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The Best Luxury Cars Don’t Actually Cost an Arm and a Leg

Luxury cars are the dream for many consumers. While some drivers are more than happy with their plain pickup trucks and don’t want anything fancy, many others want all the bells and whistles. And they want it encased in leather.

The problem is paying for it. For too often, ‘luxury’ and ‘expensive’ are synonymous. Thankfully, a few luxury vehicles are affordable, and U.S. News has all the details. 

The 2020 BMW 2 Series

BMW might take some flak for being expensive and unreliable, but you can’t deny that the German automaker can make a great looking car. It also seems that not all of its models are agonizingly overpriced. The 2020 BMW 2 Series manages to keep up with the expensive looks while remaining affordable.

The BMW 2 Series starts at $35,300, which might be beyond many consumers’ price range, but it’s not overpriced. For anyone who wants a sports car, this fits all the criteria. It has the looks, speed, and the BMW label to back up the price. You might think that owning a BMW is overrated, but this particular model might change your mind. 

The 230i comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which isn’t bad at all. It can go from zero-to-60 mph in a mere 5.4 seconds. If that’s too slow for you, then the M240i’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine can do that in 4.4 seconds. It’s not the fastest car currently on the road, but given the price, it’s more than worth it.

2020 Tesla Model 3

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If you want to do the electric slide in your car, you need the 2020 Tesla Model 3. Starting at $39,990, it’s one of the cheapest EVs on the market. It was the only EV to make the U.S. News list.

It has an electric range of 330 miles, making it one of the most long-range EVs you can buy. This makes it perfect for road trips since you don’t have to stop and charge up every couple of hours. That doesn’t even begin to cover the tech in the Tesla Model 3, however.

According to U.S. News, “A massive 15-inch screen is used to control the majority of functions on the vehicle, as the car doesn’t have traditional gauges, buttons, or switchgear that’s found on other cars. A 14-speaker audio system, apps for streaming music and media, satellite-view maps for the navigation system, and an internet browser are also included.”

While the semi-autonomous Autopilot system comes standard, you might want to use it sparingly. There have been several accidents involving this technology, and the lawsuits are stacking up. While it might seem great, it’s certainly not something you want to rely on all of the time. 

The 2020 Genesis G70

Genesis doesn’t get as much love as BMW and Tesla, but the G70 still managed to snag the number one position. It’s starting to feel the heat from the Kia Stinger, as the Korean automaker is trying to bust into the luxury division, but the G70 still holds the crown.

If you’re interested in a 2020 Genesis G70, you’ll choose from two engines. One is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the other is a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. Both are more than adequate, but if you go with the 3.3-liter V6 engine, you also get a limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned suspension, and Brembo brakes as standard. 

Other factors that help boost the G70’s reputation is the number of awards it’s racking up. Not only did it impress U.S. News, but it’s a IIHS Top Safety Pick. Given it’s starting price of $35,450, it’s no wonder that more families consider the 2020 Genesis G70 the perfect car.

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