Luxury Sport Sedans Under $60,000
People spending a premium penny for a luxury sport sedan have high expectations. High on the shopping list are an impressive array of advanced technologies, superior performance and impeccable quality. Here are a few luxury sport sedans we’ve tested with starting prices under $60,000 that fit the bill.
BMW 530e iPerformance
BMW has finally embraced rationality in terms of its hybrid 5 Series offering, listing the model at the same $52,650 base price as the standard 530i. What’s more, when you factor in the $4,700 tax incentive you’ll get from the Feds, the iPerformance will actually cost less than the standard model. The powertrain features a 180-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, which is good for 255 lb-ft of torque. This is mated to a 111-horsepower electric motor capable of 184 lb-ft. of torque. Total system output comes in at 248 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission routes power to the drive wheels—its torque converter replaced by the electric motor. Happily, the 530e iPerformance also drives with the brio you’d expect from a BMW. In fact, its acceleration to 60 is rated at just over a second more than that of the 335-horsepower 540i’s 4.9-second figure. And yes, there is also an all-wheel drive 530e xDrive iPerformance.
Pricing starts at $52,650.
Though considered a full-size luxury sedan, the Cadillac CT6 carries a mid-size price tag, which qualifies it for this list. An exceptional value, you’ll enjoy outstanding spaciousness and a beautiful interior treatment. If you’re used to Cadillac being an also ran in this segment, the styling, accommodations and road manners of the CT6 will reorient your thinking. In essence, a long wheelbase version of Cadillac’s outstanding CTS sport sedan, the CT6 offers an enjoyable driving experience and a broad array of technological features, including Cadillac’s near autonomous driving capability,SuperCruise. Power for the base model comes from a 265-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, capable of 295 lb-ft of torque. The CT6 Plug-in Hybrid, supplements this engine with a pair of electric motors to boost total output to 335 horsepower. Though the largest offering in Cadillac’s current sedan lineup, the maker’s representatives stop short of calling the CT6, the marque’s flagship model. Whatever is it, or isn’t, the CT6 has all of the hallmarks of a competent sport sedan.
Pricing starts at $54,095.
Genesis G80 3.3T Sport
If you’re plunking down 60 grand for a car, you expect to be pampered. Well get ready to be spoiled in the 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport. The Genesis brand is Hyundai’s luxury division which touts its “concierge” service for its VIP customers. This spacious sport model is the latest offering in Genesis’ sedan line-up. The G80 is a midsize luxury sport sedan, which offers a wealth of lavish features. It’s a rare beauty inside and out. Our time behind the wheel of the Genesis consistently garnered kudos from G80 gawkers.This premium Genesis showstopper has an abundance of sophisticated features that come standard, including a panoramic sunroof, a 17-speaker Lexicon surround sound system, heated and cooled 16-way driver’s seat and smart cruise control with start/stop capability. Powering the G80 Sport is a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 with 365-horsepower.
Pricing starts at $55,250.
Lexus GS 350
If you’re looking for a midsize luxury sedan, the Lexus GS 350 should be at the top of your shopping list. Every inch of the GS oozes sporty opulence because of its low stance and aggressive styling on the outside and its rich appointments, masterfully placed within in the cabin. The base GS 350 is a spacious car with a generous cargo area to match. The power moonroof seemingly enlarges the already sizeable cabin area even more. Supremely sculpted seats had us lingering a bit longer in the GS on a particularly chilly day not wanting to leave the comforts of the heated seat and cozy cabin. The GS 350 boasts a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 311 hp, coupled with a responsive six-speed rear-wheel drive (RWD) or six-speed all-wheel drive (AWD) paddle-shifted automatic transmission. The only hiccup we had with the GS 350 is the inconvenient infotainment system, which lacks a touchscreen so you’re relegated to using the mouse-like controller. A minor inconvenience and most tech savvy drivers might not mind the mouse maneuvering so don’t let that dissuade you from the GS’s other fantastic features.
Pricing starts at $50,365.
Lexus IS 300
If you want a car that won’t get noticed on the road, cross the Lexus IS 300 off of your list. Exuding a refreshing blend of sport and sophistication, the IS 300 distinguishes itself from the rest of the automotive pack with its unique design. The IS 300 seats five comfortably and the sunroof allows for an even more airy, light-filled cabin. Standard equipment for the IS 300 includes premium vinyl upholstery, power front seats, pass-through rear seat, an eight-inch color display, voice commands, an eight-speaker sound system and 17-inch wheels. The IS 300 also does not shirk on advanced safety features, which include lane departure warning, brake assist, traction control, adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning system with automatic braking. A 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 255 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque powered our IS 300 tester. It was outfitted with an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Pricing starts at $40,200.
Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400
Japanese automakers struggled to produce a reasonable competitor to the benchmark BMW sport sedans for many years. The first to come close was Infiniti with the 2003 G35. Riding Nissan’s FM (for front mid-engine) platform, the model shared a number of components with the 350Z. Flash forward 15 years, the G35 is now known as the Q50 and has a higher performing variant known as the Red Sport 400. Power comes from a 400-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 350 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission routes power to the rear wheels. Sharp, capable and delightfully agile, you’ll love pushing the Q50 Red Sport 400 on back roads or at the track. And yet, it conducts itself in the sophisticated manner you’d expect from a premium automobile in day-to-day activities. Even better, all of the contemporary goods you expect a mid-priced luxury sedan to deliver are evident as well, including Bose surround audio and the requisite touchscreen infotainment system. Here, Infiniti goes one better than the competition with redundant controls for just about every function. In addition to the touchscreen, there ‘s a dial and pointer interface, along with good ole’ push-buttons.
Pricing starts at $51,950.
The unique combination of a sporty exterior and a serene interior confers near perfection status upon the Volvo S60 . From the fierce front grille to the rear bumper design housing dual integrated tailpipes, the look of the car radiates potential. Meanwhile, five people can be transported in supreme comfort.. Standard features include a large moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and a vast array of safety equipment including forward collision warning, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, run-off road mitigation, and road sign recognition. Other fantastic features tacked on included heated rear seats and steering wheel, unique 19-inch R-Design wheels and a premium 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system which had the bass from my favorite R&B group pulsating throughout the cabin. Available engines range in power from 250 horsepower to 400. The same basic powerplant is combined eith turbchorgers, superchargers and electric motors to generate output.
Pricing starts at $35,800.