7 Great Used Luxury Cars Under $20,000 for 2020

2015 Audi A3

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The Audi A3 is a small and sporty luxury car available as a sedan or as a convertible. It has many of the benefits shared across the Audi lineup like a top-notch interior, agile handling and a lineup of potent engines. It’s a little tight in the trunk and in the back seats, but that’s not a problem if you’re not planning on using this as a family car. The A3 represents a return to form in small, sporty luxury cars that are truly driver-oriented. There was also the A3 e-tron, which was a plug-in hybrid hatchback that can be found in this price range.

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2012 BMW 750i

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For luxury writ large, you can’t do much better than the full-size BMW 7 Series. The 7 Series to get for less than $20,000 is the F01 generation that was introduced in the late 2000s. Its acceleration and handling are unparalleled in this class and you won’t believe how agile it is for such a big sedan. Few cars in this class excel in both straight-line comfort and corner-carving performance quite like this BMW. There are a variety of engines available, from the base twin-turbo 6-cylinder all the way up to a twin-turbo V12, and you can’t go wrong with any of them.

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2014 Lexus ES 350

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We won’t pretend it’s the most exciting car in its class, but the humble Lexus ES is a safe and comfortable choice in midsize luxury sedans. It comes with all of the reliability, safety and value that you would expect from a Lexus plus a legitimately luxurious interior and a more-than-adequate base V6 engine that nicely blends performance and fuel economy. Speaking of fuel economy, you can also get an ES Hybrid, achieving up to 40 miles per gallon in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. If you just need a car to get you from A to B and want something a little more interesting than a Camry, the ES is a great choice.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

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As the best-selling vehicle in America, the Ford F-150 is a great starting point for anyone looking for a used truck. With $20,000 to spend, buyers should look for wither a 2009-to-2014 model with lower miles and in an upscale trim level, or a 2015-or-newer model with high mileage and in a lower trim level. Right now on Autotrader, there are well over 1,000 2015-and-newer F-150s listed for around $20,000 or less. Of these, many are XLT models with over 60,000 miles on the odometer. Buyers wanting 4-wheel drive have fewer options to choose from, with only around 300 current-get F-150s listed for around $20k. Buyers wanting a higher trim level can look to the F-150’s previous generation, offered from 2009 to 2014. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 4WD equipped 09-14 F-150s listed in the upscale Lariat, King Rand, Limited and Platinum trims.

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2011 Porsche Boxster

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The 987 generation of the Porsche Boxster is starting to become the best value in used Porsche roadsters creeping under the $20,000 mark. This second-generation Boxster did away with the controversial "fried egg" headlights of its predecessor plus more styling cues, making it a more modern car and, of course, improved performance. If you like the idea of a fun, mid-engine sports car with an affordable price tag, this is the Boxster for you. It blends performance, luxury and distinct style in a way that only Porsche can.

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2015 Infiniti Q50

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Like the CTS, the compact Infiniti Q50 is another often-overlooked luxury sedan that is stuck in the shadows of its competitors. It has a fun-to-drive factor that you might expect from its German rivals but at a more affordable price point, with balanced ride and handling and a variety of engine options. You can get the base turbo-four, two available twin-turbo V6 engines, and there was even a V6 hybrid option available. The strong performance of this Infiniti makes it a bit of a modern-day sleeper.

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2015 Cadillac CTS

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The Cadillac CTS is an underrated midsize luxury sedan with classy style, a comfortable interior and impressive driving dynamics. Unfortunately, you won’t find the fire-breathing CTS-V in this price range, but the non-V CTS is still very much worth consideration. It’s fun to drive in every configuration, it achieves excellent safety scores and it has a well-appointed interior. For a well-balanced luxury sedan that doesn’t break the bank, a used CTS checks a lot of boxes for a lot of drivers.

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