2021 Roundup: The Best Luxury Cars From $50,000–$60,000

Volvo Luxury Cars

If you're on the hunt for the best cars under 60k, then you're in luck! Your team at Gunther Volvo Delray has put together a comprehensive list of the heaviest hitters in the segment. We'll go over all the key facts and figures that you need to know. If you're fortunate enough to have $60k in the budget for a new car, you've got a lot of great options. Be careful, though. Many OEMs will lean on past achievements and hope that brand recognition will be enough to drive a purchase. Volvo Cars goes the distance and ensures that every luxurious model comes packed with the modern driving technology on your wish list. So let's dig in. The best cars under 60k are waiting to be discovered. You'll find out about all of them right here!

The Best Luxury Sedans Under 60k

Alright! Time to get the gloves on. In this section, we'll name the top 10 best cars under 60k and point out key takeaways to assist you with your research.

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#1 2021 Volvo S60
Starting Price: $38,9501
Overview: Available with anywhere from 250hp to 415hp, FWD, AWD, and eAWD are ready to help you make the most of any drive. Three-year/36k-mile maintenance is included, as is leather, ADAS driver safety, stunning exterior colors, premium wheels, and more. Selectable drive modes are also standard, including one for you to customize to your taste.
Horsepower: 250- 316 hp
0-60: 5 seconds
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#2 2021 Volvo S90
Starting Price: $51,5501
Overview: As you might have guessed, the Volvo S90 is the larger version of the Volvo S60. Optimized for extended touring and premium comfort, you'll enjoy a true luxury sedan with a pass-thru rear bench, standard AWD, and standard adaptive cruise control (among many other features). Imagine the Volvo S60, just bigger and with a few more goodies.
Horsepower: 316 hp
0-60: 5.4 seconds
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#3 2021 Audi A6
Starting Price: $54,9001
Overview: The A6, in our opinion, marks the best of our least favorites. With distinctive upscale style, the Audi A6 is pricier than other rivals and light on some of the features you would expect — as found in others discussed thus far. Like Cadillac, Audi only covers your first service visit, leaving you open to costly European luxury car repairs.
Horsepower: 261 hp
0-60: 5.8 seconds
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#4 2021 BMW 5 Series
Starting Price: $54,2001
Overview: The ultimate driving machine holds onto its core with distinctive German styling and precision road handling. You find the BMW midway on our list because it is one of the priciest of the lot, though it doesn't offer standard leather or many other standard Volvo Cars features. Fortunately, three-year/36k-mile maintenance is included.
Horsepower: 248 hp
0-60: 5.9 seconds
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#5 2021 Genesis G80
Starting Price: $47,7001
Overview: Credit where credit is due. The Genesis G80 is a fantastic alternative to either Volvo sedan model. Going nearly toe-to-toe with the Volvo S60 on all counts, we applaud Genesis for including three-year/36k-mile complimentary maintenance. There aren't many brands that do.
Horsepower: 300 hp
0-60: 5 seconds
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#6 2021 Mercedes Benz E Class
Starting Price: $54,2501
Overview: Shockingly, Mercedes-Benz is last on our list, primarily due to the fact that it's among the priciest of all vehicles mentioned (and light on standard luxury, safety, and technology). Fortunately, the E-Class is one of the only German entrants on the list to offer a touchscreen center stack that doesn't pop out of the dash like oversized toast, though maintenance (and just about everything else) is not included.
Horsepower: 255 hp
0-60: 5.6 seconds
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#7 2021 INFINITI Q50
Starting Price: $36,7001
Overview: The Q50 gets you into the "luxury" sedan segment with one of the lowest MSRPs of the bunch. Though, you get what you pay for. Peppy performance comes in at 300hp, but you'll have to pay for everything else. Maintenance is NOT included at all, and you'll wonder how good of a job INFINITI does at disguising its Nissan underpinnings.
Horsepower: 300 hp
0-60: 4.5 seconds
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#8 2021 Lexus ES
Starting Price: $45,1001
Overview: The ES offers up to 302hp at the top of the range. This is a small number against the field of other sport sedans. And that's the best she's got. With an interior that's seemingly inspired by BMW, this is another vehicle that does its best to hide its origins. One year of maintenance is covered, leaving you to wonder just how reliable it is.
Horsepower: 203 hp
0-60: 6.1 seconds
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#9 2021 Jaguar XF
Starting Price: $51,1001
Overview: Exuding confidence and class, we'd put the Jaguar XF among the top of our alternates to the Volvo Cars brand. Jaguar has come a long way since its dark ages of questionable reliability, and they, too, include three-year/36k-mile complimentary maintenance. Infotainment has been upgraded to the Pivi Pro system, but you'll have to pay for ADAS safety.
Horsepower: 191 hp
0-60: 6.4 seconds
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#10 2021 Cadillac CT5
Starting Price: $37,9901
Overview: Sharp American styling is found in the Cadillac CT5. With the CT5, you'll find more available power than the Genesis or the Jaguar, though you'll have to pay to add on the safety features. Additionally, Cadillac only covers the first service visit.
Horsepower: 237 hp
0-60: 4.9 seconds

