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10 Best Used Midsize Luxury SUVs Under $30,000

Setting a $30,000 budget can be a smart decision if you’re in the market for a luxury SUV. With $30,000 to spend, you can cast a wide enough net to include some of the best SUVs on the market, some of which are barely broken in.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best ways to grab a midsize luxury SUV for $30,000 or less.

1. 2016 Audi Q7

2016 Audi Q7 Profile in Ink Blue Metallic
The 2016 Audi Q7 is shown here driving in Ink Blue Metallic.

The Q7 splits the difference between midsize and full-size with its spacious 3-row arrangement. The base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder offers decent fuel economy, but careful shoppers can seek a robust V6-powered model for $30,000 or less. See 2016 Audi Q7 models for sale

2. 2015 BMW X5

2015 BMW X5 Driving in Arctic Grey Metallic
The 2015 BMW X5 is shown driving in Arctic Grey Metallic.

The X5 offers sporty handling and thrilling performance, plus plenty of in-cabin tech, thanks to the automaker’s advanced iDrive infotainment system. The X5 is at its best for enthusiast drivers with one of the M performance packages, though some might find its suspension a little firm. See 2015 BMW X5 models for sale

3. 2018 Cadillac XT5

2018 Cadillac XT5 Driving in Garnet Metallic
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is seen here driving in Garnet Metallic.

With its dapper styling and high-tech infotainment system, the Cadillac XT5 makes a strong first impression. Cadillac offered a 4-year, 50,000-mile warranty on the XT5 when it was new, so you may be able to find one with as much as a year of protection left. See Cadillac XT5 models for sale

4. 2018 Infiniti QX60

2018 Infiniti QX60 Driving in Hermosa Blue
The 2018 Infiniti QX60 is shown here driving in Hermosa Blue.

Drivers who need three rows of seating will find a lot to like about the Infiniti QX60. With its plush interior and spacious, comfortable seats, the QX60 is a road-trip master. See Infiniti QX60 models for sale

5. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Driving in Arctic White
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is seen here driving in Arctic White.

In Limited or Overland guise, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a decidedly luxurious way to explore the road less traveled. The optional air suspension delivers a plush ride and rises to the occasion at the tap of a button for additional ground clearance — all the better for swallowing up big bumps. See 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee models for sale

6. 2016 Lexus RX

2016 Lexus RX Driving Nebula Gray Pearl
2016 Lexus RX is shown here driving Nebula Gray Pearl.

The slick Lexus RX has long been a favorite for the way it blends upscale amenities with a stellar reputation for reliability. Resale values are ultra-strong on the RX, so you may have to look for one with a bit more mileage on its odometer than other SUVs that populate our list. See 2016 Lexus RX models for sale

7. 2018 Lincoln MKX

2018 Lincoln MKX Driving in Burgundy Velvet Tinted in
The 2018 Lincoln MKX is shown here driving in Burgundy Velvet.

The MKX has a comfortable interior, especially in decadent Reserve trim. Its turbocharged engine delivers great acceleration, and its ride quality is above average. Shop carefully and you may be able to find one with the remainder of its factory bumper-to-bumper warranty intact, too. See 2018 Lincoln MKX models for sale

8. 2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Mazda CX-9 Front Left in Arctic White
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is shown here in Arctic White.

You may not think of Mazda as a luxury brand, but one ride inside the remarkably sporty CX-9 will change that. Especially in Signature trim, the CX-9 is downright decadent with luxurious materials such as soft Nappa leather upholstery and real wood trim. See 2018 Mazda CX-9 models for sale

9. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE Driving in White Pearl
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE is seen here driving in White Pearl.

The midsize GLE is a staple of the Mercedes lineup, and for a good reason. This SUV seems to do just about everything well, especially with one of the more potent engine options. But you don’t need to spend up for the AMG versions to appreciate this classy interior and spectacular ride quality. See 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class models for sale

10. 2016 Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90 Driving in White Metallic Pearl
The 2016 Volvo XC90 is captured here in White Metallic Pearl.

The Volvo XC90 offers a soothing, serene driving experience for up to three rows of passengers. Strong 4-cylinder engines offer terrific acceleration, and all-wheel drive is a common option. Volvo’s Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program is one of the best in the business, too, and special financing rates are commonly offered. See 2016 Volvo XC90 models for sale

10 Best Used Midsize Luxury SUVs Under $30,000

  1. 2016 Audi Q7
  2. 2015 BMW X5
  3. 2018 Cadillac XT5
  4. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  5. 2017 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
  6. 2016 Lexus RX 450h
  7. 2018 Lincoln MKX
  8. 2018 Mazda CX-9
  9. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
  10. 2016 Volvo XC90


Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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