Top 15 cars under $15,000 that will make you look rich


1. Mazda CX-7

The CX-7 might be the most responsive vehicle on this list from a performance standpoint.

The Mazda CX-7 features ultra-sleek styling on the outside, interior amenities that include Bluetooth connectivity and a 2.3L engine under the hood.

The highlight of the CX-7 is its quick-shift 6-speed automatic that makes it not only fast, but responsive and fun to drive.

On sale since the spring of 2006, the CX-7 has a turbocharged inline-4 engine. The car has a great look, but sales have been low because the car is between a sedan and a compact car. It has been unable to be successful in either category.

The CX-7’s last year of production was 2012. With poor fuel economy, the CX-7 is just not practical enough for those that love Mazdas. It’s a great looking car, and has a sporty look. The CX-7 was made available used once the 2012 models were all sold.

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The Mazda CX-7 is a great car to commute to work, because it has plenty of space for other adult passengers. It does fairly well on gas, because it isn’t quite an SUV.


  1. Big Red Johnson

    February 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    What happened to cars with style? Every one of these little boxes is a jumble of dissonant angles and random bulges. They all look like they were designed by the same person. I’ll keep my old cars, thanks. Who cares whether I look rich or not?

    • snortgurgle

      May 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      The older they get, the shinier you keep them, the richer you look.

  2. Hankthetank

    February 28, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    First of all the last car isn’t even a a G35, it’s a concept car that will never reach production looking like that.

    Second of all in what universe will buying a car that costs less than 20,000 bucks new, used, for slightly cheaper make you look rich?

    If you wanna do that, move to LA and lease a Prius with leather and pretend you care about the environment and that you are related to a famous person.

    Then of course we can get into the whole problem of wanting to be something you are not, for shame!

    However if you really want to look like a baller on a budget, these are the cars you want to buy, (take it from a real car guy, who accidentally got here while clicking around on The Chive)

    1. 2001 to 2006 Jaguar XK8 – It looks like an Aston Martin to the untrained eye and can be had for less than $7,000 Bucks, be prepared to keep a little on the side for unexpected repairs

    2. 2007 to 2009 Jaguar XK – Also looks like an Aston Martin and for a good reason – it designed by the same man who designs Aston Martins – Ian Callum. And the 2007 Jaguar XK is basically the SAME body style and interior as the 2014 XK, try to top that for the price! I’ve seen one for under $20,000 with 99,000 miles on it. Now that is a good way to look rich! Again save some loot for unexpected repairs.

    3. 2004 – 2008 Porsche Cayenne – Decent car, even though it’s a little slow. But you get big time baller looks, and you can get them all day for less than $15,000

    4. 2004 – 2008 Mazda Rx-8 – Most people have no idea what this car is when they see it. Sort of looks like a baby Maserati Gran Turismo, and the interior is one of the best layouts on the planet. They are a blast to drive and can be had for around $7,000 because people are scared of rotary engines, but they are very reliable if you take of them and Mazda offers a 100,000 mile transferable powertrain warranty standard with the car very few people know about.

    5. Any slightly used Jag, BMW, Mercedes, or Range Rover – they all depreciate as much as Miley likes to twerk.

    Chive on and ball hard my friends

    • Kenneth Edward Polley

      March 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      I was going to post and then I saw your post and couldn’t have said it better. The only thing I would add is the Porsche Boxster, just saw one yesterday a 2007 with 25k miles on it for 9K and some change (salvage title, but was already restored to perfection)!!

      • Jungle Jim Miller

        March 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        Porsche Boxster = ‘mo, not rich…just sayin’

      • teridavisnewman

        March 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

        You can’t finance a car with a salvage title, no banks will loan money on them.

        • likeyourcar

          April 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

          Not true !!! I have banks that finance salvage titled vehicles at conventional rates for A+ credit

          • legend 1525

            June 20, 2014 at 6:28 am

            Conventional rates is = to shark loans.

        • youreallythinkso

          May 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

          I financed a salvaged GTR with no issues whatsoever.

          • AL

            May 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm

            Isn’t that a huge risk? I mean, you never know what the previous owner could have done to the car. I wonder if the suspension or some MAJOR assembly component was replaced before the previous owner ditched it. Salvage and GTR are two words that would worry me if shopping for a good used car. I know of too many people who bought a used Corvette, Mazda or Ferrari and paid the piper big time later on because they bought them salvaged.