Luxury is a highly subjective term, as is the word "best." The above vehicles are the leading examples that define the segment, though. At Gunther Volvo Delray, we believe that you should get what you're paying for without any bait-and-switch. Volvo Cars packs on the features, the luxury, the legacy of safety, innovation, and value for an unsurpassed ownership experience. We're pretty sure that if someone asked you which are the best cars under 60k, Volvo Cars would be at the top of your list, too.

Is Your Mind on Your Money?

Many of us are price-conscious shoppers. We comb the internet every day for everything from vitamins to vacation packages looking for the "best deal." In other words, we want our money to go as far as it can, providing the most bang for its buck. Unfortunately, nearly all other vehicle manufacturers exploit this bargain-hunting mentality. The promise of luxurious motoring is often yanked away by sleight-of-hand, leaving hopeful drivers with a bare-bones version of what they thought they might get based on the latest commercial or print ad.

This isn't the way Volvo Cars does things. True, we're a leading luxury brand, but we're also about making sure you get what you pay for. If you're paying top-dollar for a luxury vehicle, you should get some luxury items, right? For instance, Mercedes, BMW, and INFINITI will all give you pleather seating to start. Then you’ll peel through the layers of the build sheet only to find that all of the options you had hoped for cost thousands extra. Not with Volvo Cars. Not now. Not ever.

The Volvo S60. Luxury. Performance. Value.

Cited by Car & Driver as the perfect balance between performance and luxury, every Volvo S60 ensures that you have a thrilling drive with the latest features demanded by modern drivers. That's why you'll find essentials like adaptive LED headlights, LED DRLs, LED taillights, leather seating, a 12.3" digital driver display, a 9" touchscreen infotainment center, voice command, forward collision detection, reverse-traffic detection, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, automatic braking, run-off-road mitigation, and oncoming collision avoidance as standard on every model.

Sure, if you want to step it up and pile on features like a heads-up display, 360-degree cameras, semi-autonomous drive, tunable suspension, massage seating, and up to 415hp, you absolutely can. But we leave those final details up to you. At her core, every Volvo S60 model comes with the essentials that we know today's drivers just can't live without. Now we'll take a look at the list of candidates and see who's really got the best cars under 60k.

Handy FAQs

When it comes time to buy or lease one of the best luxury cars under 60k, we want you to be confident in your choice. Nothing will substitute an email exchange or phone call with one of our sales specialists to review all the details, but for your convenience, we're listing the top two questions that we got the most:

What is the fastest car under $60k?

From this list, the Volvo S90 has the most horsepower while the INFINITI Q50 has the quickest 0–60 time. Of course, this answer changes considerably as you begin to mix and match options and features from other OEMs, but then we're talking about a price range well beyond $60k.

Which car under $60k is the most affordable?

The INFINITI Q50 has the lowest starting MSRP from our field of options. Though, as we've pointed out, the base Q50 is going to be light on just about everything with a substantial mark-up accompanying the addition of comparable features.

Luxury Cars Under $60,000: Conclusions

Some people equate the luxury car market with price tags well into the six-figure bracket. We trust that our list of the best cars under 60k has proven to you that you don't need to take out a second mortgage to buy or lease a luxury car. Quite the opposite, in fact. But among those named, which would you describe as one of the best cars under 60k? Would you base your decision on branding, features, pricing, or all of the above? Going for anything other than a Volvo vehicle is kind of like buying an expensive three-piece suit and only being given one piece. Since you're paying for it, Volvo Cars believes that you should get all three pieces and then some.

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