If April showers bring may flowers, then it also brings spring cotillions and school proms. If you haven’t received the request for prom transportation, then it is likely on the way. For this task you will need a bright and shining family sedan, like the ones listed below. Fortunately for you, used car websites like BestRide.com can help you to locate a low cost (under $26k), low-mileage, high-quality used luxury family sedan near you. You stand to save thousands of dollars over the cost and depreciation of a new luxury sedan, which leaves you looking and feeling like a hero. Check out these April specials on some top selling luxury sedans.
The Acura TL is a mid-sized luxury sedan with a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, the TL SH-AWD offers all-wheel drive. The TL Technology level is equipped with keyless ignition/entry, rear view camera, GPS linked and solar sensing climate control and navigation system, premium leather seating surfaces, and 10-speaker audio. Expect to pay under $26k for the 2012 TL.
If you haven’t driven an Audi lately, then you haven’t really driven an Audi. The interior of these cars is immaculate, the seating is a perfect balance between comfort and support, and the power plants are truly refined. This one is a 3.2-liter V6 that is slick as a button, coupled with a continuously variable transmission. Typically the 2010 A6 should go for around $26k.
So, you want to get the neighbors talking? Just try driving up in your very own BMW 7-Series — they will call you everything from a business tycoon to a politician but they will be talking. When this car was purchased new it cost quadruple what you can buy it for today (approximately $26k). The BMW 750 is equipped with a 4.8-liter V8 that creates 360-hp while the 760 utilizes a 6.0-liter V12 to deliver 420-hp to the rear-heel or all-heel drive system.
The Lacrosse is a full-sized luxury sedan which can be purchased for less $26k. It is offered with your choice of a hybrid 2.4-liter four-cylinder and electric motor or a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The hybrid setup makes 182-hp and gets 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway and the V6 pumps out 303-hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The Lacrosse features a spacious interior with opulent trappings, including soft, supple, and cool leather seating.
The 2012 CTS is a mid-sized luxury sedan that is sold with rear-wheel drive as standard equipment, however all-wheel drive was also an available option. Two engine sizes were offered; a 3.0-liter V6 or a 3.6-liter V6. Despite the meager difference in cubic inches, the horsepower rating varies greatly between the two, with the 3.0-liter producing only 265-hp and the 3.6-liter 318-hp. The 3.6-liter is offered exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission but a manual gearbox was also offered with the 3.0-liter engine option.
The Impala is a full-sized sedan that is available with luxury trappings. These cars are available with very little mileage on the clock and most are still covered by the factory warranty, making this an incredible bargain at under $26k. Three powertrain options exist on these cars; the first is a 2.4-liter gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor in a hybrid configuration, next there is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that churns out 195-hp, and finally there is the 3.6-liter V6 option that delivers 305-hp and dashes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7-seconds.
This full-sized luxury sedan is available in six trim levels from mild to wild, so there is something for everyone. From the modest base model 300 (which comes well equipped with 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, and leather upholstery) to the bodacious SRT-8 trim level that boasts a 470-hp Hemi V8 engine. These cars are available in abundance for just under $26k (more for the SRT-8).
This is the sister car to the Chrysler 300, a full-sized luxury sedan that offers leather upholstery as standard equipment. The Charger also presents more of a performance flavor combined with a spacious interior and a phantom-like exterior aesthetic. The R/T trim level came with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that was good for 370-hp and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive were standard equipment but optional all-wheel drive was also available. The Charger R/T can blast from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 5.4-seconds. Not too bad for a luxury sedan.
The Ford Taurus is a full-sized sedan, available with luxurious options, that has withstood the test of time and came out a winner in the family luxury sedan segment. The limited trim level offers leather seating surfaces, heated and cooled power front seats with lumbar function and memory, wood trimmed steering wheel, a blind-spot warning system, cross traffic alert system, adaptive cruise control, 20-inch wheels, automated parking system, and more. A 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290-hp is mated with a six-speed front-wheel drive automatic transmission. These super late model used luxury sedans can be found for under $26k.