          • Ceiling Cat

            May 31, 2014 at 1:33 am

            Depends on the company they’re bought from. I got my car from one that had proof of replacements and repair. I’ve had mine for years with no problems and plenty of miles.

        • justsayin

          May 13, 2014 at 10:16 pm

          Salvage title doesn’t always mean it was a wrecked or damaged vehicle. Could also be a theft recovery after insurance paid it off…

          • asdf

            May 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

            salvage titles also cover hail damaged cars and trucks

        • Ceiling Cat

          May 31, 2014 at 1:32 am

          I have a Cobalt SS that is flood/salvage titled and my local bank had no problem financing. Also, insurance covers it, too!

      • Gary Hart

        March 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

        I bought a 98 Boxster with a clear title that needed a 400.00 top. WIN.

        • SnipeDr

          April 30, 2014 at 1:00 am

          Every one of those cars Hank posted are the most problematic cars on the road. People don’t look rich in them, they look stupid, cause everyone knows how much those owners are getting nickel and dimed every month to keep them on the road…

          • donatelife

            May 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

            I agree, except maybe for the used Volkswagon. I would never buy these cars. I will never touch Mazda, Nissan or Ford again, for that matter

          • ert

            May 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

            I would not touch a VW of any kind new or used unless I had plenty of money to keep it going I am an ASE certified VW Tech I work on Porsche VW Jaguar Mercedes BMW Mini etc. etc. every day let me tell you that those High end cars like Volvo and all them are TOO expensive to fix so buy them and enjoy them until their first repair is necessary then trade it in. DO NOT REPAIR any of these expensive cars cause its a money pit, the only European cars that are worth fixing or owning are BMW and Mercedes Benz so Volvo and Saab and especially VW are just waste of money so that is what I see when I see someone driving one of them that is more than 4 or 5 years old. either a fool that will soon be parted with his or her money or a rich man or woman that has more money than they need. I do not recommend a Ford or Mazda or Jaguar either unless you have plenty of money I strongly recommend Honda or Toyota when I see someone driving one of those I see a wealthy person with good intelligence but of course if you are totally wealthy like Barack Obama or Oprah Winfrey then go ahead buy whatever you want why stop at these cars that we are all talking about when you could have a Bugatti Veyron priced at $987,000.00 and there will never be a car any where that can pass you and no matter how bad of a driver you are you wont end up like Paul Walker.

          • Brian O'Connor

            May 20, 2014 at 6:29 am

            Oh wow ASE certification, that is so difficult to obtain. Since when is Volvo a high end car. I agree with you on not buying VW/Audi cars, they are an endless list of problems but I would also throw Benz in there as well. MBenz are ridiculously expensive to maintain while also being incredibly unreliable. BMW makes great cars I wont argue, so do Honda and Toyota but I certainly don’t perceive an aura of wealth around said drivers unless they are sitting in an NSX or Supra. Mazda no longer shares anything with Ford and it is starting to show in their newer models, Mazdas are quite reliable and tend to have a very responsive chassis. Stay away from the Rx8, if you are willing to deal with a rotary go buy yourself a used Rx7. People that buy Veyrons don’t care about performance, they want a trophy car. Why would owning one keep you from ending up like Paul Walker? For the record he was the passenger, his driver had more seat time than most of us and still couldn’t control his Carrera GT. What makes you think the average rich person could safely drive their Veyron at its full potential?

          • Herbert Shallcross

            May 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm

            There is virtually no place where a Veyron can be driven to it’s full potential, and very few drivers who should try. Using one on a public highway is entirely about displaying wealth, and you could do that sitting in traffic. For the use most Veyrons are put to, you could swap out all 1000hp dual turbo etc. for an old Plymouth slant six and a glass pack muffler.

          • legend 1525

            June 20, 2014 at 6:22 am

            The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engined sports car, designed and developed by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in Molsheim, France by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. By the way the one driven by” his driver had more seat time ” he never had driven one before. And it was notThe Super Sport version of the Veyron which is the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph).[

          • Bugatti

            May 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm

            I want a Bugatti Veyron if it is priced at $987,000.00.

          • rotorhead1871

            May 31, 2014 at 6:28 am

            well said but walker should have had a mcclaren…..BTW VW’s are junk!!

