20 Affordable Cars That Can Make Anyone Look Rich (2022)

Wealth has always been used as a symbol of status in society and even in life, with the richest people in the land driving around in the best buggies adorned with nice clothes. And one of the easiest ways to show off wealth is with the new age equivalent of the buggy, otherwise known as a car.

Now of course, sometimes you have to fake it 'til you make it, and these cars are just the way to do that. We are looking at 25 of the most luxurious and sleek vehicles that the average, everyday Joe can afford. While they are very nice, especially for the price they go for, they do look even better than they are. At times, it is due to branding, for example, everyone knows Audi and Mercedes are synonymous with expense and luxury. But as we'll see with some vehicles here today, they just look more expensive than they are, with either an updated and smooth design or a knock-out interior that would put other cars in the dust.

Whatever the case is, we'll figure it out and figure out just what it is that makes these affordable cars look so nice and expensive. Some sports cars may be a bit of a surprise, while others are kind of obvious if you know luxury cars. We have found that these are 20 of the absolute nicest and most expensive-looking cars that can be purchased at an affordable price.

20 2003 BMW Z4

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We're going to start off this list with an absolute banger, the first-generation BMW Z4. Not only was this German sports car an absolutely stunning vehicle, but it drove magnificently too, especially if it had the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine under its hood. We've gone ahead and done the hard work for you, so we've found a 2003 BMW Z4 with that exact 225 hp motor we were just talking about, and it's selling for just $9,000 on CarGurus right now.

19 2002 Maserati Spyder

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Typically, a Maserati will put a pretty large dent in anyone's bank account, but with a used Spyder that typically sells for about $20,000, it is much more affordable than anticipated.

Of course, with a used vehicle there will be some maintenance, but that is a small price for the heads that will turn for a Maserati. It is from one of the most luxurious brands out there, and it has a design that looks too expensive to even touch. The Spyder may be older, but it still holds up to today's standards of luxury.

18 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

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Fiat is one of the more affordable car brands on the market today, but the cars have left a little to be desired, with their small and odd designs. But now, with the 124 Spider, they have moved back to their roots.

It has a sleek design that is almost like the new Miata but with a lot more class. This thing just looks expensive with that modern design and sleek trim. It may not have a ton of power, but it will draw attention. It starts at $19,000, which is a steal for how expensive this little thing looks.

17 2009 Jaguar XK8

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Before it was replaced by the F-Type, the Jaguar XK8 was the go-to sports car for many well-off individuals who opted out of buying a German or Italian sports car. This gorgeous late-2000s Jaguar still looks fresh today, and it's no slouch under the hood either. It packs a 4.2-liter V8 producing 300 horsepower that sends the car flying to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

Inside, you'll find your standard Jaguar-esque lavish leather-clad interior with wood trimmings and comfy seats. The whole package will cost you under $20,000 for a decent-condition example. That's just as expensive as a used 2015 Miata. But once you take a drive in one of these cars and hear the purr of the V8 under the elongated hood, a Miata will no longer be an option.

16 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR

The Lancer may not be what it used to be, which was one of the tuner legends. While there is of course plenty of power, it has also gained a new style that makes it look like a much more expensive sports car.

It still has the same basic shape as it did, but it has a lot of new sharp edges in the design and a lot of clean accents like the front diffuser and spoiler. It has also gone down in price over the years and is now available for only $18,000.

15 2009 Maserati GranTurismo

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Arguably even a greater option than the aforementioned Maserati Spyder would be its sexy sibling, the GranTurismo. This Italian-bred sports car came equipped with a Ferrari-derived V8 that produced some of the most glorious noises known to man. Not only did it sound good, but it looked stellar as well, deeming it an exotic car if you will. On top of all that, it was actually affordable too. We found a 2009 GranTurismo on CarGurus selling for $32,000—and yes, it can actually run and drive.

14 2019 Buick LaCrosse

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Buick has been trying to find a comfortable place between luxury and affordability for a while, and they have finally figured it out. The LaCrosse is a four-door sedan and just by looking at it, no one would ever guess that it was a Buick, besides the giant logo on the front.

But although it looks and feels like it would be quite an expensive vehicle, Buick stayed true to its core, so 2019 models are selling for around $20,000. The new direction Buick is heading in may make them a force to reckon with in the near future.

13 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible

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The BMW 2 Series continues to be a fan favorite and is still one of the most "affordable" models offered. It does also come with all the style and class that BMW is known for, and looks like it would cost a lot more than it really does.

