Top 15 Luxury Cars of 2016

Looking for a used luxury car? Explore these 15 great options.

Top 15 Luxury Vehicles | CarMax

October 2016

Luxury cars come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all expected to look good and perform well. One advantage of buying a used luxury car is that you get the luxury look-and-feel that you want at a more affordable price.  

Here are 15 of the most popular luxury cars CarMax offers.

Research or Buy a Used Volvo S60 | CarMax

Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 is an entry-level sedan that strikes a balance between luxury and functionality. Its exterior design embraces a Scandinavian design aesthetic. The interior isn’t plush but is still comfortable, well-designed, and user friendly. The S60’s engine provides plenty of power for everyday driving, regardless of what trim you choose, and you can find a used Volvo S60 with the optional all-wheel drive.

Research or Buy a Used Lexus ES350 | CarMax

Lexus ES 350

The Lexus ES 350 is an entry-level luxury sedan. The ES 350 is well-equipped, roomy, comfortable, and quiet. The ES 350 is a great option if you want a car that focuses on giving you a pleasant and uneventful ride. It’s not sporty when compared to other luxury sedans in its price point, but a used Lexus ES 350 makes up for that lackluster performance with plenty of upscale amenities.

Research or Buy a Buick Verano | CarMax

Buick Verano

The Buick Verano is an entry-level compact luxury sedan. Even though General Motors has ceased production of this vehicle, there are plenty of great features if you’re looking at a used Buick Verano. The Verano is based on the Chevrolet Cruze, although with a more refined ride, and higher exterior and interior quality. The Verano is roomy and comfortable, and the optional 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes the car noticeably quicker and quieter.

Research or Buy a BMW 335 | CarMax

BMW 335

The BMW 335 is nearly the same vehicle as the BMW 328 listed above, but it has adaptive xenon headlights and a sunroof. There are a few other differences, like the 335’s engine has a bit more power. Because of its excellent dynamics, powerful and efficient engine, and versatile trims, a used BMW 335 is a great option if you’re looking for a compact luxury sports car.

Research or Buy a Acura TSX | CarMax

Acura TSX

The Acura TSX is a sporty, nimble sedan with upscale flair. The TSX excels as a daily driver because of its handling, high-quality interior, and generous number of standard features. The current generation features a sport-suspension in the V6 trim. The newer models offer front-wheel-drive and a five-speed automatic transmission. However, enthusiasts can find a used Acura TSX with a six-speed manual with the four-cylinder engine.

Research or Buy a Mercedes-Benz C250 | CarMax

Mercedes-Benz C250

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class series of cars blend refined luxury and performance. The C250 comes in luxury and sport trims, and it features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that doesn’t skimp on the power. This comfortable compact luxury sedan provides a quiet, refined driving experience. 

The newer C250 models can come with steering assist, radar cruise control with stop-and-go function, auto-brake with pedestrian recognition, rear cross-traffic assistance, active blind-spot assistance, and active lane-keeping assistance. 
Research or Buy an Audi A4 | CarMax

Audi A4

The Audi A4 has been a favorite with luxury car buyers since the 1990s because of its all-wheel drive (you can also find it in front-wheel drive), elegant all-around design, sharp handling, and strong performance. The A4 features a roomy interior, as well as top-notch technology and media systems. While considered a leader in the compact luxury sedan segment, you can also find used Audi A4 wagons and convertibles.
Research or Buy a Cadillac CTS | CarMax

Cadillac CTS

The Cadillac CTS is a mid-sized luxury car with American style and the handling and performance most often associated with Cadillac’s European luxury competitors. The car has seen three different generations, and each has improved upon the shortcomings of its predecessor. Starting with the 2010 model year, the CTS features a standard V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, plus dual-zone climate control and satellite radio. With the newer models moving into the luxury sports car category, the CTS offers capable handling with a spacious, comfortable interior. Research or Buy a Lexus Is 250 | CarMax

Lexus IS 250

The Lexus IS 250 is an entry-level luxury sedan that offers incredibly precise steering, a high-quality interior, and an array of high-tech and luxury features. The Lexus IS 250 went through a redesign in 2014 that drastically improved the car’s interior quality, providing expanded legroom for the both the driver and passengers. The latest models come with xenon headlights, a sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Research or Buy a Mercedes-Benz E350 | CarMax

Mercedes-Benz E350

The Mercedes-Benz E350 is known for its superb ride quality, wide variety of body styles, and powerful yet efficient V6 engine. The E350 sedan and wagon come in luxury and sport trims. In more recent used E350 models, you’ll likely find LED headlights, adaptive suspension dampers, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and an eight-speaker sound system. The newer luxury-trim models come with 17-inch alloy wheels and a traditional grille; the sport models have a sport-tuned suspension and a two-bar grille with the iconic three-pointed star emblem.

Research or Buy a Buick Lacrosse | CarMax

Buick Lacrosse

The Buick LaCrosse is a full-size luxury sedan known for its modern style and technology, with comfort and performance features that rival those of some better-known large luxury sedans. The newer LaCrosse models come in four trim levels: base, leather, premium 1, and premium 2.  Even the base trim is well-equipped, with 17-inch alloy wheels, a power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and smartphone integration. Some used Buick LaCrosse models feature blind-spot, lane-departure, and forward-collision warning systems. Research or Buy a Mercedes-Benz C300 | CarMax

Mercedes-Benz C300

The Mercedes-Benz C300 capitalizes on the core strengths Mercedes-Benz is known for: strong performance, good looks, and plenty of comfort.  If you’re looking for a higher-performance car with a more affordable price, check out the C300 Sport. It offers responsive acceleration and handling, plus a smooth ride.

With the Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars, interior and exterior style are a big part of its appeal—even for smaller models like the C300. Used Mercedes-Benz C300s offer many of the luxury options and upscale features found in the larger, more expensive Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Research or Buy a Chrysler 300 | CarMax

Chrysler 300

If you want a sedan with a bit more personality and flair, then the Chrysler 300 is right up your alley. The 300 is an entry-level luxury sedan with five-passenger seating and either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The 300 has all-American good looks and muscle with an optional V8 engine. The newer Chrysler 300s feature higher-quality interior materials and additional technology features, which make the car feel significantly more upscale than its price range indicates.

Research or Buy an Infiniti G37 | CarMax

Infiniti G37

If you’re looking for an entry-level luxury sports car, the Infiniti G37 offers a great combination of comfort and performance. The G37, available as a coupe, sedan, or convertible, comes with rear-wheel drive, a strong 3.7-liter V6 engine, and plenty of luxury and technology options. The G37 has been praised for its wide range of body styles, distinctive interior design, sharp handling, strong brakes, and easy-to-use high-tech features.

Research or Buy a BMW 328 | CarMax

BMW 328

BMW’s 3 Series are entry-level luxury cars, featuring world-class aesthetics, vigorous performance, and smooth handling. The BMW 328 is an exceptionally well-rounded and capable vehicle for everyday driving. The 328’s exterior is refined and understated. The interior is similarly minimalist, with an emphasis on comfort and driver engagement. 

The BMW 328 features either a four-cylinder or a six-cylinder engine, and both provide plenty of power. If you’re looking for a workhorse entry-level luxury car, a used BMW 328 is a great option. 

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