Consumer Reports’ Most Reliable Used Luxury Cars Won’t Surprise You

A luxury car is a tempting option for just about anyone. But high retail prices, fast depreciation, and concerns about reliability scare a lot of drivers away from buying new. Buying a reliable used luxury car can be a good compromise—you save money on the upfront costs and dodge that initial drop in value. 

What used luxury cars have the best reliability ratings? The top two may not surprise you.

The 2019 Acura TLX is a long-lasting gem 

The 2019 line of the Acura TLX offered two options under the hood: a 2.4-liter engine and a V6 engine. A comfortable ride quality and a quiet cabin make up for less-than-sporty handling and limited room in the rear. Available all-wheel drive and loads of standard safety features make the TLX both reliable over time and reliable in sticky situations. It’s hard to tell how reliable a car is just by looking, but the 2019 TLX is likely a safe bet.

Huw much is a 2019 Acura TLX? Consumer Reports estimates that you’ll pay between $28,975 and $37,900 for this used luxury car.

The 2019 Infiniti Q50 is a powerful, reliable used luxury car

Interestingly, the Infiniti Q50 scored high on reliability but scored surprisingly low on owner satisfaction. But its powerful V6 engine delivers poor fuel efficiency, its handling leaves something to be desired, and it’s not the most comfortable ride. However, if you’re in search of a reliable used luxury car that’s committed to sticking around, the Q50 is a good fit.

How much is a 2019 Infiniti Q50? Consumer Reports estimates that you’ll pay between $26,625 and $40,375 for a used model.

What luxury car brand is the most reliable? 

Interestingly, Acura made J.D. Power’s list of the least reliable car brands alongside other luxury brands like Land Rover and Alfa Romeo. This may indicate that J.D. Power and Consumer Reports—two industry giants—disagree on how reliable Acura cars really are. Infiniti gets average overall grades for reliability from most critics.

While Consumer Reports chose Acura TLX and Infiniti Q50 as two reliable used luxury cars, it’s Lexus that continues to be the most reliable luxury brand overall. If these two midsize premium sedans aren’t suiting your fancy, a used Lexus car could be a smart choice. Lexus is the sister company of Toyota, so a Lexus may also be one of the cheapest used luxury cars to maintain.

The best used luxury cars under $30,000 are also the most reliable

Want to get the biggest bang for your buck? The used-car market should offer both the 2019 Acura TLX and the 2019 Infiniti Q50 for less than $30,000. Price will vary depending on trim level, condition, mileage, and location (some used-markets are more aggressive than others) but you’re likely to be able to find a reliable used car for less than $30,000. 

Happy hunting!

Golden-yellow Acura TLX, a reliable used luxury car, tearing up a winding road in the mountains
Acura TLX | Acura

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