The previous-generation 2 Series sells for under $20,000, which is a steal for the classic BMW class and design that has been long associated with top-tier luxury. The 2 Series may not have the power of more expensive models, but they sure look good, and making nice-looking cars is one of the things that BMW is best at.

12 2015 Cadillac ATS

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Cadillac is still up to their same old gig, having some of the most affordable luxury vehicles on the market. The only difference is, that they have upped the luxury part of their game plan, which is evident in the new ATS.

It is a smaller Caddy but has a modernized design that is sure to turn heads. The best part obviously is the price, we found 2015 ATS models selling for just above $10,000. The ATS is surely a force to be reckoned with and is one of the best bang-for-your-buck modern luxury vehicles out there.

11 2018 Infiniti QX30

Infiniti is the luxury wing of one of the most famous car brands, Nissan, which is far from being a cheap brand; with Infiniti, they step the game up even more, and the QX30 is evidence of that.

This crossover is one of the sleekest ones on the market today, and the best part, as with all the models available today, it is affordable.

The QX30 base models are selling for $18,000, and it's more than stylish enough to look way more expensive than it is.

10 Jaguar XE

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Jaguar is one of the kings when it comes to luxury automobiles, and they've been known as such ever since they came on the market. But they have always been known as expensive as well until depreciation struck.

The newer XE comes with all the luxury and expensive styling as other Jaguar models, but it does not come with a hefty price. The XE sells for $15,000, which is more affordable than most other models. Besides that Jaguar logo, it just looks like it costs a lot of money with its size and design.

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9 2017 Lexus IS

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When you think of semi-affordable luxury cars, one name that comes to mind is Lexus. It is the luxury line of Toyota, and they come with more class and more, well, everything. They may have a higher price than your run-of-the-mill Toyota, but they are still a steal for the luxury that they come with.

The IS has sleek angles and an aerodynamic style that makes people immediately think of an expensive price. The IS is more affordable though, with used 2017 models going for less than $20,000. Oh, and don't forget that this IS is the sibling to their super sport sedan, the IS 500 F.

8 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA

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Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with luxury and wealth, and the CLA class holds up to all the standards set by previous models. While it does have only 200 horsepower, it does get great gas mileage, looks amazing, and of course, has the comfortable ride Mercedes is known for.

The CLA is the small, entry-level Mercedes. Some of these Mercs are selling for well below $15,000, which is way cheaper than the average three-pointed-star model.

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6 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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We already know that Mercedes is just an expensive brand, but they have recently decided to make more affordable models that still feature the great designs we all know and love from the luxury powerhouse.

The GLA Mercedes is certainly one smooth-looking crossover and its AMG-variant is pretty fast as well. But we are looking at the design that just looks like it would take two incomes to pay for. However, it is more affordable than it looks, and the first generation sells for approximately $16,000.

5 2017 BMW X1

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BMW has a reputation for being expensive, and because of that, if you know which models are more affordable and yet still just as nice, the car can look more expensive. And that is, of course, the goal.

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The X1 is more affordable than a lot of other models of BMW, especially some of their new sports cars like the M4. The X1 typically comes with all the luxury options one could want like a speedometer that is displayed on the windshield, and heated seats. Without sacrificing any luxuries, you can pick up an X1 today without spending more than $20,000.

4 2014 Infiniti Q50

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Infiniti has so many models that are superbly built, and they sure look expensive, but the Q50 is one of the most affordable ones out there. It has a very sleek design, especially for a four-door sedan.

It comes in classy colors like black, tan, gray, and a striking red. There is something about neutral colors that just make a car look more expensive, but the red gives it a whole other flair. For a 2014 example that came equipped with a powerful V6 motor, you'd be paying around $13,000.

3 2017 Lincoln MKZ

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Lincoln is a common name in luxury. The newer Lincoln models give even brands like Audi and Mercedes a run for their money when it comes to luxury.

It has a very simple design, but then again so does a Rolls-Royce, so sometimes simplicity is a good thing. The modern MKZ sells for $17,000 which is pretty reasonable for the amount of luxury and style that it comes with.

2 2017 Audi A3

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The Audi A3 has long been one of the most popular models of Audi, and for a pretty obvious reason. It is super sleek and still has that Audi style we have come to love all wrapped up in one compact package.

