If you were trying to impress your annoying schoolmates in that anxiety-inducing reunion you reluctantly agreed to go to using your deceptively “expensive” luxury car, it really isn’t all that hard given all the choices available nowadays. The luxury car market is filled with great buys and steals but one does have to be wary of lingering money pits just waiting to be passed on to another unsuspecting victim. With that said, we can also be picky about what cars we buy in the future just like how we can be picky of the kind of food we eat since our vehicles reflect the kind of persons we are. Luxury cars are more than just mere vehicles; they are statements, extensions of ourselves.
Of course some cars are more popular than others and some are more on the low key side of things, nonetheless, these low key baller rides still pack a punch and can give maximum enjoyment at a low price. Take the BMW Z3 for example; brand new, it cost around $18,000 to $35,000 but now we can find good examples at about $5,000. We don’t know about you but we call that a really good deal considering the experience you get out of a BMW Z3, lightweight body, powerful engine, rear-wheel drive, what more can you ask for? Indeed this is not exclusive to a roadster; countless other luxury cars have depreciated much to our pleasure. We can now purchase them at bargain prices and the price tags don’t necessarily make them any less luxurious.
20 Saab 9-5
Swedish people are not exactly known for building cars, it wouldn’t be fair to say that they don’t build great cars, because they do, as a matter of fact.
The Saab 9-5 might not look much but ever since General Motors have bought the company, the giant made the 9-5 undergo 1,265 changes.
One of these changes is the increased power output to 250 horses, 20 more than the previous iteration. It’s equipped with halogen taillights and headlights, a retuned suspension, and a more opulent interior. Not too shabby for a sedan designed almost two decades ago.
19 Infinity Q45
For those who don’t already know, the car brand Infiniti is the luxury division of Japanese automaker Nissan much like the Toyota and Lexus relationship. One might call the Q45 a slightly downsized saloon but for many, it’s a powerful and reliable sedan with a V8 powerhouse. Granted, it might not be able to compete against the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW yet it can give them a run for their money in terms of performance and comfort. From double-stitched seats to white luminescent gauges, you can tell right off the bat that the Q45 was designed for more refined tastes.
18 Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG
A Mercedes was bound to make it to our list one way or another. Amazingly, the ML55 AMG has depreciated quite a lot in recent years and rightfully so; the saturation of its market is a key factor in this.
There are a lot of units of the luxurious SUV all around the globe running through the streets even today for the reason that they were built extremely well built as expected.
A 0-60 time of 6.3 seconds is decent by today’s standards; however, considering that the ML55 AMG is carrying around so much weight, that feat is nothing short of impressive.
17 Bentley Arnage
Much like getting a bespoke suit with matching Oxfords, acquiring a vehicle that best fits one’s own personality is a joyful experience as well. You would be surprised at the current prices a Bentley Arnage would go for nowadays given that it would most likely have been a car James Bond himself would have used at the turn of the century. Being a Bentley, it would be guaranteed that it would simply ooze with leisure and splendor. It had an original retail price of well over $200,000 but now, you can purchase a good example for the only a fraction of that. Quite a good bargain by if you ask anybody.
16 Jaguar XJ Super V8
Every automobile manufacturer needs a flagship model that imbues in the minds of potential buyers what kind of vehicles they offer. For Jaguar, it was once the XJ Super V8.
Some decent examples of it can be found for ridiculously low prices depending on the area you live in.
If your children get bored of the scenery outside their windows on a road trip, you can always turn on the screens at the back of the front seat headrests to keep them sane the rest of the trip. Its imposing size will surely bring the driver confidence.
15 Porsche Cayman S
When you think of Porsche, the 911 will immediately come to mind. However, the majority of us can’t shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a vehicle which is why the Cayman S is an absolute godsend. It’s a Porsche; of course, everyone knows how much the car costs, don’t they? Even though the Cayman is overshadowed immensely by its sibling, it still is a great car to own especially with its forgiving price tag. The engine is still sitting behind the driver’s seat which is essential for that authentic Porsche driving experience we so crave and love.
