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The used car market is cooling down, but prices for some luxury cars are still at an all-time high. But what if you want to buy a used luxury sedan right now without having to spend over $30,000? In that case, here are some of the best-used luxury sedans that could fit the bill.

1. 2010 Acura RL

The 2009 Acura 2009 RL is introduced at the Chicago Auto Show
The 2009 Acura 2009 RL is introduced at the Chicago Auto Show. | Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News

The 2010 Acura RL is an under-the-radar luxury sedan that is a great alternative to a Mercedes or BMW. Don’t expect super-modern comforts, though. According to U.S. News, “Acura packed the RL with high-tech features, but most reviewers said the cabin still maintains a level of old-world luxury and refinement.”

Despite its older look and feel, the 2010 RL still has features like a power moonroof, heated power front seats, Bluetooth, and a premium 10-speaker sound system. Its dash controls are also easier to use than those of its German rivals. So, if you’re looking to spend less than $30k and still want everything a luxury car can provide, the Acura RL is worth a look.

2. 2011 Cadillac DTS

2011 Cadillac DTS.
2011 Cadillac DTS. | Getty Images

We’re betting that you didn’t think the Cadillac DTS would be on this list, but it is. The 2011 DTS offered a spacious cabin, a plush ride, and a strong V8 engine. Sure, the DTS might not have the same type of street credibility as other large luxury cars in its segment. But it does have a unique classiness to it.

3. 2011 Infiniti M

A 2011 Infiniti M.
A 2011 Infiniti M. | Christopher Evans

For less than $30,000, the 2011 Infiniti M is a large luxury sedan that presents a good value proposition. On the inside, you’ll find high-quality materials that are stylish and comfortable. Some notable features include 10-way power memory front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and a premium sound system. If you look hard enough, you may find an Infiniti M with the upgraded Bose sound system and touchscreen infotainment.

Under the hood is a choice between a V6 and a V8. However, critics agree that the former option is the better way to go as it gets better fuel economy (21 mpg) and produces enough power for daily driving.

4. 2015 Audi A7

A 2013 Audi A7 sedan on display.
A 2013 Audi A7 sedan on display. | Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

The Audi A7 got first place in U.S. News’ list of the best 2015 Large Luxury Cars, and we can see why. In addition to the A7’s supple interior materials and tech-savvy features, its standout hatchback styling adds a dash of sportiness. Speaking of sportiness, the A7 also comes with an eager 335-hp turbocharged V6 engine and a sporty suspension that’s great for handling tight canyon roads.

5. 2017 Lincoln Continental

2018 Lincoln Continental is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show.
2018 Lincoln Continental is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show. | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The 2017 Lincoln Continental is a large sedan with great safety ratings, an elegant cabin, and a roster of first-class amenities. Some of those features include tri-zone climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity. The SYNC 3 interface is standard, and a Revel Audio 19-speaker sound system is available. Best of all, there’s plenty of room for five adults and a generous 16.9 cubic feet of trunk space for all their stuff.

6. 2013 Lincoln MKS

A red 2010 Lincoln MKS is driving on a test track.
A red 2010 Lincoln MKS is driving on a test track. | Mark Elias/ Bloomberg News

Although it’s easy to consider the 2013 Lincoln MKS a fancier copy of its corporate cousin, the Ford Taurus, it’s much more than that. Inside the MKS is an upscale leather interior with spacious seating for five and a cavernous trunk. Some standard features include heated and ventilated front seats, rear parking sensors, Lincoln’s SYNC command system, and MyLincoln Touch. While it might not have the same panache as its German rivals, it’s safe to say that you can get a lot with an MKS for less than $30,000.

7. 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2015 Mercedes CLS-Class at the 107th Annual Chicago Auto Show.
2015 Mercedes CLS-Class at the 107th Annual Chicago Auto Show. | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Like the Audi A7, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has a sloping rear roofline and a sporty suspension. A V6 engine is standard, as is an 8-inch infotainment system, driver attention monitor, and leather seats. If you’re looking for more features, the CLS 550 trim level adds a V8 engine, a premium audio system, and an air suspension. However, that version could cost more than $30,000.

The best luxury sedans under $30,000

These seven sedans are only a small sample of those found on U.S. News’ list of the 52 Best Used Luxury Sedans. However, if you’re currently shopping for a used luxury sedan, it could be a good idea to start with these prime examples first. There’s a good chance that they won’t steer you wrong.


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