$15,000 is a great budget for a used luxury car. It’s enough to get something modern and still luxurious by today’s standards, but it’s also well below the original sticker prices of these cars. Deep depreciation on luxury vehicles means great deals for used car shoppers.
Here are seven good used luxury cars you can find on Autotrader for less than $15,000 for 2020.
2009-2014 Acura TL
The Acura TL is the predecessor to the Acura TLX, and we hope you’ll forgive the questionable "beak" on the front grille. It was a midsize luxury sedan that was well-appointed, comfortable and fun to drive, with agile handling and two strong V6 engines available. If you upgrade to the available 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, you get all-wheel drive and even a manual transmission option if you prefer to row your own gears. The TL also earned great safety and reliability scores, which means it’s a luxury sedan you can trust. Find a used Acura TL for sale
2009-2013 Audi A3
Before the Audi A3 was the small sedan we know today, Audi‘s entry-level car was a quirky compact hatchback. The previous-generation A3 got a nice facelift for 2009 that updated the exterior and interior design, added more standard features (including leather seats and satellite radio) and made AWD available with the base engine. This Audi is definitely in a sweet spot of value right now since it can pretty easily be found under the $15,000 mark. Find a used Audi A3 for sale
2012-2018 BMW 3 Series
The best BMW 3 Series you can buy in 2020 with $15,000 is an early example of the F30 generation of the sedan — this is the generation where the coupe and convertible became the 4 Series. As you should expect from its legendary name, this 3-Series delivers strong performance, sporty handling and a luxurious interior. The base engine is pretty good, but we recommend upgrading to the turbocharged 328i for some extra power without much of a penalty to fuel economy. Find a used BMW 3 Series for sale
2013-2019 Cadillac ATS
Before it was replaced by the all-new Cadillac CT4, the Cadillac ATS only saw one generation. Available as a sedan or a coupe, this was Cadillac‘s first really good effort at competing with its German rivals on an athletic compact luxury car. It has a higher fun-to-drive factor than you might expect from a Cadillac without a "V" badge, and it’s still a comfortable highway cruiser for your commute. For a good value on a well-rounded small luxury car, a used ATS is worth a look. Find a used Cadillac ATS for sale
2009-2014 Hyundai Genesis
You might be surprised to see a Hyundai on a list of luxury cars, but before Genesis was its own luxury brand, its name was worn by a midsize luxury sedan from the humble Hyundai brand. The Hyundai Genesis had competitive pricing when it was new, and that makes it an even better value today. It had excellent engines, with a strong V6 and an even stronger V8 option, and it also had a roomy interior for its class, which makes it a great family car. Don’t let the Hyundai badge fool you — we assure you that this is a real luxury car. Find a used Hyundai Genesis for sale
2009-2016 Lincoln MKS
An often forgotten option among full-size luxury sedans is the Lincoln MKS, which was the precursor to today’s Lincoln Continental. The MKS was big and comfortable, and it had stellar performance when it was equipped with the optional twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine with AWD. The MKS is an old-fashioned take on an American luxury car. It might not be as good as its rivals at canyon-carving, but if you’re looking for long-distance comfort and straight-line performance, this Lincoln is old-school cool. We recommend finding one from the 2013 facelift or newer due to the upgraded aesthetics, engines and suspension. Find a used Lincoln MKS for sale
2005-2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
For a luxurious German drop-top roadster on a budget, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a great way to make your friends think you spent more on your car than you really did. The R171 generation of the car struck a great balance between performance and comfort, which means it’s a sports car you can actually drive every day, as long as your climate is convertible-friendly. Speaking of which, the retractable hardtop on this SLK has a slick and fast operation. The 300-hp SLK350 is a blast, but if you keep your eyes peeled, you can even find a high-performance SLK 55 AMG in this price range. Find a used Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class for sale