Best 2022 Entry-Level Luxury Cars According to Consumer Reports

If you’re in the market for a luxury car, but don’t want to spend a lot, then you do have a few choices. Fortunately, Consumer Reports can help when it comes to researching the best used entry-level luxury cars on the market. Here are the models that made the list.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA injects a little sportiness into the luxury equation

 A Mercedes Benz CLA 250 Coupe is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
A Mercedes Benz CLA 250 Coupe is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

An entry-level luxury sedan doesn’t need to be boring. Anyone looking for a comfortable luxury sedan with a dash of sportiness could find an answer in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA. The CLA is based on the brand’s entry-level A-Class but adds a sportier tapered tail-end and aggressive styling. Consumer Reports noted that the CLA felt balanced when they tested its handling capabilities and its interior fit and finish are “excellent.” You can’t really expect anything less from a Mercedes, and it’s impressive considering the CLA has a starting price under $40,000.

2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class offers high-tech, entry-level luxury

Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020, in Brussels, Belgium.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020, in Brussels, Belgium. | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

If you would rather spend less than $35,000 for a Mercedes-Benz, you can. The 2022 A-Class is the German automaker’s entry-level sedan that’s small in size, but big on features. Consumer Reports liked the A220’s “impressive level of fit and finish” as well as its infotainment system. However, the editors did point out that it has a stiff ride and there is some lag during low-speed driving from the car’s 188-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Otherwise, the A-Class does provide a good value for those that don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a luxury car.

2021 Cadillac CT4 is sportier than you might think

2021 Cadillac CT4 in gray driving down a road
2021 Cadillac CT4 | Cadillac

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Consumer Reports lauded the 2021 Cadillac CT4 for its “top-notch” handling, braking, and steering saying that there’s “hardly and body roll when pushed in the turns, contributing to the tied-down feeling that rewards enthusiastic driving and makes the CT4 a delight to pilot down curvy roads.” The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is also responsive and can be connected to rear- or all-wheel-drivetrains. If you’re looking for an American entry-level luxury car that won’t break the budget, then the Cadillac CT4 is a great choice for around $34,000.

The 2022 Acura ILX is reliable and compact

The 2021 Acura ILX A-Spec subcompact luxury executive car with a white paint color option driving on a stretch of country highway past a forest
2021 Acura ILX A-Spec | Acura

The 2022 model year will be the last time we’ll see the Acura ILX as the new Integra is set to officially debut next year. However, that doesn’t mean that you should sleep on it. The ILX offers buyers an exceptional amount of reliability and luxury for under $40,000 and it’s rather sporty as well. Consumer Reports stated that the ILX felt steady and secure on the test track and that its naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engine was smooth-revving.

2022 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

The newly-released 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe on display at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on November 20, 2019.
The newly-released 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe on display at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on November 20, 2019. | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

According to Consumer Reports’ rankings, the 2022 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe scored the highest among the other entry-level sedans. With an overall score of 71 out of 100, the 2 Series received high marks for acceleration, braking, and handling, but do note that its performance does come with a stiff rider. However, if you’re looking for a sporty little sedan with a generous dose of luxury, the BMW 2 Series will surely impress.

Entry-level luxury cars are great for those on a budget

If you’re looking to spend less than $40,000 on a luxury sedan, but don’t know which cars to check out, the following models are the best place to start. Consumer Reports is known for its accurate ratings and rankings so you can rest assured that one of these five budget-friendly sedans is sure to fit whatever you’re looking for.

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