          • legend 1525

            June 20, 2014 at 6:17 am

            I see more Volvos in the junk yard then VW’s and yes they require a high tech repair shop but only after 200 000 miles which by then you should be a bran new one.As for BMW’s yes I driven one for 240,000 miles and sold it just to avoid those expensive repairs, after 240,000.No matter how you thread this car spin, but German engineers are the best when it comes to cars, rockets, name it.

          • CarLady

            May 21, 2014 at 7:07 am

            I have a Mazda 626ES that is 21 years old and still on the road. Engine purrs like a kitten. I have slowly replaced parts, but nothing that I would consider major. The WORST car I eveer owned was a Cadillac Eldorado Diesel. Took Cadillac to court and won a buy-back.

          • Wayne

            June 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

            I totally agree with CarLady. I have had no less than 20 new Cadillacs in my life including the one that came out with the
            rear trunk designed to slope down radically. It was a diesel and every time the temperature dropped below 32 it would not run. After taking delivery in the first month I would have a list of repairs to be made that never numbered less than 30. After 25K miles they all lived in the shop.

          • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

            January 9, 2015 at 2:45 am

            The same vintage Seville with a 2-4-8 V8 was a mess also.

          • Jessie Numan

            May 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

            will never touch Mazda or Nissan? You don’t know cars do you?

          • donatelife

            May 31, 2014 at 3:38 pm

            I had both, Jesse, the Mazda was a lemon and the Nissan (a 91) not much better.
            I have a Carerra and a Honda now……no accounting for taste

          • Ashley

            May 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

            Not true if you have a good Indy mechanic only dummies go to the stealership out of warranty.
            My 645 convert is worth every penny.

          • Samuel_B

            May 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm

            Couldn’t agree with you more. Used Jaguars are notoriously unreliable and used BMW’s and Mercs are an equally risky buy. I know a lot of posers who proudly proclaim they own a Benz or a 5 or 7 series Beemer. Ask them where it is at the moment, the most likely answer you’ll get is “in the shop”.

          • Richard Weber

            May 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

            You don’t know Jaguars do you? In the distant past that was the case, but from the ’90’s on, they were better than any American car.

          • Druid

            May 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

            Perhaps because it was an American car, owned by Ford Motor Co. from 1990-2008.

          • Whitey

            June 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

            You mean after they were bought out by ford?

          • disenfranchised

            May 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

            That’s funny. In my town most every BMW on the streets has body damage, and stuff falling off, or dragging from the underside of the car. When you pull alongside and motion for the driver to lower their window so you can tell him, he just shrugs his shoulders and indicates that the window won’t lower. Hilarious!
            A friend who is always bragging about the great deal he got on some used Mercedes, is now driving his pickup because the rear end went out on his 150k prize. In thirty years of driving Asian beaters into the ground, I have NEVER had a failed differential.

          • Ceiling Cat

            May 31, 2014 at 1:40 am

            I used to deliver in a BMW and had no problems. Put at least 200 miles a day on it- sometimes more- for nearly 5 years in a row (minus 2 days off each week.) Had no problems and it surpassed most of my co-workers’ cars. The only fault I had was having to drive out of state to have someone qualified to look at it when it was time for tune-up and checks. Sold it for a turbocharged Cobalt SS and miss it everyday.

          • Seth T Wilson

            June 26, 2014 at 6:26 am

            You haven’t had a diff fail in your Asian beaters, but you’ve also never had any style. I like Asian cars too, but not beaters, and I don’t drive them into the ground.

          • lee gary

            July 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

            Throw u a fuggin fish.

          • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

            January 9, 2015 at 2:48 am

            I have rarely seen a MB or Beemer older than 5 years which didn’t have at least one window which wouldn’t work.

          • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

            May 31, 2014 at 10:55 pm

            As Jaguar got an infusion of Volvo and Ford their products now simply have to be an improvement. It wasn’t just Smith and Lukas which made Jags repairshop hogs; some of their design quirks were simply stupid.
            Beemers last a long time, but absorb a lot of money later. Mercs are just expensive and parts are through the roof. Best bang for buck, as always, is Japan; and now Korea also.

          • $5226306

            July 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm

            My used BMW’s have been bullet proof. You have to buy the straight 6 engine. The 8 cylinder engines are the ones that have all of the problems. The 3 and 5 series are great used cars. My 1999 528 has 243k miles on it and repairs are averaging only $300 a year since I bought it 7 years ago. I have 2 of them because the old one won’t break and drives great so I can’t bring myself to sell it. My old Mercedes on the other hand was a piece of junk.

