Time flies when you’re having fun (or feverishly checking political Twitter out of rage), but think about this: the current year is 2020, which means 2010 was a full decade ago. It’s been 10 years since Jersey Shore debuted. It’s been 10 years since Conan O’Brien got dumped from the Tonight Show. It’s been nearly 10 years since you bought your first iPad, and it probably still works. The early 2010s may not seem like so long ago…but they were.
The good part of time’s inexorable march, however: many luxury cars that seemed like they were made from pure unobtanium back then have become rather affordable.
We’ve pulled together a list of five tempting luxury cars we found from the 2010–2013 model years. Each has less than 60,000 miles on the odometer, and can be had for less than $25,000 — less than that new compact crossover you’d resigned yourself to buying. Just remember…there will be repair costs involved.
2010 Lexus LS460
The LS sedan is Lexus’s flagship vehicle, and is renowned for being bulletproof. This LS460 has a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 and less than 14,000 miles on the clock. It does look slightly dated, though that may be a positive for some; the 2010 model predates the Lexus lineup going all-in with its spindle grille.
2011 Porsche Boxster
Car guys wax lyrical about Porsche Caymans that had a flat-six, with many calling it the perfect sports car. Let me introduce you to the mechanically-identical Boxster. This one only has 30,000 miles and a six-speed manual. It’s not a Boxster S, so it has the smaller 2.9-liter base engine. But a lightly used Porsche available for under $25K will never be perfect.
2013 Range Rover Sport
Sure, you could hold out for a dirt-cheap Land Rover. But this 2013 Range Rover Sport would be a bit less perilous of a purchase. This California car with just under 48,000 miles is from the last model year of the first generation model, and has a sweet 5.0-liter V8.
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
The 2011 C63 AMG comes from a Goldilocks era, when AMG was adding modern transmissions and multiple driving modes to staid Benzes but still using a deeply satisfying, naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8. This one was rated for 451 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, and you’ll hear every bit of that power thanks to its AMG Sport Quad Exhaust system. It only has 56,000 miles, and the seller asserts that it was never parked under trees…if that was a particular concern of yours.
2013 Audi S5 3.0T
You can’t import a Euro-spec RS4 Avant yet, but you can buy this Audi S5 Coupe with a supercharged V6. This S5 is the top-level Prestige trim, with more than $10,000 worth of premium options. It only has about 42,500 miles. It doesn’t have a manual, though its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is excellent. But if you’re the sort of person who gets finicky about pairing suits with the correct shoe color, the midnight blue exterior and black and brown interior may not be for you.
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