14 Volkswagen Phaeton W12
An interesting engine design is a clear way of garnering attention for a car. It was powerful enough to propel the Phaeton like a freight train gaining momentum; needless to say the body was heavy considering all the features that came along with the vehicle.
Surprisingly, China saved the Phaeton from extinction since the country with the largest population has been apparently importing a lot of ultra-luxury sedans from different brands.
If you do find a Phaeton W12 that hasn’t succumbed to relentless repairs over the course of a few years, consider yourself lucky.
13 Lincoln MKZ
Finding a used Lincoln MKZ for less than $8,000 isn’t hard, not at all. Lincoln is considered as an American luxury brand and a price tag that gives justice its category. The Americans sure know the right things to place inside a car, opulent leather seats and aluminum inserts are a couple of the things Lincoln added to the interior. A 3.5-liter engine sits under the hood that pushes out an ample amount of power to propel the MKZ from 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds. That time would have been arguably a tad bit quicker if the company kept it as a front-wheel drive but the all-wheel drive was needed to compete with its competitors in the same class.
12 Volvo V60
Volvo is without a doubt a luxury car brand and to own a luxury car at a low price is certainly an opportunity to flaunt your car buying prowess to other people. Fortunately, Volvo isn’t riddled with reliability issues from the get-go which would put any potential buyer’s mind at ease when thinking about ownership costs.
Aside from its reliability aptitude, decent performance is also a plus for the V60, especially with the 3.0-liter petrol engine variants.
The larger version of the popular S60 saloon also has a hybrid available for the public but we doubt that anybody in their right minds would let go of the hybrids any time soon.
11 Zinoro 1E
One of the largest markets for any industry in China, it’s no surprise that an as brand such as BMW has ventured more into the eastern country vivaciously. Zinoro is a subsidiary company of BMW and the 1E is loosely based on the BMW X1 with distinct similarities. It’s all-electric which is a step in the right direction for China with all its pollution ridden cities. Of course, Zinoro has incorporated the BMW grandeur into their vehicles most notably the opulence of the interior. The company knows that there are plenty of extravagant Chinese buyers who aren’t afraid to dig deep in their pockets; fortunately for us, used examples don’t go for much at all.
10 Acura TLX
With an original retail price of almost $45,000 in some areas and resale values well less than half of that, it’s safe to say that the Acura TLX is a used car bargain for the most part. It was one of the best luxury mid-sized sedans back when it was released.
If you could deal with slightly limited headroom and a rather confusing infotainment system, then you wouldn’t have any problems with the Acura TLX.
We do suggest getting the all-wheel-drive version especially if you live in snowy places to get around more easily. Expect a quiet and comfortable ride cruising in the TLX and a respectable fuel economy.
9 Buick LaCrosse
Unbeknownst to some, Buick offers cars that have great value for money, most especially when buying them used. Sometimes, small repairs can get a little pricey when compared to other brands but if that doesn’t bother you at all then you’d have no quarrel with the LaCrosse. The price tags on the first generation LaCrosse have gone from about $25,000 to around $3,000 in just over a decade, very poor resale value if you ask anyone. Getting 32 miles per gallon would make the LaCrosse an excellent daily driver, commuting in a luxury car such as this one would surely make your co-workers think twice about how much you actually make.
8 Cadillac CTS
Surprisingly, the Cadillac CTS was tested in the Nordschleife. This is because General Motors targeted the BMW 5 Series against the CTS and wanted to see how the car fared in the green hell (not an easy feat by any means).
Cadillac is one of GM’s premium car brands but it can’t quite hold its own amongst its formidable rivals of the same class.
This has partially led to severely depreciating vehicles compared to other luxury automobile makers; you can even find some examples of the CTS for less than $2,500 at excellent condition. The unfavorable market response is also a key factor in the incredibly poor resale values for the CTS.
