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10 Best Used Midsize Luxury Cars Under $20,000


Savvy shoppers know that a used luxury car can net sporty performance and plenty of high-end features for the price of a new mainstream model.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best used midsize luxury cars you’ll find on Autotrader for $20,000 or less.

1. 2013 Acura TL

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The 2013 Acura TL is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

The V6-powered TL is a feature-laden midsize sedan with sporty handling and sharp styling. No matter your climate, a model with the automaker’s optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), adds more power and grip. See Acura TL models for sale

2. 2013 Audi A6

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The 2013 Audi A6 is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

Though its personality may be considered conservative at first, the Audi A6 is ready to boogie when the road turns winding. This balanced sedan offers plenty of poise and turbocharged punch for a reasonable price. See Audi A6 models for sale

3. 2013 BMW 5 Series

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The 2013 BMW 5 series is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

BMW’s 5 Series offers a lot of bang for the buck, plus strong turbocharged 4- or 6-cylinder power. Its control interface still feels plenty fresh, and there’s no denying its impressive handling. See BMW 5 Series models for sale

4. 2014 Cadillac CTS

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The 2014 Cadillac CTS is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

Freshly redesigned for 2014, the CTS offers sharp styling and available V6 thrust. These rear-wheel-drive sedans may have an iconic Detroit badge, but Cadillac did much of their development on racecourses in Germany. It only takes a few moments behind the wheel to appreciate their athleticism. See Cadillac CTS models for sale

5. 2015 Hyundai Genesis

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The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

Forget the Hyundai badge. The Genesis — which eventually inspired the new luxury division by the same name — delivers tons of luxury in an appealing package with styling that still looks modern. Today’s Genesis G80 is a close relative to the new-for-2015 Hyundai Genesis. See Hyundai Genesis models for sale

6. 2015 Jaguar XF

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The 2015 Jaguar XF is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

One of the newest cars on our list is helped out by hefty depreciation, which you can take advantage of by buying used. This svelte sedan offers plenty of boosted power — as much as 550 horsepower — and a sleek interior. See Jaguar XF models for sale

7. 2013 Lexus GS

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The 2013 Lexus GS is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

You may have to look for a model with higher miles on its odometer to find a Lexus GS for $20,000 or less, but they’re out there. In GS 350 form, these sedans offer up plenty of V6 thrust plus sleek, modern styling echoed across the Lexus lineup today. See Lexus GS models for sale

8. 2015 Lincoln MKZ

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The 2015 Lincoln MKZ is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

Offered with either plenty of V6 power or a frugal hybrid powertrain, the Lincoln MKZ delivers sleek styling and an approachable infotainment system for a reasonable price tag. These cars have a good reputation for reliability, and our budget will likely net you one with lower miles than most cars on this list. See Lincoln MKZ models for sale

9. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

Few vehicles are as rock-solid as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class — and we don’t just mean the way it drives. These 4-doors have an impeccable reputation for quality, too. For 2014, look for updated styling and an optional turbodiesel engine that delivers great fuel economy. See Mercedes-Benz E-Class models for sale

10. 2015 Volvo S80

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The 2015 Volvo S80 is available for under $20,000 on Autotrader.

The Volvo S80 serves up a plush interior with ultra-supportive seats, lots of tech for the money, and a new-for-2015 turbocharged engine lineup. Optional all-wheel drive enhances the S80 sedan’s appeal in wintry climates. See Volvo S80 models for sale

10 Best Used Midsize Luxury Cars Under $20,000

    1. 2013 Acura TL
    2. 2013 Audi A6
    3. 2013 BMW 5 Series
    4. 2014 Cadillac CTS
    5. 2015 Hyundai Genesis
    6. 2015 Jaguar XF
    7. 2013 Lexus GS
    8. 2015 Lincoln MKZ
    9. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    10. 2015 Volvo S80

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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