An outstanding roster of sport sedans from the past decade or so has resulted in a treasure trove for used car shoppers looking for a deal on a car that’s both practical and fun. The average new car transaction price is around the mid-$30,000 range and for less than $30k, you can get a wide range of used cars from prestigious brands that served as showcases for both luxury and performance.
Here are some of the best deals on modern sport sedans on Autotrader for less than $30,000. All of these cars are less than a decade old and have a horsepower rating ranging from 365 to 560.
The F10 generation of the BMW M5 is the one to get for under $30,000. Since the current-generation F90 M5 is automatic-only, the F10 the most modern M5 you can get with a manual transmission. This example we’ve found is so equipped. That six-speed manual is linked to an excellent 560-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine that was a stunning engine when it was new and is still impressive by today’s standards. With an original starting MSRP of $90,200, this is one of the deepest depreciating cars on this list with an asking price of $29,995. Find a BMW M5 for sale
Everyone knows the iconic CTS-V and the standard CTS is a dime a dozen. However, do you remember the CTS V Sport? The V Sport trim split the difference with much stronger performance than a regular CTS, but without the insanity of the CTS-V. The result is a highly competent, often overlooked sport sedan with a twin-turbo V6 engine that pumps out 420 horsepower. This is an uncommon car, but if you do find one, prices under $30k are not unusual. Here’s one with the luxurious Premium package and a cool red and black two-tone interior with an asking price of $26,899. Find a Cadillac CTS for sale
Genesis is still the new kid in the luxury car world. Despite its rookie status, the up-and-coming Korean brand has its hat in the sport sedan ring. The Genesis G80 Sport is a stylish and comfortable midsize sedan powered by a 365-hp twin-turbo V6. We know it’s not as gutsy as some of the other cars on this list, but the G80 Sport has a high bang-for-the-buck factor. As a 2018 model, this is the newest car on this list and has some of the most modern tech features. This AWD-equipped model for sale for $29,950 is the only G80 Sport under $30k on Autotrader, but this is one to keep an eye out for if you’re looking for a deal on a roomy, practical luxury sedan that’s fun to drive. Find a Genesis G80 for sale
The hottest version of the Infiniti Q50 sedan is a questionable value proposition as a new car, but we think it’s a great deal on the used market now that it’s experienced some depreciation. The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 packs 400 horsepower as its name suggests via its twin-turbo V6 engine plus bigger brakes and an adaptive suspension. Here we have a certified pre-owned example with all-wheel drive and an attractive asking price of $26,541. The Infiniti CPO unlimited mile warranty covers the car for two years from the date of purchase giving you peace of mind with your 400-hp luxury car. This car makes no claim as the fastest or fanciest car in its competitive field, but it’s arguably one of the best values. Find a Infiniti Q50 for sale
Lexus made magic when it stuffed a V8 engine into the compact IS to create the Lexus IS F. Variants of the 2UR V8 engine the powers the IS F are still in use today in the RC F and LC 500 as well as the recently discontinued GS F. In the IS F, this brawny engine makes 416 horsepower in a car that weighs 3,780 lbs. Those horsepower and weight numbers are awfully close to the BMW M3 of the same vintage. It’s even been rumored that it’s possible for the IS F to hit 200 mph if you remove the electronic limiter (which we don’t recommend). Here is a clean, well-appointed example for $29,996 which might seem like a lot for a 2011 Lexus compact sedan, but the IS F is a special car. Find a Lexus IS F for sale
Most used Panamera models you find in this price range will be of the base, 4, S, or 4S variety. However, we’ve found a 2011 Porsche Panamera Turbo for just $28,991. The catch is that it has a little over 120,000 miles on the clock. This car had an original MSRP of at least $135,000 and can now be had for less than a new Toyota Avalon. The rip-roaring Panamera Turbo is powered by a twin-turbo V8 making 500 horsepower plus other niceties like an adaptive air suspension with adjustable ride height, 14-way power front seats, heated rear seats, and much more. If the miles don’t scare you, this is an incredible bargain on a fast four-door luxury car. Find a Porsche Panamera for sale