Top 10 Most Surprisingly Luxurious Non-Premium Vehicles

By Zach Gale | August 30, 2011
When a $19,000 subcompact car comes with a navigation system and keyless entry, it’s clear that the definition of "luxury car" has changed. While expensive premium nameplate cars attempt to offer more upscale design and increasingly complex technologies, just take a look at our top 10 list below to see how comfortable you can get without resorting to a true luxury car. Paragraphimage 2011 Ford Focus Available as a sedan and five-door hatchback, the 2012 Focus shares little in common with its simpler predecessor. The new Focus hopes to prove that a loaded compact car might just be as good as a moderately equipped midsize sedan. The Focus offers self-parking technology, 10-speaker sound system, and two-tone leather seats. Paragraphimage 2011 Mazda3 The Mazda3 was one of the first compact cars in the U.S. to begin offering luxury features in a smaller package. The wildest “gee whiz” feature for a compact sedan are the HID headlights that turn around corners. A Bose surround sound system, five-level heated seats, and a keyless entry system are available. Paragraphimage 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Before Ford and Hyundai moved their compact entries upscale, the Volkswagen Golf served drivers who wanted a small car with premium appeal. That doesn't change with the latest Golf, which is offered in 42-mpg diesel form. A high-quality interior, keyless entry system, HID headlights that turn around corners are all available features. Though the Golf is more expensive than many direct competitors, the car is cheaper than the mechanically similar Audi A3. Paragraphimage 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

A Chevy on a list of premium cars? Believe it. Part of the Cruze's success can probably be attributed to its aesthetically pleasing interior, which is reasonably quiet for a compact car. The Cruze's Audi-like side windows don't hurt its appeal, either. Paragraphimage 2011 Hyundai Elantra

In designing the 2011 Elantra, Hyundai focused its efforts on the core of the market: highway commuters looking for a comfortable ride. If you want a sporty driving experience, look elsewhere, but if you like the idea of a $23,000 four-door with style, a navigation system, leather seats, a rearview camera, as well as heated seats in the front and rear, try the Elantra. Paragraphimage 2011 Kia Sportage Kia has hired a former Audi designer to give its vehicles more style, and that influence is evident in the new Sportage crossover. The driving experience isn’t especially premium, but purchase a loaded model with 18-inch alloy wheels, orange paint, LED daytime running lights, plus a panoramic sunroof, and you’ll turn heads as well as any luxury SUV. Paragraphimage 2011 Kia Optima

Those who haven’t paid attention to Kia lately might be surprised to see the automaker offering a midsize sedan as boldly designed as the Optima. Even as a loaded model in turbocharged SX trim, the Kia will sell for just over $30,000 but appear far more expensive—inside and out. Besides the premium looks, the Kia offers high-end features like HID headlights, LED taillights, and a panoramic sunroof. Paragraphimage 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Drivers of previous-generation Grand Cherokees might be stunned by the luxury car-like interior of the Jeep. That upscale cabin and Land Rover-rivaling off-road systems are a few reasons the latest Grand Cherokee has sold so well during the first half of 2011. Paragraphimage 2011 Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon is a traditional Buick in the best sense. When you want a full-size sedan that’s quiet and comfortable, the Avalon is a decent option. It’s also a car with optional HID headlights and rear seats that recline. If you want Lexus-like levels of luxury at a more affordable price, the Avalon is worth considering Paragraphimage 2011 Honda Odyssey

Minivans have matured over the last twenty years. Pay enough money and a loaded Honda, Toyota, or Dodge minivan will have more technology than you would expect for a familymobile. Besides power-operated side doors and a rear power tailgate, Honda’s newest minivan offers a blind spot monitoring system and a 16.2-inch entertainments screen that can be configured to show different programs. Don't agree with our choices? Tell us what vehicles you'd suggest in the comments section below.

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
  • 2011 Honda Odyssey
  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra1
  • 2011 Kia Optima Sx
  • 2011 Kia Sportage
  • 2011 Mazda3 Hatchback
  • 2011 Toyota Avalon
  • 2012 Ford Focus
  • 2011 Volkswagen Golf Tdi
  • 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
 
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New Mazda 3 Atlanta

I am big fan of Mazda 3 and this really top ten Luxury cars. But in the end for me Mazda 3 is the best

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