Posted Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019
A new car will depreciate by as much as 20 percent the moment you drive it off the lot. The instant you pull onto the street, that money is gone.
The best way to avoid those losses is to buy used, but that option has its risks, like the potential for more problems. Let's look at some of the most reliable luxury cars you should consider when buying used.
BMW has been making the 3-Series for over 40 years and it is the car that started many BMW fans' love affair with the brand.
The 3-Series comes in 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, and station wagon configurations with various engine options. They're known for being dependable and you'll save by picking up a good pre-owned 3-Series.
Mercedes-Benz is another well-known luxury brand where you can save a good amount when you buy a used model. The current style of C-Class has been around since 2014 when it was redesigned to be lighter and stronger.
A nice pre-owned C-Class will serve you well, with all the creature comforts you would expect from a Mercedes.
The Q5 is Audi's compact luxury crossover SUV. It has been around since 2008, so there are plenty of pre-owned models to choose from.
The Q5 is available with various engine configurations, including diesel, and hybrid models. When you think of German carmakers, Audi may not be the first name that springs to mind, but it provides that legendary German quality too.
Most people don't think of Hyundai when thinking luxury cars, but the Genesis will stand up to any of the other brands on this list. It offers good performance and safety in a luxury package.
The Genesis offers quick acceleration and a comfortable ride, along with a good fuel economy. If you're looking for something reliable at a reasonable price, the Genesis is just the thing.
The RX, for Radiant Crossover, is Lexus’s mid-size luxury crossover SUV. Lexus is Toyota's luxury brand and while the RX might share its heritage with the Toyota Highlander, it offers a more upscale driving experience.
The current generation of the RX has been around since 2015 and offers various powertrains including both gasoline and hybrid options. It's even available in a three-row, seven-passenger configuration if you need that extra space.
If you've ever seen the 1990 movie Crazy People, you probably remember the Volvo slogan "They're boxy but they're good." Well, Volvo's aren't boxy anymore but they're still good.
The S80 is Volvo's luxury executive car and was produced from 1998 to 2016. There are plenty of good recent used models available. Volvos are known for their high safety standards, scoring the highest rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash test performance.
The high safety standards don't come at the cost of comfort and drivability, however. The S80 still provides all the creature comforts you would expect in a luxury sedan along with various powertrain options in both gasoline and diesel configurations.
If you're looking for a larger luxury SUV, the Lincoln Navigator will fit the bill. It's the luxury version of Ford's Expedition SUV so you get all the space and cargo capacity of that vehicle decked out in luxury trim. The Navigator is the first non-limousine Lincoln vehicle to seat more than six people.
Being based on a truck platform, the Navigator is not going to be the most fuel-efficient luxury vehicle but if you need something that can work like a truck with a lot more creature comforts, this is the vehicle for you.
The Macan is Porsche's five-door luxury crossover SUV. Porsche is famous for its sports cars and they've put their decades of experience in that market into this vehicle. It has the space and comfort of a crossover but drives like a sports car.
Even though it's larger and not as low-profile as their cars, you'll immediately see the heritage in the design of the Macan. Models are available with turbocharged four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines and a seven-speed automatic gearbox comes standard.
The Toyota Tundra was the first North American full-size pickup built by a Japanese carmaker. If you need the abilities of a truck but still want all the comforts of a luxury vehicle, the Tundra is a good mix of the two.
Toyota is well-known for its reliability and strength so while it isn't one of the "big 3" truck manufacturers, don't let that hold you back. The Tundra has won Motor Trend's Truck of the Year award multiple times, proving it can go toe-to-toe with the F-150, Silverado, and RAM trucks.
Volkswagen's Touareg mid-size luxury crossover SUV offers plenty of space in a comfortable, solid vehicle. Unlike some luxury crossovers, the Touareg is just as much at home off-road as is it on. It is another vehicle that offers that German-made quality, but at a lower cost than many of its competitors.
The Touareg has been around since 2004 and has come with various powertrains over the years including gasoline, diesel, and hybrid engines. With Volkswagen's recent problems over its diesel engines, you may want to avoid those models but those issues aren't a reason to steer clear of the rest.
You've got lots of buying options for used cars. Some manufacturers are even selling pre-owned vehicles under re-certification programs, complete with warranty. That isn't your only choice though.
If you're looking for some of the most reliable luxury cars, Fast Turtle Motors has you covered. We only sell cars we would be comfortable having our parents drive so when you buy a car from us, you can be confident that you're getting one of the best used luxury cars.
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