There just aren’t that may true luxury cars you can buy for under $30,000. Those that are available trend toward luxed-up versions of mass-market sedans, hatchbacks and crossovers. Many buyers never consider the used market, but Certified Pre-Owned is a good middle ground. CPO cars come backed by a long factory warranty and represent the best vehicles a dealership has taken as trade-ins. Here’s 10 great choices under $30k that offer the best bang for the buck.
You may have to go a bit older to find an E-Class, which retails for more than $50,000 new, on the CPO market and still stay under our $30k pricing cap. Fortunately, any of the fourth-generation models produced since 2009 are a fine choice and are mostly similar save for some extra high-tech safety equipment and revised styling in more recent model years. Shoot for a 2011 model, and you will find what could be the world's most well-rounded luxury car for those who like to take it easy but still want a responsive ride.