Driving a luxury car needn’t be out of reach if you search for the best used luxury cars under $20,000. Keep in mind that for the best bargains, you may need to opt for older models, particularly those from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura, and others, or you may need to consider entry-level small or midsize choices instead of full-size luxury cars.

To arrive at this list of the Best Used Luxury Cars under $20,000, we first checked Consumer Reports “Best Used Vehicles for Under $20,000.” Then, we researched pricing to fit the target by using Edmunds True Market Value (TMV).

  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz C-ClassConsumers looking for a Mercedes-Benz to put in their driveway may consider the entry-level C-Class. This baby Benz for model year 2006 (part of the car’s second generation) comes in sport sedan and sedan, with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), and three different engines in the under-$20,000 price range. Edmunds TMV for the 2006 C-Class sport sedan ranges from $16,067 for C230 Sport to $18,147 for C350 Sport and $16,672 for the C280 sedan to $19,773 for the C350 4MATIC Luxury. Edmunds comments: “…savvy shoppers should know that other automakers, particularly those from Japan, offered roomier, less costly alternatives that equal or better this C-Class in performance and features, although certainly not status.”
  • 2005 Acura TLConsumer Guide named the 2005 Acura TL a Best Buy, commenting: “This Acura is an impressive blend of sport and luxury, but an annoying torque steer with manual transmission compromises dynamic ability and driving ease. Still, it’s a solid Best Buy, offering high refinement, solid workmanship, and lots of features at hard-to-beat prices.” Powered by a single 3.2-liter V6 engine and available in front-wheel drive only, the third-generation Acura TL for 2005-2006 meets the price bogey. Edmunds TMV for 2005 ranges from $15,735-$16,551, while 2006 models range from $18,176-$20,181.
  • 2006 Infiniti G35The last year of the first generation, the 2006 Infiniti G35 coupe and sedan may offer savvy shoppers a real deal. Edmunds observes: “In our reviews, we were quite fond of the original Infiniti G35. The sedan was a bargain-priced alternative to the BMW 3 Series, while being a little less frantic and more comfortable than the second-generation G35 and current G37. The coupe was the more practical, livable alternative to Nissan’s 350Z – it was a sports car in luxury clothing.” Edmunds TMV for the 2006 Infiniti G35 sport sedan ranges from $16,817-$18,189 and $18,214-$18,538 for sport coupe.
  • 2007 Volvo S60The entry-level luxury midsize sedan from Volvo, the S60, got a front-end facelift for 2007. With turbocharged 5-cylinder engines and available AWD, S60 features standard traction and anti-skid control. Edmunds TMV for the 2007 Volvo S60 ranges from $17,007 for 2.5T sport sedan to $20,336 for the AWD R sedan. Consumer Guide remarks: “These Volvos are stylish and solid, but lag most other premium midsize sedans in ride quality and powertrain finesse. The all-season traction of available AWD is an asset, but doesn’t help S60 match the Acura TL or Lexus ES 350 for overall value, or the Audi A4 or Cadillac CTS for driving satisfaction.”

Other Best Used Luxury Cars under $20,000 to consider include: 2005 Acura RL, 2006, Audi A4, 2006 BMW 3-Series, 2007 Cadillac CTS, 2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the 2006 Volvo S80.

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