10 Best Luxury Cars Under $35,000

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10 Best Luxury Cars Under $35,000

In just a few short years, a new wave of cars and SUVs has completely changed the entry-luxury landscape. Featuring something for just about everyone in search of luxury for less, here's our list of the 10 most compelling luxury cars available for less than $35,000 according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.

Once a luxury sedan wallflower, the updated-for-2018 Acura TLX now has the eye-catching good looks it deserves. With a tech-savvy interior, an impressive suite of safety features, and top-notch build quality and resale value, the TLX has a lot to offer at a lower price than the competition.

Buick has expanded the Regal line to include two compelling models -- the Sportback fastback, replacing the sedan, and the TourX wagon -- both of which have starting prices lower than $35,000. The duo offers the benefits that come with the Buick badge, as highlighted in our full review of the Sportback: "What this will serve up is competent power from its 250-horsepower engine, and the comfort and quiet manners expected in a Buick. As a road-tripping car or grand touring vessel, we’d take one any day."

Audi’s smallest, most affordable SUV is an Audi to the core, as touched upon in our full review: “Audi’s designers are known for crafting modern interiors with exceptional fit and finish, rich materials and eye-pleasing shapes. The interior of the 2018 Audi Q3 is one of their best. From the driver’s seat this small SUV feels current and upscale. Nothing inside the Q3 seems old-fashioned or dated. Nothing feels cheap or chintzy."


The styling is bold, the price is right and it wears the same three-pointed star long associated with dignitaries and billionaires. The current Mercedes-Benz lineup is the best in many years, and it all started with the launch of the CLA.

With an unmatched mix of attractive pricing, superior resale value and a well-established reputation for trouble-free ownership, Acura’s small SUV outsells heavy hitters like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Mercedes’ entry SUV has the driving dynamics to back up its sporty stance, but it's also easy to navigate around town, as noted in our full review: “The GLA's tidy size makes it a friend in cities and urban environments, where its easy-to-park manners and maneuverability help it slither through congestion.”

The Cadillac CTS laid the groundwork by showing that America’s premier luxury brand could build a sport sedan to compete with Germany’s best. The smaller ATS proves the CTS wasn’t a lucky shot. An attractive exterior, rich interior and world-class driving dynamics combine to give the Cadillac ATS a presence bigger than its footprint. 

The Audi A3 outranks the Mercedes-Benz CLA on this list thanks in part to a more accommodating back seat (Mercedes calls the 4-door CLA a coupe, after all) and a slightly more grown-up demeanor. Indeed, the A3 doesn't feel like a lesser Audi, just a smaller one.


The Lexus NX brings bold styling and legendary reliability to the compact luxury SUV group, offering shoppers a hard-to-resist mix of SUV practicality and Lexus value. Already the best-selling compact luxury SUV in America, for 2018 the NX aims to stay ahead of the competition with updated looks, improved suspension, and a redesigned interior.

Topping this year's list is the updated Infiniti Q50. Better equipped to take on competitors like the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Q50 delivers just about everything most buyers want in a small luxury sedan. And with Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Prices that reflect real-world transaction prices thousands under its already advantageous sticker prices, the Q50 is arguably the segment's bang-for-the-buck champ.


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