These Affordable 2021 Luxury SUVs Are Recommended by Car and Driver

The days of luxury vehicles being a class-splitter are behind us. In 2021, there are actually quite a few models that start affordably in the $30,000s. For those in search of an affordable premium crossover, we’ve grabbed this list of the cheapest luxury SUVs of 2021. 

A silver 2021 Cadillac XT4 luxury compact crossover SUV parked next to a brownish-gray concrete modern building with a green hedge
2021 Cadillac XT4 | General Motors

When it comes to ‘Best’ lists in the auto industry, Car and Driver puts out quite a few of them each year. This year, they’ve given us a great list of the cheapest luxury vehicles of 2021. We pulled some of the SUVs off of that list to give luxury SUV shoppers a quick glance at these affordable premium crossover models the 2021 market has to offer. 

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is all-new for 2021 

a light blue 2021 mercedes-benz GLA-Class on the curb of a fashionable night time cityscape
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class | Mercedes-Benz

Fully redesigned for this model year, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class boasts a better, more cushy ride starting at $37,280. In addition, this small luxury crossover has improved its cabin experience by adding more space for people and stuff. That said, with 15 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is at the bottom of the class for gear-hauling capability. 

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class offers a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-four that generates 221 hp. For a bit more cash, buyers can opt for an all-wheel-drive powertrain. Car and Driver reports that this engine feels responsive and powerful, in addition to appreciating all of the new GLA-Class’s updated tech features. 

Is the 2021 Lincoln Corsair a good car? 

A bluish-gray 2020 Lincoln Corsair luxury compact SUV parked on asphalt in front of mist and mountains
Lincoln Corsair Reserve Appearance Package | Ford Motor Company

Yes, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair is a good affordable 2021 luxury SUV in the premium crossover segment. This affordable premium crossover model starts at $37,100. All-new for 2020, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair carries over the more upscale interior. According to Car and Driver, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair “reflects the type of luxury Lincoln is trying to achieve.” It’s one of the most affordable 2021 luxury SUVs.  

This compact crossover model offers 28 cubic feet of cargo capacity (the most on this list). The base engine is a 250 hp turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-four. There’s also the option for a 280 hp turbocharged 2.3 liter inline-four and a 2.5 liter inline-four hybrid that’s paired with a permanent magnet electric motor that’s new to the lineup. But to get a Corsair with an engine upgrade or all-wheel drive, buyers are looking at doling out a bit more cash.

The 2021 Cadillac XT4 ticks ‘all the major boxes’ 

According to Car and Driver, the 2021 Cadillac XT4 ticks “all the major boxes for a small SUV with premium intentions.” Its only engine option is a 237 hp turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-four that’s satisfying enough (and maybe then some) for most drivers. The 2021 Cadillac XT4 is offered starting at $36,790.

This affordable premium crossover offers 23 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2021 Cadillac XT4 does offer a hefty list of optional features and an all-wheel drive powertrain. However, any upgrades to the base model will likely tip the price point over $40,000. 

Red Mercedes-Benz GLA luxury automobile during the automaker's annual press conference in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class | Alex Kraus/Bloomberg via Getty Images

These affordable 2021 luxury SUV options all start under $40,000. In addition, one of the most respected sources in the industry has nice things to say about each model. In fact, this list proves that you can get a nice luxury SUV without paying an astronomical price.

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