The best luxury vehicles, like Rolls Royce and Bentley, seem very unattainable to most people, that is people with lower than astronomical incomes. Thankfully, companies like Toyota, Honda, and Mercedes recognize that even those with lower incomes want to enjoy the many amenities of luxury cars.
As we've recommended in the past, buying a car that’s five years old is ideal because of the depreciation rate. That being said, luxury cars from 2013 have now become affordable to nearly everyone, and the options are plentiful.
We’ve chosen five luxury cars from 2013 that are all less than $40,000, all have around 300 horsepower, and are all four-door sedans.
The Lexus ES350 comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing about 368 horsepower, gets a city and highway combined 24 mpg, and has an automatic transmission. Lexus cars are comfortable and spacious on the inside, with plush wide seats and plenty of leg room. Visibility is fine as well, and the car offers a very smooth ride with covert gearshifts. You can find a 2013 ES350 for around $20,000.
We broke our rule for this car, but with Porsche’s recent crowning of the most valuable car brand of 2017, we couldn’t ignore it. We also went a year lower to make up for the price difference, which comes out to around $8-9,000. The Panamera in its base trim comes with a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine that produces 300 horsepower, gets 21 combined mpg, and a 7-speed automatic transmission. If you’ve driven a Porsche before, you know the interior is ridden with solid materials and comfortable form-fitting seats that seem to hug your torso. You can find a base 2012 Panamera for around $33,600.
Far and away the cheapest (and least powerful) car on this list is the Buick Verano, but it beats with the best of the luxury class while being very affordable. It comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine that makes a modest 250 horsepower that gets a combined 24 mpg. It’s known for being vastly underpowered, so as long as that doesn’t bother you, the car should hit all other checkboxes. The Verano’s interior is composed of high-quality materials, comfortable seats, and Buick’s engineers took steps to mitigate the interior sound of the engine. You can find a Buick Verano from 2013 for around $14,000.
Honda’s luxury brand Acura does well to introduce mid-range luxury cars to its market. The TL has a legacy of comfortable seats, smooth acceleration, and ample interior space. For the highest price model, the car comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower mated to an automatic transmission, gets a combined 21 mpg and comes with AWD. The TL has gotten high marks for the fluidity of its AWD system. You can find a 2013 AWD Acura TL for around $18,000.
At last, we come to the Mercedes of the list. The C-class is known for being affordable to nearly all prospective car owners. Mercedes are lavish with their plush leather seats, leg room out to the next car, and many electronic amenities that serve to make your driving life easier. The C350 Sport comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and gets a combined 23 mpg with an automatic 7-speed transmission and rear wheel drive. You can find one for around $20,800.
We’ve deemed these cars as some of the best-used luxury sedans available because they are all matched in performance, at least by the numbers, and all manage to be very affordable. A luxury car doesn’t have to be something that is unattainable as long as you look in the right places.
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