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Best Used Luxury Sedans for 2021: Reviews, Photos, and More

published Monday, September 27, 2021

Best Used Luxury Sedans for 2021: Reviews, Photos, and More: Hero | CarMax

High-class cars with the latest tech.

If you have to commute to work every day, you might as well do it in style. Today’s modern luxury sedans blend detailed interiors with the latest tech to give you a superior driving experience. (Apple CarPlay® and leather seats? Count us in.) Our list of the best used luxury cars will guide you through the key features of ten great options. Your next road trip or daily drive could be classy, comfortable, and brimming with features.

To help you with your search, we’ve compiled a list of the best luxury sedans for 2021 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from February 1, 2021, through July 31, 2021.

  1. BMW 750i

  2. Cadillac CT6

  3. Jaguar F-Type

  4. Porsche Panamera

  5. Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

  6. Mercedes-Benz E400

  7. Audi S5

  8. Mercedes-Benz S550

  9. BMW 540i

  10. Tesla Model 3

10. BMW 750i

2016 BMW 7 series 750i EVOX 1

Kicking off our list of the best luxury sedans is the full-size BMW 750i. This executive sedan comes packed with the latest road-trip-ready technology and advanced features you would expect in a top-spec BMW. You’ll get an impressive 445-horsepower 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine (2017-2019 models) which sounds as great as it performs.

For 2017-2019 models, take a look at great standard features such as:

  • 10-way power-adjustable seats with leather upholstery and heating

  • Driver aids like forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic emergency braking (2019+)

  • iDrive® infotainment system with 10.2-inch screen with Apple CarPlay capability (2018-2019)

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • Power trunk lid, power-closing doors, and power rear sunshade

  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon® sound system

9. Cadillac CT6

2020 Cadillac CT6 V EVOX

The Cadillac CT6 is a relative newcomer to the luxury world but it builds on decades of Cadillac expertise and craftsmanship to add some comfort to your commute. The rear-wheel drive, full-size Cadillac sedan has been around since 2016 and comes with loads of luxury-focused features and options. As standard, 2017-2018 models are powered by a 265-horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder (237 horsepower for 2019) but there are two available engine options, too. There’s a 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower and a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 producing 404 horsepower. A new 500-horsepower V8 was added as an optional engine for 2019.

The base CT6 has a high level of standard equipment across 2017–2019 models that includes:

  • Leather upholstery

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • 10.2-inch touchscreen with Cadillac’s CUE® interface

  • LED headlights and taillights

  • Heated mirrors

  • Eight-way power front seats with two-way power lumbar

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

8. Jaguar F-Type

2021 Jaguar F Type P300 EVOX

Now for something a bit different! The Jaguar F-Type is a two-seat sports car available as a hardtop coupe or convertible. The Jaguar is undoubtedly a great-looking car, perfect for that back-road blast. But this F-Type isn’t just a pretty face. Starting in 2017, you can choose from two 3.0L supercharged V6 engine options (340 horsepower and 380 horsepower) as well as two 5.0L supercharged V8 engine options (550 horsepower and 575 horsepower).

For 2018, Jaguar continued all of those engines but added even more choice, including a new base 296-horsepower turbo four-cylinder, and a 400-horsepower V6 (2018 model year only). Standard equipment across 2017–2019 Jaguar F-Types includes:

  • Automatic xenon headlights with washers

  • Sport-tuned suspension

  • Auto-deployed rear spoiler

  • Heated mirrors

  • Selectable sport exhaust system (manual transmission)

  • Power-folding three-layer fabric top and rollover hoops (convertible)

7. Porsche Panamera

2020 Porsche Panamera GTS EVOX

If you want epic Porsche performance in a four-door car, you have to check out the Panamera. Model years 2017-2019 come fitted with a standard 3.0L six-cylinder with 330 horsepower. Want more power and performance? You can also opt for a 2.9L twin-turbocharged V6 with 440 horsepower (2017-2019 Panamera S) or you can go for the amazing 2017-2019 Panamera Turbo, which has an amazing 550 horsepower from its twin-turbo 4.0L V8.

