestige model which includes the S line exterior. It is finished in Phantom Black Pearl which seems the perfect color for this car. The retractable spoiler is a neat touch too. The optional 20" wheels have been blacked out wheels to complement the body. Also note the selectively blacked out front grille bars to tighten up the appearance.

The drivetrain uses Audi's fantastic 3.0L supercharged V6, voted one of Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2013. This is a fantastic powerplant with gobs of low-end torque, accelerating the spacious car from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds but still delivering 28 mpg on the highway. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic with normal and paddle shift modes. And of course you also get Audi's famous Quattro all-wheel-drive.

The interior is my favorite part of the car. It is comfortable and spacious, while the Sportback styling provides a generous cargo area in the rear. Audi's woodgrain materials look much nicer than the shiny plastic stuff that others use. As part of the Prestige package, this car has 4-zone air conditioning, front and rear heated seats, ventilated front seats, and Audi's MMI Navigation with retractable color screen that also serves as the driver information system and rearview monitor. Also the Bose audio system with Bluetooth and subwoofer sounds excellent.

There are so many more features on this A7! LED headlights, cold weather package, side assist, sport suspension, steering wheel controls, automatic tailgate, rain and light sensors, HomeLink, split folding rear seat, etc. And the driver information system allows you to configure the entire driving experience to your preferences.

This Audi includes its original window sticker with an MSRP of $71,765. It is a wonderful car to drive with a splendid mix of performance, luxury, and practicality. It all makes for a great and affordable way to enter this outstanding automotive segment.

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