You can't go wrong buying one of these A3s, and they're currently selling for under $20,000, so grab one while still affordable. It has a luxurious, well-crafted interior that seems far out of the price range.

1 2007 Range Rover Sport

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If you've ever wanted to look like you own the road you're driving on, and feel like a true celebrity, there is no better option than a well-kept Range Rover. We stress the fact that this specific car had to be taken care of by its previous owners because Land Rover products have a tendency to you know... dissolve. Don't let that fact completely put you off from this heap of luxury, it still came with a robust V8 motor and a road presence unmatched by any of the other entries on our list. An early Range Rover Sport can be bought for less than $10,000, but we'd strongly urge you to keep some money set aside in case it falls victim to Land Rover's reputation.

FAQs

Which car is best for rich? ›

Best cars for rich people
  • Aston Martin.
  • Range Rover.
  • Audi RS6 Avant.
  • Mini Hatchback.
  • Mercedes GLS.
  • Porsche Cayenne.
  • BMW i8.
  • Jaguar F-Type.
7 Feb 2022

What is a car that shows you have money? ›

Maserati: a symbol of wealth, of money, and speed. This is undeniably an exotic sports car in everybody's mind, and for good reason. This is a great car, through and through. They'll need no convincing of your status as loaded, because that triton badge is more than enough.

Whats a car rich people drive? ›

The top 10 cars for $250,000-plus households include the Mercedes E-class, the Lexus RX 350 and the BMW 5 series and 3 series. Following those top four were three Hondas, a Toyota, an Acura and a Volkswagen. Dave's easiest money-saving tip: See if you're over paying for car insurance.

What do wealthy people drive? ›

It was found that apart from catering status symbols, most of the wealthy people prefer practical SUVs, something like a 2021 BMW X5or a pick-up truck over high-performance sports cars. Driving a Ford F-150 pick-up wagon is more preferable to the Audi R8 Coupe or a Lamborghini Huracan.

How can I appear rich? ›

5 Ways to Come Across as Rich — It's All About Presenting Yourself
  1. Always dress well. You don't need to spend a fortune on designer clothing. ...
  2. Accessories get noticed. Years ago, I read about a cocktail lounge in the Far East. ...
  3. Don't be selling. ...
  4. Treat absolutely everyone with respect. ...
  5. Always be upbeat.
14 May 2019

What's the most expensive car? ›

On 5 May 2022, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé was auctioned by Sotheby's in Stuttgart, Germany, and sold for $142 million (£115 million; €135 million).

What does Elon Musk drive? ›

Elon Musk has confessed that his Tesla Model S is the car he drives the most. That shouldn't be a surprise, given that the Model S is the comfiest and most accommodating vehicle in the Tesla fleet.

Which is no 1 car in the world? ›

Top 10 Cars in the World
Name of the carTop Speed0-100 km/h
Hennessey Venom GT435.31 kmh/270.8 mph2.4 seconds
Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut483 kmh/300 mph1.9 seconds
SSC Tuatara508.73 kmh/316.11 mph2.5 seconds
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+482.80 kmh/300 mph2.4 seconds
6 more rows

What vehicle do most millionaires drive? ›

Millionaires were more likely to buy a Ford (#3) than buy a Mercedes (#10). And some popular luxury cars, like Audi, did not even make the list. It is interesting to see what cars millionaires choose to drive.
...
What cars do millionaires drive?
  • Ford.
  • BMW.
  • Chevrolet.
  • Lexus.
  • Nissan.
  • Subaru.
  • Dodge.
  • Mercedes.
14 Jul 2022

Why do rich people lease cars? ›

It helps wealthy business owners get top clients. This is because swapping cars for new ones every few years would be beneficial to their brand and status. They also choose to lease rather than buy cars so they won't be accountable for depreciation loss when reselling the car.

Which car brand has the most loyal customers? ›

The brands with the most loyal customers
BrandCurrent Year LoyaltyPrevious Year Loyalty
BMW64.1%66.7%
Ford62.1%73.1%
RAM61.9%62.7%
Chevrolet61.8%66.4%
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25 Oct 2021

What kind of person drives a Lexus? ›

14/25 Lexus Drivers Think They're Analytical And Sensible

Most Lexus drivers live in the city, work in finance or banking and are older than 65 years. They also enjoy sushi, think public transport is gross and want to look young and feel attractive.

