When you think of the best used luxury cars under $15,000, the big names of Mercedes-Benz, Acura, and Infiniti may not come to mind. That’s because, generally speaking, the luxury makes hold their value well over the years and that makes it tough for consumers to find great used car deals. Not to worry. We’ve singled out some choices including these makes that just could be the right used luxury car for you – and under $15,000.
To arrive at these choices, we looked at the entries in Consumer Reports “Best Used Vehicles for Under $20,000” and Edmunds “2010 Used Car Best Bets,” among others. Each of our picks appear on the Consumer Reports list. We also scoured automotive reviews to capture the essence of what editors have to say about these luxury cars. For pricing, we reference Edmunds True Market Value (TMV).
Here, then, are our top picks for Best Used Luxury Cars Under $15,000:
- 2003, 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – This baby ‘Benz is the make’s entry-level midsize premium offering. Owners praise its handling, ride, and reliability, although maintenance can be costly. Consumer Guide comments: “The C320 sedan is the best overall value in this line. It’s a desirable premium compact in its own right, and vies with the best in class for driving composure, features and long-term value. The 4Matic C240s and C320s impress with all-season security.” Edmunds TMV for the 2003 C320 (RWD, 3.2-liter V6) is $11,416 for the sedan and $11,450 for sport sedan. TMV pricing for 2005 models ranges from $11,091 (C230 Kompressor) to $15,692 for C320 4Matic.
- 2001-2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class – Looking for a Mercedes-Benz coupe or convertible in your price range? Check out the first-generation CLK Class. Edmunds notes: “…this two-door Benz remains an appealing pre-owned option. Offering refined road manners, a sufficient amount of sportiness, and the expected levels of Mercedes-Benz luxury, safety and prestige, the CLK is certainly worth considering.” Reviewers say the C320 and C430 are the ones to consider and, if you are a good negotiator, you can find later model CLK Class in your reach. Edmunds TMV for 2004 CLK320 starts at $15,000, while 2001-2003 TMV pricing ranges from a low of $8,272 (2001) to a high of $16,362 for the 2003 CLK430 convertible (note: AMG is higher).
- 2004-2005 Acura TSX – TSX, Acura’s least expensive model and an entry-level luxury sedan, debuted for 2004. This first-generation TSX has a lot of standard features, high level of quality and refinement, and good driving characteristics. AOL Autos corrals several auto review snippets of the 2005 , including this one from Car and Driver: “The TSX goes about its business so smoothly and so silkily that precision could be its middle name.” Edmunds TMV for 2004-2005 Acura TSX ranges from a low of $11,583 (2004) to the high of $14,768 (2005).
- 2003-2005 Infiniti G sedan – Edmunds names the 2003-2008 to its 2010 Used Car Best Bets, saying: “With rear-wheel drive, a ripping V6 and sporty suspension tuning, the G35 is Infiniti’s answer to the . As compared to that German benchmark, the G’s much roomier cabin and lower acquisition and maintenance costs make the Infiniti a smart choice for savvy enthusiasts.” The G35, built on the same platform as the sports car, was replaced by the G37. Edmunds TMV for the 2003-2004 Infiniti G35 ranges from a low of $10,126 (2003) to a low of $13,863 (2005).
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