Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Pacific Northwest
I'm not sure I would buy any of the other cars within that price range listed in the title. All the Germans would be really underpowered and/or barebones (remember, most of them would come with 200-220hp engines on a car larger and heavier than the CLA). The Caddy CTS would be really underpowered as well. The Lexus' just aren't very fun to drive, same with Volvo and Lincoln (and there's a stigma still to the Lincoln badge that is hard to overcome). Infiniti's suspension and chassis is too wallowy. The TT can be had for a much better deal by buying a Golf. And Acuras still feel like to me a Honda with tinsle.
If you're going to throw in the Enclave, why not an Evoque, Grand Cherokee, Land Rover, and a host of other SUVs? Sure, the Evoque would be barebones as well but at least it'd be better.
If I HAD to stay below $45k, I'd probably settle for the Grand Cherokee, Evoque, or an ATS.