The Korean automakers always offer a lot of bang for the buck and that has never been more evident than in the 2013 Genesis. This car has it all. There is literally no way that I can list all of the amenities present in these cars. They came standard with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that made 333-hp and 291 lb.-ft. of torque while getting 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway with the capacity to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.4-seconds.
The Infiniti G 37, made by Nissan, is a mid-sized luxury sedan with a 3.7-liter V6 engine which produces an ample 328-hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. It uses a seven-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment but a six-speed manual is also available. The 2012 G37 can get from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4-seconds and has an estimated fuel delivery ratting of 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
As advertised the Jaguar XF Premium is a mid-sized luxury sedan that is loaded with all of the latest in comfort, safety, communication, connectivity, and audio technology. Add to that finely crafted leather surfaces and exquisite wood grain accents and you have a luxury sedan fit for a prom princess and her entourage. The Jag is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 385-hp and 380 lb. ft. of torque. It uses a six-speed automatic transmission to apply power to the rear-wheels.
You have got to love those Korean sedans. These cars are loaded with all of the latest interior trappings, including leather seating surfaces, LCD touchscreens, connectivity and audio technology, and power everything. Powered by a either a 200-hp 2.4-liter four cylinder or a 274-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the Optima is known for exceptional fuel efficiency and value. These used luxury sedans can be purchased for well under $20k.
Manufactured by Toyota, the Lexus brand shares their reputation for reliability and longevity. The ES 350 is a mid-sized luxury sedan with every available luxury comfort, audio, and technological feature that you can imagine on board. It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 268-hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard equipment and fuel efficiency numbers are 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
The MKZ is possibly one of the best looking mid-sized luxury sedans in this segment. It features deeply etched contours and a stylish grille that seems to stand out from the crowd. There are three engine options; a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is standard equipment. It makes 240-hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The second is a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 300-hp and 277-ft.-lbs. of torque. The last is the hybrid model that uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor to deliver 188-hp.
Allow me to begin by saying that this luxury sedan is designed and engineered by the same folks that make Ferraris. The engine, a 4.2-liter V8, makes 396-hp and 326 lb.-ft. of torque which is transferred to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel equipped paddle shifters. These Italian sedans feature soft leather interior surfaces accented with beautiful wood grain, faux carbon fiber, and shiny black lacquer trimmings.
The Mazda 6 Touring is a mid-sized sedan with available luxury features. Premium leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, power heated driver’s seat, keyless ignition/entry, automatic Bi-Xenon headlights, rain sensing windshield wipers, auto dimming mirrors, GPS navigation system, 11-speaker Bose audio system, collision mitigation and warning system, a 5.8-inch LCD touchscreen display monitor, rear view camera, rear spoiler, a power sunroof, and power front passenger seat. The Mazda 6 is available for less than $20k and many of these cars are still covered under the factory warranty. The 6 is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 184-hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. It is a front-wheel drive car with either a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic (standard on the Grand Touring).
For many years the name Mercedes-Benz has been synonymous with success among business men, medical professionals, and professional athletes alike. It may seem difficult to believe but these cars can be purchased in today’s used car market for around $20k, even though less than seven-years ago they sold for upwards of $100k. These cars are outfitted with a 5.5-liter V8 engine that delivers 382-hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque through a seven-speed automatic transmission and to all four-wheels. This car is great in snowy and cold winter climates because of the adaptive 4MATIC all-wheel drive system that automatically transfers the engine’s power to the correct axle for optimum traction and drivability.
Sister to the Lincoln MKZ, the Milan looks stunning especially from the approach with a long slender front end and wide chrome grille flanked by LED headlights. Standard equipment should include fog lamps, cruise control, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather wrapped tilting and telescoping steering wheel with auxiliary controls, power sunroof, 12-speaker Sony surround audio system, leather seating surfaces, a blind spot warning system, rear view camera, rain sensing windshield wipers, powered and heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, and Bluetooth capabilities. Optional equipment includes 18-inch wheels, a sport tuned suspension, and parking sensors. The Milan is available with two engine choices. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 175-hp and the 3.0-liter V6 makes 240-hp. Both engines are mated with a front-wheel drive six-speed automatic transmission.
