Many people are looking to purchase a brand-new car in 2017 but are unsure which make and model to choose from. This year, there have been a plethora of cars that have been introduced to the consumer that are not only affordable, but also comfortable and stylish. This means that you can afford luxury even if you have a smaller budget to work with. Here are several of the best affordable luxury sedans that you should consider if you are looking to purchase a car this year.
2017 Audi A4
This affordable car is not only stylish but also very comfortable. Priced around $35,000, Car and Driver gives the Audi A4 five stars. The A4 gets 24 miles per gallon on the streets and about 31 miles per gallon on the highway, making it fairly fuel efficient for a sedan. This trendy car goes from zero to sixty in approximately 5.2 seconds and can reach a top speed of 135 miles per hour. Unlike many other luxury vehicles, certain features, such as a reverse camera, come standard in this car.
Although the Audi A4 operates great on the streets, many customers complained that the steering becomes haphazard and less stable at speeds above 55mph. Some have also mentioned that the interior of the car is a bit small and can feel crowded, especially if more than four people are in the car. Another common complaint is that some of the optional features can be fairly expensive, if you choose to go down that route.
However, the majority of consumers and reviewers who’ve purchase the car love how it handles and feel as though it’s affordable for a luxury car. In the past, many customers have complained that the maintenance on Audis can be very expensive. However now, many dealerships offer maintenance packages for the A4. There is also an extended warranty package to protect the A4, whether it is purchased or leased.
2017 Acura ILX
New to the market, the Acura ILX is making waves within the auto industry. The price ranges from $28,000 to $35,000, making it a very affordable choice for those looking to enter the luxury car market. Most car experts love the steering mechanisms within the car, noting that it feels as though they can travel around corners with ease. The Acura ILX also has fantastic safety crash scores, making it one of the most reliable cars in its category.
Despite its updated appearance, some reviewers have noted that the exterior resembles that of a Honda Civic. Also, some state that its GPS and technology system is not as user friendly as it could be. Many drivers suggest that the car does not accelerate as quickly as other cars that are priced similarly, but we feel this is a negligible complaint, as luxury vehicles aim to provide a smoother ride, as opposed to a faster one. However, most like how this car operates and feels of the car is very safe. If you are looking for a safe luxury car, make sure to consider the very affordable Acura ILX.
2017 BMW 3 Series
One of the most popular models to hit the streets, the 2017 BMW 3 Series is great if you want a sporty sedan. Many car experts suggest that this car handles very well, offering a smooth ride for the driver and passenger. For a car of its size, it offers a spacious cabin area and accelerates quickly. It is also fuel-efficient, getting around 22 miles per gallon on the street and about 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
Despite its larger cabin, the BMW suffers in the same place many other luxury cars do: the trunk. Some consumers complain about the lack of trunk space the 3 Series brings to the table. Auto-retailers have suggested that in the past, BMWs start to depreciate rapidly after every subsequent year because of growing maintenance costs, but emphasize that this year that all changes. With this specific model, you are eligible for a five-year no cost maintenance plan.
Because of these types of amenities and perks, many experts forecast that the resale value of this car will be much higher than past BMWs. With a price tag of $35,000, the BMW 3 Series sits comfortably within the luxury sedan category.
2017 Lexus IS
Are you looking for a luxury sedan that is also sporty? Well, you should consider purchasing the 2017 Lexus IS. According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2017 Lexus IS has one of highest resale values of all the luxury cars on the market. Much of the reason lies within its super slick design, which attracts anyone looking for something modern.
When driving in the car, the interior manages to block out much of the road noise. The car ranks at 9.3 out of 10 in terms of safety, making it one of the most reliable cars on the market. Lexus also produces a hybrid model that continues to grow in popularity.
Although this car is very fun to drive, many consumers complain about the gas mileage. At 22 miles to the gallon on the street, and 31 miles to the gallon the highway, this car is not exactly fuel-efficient. Many car owners also complain about the lack of storage space especially in the trunk.
The Lexus IS has a base price of about $35,000 but if you want to add on additional amenities, the cost can skyrocket suddenly. Despite’s the potential drawbacks, this car receives high reviews on most of the car websites, largely due in part to its minimal maintenance costs. For years, Lexus has produced quality cars and will continue to do so. This Lexus ranks among the top of luxury cars in terms of cost, safety, comfort and design.
So, in 2017, what car is the best affordable luxury sedan? It largely depends on your preferences and budget. However, there are a wide variety of cars that you can choose from that are comfortable and affordable. Make sure to research the maintenance costs of the cars to see how much you may have to spend over time. Also, research how fuel-efficient the car is, so that you can properly budget your gas expenditures. Ultimately, if you take your time and investigate the many 2017 models available and you will find a car that fits your budget and lifestyle.