2010 Lexus ES 350
The 2010 Lexus ES is a top choice among 2010 used luxury cars. (Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.)

You want the most bang for your buck in your next vehicle, and with a used car, you typically get more for your money. Used upscale and luxury cars are a great option because someone else has taken the initial depreciation hit, which means you can get a used luxury car for much less than a new model. You’ll also get strong performance, high-end materials and the prestige of a luxury brand. Keep in mind though that some used luxury cars that are out of warranty can get expensive to maintain and repair.

If you’re in the market for a used luxury car and your budget tops out at $20,000, these high-ranking cars should be on your list as you research your next used car.

Used Upscale Small Cars under $20,000

2011 Acura TSX

With a long list of standard features and excellent safety and reliability scores, the 2011 Acura TSX is a worthy choice if you want a practical used small car with an upscale feel. The 2011 Acura TSX was also named our 2011 Best Upscale Small Car for Families when it was new.

2012 Buick Verano

While some reviewers said it could use more power, the 2012 Buick Verano excels with a comfortable ride and luxurious interior.

2011 Audi A3

The 2011 Audi A3 has a lot to offer: a TDI diesel model with impressive fuel economy, outstanding safety ratings, fun driving dynamics and a well-crafted interior.

2010 Volvo C30

The 2010 Volvo C30 is more than just a stylish, retro-inspired hatchback. The C30’s outstanding safety ratings, strong reliability and well-equipped cabin make it a smart buy among small used cars.

Used Upscale Midsize Cars under $20,000

2010 Lexus ES

The 2010 Lexus ES is no sport sedan, but it offers one of the most supple rides and plush interiors among 2010 midsize sedans. Combined with an exceptional reliability rating, the ES 350 is a top choice if you’re looking for a comfortable luxury cruiser.

2009 Acura TL

The Acura TL was completely overhauled for 2009, and offers a compelling blend of comfort, sportiness, luxury and technology. With top-of-the-class safety and reliability ratings thrown in, the 2009 Acura TL is hard to beat.

2010 Cadillac CTS

The 2010 Cadillac CTS balances agile handling with a comfortable ride and a luxurious interior, which makes it a compelling choice if you’re looking for a well-rounded 2010 midsize car.

2009 Lexus IS

The highly-ranked 2009 Lexus IS' sporty handling will spice up your daily commute, critics said, and they liked its high-end interior. The 2009 IS also has an impeccable reliability rating.

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