A luxury nameplate can be desirable, but also one that seems out of reach for most car buyers. But fear not, we have highlighted vehicles from all ranks of luxury automakers with prices rivaling other well-equipped mainstream sedans or compact SUVs. Among this list of vehicles, all models are under $38,000 include vehicles from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Infiniti, and other brands that carry a reputation for luxury.
Of course, this list doesn’t include any of the fully loaded trim levels—those don’t qualify as “cheap.” But there are good deals, so if you want luxury for a reasonable price, this is the place to start. The list goes from most to least expensive, so if there isn’t anything in your price range initially, just be patient.
Fancy good looks, luxurious cabins, and one stylish option for as low as $27,125.
1. Infiniti Q50 ($37,625)
Thanks to its luxury counterparts seeing price increases for 2021, the 2021 Infiniti Q50 is now featured on this list. Although the Q50 doesn’t boast the sportiest attributes, it does come standard with a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine and is offered with a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V-6. The Q50 provides a comfortable ride, but the interior of the sedan does lack a luxury feel. And it doesn’t help that the Q50’s dual-infotainment screen system is difficult to operate.
- Engines: 300-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 400-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6
- Cargo space: 13 cubic feet
2. Mercedes-Benz GLA-class ($37,280)
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-class is all-new for 2021 and this small crossover sees changes in all of the right places. A more comfortable ride, improved technology, and more crossover-like proportions boosts the GLA-class’s standing in this competitive segment. A turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 221 horsepower is the sole powertrain and all-wheel drive comes as an option. Although the new GLA250 feels quick, its zero to 60 mph time is over a half second slower than the 2020 model despite having more power.
- Engine: 221-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four
- Cargo space: 15 cubic feet
3. Lincoln Corsair ($37,100)
The Corsair was all-new for 2020, receiving upgraded technology and a more refined interior that reflects the type of luxury Lincoln is aiming to achieve. And for 2021, the drivetrain options gain one more option: a plug-in hybrid which pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to an electric motor. The nonhybrid powertrains remain the same: in its base trim level, the Lincoln offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and front-wheel drive. In order to get all-wheel drive, the more powerful turbo 2.3-liter engine, or any number of luxury features, the Corsair requires shelling out a fair bit more dough.
- Engines: 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 280-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four; 2.5-liter inline-four with permanent-magnet electric motor
- Cargo space: 28 cubic feet
4. Genesis G70 ($37,025)
The Genesis G70 is here to battle the BMW 3-series, and the new sedan’s performance and cheap base price make it a deadly enemy. The Genesis comes standard in rear-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic transmission and is offered with a six-speed manual. All-wheel drive is also offered, but only with the automatic. It’ 10-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty sweetens the deal. Worried about reliability? Check out our 40,000-mile longterm test.
- Engines: 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6
- Cargo space: 11 cubic feet
5. Volvo XC40 ($34,795)
Volvo’s smallest SUV has a cute and distinctive personality all its own, with chunky styling and a variety of interesting color and trim choices. Recently, Volvo added a value-oriented T4 trim to the Volvo XC40 lineup, bringing the base price below $35,000. It comes with a less powerful, 187-hp version of the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the costlier T5 model, and it is only offered with front-wheel drive. If you’re willing to spend a little more, the T4 can be had in the better-equipped R-Design and Inscription trims instead of the base Momentum spec.
- Engines: 187-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 248-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four
- Cargo space: 21 cubic feet