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Best Used Compact Luxury SUVs Under $25,000


The chic mode of transport these days is a luxurious crossover SUV. And the compact class offers a tremendous range of vehicles that work well hauling people, negotiating crowded city streets, and slogging up a snowy mountain road. These SUVs are also new enough to offer the latest safety tech too. Oh, and these are great values as well. Many of the SUVs here cost upwards of $50,000 when new. So, their appearance here means a discount of approximately fifty percent. Here is our list of 10 Best Compact Luxury SUVs under $25,000.

1. 2016 BMW X3

2016 BMW X3

Those buyers looking for a compact crossover that offers sharp handling and a thrilling ride should shop the BMW X3. The X3 is a great drive on a twisty road but it’s also roomy and comfortable too. The X3 feels substantial and is absolutely brimming with luxury tech and trappings. Most will find the standard engine sufficient but if you need speed, there’s an optional 300 hp turbocharged six-cylinder. In any case, this BMW sets a high bar for driving fun. Find a BMW X3 for sale

2. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

The GLC was all-new for ’16 and replaced the aging and blocky GLK. This new Mercedes-Benz SUV was more refined, more luxurious and came with available technologies that set it apart from the crowd. The turbocharged four-cylinder is potent and allows this SUV to scoot to 60 mph like a sport sedan. Our favorite option? The air suspension. It’s rare but offers a sumptuous ride quality that’s not matched by many. Find a Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 for sale

3. 2016 Lexus NX300h

2016 Lexus NX

The leader in terms of fuel efficiency on this list is the Lexus. The NX300h returns a solid 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The NX has a cool, edgy look that translates to the inside too. The Lexus interior looks like nothing else and has an upscale feel to it. However, cargo capacity is less than some here. If you’re looking for something with a bit more athleticism, hunt for a NX200t with the F Sport package. Find a Lexus NX300h for sale

4. 2017 Volvo XC60

2017 Volvo XC60

The Volvo’s design is progressive and its Scandinavian-inspired interior is very stylish and very comfortable for long drives. But as a family machine, the XC60 really excels. Volvo is the only one in the class that includes a built-in booster seat and carries the Insurance Institute for Highway safety’s highest rating—Top Safety Pick Plus. So, in terms of practical buys, the XC60 is perhaps at the top of the list. Find a Volvo XC60 for sale

5. 2016 Acura RDX

2016 Acura RDX

Acura ditched the RDX’s frumpy styling for the second-generation model that appeared for the 2013 model year. And along with the new RDX’s handsome exterior and roomy interior, the company added a strong V6 too. The RDX does everything asked of it very well. It has generous space in the rear seat, returns solid fuel economy and has proven to be highly reliable. Downside? It’s not as luxurious inside as some. Find an Acura RDX for sale

6. 2016 BMW X4

2016 BMW X4

The BMW X4 was ahead of the curve. This was the first compact SUV to offer a sportier coupe-like exterior design. Basically, the X4 is an X3 that has a fastback roof. It looks expensive and drives with an agility that isn’t easily duplicated by other compact crossovers. And the basic bones of the X4 feel robust. However, the ride is firmer than some here. And if cargo hauling is a priority, this model loses about 10 cu-fit behind the rear seat over an X3. That’s significant. Find a BMW X4 for sale

7. 2019 Lincoln MKC

2019 Lincoln MKC

The MKC is the smallest of Lincoln’s SUVs and is based on the bones of the humble Ford Escape. Good News? Lincoln has done an admirable job disguising this gussied-up Ford. The interior is plush and the ride is smooth. Press firmly on the throttle pedal and the Ecoboost four-cylinder provides quick acceleration. The drive experience might fall somewhat short of the best from Germany and Japan but there’s a lot of value here, especially if you can find a fully loaded Black Label model. Find a Lincoln MKC for sale

8. 2018 Buick Envision

2018 Buick Envision

The Envision is typical of most Buicks in that it’s reliable, quiet and rides smoothly. And those are all great traits when shopping for a compact crossover. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder models are somewhat pokey but priced right. For a bit more money and a much better experience, hunt down one with the 252 hp turbo motor and all-wheel drive. It’s way more fun too. Overall, the Envision doesn’t feel quite as luxurious as some rivals but the low price point of this Buick makes it a good deal. Find a Buick Envision for sale

9. 2017 Audi Q5

2017 Audi Q5

When the Audi Q5 launched for the 2009 model year, it set the standard for many other luxury compact crossovers to follow. So good was that original Audi, that Porsche used it as the basis for its own Macan SUV. That’s a big complement. It’s an older design now, but it has aged well. This Audi is known for its responsive handling, potent 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and of course, Quattro all-wheel drive. Search for a Prestige trim to get the most tech and safety equipment. Find an Audi Q5 for sale

10. 2017 Infiniti QX50

2017 Infiniti QX50

The QX50 isn’t like other luxury crossover SUVs. It doesn’t sit quite as tall, nor does it carry muscular styling. This is a crossover that wants you to know it’s based on a car. And that’s okay. Thanks to the potent 3.7-liter V6 and athletic sport sedan chassis, the QX50 is a joy to drive. Rear seat legroom is good but overall cargo space is less than some here. Still this is a luxurious, and well-made machine for the money. Find an Infiniti QX50 for sale

Best Used Compact Luxury SUVs Under $25,000

  1. 2016 BMW X3
  2. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
  3. 2016 Lexus NX300h
  4. 2017 Volvo XC60
  5. 2016 Acura RDX
  6. 2016 BMW X4
  7. 2019 Lincoln MKC
  8. 2018 Buick Envision
  9. 2017 Audi Q5
  10. 2017 Infiniti QX50

Ben Stewart
Ben Stewart is an author specializing in automotive testing and technology. He has a unique perspective—as a lifelong 4WD enthusiast Ben has driven just about every production 4X4 on road and off for the last 20 years. But his expertise and experience goes deeper. Ben has had the opportunity to drive and report on a wide variety of vehicles ranging from pre-production fuel cell cars to... Read More about Ben Stewart

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