10 Best Used Luxury Cars Under $10,000
Despite launching some fairly impressive vehicles in recent years, the Cadillac brand still doesn’t have quite the reputation on the pre-owned market as its foreign rivals. Which is good news if you’re looking for the best used luxury cars under $10,000. Consider: The second-generation Cadillac CTS can be found under $10K in a number of configurations, including Premium and Luxury trims, from as recently as 2011. At that stage, Cadillac’s acclaimed sport sedan had been named a Car and Driver “10Best” car for three years in a row, and had just placed in the industry’s top 10 in the 2010 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Bose audio, navigation, real wood cabin trim, and heated leather seating are all available as well at this price point.
BMW 5 Series
The current BMW 5 Series starts north of $50,000, yet fifth-generation examples, from 2004 to 2010, can be among the best used luxury cars under $10,000. These cars were notable for the introduction of BMW’s iDrive controller interface and Chris Bangle’s dramatic exterior design, both of which had major influences on the company’s product lineup.
Finding the best used luxury cars under $10,000 sometimes takes a bit of effort. However, with a vehicle like the fifth-generation Lexus ES, it would be more than worth it. The ES was all-new for the 2007 model year, and Lexus lavished much effort in boosting its premium positioning. Thus, all models have a new, smooth-running 3.5-liter V6 engine and high-end cabin appointments, and some boast surround sound audio with leather and wood cabin trim. Indeed, with all the Lexus luxury on board, Autobytel’s used-vehicle valuation partner does list the 2007 ES at closer to $11,000 than $10,000.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is known as the flagship of flagship sedans, combining both precision German engineering and plenty of premium content. Moreover, models from the middle of the last decade are indeed below the financial cutoff point for the best luxury cars under $10,000 (according to Autobytel’s vehicle-valuation partners).
Audi A4 Cabriolet
Before the introduction of the Audi A5 Coupe and Cabriolet as part of the 2008 model year, the Four-rings brand featured the Audi A4 Cabriolet as its compact drop-top, and the 2007 editions are sitting at just a tick over $10K retail in excellent condition. For real-world shoppers, though, the A4 Cabrio is one of the best used luxury cars under $10,000
The best used luxury cars under $10,000 also include a few of the more unexpected alternatives. The 2008 Jaguar S-TYPE, for instance, brings together a 21st-century approach to engineering—backed by a partnership with Ford—and classic exterior styling that features a prominent Big Cat hood ornament out front
The best used luxury cars under $10,000 may not have the same focus on occupant protection as the newer premium vehicles, but the 2008 Volvo S80 naturally stands out as an IIHS Top Safety Pick for that year.
Although the Acura brand doesn’t have quite the same reputation as the likes of Lexus, the 2008 Acura TL, for one, actually matches up well with many of the best used luxury cars under $10,000. The TL was Acura’s most popular premium sedan at the time, and it had been significantly refreshed for the 2007 model year.
To maximize bang for your buck with the best used luxury cars under $10,000, there’s a fullsize German sedan that remains below that ceiling with a massive 12-cylinder engine, wood and metal-alloy trim in the cabin, premium audio and navigation, and supple leather seating for both rows.
Lincoln Town Car
The last of the old-school U.S luxury sedans—with rear-wheel drive, a limousine-like footprint and Ford’s legendary Panther platform—was the 2011 Lincoln Town Car that’s next on our list of best pre-owned premium cars under $10,000.
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