          • Gorio 123

            May 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

            Sorry Zatts, I drive 2012 Focus SE 5 speed manual with Sport Pkg. have over 45K miles, have it serviced every 7500 miles and have had no problems. I don’t baby it, I drive it. Yet take care of it. So not all of the cars in the article are the monsters you speak of.

          • rotorhead1871

            May 31, 2014 at 6:30 am

            say that in another 7 years…..your ford will be a “fix or repair daily”…..for sure..

          • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

            May 31, 2014 at 11:03 pm

            The Focus before 2002 sohc self-destructed around 100,000 mi due to faulty valve and seat design and materials. Avoid like the plague. The 2004 and later are fine. Have had several Mustangs, a Cobra, Fusion, Focus and have great respect for their durability, quality and drivability. Similar kudos to Honda and Toyotas.

          • yoloswaggin

            June 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm

            or maybe someone has the dimes and nickels to afford a new cheap sedan at 20-30k, but prefer something better looking?

          • Gary Hart

            October 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

            Actually, over a three year period, my Porsche has cost me no more to operate than my wife’s Nissan Altima, and its sure as hell more fun to drive. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

        • lee gary

          July 29, 2014 at 10:52 pm

          Until you take it to the shop. The 1996, 97 & 98 well known for breaking the left front transaxle mount because of engine torque among other common problems.

          • Gary Hart

            September 30, 2014 at 12:57 am

            I don’t “take it to the shop”. I do my own work. If you knew what you were even talking about, you would know that the transaxle mount is not their Achilles heel. Not going to bother telling you what it is. That car has been reliable for quite a long time, driven all year to commute to work as my economy car, and has never spent more than one day at Porsche only because I want them signing off on the correct dealer servicing.

      • King Arthur

        March 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

        Porsche Boxter?! You can’t be serious. Nobody wants that car, thats why they want less than 10k.

        • Dave

          April 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm

          Ha, delusional?

          • donatelife

            May 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

            we have a Carrera. I AM NOT allowed to drive it

        • drab

          May 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm

          I agree. I have been hating on that car since day 1. center exhaust? (I call it the bung hole) is the clincher.

      • TheBigGuy

        August 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

        Best looking car in the shop. Just cuz it LOOKS good, doesn’t mean it’s restored to perfection. Look and see if Porsche certifies it. That it’s built with all Porsche products. Probably isn’t because that isn’t a special year or anything that would draw big buyers, so the seller won’t make squat. Don’t be a sucker!

    • Auto Guy

      March 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      You’re right. And the G35 is definitely a concept car — does not even have rear view mirrors!

    • xk8lovin

      March 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      i have a black xk8 convertible and people assume I’m spoiled and rich and i do feel special in it, little do they know i got it for 9g’s! but i would stay away because that car WILL break down on you, they were built incorrectly and every one will face the timing chain break, bearings, and transmission, 9 thousand in repairs and still needs stuff. get 03 or newer 🙂

      • William Gamble

        March 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm

        i have 2005 jag x-type looks like new, paid 7900 for it.

      • g

        May 1, 2014 at 1:32 am

        thanks for the advise

    • JT

      March 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      All image and looks in this country, no substance at all. Loud mouth and an attitude, at the end don’t have two nickels to rub together and still trying to look rich. I have come across plenty of people like that in my life.

      • SnipeDr

        April 30, 2014 at 1:00 am

        Welcome to America…

        • johncooperiii

          May 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm

          No, welcome to Russia and China. Nouveau-riche like you have never seen. And worse, it was stolen, more than it was earned.

          • sdfg

            May 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm

            well that is LA more people steal luxury cars to ride in to look rich than those that buy them to look rich

          • Tyrone Lewis

            June 2, 2014 at 7:24 pm

            That’s not true a lot of us buy them

          • jill chang

            June 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

            New cars are outrageously expensive. Here’s a tip, don’t buy new. Let some other fool take the hit on the initial depreciation and buy a one or two year old car. (I just bought a 2011 Ford Taurus for 16k in cash.) Then get $25/month insurance from Insurance Panda. Always buy used… They still have the remaining factory warranty, sometimes more if they are “certified” used. Pay cash, or drive until after it is paid off. I haven’t purchased a “new” car since 1990, and most of the years since then I have not had a car payment. The money you save by buying used and not having a payment can be invested for retirement or paying off your mortgage

          • JohnMiller2013

            February 18, 2015 at 9:28 pm

            Having been to Russia a few times, I’d have to say that’s right on the money.

