15 Spectacular Used Luxury Vehicles Under $25K

BUYER’S GUIDE: 15 Spectacular Used Luxury Vehicles Under $25K

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Buyer’s Guide - 10 Steps to Buying a Used Car 01It’s getting to be quite a challenge to locate a genuine bargain in the used car market. The average price of a used car continues to rise annually, despite an upturn in new vehicle sales figures.

Nevertheless, when you consider the average price of a new luxury vehicle you will discover that you can find some relief in a good quality 4-year old luxury model with all the bells and whistles.

I found fifteen top-tier used luxury cars and crossovers (all of which originally sold for at least $40K) for less than $25K; according to NADA. Check out the list that follows. All of these luxurious crafts are 2012 models and they will all make you the envy of your co-workers and neighbors.

2012 Lincoln MKZ2012 Lincoln MKZ

This is the absolute cheapest way to own a luxury car. The MKZ isn’t up to the levels of sophistication or brand cachet set by the European luxury brands but it’s roomy, quiet, and comfortable.

  • NADA used retail price – $18,300
  • Original sticker price – $34,755

2012 Audi A32012 Audi A3

The A3 is now sold only as a sedan but back in 2012 it was offered as a compact luxury/sports wagon. Not only is it a hoot to drive, it’s also more practical than a small sedan with added rear passenger space and cargo area.

  • NADA used retail price – $19,075
  • Original sticker price – $27,270

2012 BMW 128i Coupe2012 BMW 128i Coupe

Modest resale values on this entry-level coupe can help even a buyer of meager financial standing to enjoy the prestige of owning a BMW. It shares its 230-horsepower six-cylinder engine with the larger and more expensive BMW 3-Series.

  • NADA used retail price – $20,125
  • Original sticker price – $31,200

2012 Cadillac CTS Wagon2012 Cadillac CTS Wagon

Cadillac’s posh and sporty midsize station wagon never caught on, and though its numbers may be scarce in the resale market, it’s worth a look. Crippling resale values make this an amenable and bargain-priced alternative to most used luxury SUVs.

  • NADA used retail price – $20,925
  • Original sticker price – $39,015

2012 Lexus CT 200h2012 Lexus CT 200h

The CT200h four-door hatchback is the most affordable used luxury version of gas/electric-powered hybrid and alternative-fuel cars that have fallen out of favor due to this past year’s dip in fuel costs. It’s sportier in nature than most fuel-sipping cars, comes well equipped, and affords adequate performance and comfort. It’s also rated at 43/40-mpg city/highway.

  • NADA used retail price – $20,925
  • Original sticker price – $29,120

2012 Audi A4 FrontTrak 2.0T2012 Audi A4 FrontTrak 2.0T

Audi’s more stylish and luxurious alternative to a BMW 3-Series delivers tenacious handling but won’t beat up its occupants with a harsh ride. It’s handsome, comfortable and capable, and it comes aptly equipped with a peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

  • NADA used retail price – $21,400
  • Original sticker price – $32,500

2012 Land Rover LR22012 Land Rover LR2

Brand conscious buyers on a budget should consider owning a slightly used Land Rover from the 2012 model year. It’s both luxurious and eminently off-road capable, the latter thanks to a four-wheel-drive system that can send nearly all the engine’s power to the front or rear wheels as necessary to maintain traction and it still rides smoothly around town.

  • NADA used retail price – $21,650
  • Original sticker price – $35,700

2012 Cadillac CTS Sedan2012 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Cadillac’s angularly styled midsize rear-drive sporty sedan is a good bargain in the resale market. It’s lively and comfortable and the base model (listed here) comes nicely heeled with a 270 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine.

  • NADA used retail price – $21,650
  • Original sticker price – $35,915

2012 Lincoln MKS2012 Lincoln MKS

Despite not being the best upscale sedan to graduate from the class of 2012, it’s certainly the largest luxury car for the money on a used-car lot. It has room for five adults and a capacious trunk for their many belongings.

  • NADA used retail price – $22,475
  • Original sticker price – $41,500

2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan

Infiniti’s rear-drive midsize luxury sedan packs a 3.7-liter V6 punch and handles nicely through the curves, with a relatively smooth ride and elegant trappngs. Coupe and convertible G37 versions are also available but they’re based on the Nissan Z sports coupe and as such are les comfortable on the highway and feature slightly cramped cabins.

  • NADA used retail price – $22,325
  • Original sticker price – $36,900

2012 Cadillac SRX2012 Cadillac SRX

Sporty and luxurious at the same time; this upscale version of the Chevrolet Equinox features a roomy and comfortable five-passenger interior and packs a strong V6 engine.

  • NADA used retail price – $22,750
  • Original sticker price – $35,985

2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport Sedan2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport Sedan

The C-class sedan is a great deal in a used luxury car. It’s handsomely styled and is appropriately plush inside. It also rewards enthusiastic drivers with quick handling, while maintaining a smooth ride.

  • NADA used retail price – $23,600
  • Original sticker price – $34,800

2012 Infiniti EX352012 Infiniti EX35

Infiniti’s sporty compact crossover SUV is both stylish and capable, with added luxury that makes for a comfortable cabin. A 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers impressive acceleration, and its taut suspension affords crisp handling.

  • NADA used retail price – $23,725
  • Original sticker price – $35,800

2012 BMW 328i Coupe2012 BMW 328i Coupe

For the enthusiast who can do without that extra set of doors, the coupe versions of BMW’s iconic 3 Series compact sports/luxury line cost around $4,000 less than new. It’s fast and fun, with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 328i, though it tends to ride rougher than the typical luxury car.

  • NADA used retail price – $23,800
  • Original sticker price – $38,700

2012 Lexus HS 250h2012 Lexus HS 250h

Believe it or not, this midsize five-passenger hybrid-powered sedan is even more luxurious than its cousin at Toyota.

  • NADA used retail price – $23,925
  • Original sticker price – $37,030
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S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.