The most affordable luxury cars are some of the most fun.
Today's luxury cars feature higher-quality materials than ever, futuristic technologies, and come backed by increasingly exceptional dealer service. It's as true for the lower-priced luxury entries as it is for the six-figure flagships sold alongside.
And while it's easy to hope your first BMW 3 Series is merely a stepping stone to a 5 Series and then a 7 Series, the truth is that the 3 Series is the most entertaining among them. So have fun now, before you get all rich and stuff.
New for 2015
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, one of the segment's pioneers, has been completely redesigned for 2015. Also new is the Acura TLX, which replaces the Acura TSX and TL and combines the best of both. The upcoming 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country is a sedan designed for active lifestyles, with all-wheel drive and an adjustable ride height. It is one of several new-for-2016 vehicles that will soon be headed your way.
10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000
Fun time: Before you click the link, guess which four of these small luxury sport sedans made our most recent (2014) list of the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000.
For those looking to maximize mpg, the BMW 3 Series is available with hybrid or diesel power, and the Infiniti Q50 is available as a hybrid.
Many of these cars have high-performance alter egos, including the Audi S4, BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and, the newest player, the 455-horsepower 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. The ATS-V was one of several new and redesigned cars introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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Once the smallest, lowest-priced models in their respective lineups, the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class have been displaced as their brands' entry-level models by the BMW 1 Series, new-for-2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA and redesigned-for-2015 Audi A3.
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