7 Hyundai Equus
Hyundai’s luxury sedan in the form of the Equus isn’t just a premium appearance in an affordable package; it’s actually a quality vehicle that would befit a successful dentist or an up and coming stockbroker. The 5.0-liter V8 pushing 429 horses is a refined engine choice from the Korean car maker. It’s got all the bells and whistles one would expect from a luxury sedan that would rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class any day. The best part is it keeps a fairly low profile in the streets which some of us actually appreciate from time to time.
6 Lexus CT 200h
Driving around in a hybrid will always imbue a sense of purpose for those who want to help the environment and when a hybrid has the features of the Lexus CT200h; it makes the prospect of owning a hybrid a lot more attractive.
Being Toyota’s more expensive sister company, you’re guaranteed to have one of the most reliable luxury sedans on the market.
Not only are they reliable, they’re pretty cheap to maintain as well. One would argue that the CT200h is merely a glorified Prius (some would actually agree); however, the interior quality and the quirks in its Lexus counterpart are worlds apart from the flimsy plastic components in the Prius.
5 Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai is by no means the best car maker out there but its business strategy of selling cars with bargain prices compared to the competition, standard features, and competitive quality is the Korean brand’s bread and butter. Build quality hasn’t always been Hyundai’s forte as we all know although they have been improving over the last few years and the Genesis is a testimony to that. Competing against the German pedigrees will always be a tough task but judging on how the Genesis turned out, it wouldn’t be right to count it out just yet. One would be surprised at how innovative Hyundai can be with the right motivation.
4 Jaguar S-Type
Only a few cars on the road can match the flashy, high-end image of a true Jaguar. The V8 S-Types are the cream of the crop here, more than enough power and honest British styling is a match made in heaven.
Although it does have a hard time competing against the impressive luxury sedans of other manufacturers such as the BMW 5 Series, the Lexus GS430, and the Infiniti Q45, the S-Type has one thing that all these other cars don’t have and that is a retro styling theme.
An integrated phone won’t make all the other complaints about the S-Type go away though. Taller drivers’ complaints about the lack of room on long drives are one of the issues but if you can manage with that, you’re fine.
3 Lincoln Town Car
Although it does look like an American police cruiser, it packs so much more than your average boys in a blue vehicle. Hundreds of thousands of vehicles of the same chassis roam the streets today even though it has been phased out for quite some time now; this is a key factor why the Lincoln Town Car is so cheap. Comfort is key for this full-sized sedan and a cozy cabin is a feature we’re sure everyone appreciates. It’s no secret that the brand is struggling; its market is just so saturated now that their cars have become expendable which is exactly why the Lincoln Town Car would be a great buy.
2 Audi TT Roadster
Long ago, Audi was considered as the poor man’s BMW. Now, they’ve cemented themselves as one of the top luxury car brands in the industry. The dawn of the new millennium brought about incredible cars and the TT Roadster was one of them.
Aside from simply owning a luxury convertible, you could actually enjoy the driving experience that goes along with it and feels the wind blowing through your hair.
With ties to the legendary Group B, it was surely a fun car to drive. Couple this with a bargain price in used car lots and you’ve got yourself a winner.
1 Infiniti G37
The interior of the G37 is evidently not too shabby and the engine isn’t a pushover either. Luxury options are available as well such as a navigation system, a Bose audio system, and reclining rear seats to name a few. It is right smack in the middle of the BMW 3-Series and the 5-Series in terms of size but we doubt the driving involvement is anywhere near than that of BMW’s. The trademark Infiniti oval analog clock that sits in the dash is a nice touch to all of their higher end vehicles and fits well with the G37 interior. However, take a look at the current prices for used G37’s and you’d be surprised at how low these cars go for nowadays.
Sources: roadandtrack.com, thestreet.com, motortrend.com, autobytel.com, autotrader.com