Introduction

Introduction

If you're in the market for a used vehicle with a budget of $20,000, you'd be surprised what you can afford. Very surprised. We gave ourselves a budget of $20,000 and trained our eyes on the best from BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and more. Given the fact that you can purchase a new Toyota Camry for $20,000, we were even surprised with what we were able to come up with. Take a look at 10 great deals on a luxury automobile. You'll never again think of $20,000 in the same light.
2008 Acura TL

2008 Acura TL

Price: $19,615
Mileage: 45,525
If You Bought It New: $33,725
Engine: 3.2-liter V6 258 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

Selling Points: The TL is arguably the best-looking of Acura's crop of luxury sedans. The TL also has a rich-looking, high quality interior and road-hugging driving dynamics.
2007 Audi A6

2007 Audi A6

Price: $19,999
Mileage: 34,029
If You Bought It New: $41,950
Engine: 3.2-liter V6 255 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4.5

Selling Points: The A6 is an understated and substantial-feeling vehicle that exudes luxury without the pretentiousness. As an added bonus, the JD Power score of 4.5 makes this sedan a low-maintenance vehicle.
2005 BMW 530i

2005 BMW 530i

Price: $19,998
Mileage: 59,872
If You Bought It New: $45,400
Engine: 3.0-liter In-line Six 225 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 5

Selling Points: The BMW 530i sports incredibly agile handling for a midsize sedan, it carries the cachet that comes with owning a BMW and it's relatively roomy. Its JD Power score of 5 shows shows that BMWs can be very reliable as well.
2008 Cadillac CTS

2008 Cadillac CTS

Price: $19,990
Mileage: 19,195
If You Bought It New: $36,560
Engine: 3.6-liter V6 304 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4

Selling Points: The Cadillac CTS went from a marginal luxury vehicle to a genuine competitor in one of the industry's most competitive segments when it was reworked for 2008. The CTS wows with attractive sheet metal, a greatly improved interior and sporty driving dynamics.
2006 Infiniti M35

2006 Infiniti M35

Price: $18,999
Mileage: 47,482
If You Bought It New: $40,840
Engine: 3.5-liter V6 280 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: The M35 is the luxury sedan for customers who aren't interested in owning a "name brand" luxury vehicle, instead focusing on driving dynamics and reliability. Consumer Reports has recommended the M35 for five straight years.
2006 Jaguar XJ L

2006 Jaguar XJ L

Price: $18,200
Mileage: 40,292
If You Bought It New: $61,830
Engine: 4.2-liter V8 294 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: The Jaguar XJ is an underrated luxury vehicle, and this example is the long wheelbase version with oodles of rear seat legroom. The XJ even handles surprisingly well for a vehicle this size.
2004 Lexus GS 300

2004 Lexus GS 300

Price: $19,499
Mileage: 36,635
If You Bought It New: $38,875
Engine: 3.0-liter V6 220 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 5

Selling Points: Lexus became the leader in luxury sales in the U.S. because of excellent craftsmanship and unparalleled levels of quality. The GS is a perfect example of top-notch reliability, as evidenced by its JD Power score of 5.
2005 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2005 Mercedes-Benz S Class

Price: $19,994
Mileage: 71,994
If You Bought It New: $75,300
Engine: 4.3-liter V8 275 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: NA

Selling Points: The S-Class is among the best large luxury vehicles in it's class. The S-Class delivers big-time comfort and top-not interior materials to coddle and spoil occupants.
2008 Volvo S80

2008 Volvo S80

Price: $19,998
Mileage: 42,862
If You Bought It New: $38,705
Engine: 3.2-liter V6 235 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: The S80 is a bit of an underdog among luxury vehicles, but it's stellar safety reputation, attractive sheet metal and luxury amenities make it a solid buy. The discerning car buyer can also pick up a relatively new S80 with low mileage for under $20,000.
2008 Saab 9-3

2008 Saab 9-3

Price: $18,693
Mileage: 30,799
If You Bought It New: $28,445
Engine: 2.0-liter I-4 210 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: While some deride these Saabs for being nothing more than a GM badge job, they were actually really fun to drive. We liked how the 9-3 was bigger in size than a 3-series and some of the interior bits and pieces made for an entirely unique driving experience.


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