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Best Used Midsize Luxury SUVs on a $30,000 Budget


Some might argue that midsize luxury SUVs aren’t the best way to get around a typical American city, but they’d be wrong. Or, at the least, they’d be wrong if comfort, style, driving enjoyment, and all-weather capability were your priorities. So it’s no surprise you can find some great used midsize luxury SUV deals. Here are 10 of the best used midsize luxury SUVs on a $30,000 budget.

1. 2018 Acura MDX

2018 Acura MDX Profile in Silver

Family-friendly and tech-forward, the 2018 Acura MDX fits three rows into its midsize footprint. Our $30,000 budget should comfortably afford SH-AWD-equipped models with the Technology package, which includes navigation, blind-spot monitoring, Siri Eyes Free, 20-inch wheels, and more. See 2018 Acura MDX models for sale near you

2. 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio front right in white

With pure Italian styling and a sporty, passionate driving feel, the 2018 Alfa Romeo makes an impression that lasts. The one-up-from-base trim, the Stelvio Sport, is likely the sweet spot for our budget. It has leather upholstery, 10-way power seats, 8-speaker audio, an upgraded sport suspension, and larger 19-inch wheels. See 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio models for sale near you

3. 2019 Audi Q7

2019 Audi Q7 front left in silver

The newest vehicle on our list, the 2019 Audi Q7, is sophisticated and thoughtful, with lots of technology and a first-class interior. The third row is on the smaller side, but the Q7 can also tow up to 7,700 pounds. For our budget, you’ll want to look for lower-mileage 2.0T Premium Plus models, or you can upgrade to supercharged V6 power or more luxurious features if you turn the clock back to 2017-2018. See 2019 Audi Q7 models for sale near you

4. 2015 BMW X5

2015 BMW X5 front left in silver

Sporty handling and confident all-weather capability make the 2015 BMW X5 a great companion any time of year. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but the 300-horsepower all-wheel-drive X5 xDrive35i model is available for less than $30,000. Audiophiles should look for models equipped with the optional Harman Kardon 16-speaker audio system. See 2015 BMW X5 models for sale near you

5. 2018 Infiniti QX60

2018 Infiniti QX60

The 2018 Infiniti QX60’s sleek, flowing lines almost blur the distinction between crossover and wagon, with sporty handling to match. For our budget, features like Bose audio, heated second-row seats, and advanced driver assists are all on the table if you can find the right example. Finding the correct package configuration is key, as Infiniti bundled most options when new. See 2018 Infiniti QX60 models for sale near you

6. 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

While it might seem out of reach — or perhaps more expensive to maintain than you’d like — the 2016 Range Rover Sport is nonetheless a luxury SUV icon and, therefore, one worthy of your attention. A truly luxurious cabin, actual off-road ability, and great features, even in base form, make the Range Rover Sport an attractive choice for our $30,000 budget, particularly in HSE trim. See 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport models for sale near you

7. 2017 Lexus RX

2017 Lexus RX 350

The 2017 Lexus RX is on the smaller side of our midsize crowd. However, it’s just as luxurious while also promising Lexus’ legendary reputation for reliability. That’s a valuable trait in a used luxury SUV. For our $30,000 budget, you should be able to find RX 350 models with AWD, navigation, the upgraded 12.3-inch display, and the fantastic 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. See 2017 Lexus RX 350 models for sale near you

8. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class front left in white

Though it makes a big first impression, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE is a 2-row midsize SUV that’s well-equipped even in base GLE 350 form. Fortunately, our budget stretches beyond the base to include 4Matic AWD and the Premium Package. That package adds navigation, blind-spot monitoring, and keyless entry. There are also optional safety features like active cruise control and steering assist. See 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE models for sale near you

9. 2016 Porsche Cayenne

2016 Porsche Cayenne

No luxury midsize SUV list would be complete without a Porsche. The 2016 Porsche Cayenne is a standout even among this list’s excellent company. With unmatched style and performance, as well as a high-quality, luxurious cabin, the Cayenne is the driver’s choice in this field. It’s a genuinely satisfying luxury SUV, even in 300-hp base Cayenne form. See 2016 Porsche Cayenne models for sale near you

10. 2016 Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90 front left

The 2016 Volvo XC90 might not shout luxury quite like the rest of this list. But for those who don’t mind a bit of quiet competence, this 7-seater’s richly appointed cabin and world-class safety are worthy rewards. While Volvo equips even base models nicely, our $30,000 budget should get you a T5 Momentum. Be on the lookout for examples with a la carte upgrades like 4-corner air suspension, head-up display, advanced driver assist features, and even the available 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system. See 2016 Volvo XC90 models for sale near you

10 Best Used Midsize Luxury SUVs Under $30,000

  1. 2018 Acura MDX
  2. 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
  3. 2019 Audi Q7
  4. 2015 BMW X5
  5. 2018 Infiniti QX60
  6. 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  7. 2017 Lexus RX
  8. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
  9. 2016 Porsche Cayenne
  10. 2016 Volvo XC90

Nelson Ireson
Nelson Ireson
Nelson Ireson is an automotive writer and enthusiast whose 15-plus years of experience have seen him travel the globe, driving as many new cars as possible. His work has appeared throughout the print and online automotive world, including Car and Driver, Autoblog, and Motor Authority, among others. He writes for Autotrader from Long Beach, California.

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