You’ll find a ton of standard equipment for 2017-2019 model years of the Panamera, including:

  • Partial leather upholstery with power-adjustable front seats with heating

  • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) (2018-2019 only)

  • Wide-view 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation (2018-2019 only)

  • Apple CarPlay capability

  • Panoramic sunroof

6. Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

2018 Mercedes Benz C Class AMG C43 EVOX

Whenever you see an AMG badge on the back of a Mercedes-Benz you know it’s going to be special. The AMG treatment has been given to just about every model in the lineup, including the compact C-Class which is up to any performance challenge you can throw at it. Its compact size means that it’s perfect for the city commute, but its performance engines mean it’s a whole lot more. The 2017-2018 C43 AMG is powered by a turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 362 horsepower. For 2019 you get a nice bump to 385 horsepower from the C43’s twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6. The C43 AMG is also all-wheel drive for that added confidence on twisty back roads.

The C43 AMG has standard features across 2017-2019 like:

  • Heated sideview mirrors

  • AMG performance exhaust system

  • Sport suspension

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • Wireless charging

  • Blind-spot monitoring system

5. Mercedes-Benz E400

2018 Mercedes Benz E Class E400 EVOX

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class sits right in the middle of the Mercedes lineup, and the E400 comes in sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible layouts. So whether you’re looking for a practical wagon or a fun-in-the-sun drop-top, there is an E400 for you. Power for the 2017-2018 E400 comes from a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 which has been tuned to 329 horsepower. If you are looking to maximize standard features, you’re in the right place. Standard features for the 2017-2018 E400 include:

  • Premium synthetic leather upholstery

  • LED headlights

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Sunroof

  • Adaptive suspension

  • A 12.3-inch display

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

4. Audi S5

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Prestige EVOX

If you are looking for a performance-focused option, check out number four on our best luxury car list, the Audi S5. This handsome Audi comes as a two-door coupe or convertible, as well as the four-door Sportback (2018+). Its curvy lines are home to a standard 333-horsepower 3.0L supercharged V6. That number bumps to 354 horsepower for the 2018 model year when Audi updated the S5 and switched to a 3.0L turbocharged engine (jumping again to 349 horsepower for 2019).

You’ll get a premium interior plus lots of standard features in the 2018 model, such as:

  • 18-inch wheels with performance tires

  • Leather/faux-suede upholstery (premium leather for the cabriolet)

  • LED running lights and foglights

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

  • 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system

3. Mercedes-Benz S550

2017 Mercedes Benz S Class S550 Cabriolet EVOX

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been a benchmark in the luxury sedan world. The amount of technology baked into the S550 is rivaled by few cars. The S550 might just be the perfect long-distance cruiser, built for putting on mile after comfortable mile. Power for the 2017 S550 comes from a 4.7L turbocharged V8 with 449 horsepower. Take a look at the amazing standard features for 2017 models, such as:

  • Heated leather seats with 12-way power-adjustable front seats

  • Two 12.3-inch display screens

  • 13-speaker Burmester® sound system

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • Cabin air-purification and fragrance system

  • Geo-fencing for valets and teenage drivers

2. BMW 540i

2021 BMW 5 series 540i EVOX

If you want a great performance sedan, the BMW 540i is one of the best. Now in its seventh generation (2017+), the 540 has always done well on our luxury car lists. That’s because it’s sized just right to accommodate five people, allowing you to cruise down the highway in comfort. Across the 2017-2019 model years, you’ll get a turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder with 335 horsepower. You’ll also get a choice of RWD or AWD layouts, so there is definitely a BMW 540 for everyone.

For 2019, look for great standard features on the base 540i like:

  • Leather upholstery

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • iDrive interface with 10.2-inch touchscreen display

  • Apple CarPlay capability

  • LED adaptive headlights

  • Sunroof

1. Tesla Model 3

2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range EVOX

The top of our list of the best luxury cars ends with a bang. Actually, it ends with a charge, because the number one spot belongs to the all-electric Tesla Model 3. This fastback-shaped electric vehicle comes packed with the latest technology. Plus, with it’s practical hatchback layout, it’s got space to go with the space-age looks. The 2017-2019 Model 3 comes in Long Range, Standard Range (2019+), Mid Range (2018+), and Performance (2018+). Expect standard features across 2017-2019 like:

  • 15-inch touchscreen

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Navigation system with real-time traffic

  • Remote control of some systems via a smartphone app

  • Driver aids include forward collision warning and mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with collision avoidance, and lane departure warning

If you want to stand out, a luxury car can definitely help. They pack in large engines, tons of features, and options, not to mention the latest tech. This list should give you a great place to start your search for the best used luxury car for your daily commute or weekend adventures.

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