The Maxima is a mid-sized entry-level luxury sedan with plenty of performance capability. The 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 290-hp and 261 lb.-ft. of torque, then sends it to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. The SV trim level affords leather upholstery, power drivers seat with lumbar support, nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, fog lights, a 7-inch LCD touchscreen monitor, rear view camera, the latest connectivity, comfort, and communication technology, Xenon headlights, power tilting and telescoping steering column with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The Maxima also features a 60/40 split rear bench seat that allows pass through entry into the trunk for added storage space.
This is a performance oriented rear-wheel drive large luxury sedan. If equipped with the base package, the G8 is unimpressive at best; however the GT package takes this luxury sedan to a whole new level. Leather upholstery, a sport tuned performance suspension, limited-slip rear differential, dual-zone climate control, premium 11-speaker Blaupunkt audio system, 19-inch alloy wheels, and power everything are included. In addition a 6.0-liter V8 provides the giddy-up-and-go to the tune of 361-hp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is the only available and the G8 GT blisters 0 to 60 mph in an impressive 5.3-seconds.
The Silver Spirit is classified as a British Saloon car version of the famed Silver Spur Limousine. This is certainly the oldest car with which I have populated one of my lists but it is, after all, a Rolls. To step inside this slow-boat to wherever-ville is to know the essence of pomp and circumstance. Despite its massive engine displacement (6.75-liters) the old Rolls moves very deliberately but speed is not of the essence in this classic — style is the number one priority. Outside, the typical Rolls Royce ambience abounds with a larger than life front grille and enormous front clip, the shape of this legendary car gives it away well before the nameplate.
With its upswept front pillar, tear drop tail, and full length LED lighting, the Saab 9-5 offers a truly unique mid-sized luxury sedan appearance. It is available in a number of trim levels, including Turbo4, Turbo4 Premium, Turbo6 XWD, and Aero. The base (non premium) packages get 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic windshield wipers, cruise control, power front seats with memory, leather seating surfaces, tilt and telescoping steering column, keyless ignition, 60/40 split rear folding seats, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker audio system with a CD-player. The Premium package adds 18-inch wheels (instead of 17-inch), a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning system, power folding auto dimming exterior mirrors, advanced parking assist, adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, and head rest mounted DVD entertainment system. The Turbo6 adds an all-wheel drive system in place of the standard front-wheel drive.
The Avalon is a large-sized front wheel drive sedan that is available with luxury accoutrement. Available trim levels include XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited. The XLE comes comfortably equipped with keyless ignition/entry, Bluetooth connectivity, a tilting and telescoping steering column with steering wheel mounted controls, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, full power accessories, four-way power adjustable heated passenger front seat and eight way power adjustable heated driver’s seat with power lumbar support and soft leather seating surfaces, heated power adjustable exterior mirrors, and a 6-inch centrally located LCD touchscreen display. The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 268-hp to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
The one area where the VW entry prevails over these other luxury sedans has little to do with luxury and everything to do with economy but it is available with some luxurious trappings. The Passat can be purchased for less than $20k, which makes it a bargain. The fact that it can be purchased with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine makes it a really great bargain. I can also be had with a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder or a potent 3.6-liter V6 (280-hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque) but the diesel is certainly the best deal. Fuel efficiency is rated at 31 mpg city/43 mpg highway for the diesel engine equipped with a manual transmission and 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway when mated with the automatic. Horsepower from the turbocharged diesel is 140-hp, which is on par with four-cylinder gasoline powered engines, with significantly better fuel mileage.
The S80 is a mid-sized sedan with luxury items available as optional equipment. The base model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, leather upholstery, full power accessories, auto dimming rear view mirror, eight-speaker audio system with six-disc CD-player/changer, tilting and telescoping steering column with leather wrapped steering wheel, split folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear fog lights, and heated exterior mirrors. The base model extracts 240-hp from a 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine mated with a front-wheel drive six-speed automatic transmission. The S80 T6 ups the ante with an all-wheel drivetrain and a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder that pumps out 300-hp. It also uses a six-speed automatic transmission.