Autotrader: 2020’s best luxury cars for around $35k

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The Acura ILX


Looking for loads of luxury without breaking the bank? Several automakers offer fine luxury cars for right around $35,000 — or a few bucks less, if you’re a great negotiator taking advantage of the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price. Here’s a look at 10 of the best.

2020 Audi A3

The Audi A3


Those four rings on the front grille are a clear indicator of luxury, but you may be surprised to find that Audi offers a small sedan for less than $35,000. The A3 is a small Audi, but that doesn’t mean it’s light on tech thanks to its impressive infotainment system and available collision-avoidance features. 

2020 Acura ILX

The Acura ILX


Zippy, frugal, and boasting Acura’s legendary reputation for reliability, the ILX is a small sedan worth considering. It also falls well within our $35,000 threshold, meaning you’ll have extra cash in the bank for whatever life throws at you. 

2020 Acura TLX

If the allure of turbocharged power isn’t enough, the Acura TLX throws in impressive handling, a luxurious interior, and loads of technology. It’s a sedan you won’t want to miss. 

More: What is the new Acura TLX like?

2020 Buick Encore

The Buick Encore


City dwellers, take note: the Buick Encore is a right-sized small crossover with panache and luxurious details throughout. It’s also one of the least-expensive small crossovers you’ll find, especially considering its high level of features and refinement.  

2020 Buick Envision

The Buick Envision is a hushed crossover with low levels of in-cabin noise, making it a perfect highway companion. Its comfortable interior is augmented by impressive performance from its available turbocharged engine, which still keeps it well within our $35,000 budget. 

2020 Cadillac CT4

The Cadillac CT4.


If its dramatic styling isn’t enough, consider that the well-equipped Cadillac CT4 boasts Autobahn-worthy handling from its honed chassis and impressive performance from its turbocharged powertrains. You won’t want to miss this stylish Caddy. 

Also see: A look at Cadillac’s first electric car, promising a range greater than 300 miles

2020 Lexus UX

The Lexus UX


Lexus is synonymous with both crossovers and luxury, and the gateway to the brand is a worthy choice. The UX has sporty looks and offers a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

An entry-level Mercedes-Benz is more attainable than you might expect. The recently-introduced A-Class boasts stunning styling and an interior so loaded with tech that you might think you’re behind the wheel of a Benz costing tens of thousands more. That’s no accident since the A-Class uses the same feature seat as the megabuck S-Class. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

If you like the A-Class but find yourself wanting a little more cargo room, a higher seating position, and maybe a smidgen more ground clearance, shuffle over to the GLA. The freshly-reworked small Mercedes crossover has been a hit thanks to its good looks and its just-right dimensions. 

See: Review: The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40


Dapper, and yet still whimsical, the Volvo VLVLY, -1.30% XC40 seems to do it all. Its turbocharged powertrains deliver great acceleration, while its spacious interior has room for you and several other passengers. Add to its resume a full complement of high-tech features and some sustainable interior materials, and the XC40 remains a showstopper no matter the price tag. 

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