The 10 best luxury cars under $35,000

The luxury landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years, thanks to a wave of smaller new entry-lux cars and SUVs. In fact, only two of the nameplates on the following list even existed five years ago. Featuring something for just about everyone seeking luxury love for less, here's our list of the 10 most compelling luxury cars available for less than $35,000 according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.

10. 2017 Buick LaCrosse

Chevrolet is GM’s mainstream brand. Cadillac is its luxury brand. And Buick sits all by itself somewhere right in between. Brand positioning aside, the new-for-2017 Buick LaCrosse is a roomy, comfortable and uncannily quiet full-size sedan that appeals with contemporary styling, driving dynamics and technology.

9. 2017 Audi Q3

Audi’s smallest, most affordable SUV is an Audi to the core, as touched upon in our full review: “One of the reasons people gravitate to Audi vehicles is the way they're put together. The gaps are tiny, the plastics sturdy, and the materials feel first-rate. It's called ‘fit and finish,’ and it imparts an almost subliminal sense of quality to everything inside the Audi Q3."

8. 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA

The styling is bold, the price is right and it wears the same three-pointed star long associated with dignitaries and billionaires. The current Mercedes-Benz lineup is the best in many years, and it all started with the launch of the CLA.

7. 2017 Acura RDX

With an unmatched mix of attractive pricing, superior resale value and a well-established reputation for trouble-free ownership, Acura’s small SUV outsells heavy hitters like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

6. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes’ entry SUV has the driving dynamics to back up its sporty stance, as noted in our full review: “In the GLA250, a 208-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder provides brisk acceleration and passing power, enough to produce a 7-second zero-to-60-mph run. Adding to the fun are a taut suspension and a low-sprung body that allow the GLA to hug corners without feeling like it’s about to tip over.”

5. 2017 Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac CTS laid the groundwork by showing that America’s premier luxury brand could build a sport sedan to compete with Germany’s best. The smaller ATS proves the CTS wasn’t a lucky shot. An attractive exterior, rich interior and world-class driving dynamics combine to give the Cadillac ATS a presence bigger than its footprint.

4. 2017 Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 doesn’t stir all the same emotions as competitors like the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it delivers just about everything else most buyers want in a small luxury sedan. And with Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Prices that reflect real-world transaction prices thousands under its already advantageous sticker prices, the Q50 is arguably the segment's bang-for-the-buck champ.

3. 2017 Audi A3

The Audi A3 outranks the Mercedes-Benz CLA on this list thanks in part to a more accommodating back seat (Mercedes calls the 4-door CLA a coupe, after all) and a slightly more grown-up demeanor. Indeed, the A3 doesn't feel like a lesser Audi, just a smaller one.

2. 2017 Infiniti QX30

The all-new QX30 is Infiniti’s entry in the burgeoning subcompact luxury SUV segment. Sharing a platform and even some interior components with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, we give the QX30 extra points here for its freshness and gorgeous sheetmetal.

1. 2017 Lexus NX

Topping this year’s list is one of the newest entries in one of the industry’s hottest segments. The Lexus NX brings bold styling and legendary reliability to the compact luxury SUV group, offering shoppers a hard-to-resist mix of SUV practicality and Lexus value.
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