Luxury's High Road With Low End Price Tags

Seems as if every auto maker is crowding into the value end of the luxury class, where cars go for roughly $30,000. While Mercedes-Benz recently swooped down from the stratosphere with its C-class, three new flagship models from Oldsmobile, Mazda, and Buick are stretching upward. Although they don't match the luxury and performance of cars such as the nearly $60,000 BMW 740i or the $52,000-plus Lexus LS400, they come mighty close for a lot less money.

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