What is the most common car for rich people? ›

America's Richest Car Buyers Prefer Practicality over Flash, Says Edmunds.com
Top 10 Vehicles w/ Highest Share of Buyers w/ $250K+ Annual Income (2016 YTD)*
RankModel
1Jaguar XKR
2Audi S8
3Ferrari 458
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What color cars do rich people drive? ›

While many people are under the assumption that exotic luxury cars are usually brightly colored with hues like red, yellow or orange, the truth is that the majority of luxury cars are either silver, grey or white.

What car does Bill Gates drive? ›

7. Bill Gates – Porsche 959.

How long do millionaires keep cars? ›

Stanley, one of The Millionaire Next Door authors, writes about the used car myth here). The reality that most millionaires buy their cars new, and that their cars are three or fewer years old, isn't surprising.

Do rich people drive cheap cars? ›

Big Names, Average Cars

As it turns out, he is in good company when you consider that the majority of the 10 richest people in the world drive inexpensive cars. Forbes has named Alice Walton, heiress to the Walmart dynasty built by her father and uncle, the wealthiest woman in the world.

What do billionaires do everyday? ›

Successful entrepreneurs, including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett, prioritise rest and swear by seven to eight hours of peaceful sleep. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, reportedly wakes up at five every morning, while Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, rises at 5:45 am.

How can I make my face look rich? ›

Follow a regular skincare routine that's tailored to your skin type—wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser, moisturize after you wash, and exfoliate once every 1-2 weeks. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

How can I look rich without spending a lot? ›

How to Appear Rich Without Spending Much Money
  1. Act the Part. There are many places where you might have the opportunity to meet wealthy people, such as weddings, restaurants, conferences, charitable events and even the gym. ...
  2. Dress Appropriately. ...
  3. Buy the Best Quality You Can Afford. ...
  4. Drive the Part. ...
  5. Be Informed. ...
  6. Be Frugal.
1 Sept 2016

Which is the No 1 luxury car? ›

The top Luxury cars in India include Toyota Fortuner (₹ 40.82 Lakh), Land Rover Range Rover Velar (₹ 89.41 Lakh) and BMW 3 Series (₹ 46.86 Lakh).

Which is the cheapest car in the world? ›

The world's cheapest car, the Tata Nano, was discontinued in 2019 for a variety of reasons. While the Nano may have been the absolute cheapest, there have been other very cheap cars on the market, too.

How can I appear rich? ›

5 Ways to Come Across as Rich — It's All About Presenting Yourself
  1. Always dress well. You don't need to spend a fortune on designer clothing. ...
  2. Accessories get noticed. Years ago, I read about a cocktail lounge in the Far East. ...
  3. Don't be selling. ...
  4. Treat absolutely everyone with respect. ...
  5. Always be upbeat.
14 May 2019

Why do rich people lease cars? ›

It helps wealthy business owners get top clients. This is because swapping cars for new ones every few years would be beneficial to their brand and status. They also choose to lease rather than buy cars so they won't be accountable for depreciation loss when reselling the car.

How can I make my face look rich? ›

Follow a regular skincare routine that's tailored to your skin type—wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser, moisturize after you wash, and exfoliate once every 1-2 weeks. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

How can I look rich without spending a lot? ›

How to Appear Rich Without Spending Much Money
  1. Act the Part. There are many places where you might have the opportunity to meet wealthy people, such as weddings, restaurants, conferences, charitable events and even the gym. ...
  2. Dress Appropriately. ...
  3. Buy the Best Quality You Can Afford. ...
  4. Drive the Part. ...
  5. Be Informed. ...
  6. Be Frugal.
1 Sept 2016

How do rich people pay for cars? ›

The Wealthiest Buyers Have Cash to Spend

“But, now, when you look at the actual percentage of our customers and how many lease, finance, or pay cash, it comes down to 20% leasing, 20% financing, and the rest (60%) making a cash purchase.”

Do most millionaires buy new cars? ›

Drive Used Cars

81% of millionaires purchase their vehicle and only 23.5 percent actually buy new cars. They understand that cars are depreciating assets, especially brand new ones. Most of the millionaires surveyed said they never spent more than $65,000 on an automobile.

Do celebrities buy or lease cars? ›

What Do the Stars Drive & Do They Lease or Buy?
  • What's worth noting (and what's not terribly surprising) about this is that most celebrities do tend to buy over leasing. ...
  • And this is reflected in his choice of car. ...
  • With that level of exclusivity comes a high price tag.
20 Aug 2020

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