What is the fastest way to shake things up in your neighborhood? Try driving up in a sedan loaded with luxurious features and a strapping V8 engine. One could easily drop $40 or $50K on a new luxury sedan, then suffer through the agony of depreciation, but why do that? For less than half the cost of a new luxury sedan you can purchase a late-model, low-mileage, used luxury sedan. Used car websites like BestRide.com offer millions of listings on used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. Check out these ten winners that we found for less than $20K.
I don’t mind saying it again. If you haven’t driven an Audi lately, then you haven’t really driven an Audi. The A8 4.2 features 19-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, leather upholstery, xenon headlamps, dual-zone climate control, a parking assist system with a rearview camera, keyless ignition/entry, and full power accessories as standard equipment. Also expect to find a Quattro four-wheel drive system complete with a powerful 350-horsepower 4.2-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
The BMW reputation for reliability and performance is legendary, what is less well known is the significance of the “L” in the moniker of the 750Li. It signifies an extended wheelbase that adds more room for the rear passenger area. Standard features for the 750Li include a 10-speaker audio system with 2-sub-woofers, leather upholstery, keyless ignition/entry, adaptive xenon headlights, four-zone climate control, and front and rear parking sensors. The rear-wheel drive sedan is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that manufactures 400-horsepower.
The Mercury Grand Marquis is a full-size rear-wheel drive luxury sedan. Its sister car (the Ford Crown Victoria) has proven dependability in the law-enforcement community. The Grand Marquis is a more luxurious version of the Crown Victoria that also features a higher final drive gear ratio for increased fuel efficiency, especially on the highway. Automatically leveling air suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, power adjustable pedals, and leather upholstery are standard equipment for the Grand Marquis LS.
Your choice of either a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 292-horsepower or a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that churns out 363-horsepower are available in the 300C. This is a low-riding sedan with a menacing appearance. It offers auto-dimming sideview mirrors, power adjustable pedals, LED cabin lighting, Premium Alpine audio system, remote start, heated and cooled cupholders, 20-inch alloy wheels, a touring tuned suspension, and leather upholstery as standard equipment.
The Town Car is recognized as one of the most comfortable and best riding cars on the road. The Signature Limited features leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, tilting and telescoping steering column, keyless entry, power opening and closing trunk, heated front seats, an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, dual-zone climate control, power adjustable pedals, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror as standard equipment.
If you are like me, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Dodge Challenger. What you may not know is that the R/T stands-for Road/Track. This full-size rear-wheel drive sedan is equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine that makes 370-horsepower and a five-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is also an option on the R/T. A performance tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear-spoiler, xenon headlights, and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard features.
In typical “Cadillac Style” the front-wheel drive DTS Premium comes with a 275-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine backed up by a four-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features for the DTS Premium include genuine burled walnut interior accents, a body color grille, power lumbar adjustment and massager in front seats, a Bose audio system with six-speakers and a CD player/changer, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, 17-inch chromed alloy wheels, triple-zone automatic climate control, and a sunroof.
This luxurious overgrown Nissan lists dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 player/changer, 10-way power heated front seats, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, adaptive xenon headlights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Power comes from a 325-horsepower 4.5-liter V8 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with manual downshift. The M45 is rear-wheel drive but optional all-wheel drive is available with the M45x.
As usual, the Hyundai luxury sedan provides a lot of bang for the buck. Starting with the 378-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive configuration. Zero to sixty mph is accomplished in 5.9-seconds. Opulent trappings include a wood-trimmed steering wheel, 17-speaker Lexicon Discrete audio system wit DVD-audio capacity, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, keyless ignition/entry, and 17-inch wheels.
A nine-speaker audio system with Bluetooth compatibility, navigation system, automatic dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, leather upholstery, heated 10-way power adjustable front seats, automatic headlamps, a sunroof, 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, and a CD player/changer are standard equipment on this base level XF. A 5.0-liter V8 routes 385-horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission and to the rear-wheels.