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Luxury Cars vs. Budget Cars: Who Comes Out On Top?
Buying any kind of car isn’t cheap, and many people find themselves weighing the pros and cons of luxury versus budget cars when it comes time to make the purchase. Obviously, luxury cars are more expensive but come with the understanding that they provide more value and usually, better features. Budget options do the job but with much less pizazz.
Lexus RX 350
The Lexus RX 350 is a luxury midsize SUV that comes in both 2-wheel and All-wheel drive versions. It is a comfortable, upscale and sporty SUV that fits into the ‘crossover’ class of vehicles. It provides a trouble-free, comfortable experience but lacks the performance capabilities of sportier options. The 2012 model has an MSRP of just over $39,000 dollars for the 2-wheel drive option.
The BMW 3-series is broken down into sedan, coupe and convertible models with several choices for engine. The 2012 sedan has undergone a complete redesign, with the coupe and convertible slated for the same treatment in 2013. Overall, the 3-series sports an unrivaled driving experience with top-notch handling and performance. Issues with the model include lack of storage space in the coupe and convertible, and a firm suspension that some drivers may not like. The 2012 model has an MSRP of $34,900 for the base option.
The Mercedes-Benz C-class is an upscale vehicle with top of the line safety measures and easy to use technology inside a reasonably sporty exterior. The base model lacks the engine power for high performance driving but there is an option available with a much more satisfactory V6. The interior of the vehicle is luxurious and attractive but unfortunately the rear seats lack space and are a bit cramped. The MSRP of the Mercedes-Benz C-class starts at $34,800.
Probably thanks to Toyota’s reputation, the Corolla was one of the top 10 best-selling cars in all classes during 2011. It provides an extremely safe ride and is an IIHS top safety pick. It also has practical, easy to use interior controls but lacks the features that many similarly-priced competitors offer. The MSRP for the 2012 Toyota Corolla base model is $16,130.
The Chevrolet Cruze was already one of the best-selling vehicles in the country in 2011 before they added additional features for the 2012 model year. Overall, it offers a lot of standard features for a budget car as well as the option to upgrade for even more. Roomy and comfortable, the Cruze style does strike some as bland. However, for the high fuel economy and great features, many people are willing to drive a ‘boring’ car. The 2012 MSRP for the basic model is $16,800.
The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that offers many standard features and has extremely good fuel economy for the class. It comes standard with a long warranty, too. Performance is a little sluggish but generally the Sonata delivers more than would be expected for the price. It has an MSRP of $19,795 for the 2012 model.
Luxury vs. Budget
Choosing a luxury versus a budget car is obviously a personal decision based on finances and individual needs. For some people, the decision is made by what they can afford. For others, the value of a luxury vehicle in terms of comfort and ease of driving might be worth the added cost. People who value the driving experience and like having a lot of features will likely be happier with a luxury model, while those for whom cars are merely a mode of transportation might be happier to save money and buy a budget option.
This article was written by DJ Sweetin for the team at Stita Prices.