The 2013 Acura RDX and the Lexus CT 200h F-Sport and Volvo S60 T5 AWD all cost about $40,000 USD.
They also represent three very different types of affordable luxury cars.
The second generation RDX is a entry level luxury crossover, while the Lexus CT 200h F-Sport is an entry level luxury hybrid and the Volvo S60 T5 is an all wheel drive entry level luxury sedan.
We wanted three very different vehicles that would appeal to the first time luxury shopper. In The Fast Lane Car’s estimation, $40,000 is just about the perfect price point for consumers who are looking to step up to entry level (affordable) luxury vehicles. We chose the 2013 Acura RDX and the Lexus CT 200h F-Sport and Volvo S60 T5 AWD as they cut a swath through the cross-section of vehicles in that price range.
We of course wanted to know what the best affordable luxury car was for $40,000 USD.
Is it the Crossover, the Hybrid or the sedan?
In this fun TFLcar Mashup review, we put all three cars to the tests and find out that even for $40,000 USD you still have to make compromises when buying an affordable luxury car.