10 Best Luxury Cars Under $35,000

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10 Best Luxury Cars Under $35,000

If you're shopping for a luxury car but don't want to spend six figures on it, entry-level luxury models are a great way to get into the segment. A new wave of cars and SUVs has redefined the entry-lux landscape, and for a reasonable price, you can now get features and amenities that were once reserved for much more expensive models. Here is our list of the 10 most compelling luxury cars and SUVs available for less than $35,000, according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.

With eye-catching good looks, responsive engines, and loads of value, the Acura TLX is a standout luxury sedan. It boasts a tech-savvy interior, an impressive suite of safety features, and top-notch build quality and resale value. Read more in our full review

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28 MPG Combined

24 City / 35 Highway

Slotting in below Mercedes' CLA in price, the A-Class sedan is only slightly smaller, and offers impressive driving dynamics. Its price rivals that of a mainstream midsize sedan, but offers Mercedes levels of class and luxury. Its looks every bit the part of a Mercedes, as we explain in the expert review: "It is handsome with sharply defined character lines and a look that ties it to the rest of the Mercedes sedan lineup." Read more in our full review

The GLA is part crossover, part hatchback, and all Mercedes, featuring many of the features for which the company is known. This vehicle 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: “Given the modest width and length of the 2019 GLA250, it feels about as stable and planted as it’s possible to be. These dimensions make it easy to park, helped by the light steering. The GLA feels perfectly at home in towns and suburbs." Read more in our full review

2019 BMW 2 Series

10 Best Luxury Cars Under $35,000

Our expert review nicely sums up what we like about the 2 Series: "The BMW 2 Series hearkens back to a time when BMWs were small, sporty cars that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Unlike those early cars, however, the 2 Series is a thoroughly modern design loaded with BMW’s best technology and performance features." It also happens to be the only entry-level luxury coupe available. Read more

With bold coupelike styling and the emblematic three-pointed star, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is a great way to get to know the Mercedes brand. As we explain in our expert review, "If you need to own a luxury brand with some gravitas, but your last pay raise still says 'Honda Accord,' the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is the perfect solution. Offering good performance, loads of luxury options and CLS-like styling, the CLA250 is the ideal starter for future one-percenters." Read more in our full review

The Audi A3 sedan has elegant styling that resembles that of its big brother, the A4, and has a more accommodating rear seat than you'd expect. Audi is known for offering a wide array of tech features, and the A3 is available with many of the company's coolest innovations. The A3 doesn't feel like a lesser Audi, just a smaller one. Read more in our full review

The recently updated Infiniti Q50 is now better set up to take on competitors like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series. The Q50 delivers just about everything most buyers want in a small luxury sedan, including an available 400-horsepower twin-turbo engine, and a suspension that adapts for the track or the street. Add in KBB Fair Purchase Prices that reflect real-world transaction prices thousands under sticker price, and the Q50 offers tremendous bang for the buck. Read more in our full review

2019 Volvo S60

10 Best Luxury Cars Under $35,000

The Volvo S60 is all-new for 2019, with a choice of four powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid and a 328-horsepower Polestar option. Also new are the chassis and suspension, tuned for sportier handling. Volvo's hallmark safety, plus a modern, welcoming, airy interior round out this impressive luxury sedan. Read more

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25 MPG Combined

22 City / 30 Highway

This entry-level sedan from Genesis has a sporting attitude that makes it competitive with the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4, yet provides a comfortable highway ride. In addition, the Genesis G70 offers a feature-filled, well-crafted interior. It's a lot of sport sedan for the money. Read more in our full review

The Volvo XC40 brings unique, modern style, top-notch standard safety features, and cool technology to the burgeoning subcompact luxury SUV segment. Already impressive for the amount of value it offers at its sub-$35,000 base price, the XC40 is also available with a subscription plan that covers maintenance, taxes and auto insurance, for a fixed monthly payment. Read more in our full review


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