      • dfghuj

        May 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm

        I agree with every letter to every word that you said. Keeping up with the Jones and status quo are not related to thrifty and affordable. we wonder why our credit is out of control and why we have no money and why we are broke, its because of our inflated egos that think that we have to ” SHOW OFF OUR UNREAL WEALTH ” that we don’t have. It boils down to jealousy which is one of the biggest sins in the bible. Do not COVET thy neighbors oxen.

        • rotorhead1871

          May 31, 2014 at 6:22 am

          those are cars..not oxen…cheeeep ones too!!

      • Seijinvet

        May 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm

        Then there are those that are financially well off, and take pains NOT to show it.

        • illstickwithmybimmer

          May 30, 2014 at 11:40 pm

          The majority of people with wealth are not “showing it” they are enjoying what they worked for, why are there so many people in the world today who have not worked as hard, complaining about what people who put forth effort to enjoy, some people will never meet the wealth that others have and thats not always their fault but why dish out filth to them

          • jack

            June 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm

            …and why not use some punctuation?

          • Kriegar

            June 30, 2014 at 11:18 am

            No one has an issue with someone who worked hard for their wealth. And those who do aren’t into conspicuous consumption; although, if they were, so what.

            What people have issue with are those who make millions off the backs of others, and the misery of others. Those people who got filthy rich over the burst of the housing bubble, for example. And others, who come out smelling like roses when retirement investments swirl around the drain. It is a well known fact that many wealthy people display sociopathic tendencies.

          • transendental

            October 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

            You mean Mitt Romney?

        • Kriegar

          June 2, 2014 at 2:32 am

          Used to be that the smart people who could afford a Cadillac drove an Oldsmobile.

          • legend 1525

            June 20, 2014 at 6:07 am

            Those were not smart people, they were suckers. Domestic cars are dinos, which should be in the Museum of history alone with the raptors.

          • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

            January 9, 2015 at 2:51 am

            Mercury was the car where Ford tried out their bad ideas.

        • Whitey

          June 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

          I know right?, I drive a Buick regal, never been stolen and street car prowlers don’t give it a second look. Yet it’s comfortable, quiet and dependable.

          • Seth T Wilson

            June 26, 2014 at 6:23 am

            If your car being stolen is a daily concern, you don’t need a Buick Regal, you need a new neighborhood. And you could drive a 1988 Yugo without having it stolen, but I wouldn’t want that or a Regal.

          • lee gary

            July 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

            I suppose you drive a Porsche or the like. Right?

          • Ko lrabi

            June 1, 2015 at 6:43 am

            He rides the bus.

          • disenfranchised

            January 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm

            Yugos are getting difficult to find. The racer crowd has snapped them all up.

      • rotorhead1871

        May 31, 2014 at 6:21 am

        that is italy…

      • ER

        June 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

        JT I like your style

      • Just A Phrase

        August 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

        sounds like it should be in a rap song

      • JohnMiller2013

        February 18, 2015 at 9:29 pm

        I see, the “substance” of a person is defined by how many nickels they have to rub together.

    • Theo Stevenson

      March 25, 2014 at 12:35 am

      I like ..good job!!

    • jonnyvetter

      April 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      @Hank: Great reply. I did this same search a couple of years ago because I live in the OC, and like LA, it’s all about image. But in my case I didn’t care all that much about image. I just wanted something fast. Along the way I found a boat load of used BMW 750IL’s, and Yeah, Cayenne’s. But I didn’t realize I could get into a Corvette C6 for under 19k! Yeah I knew they’ve got that middle America old man stigma but I didn’t care. Especially here where it’s all about BMW and MBZ with the occasional Ferrari and Lambo thrown in. But damn, this Vette I picked up with less than 70k miles and black rims is FUN! And despite the stigma, I get a LOT of looks from girls (and old men).

      • Jessie Numan

        May 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

        Good reply jonny. I have an old C4 Vette and get more looks than guys driving new $30k+ Challengers and Mustangs and Camaros.

        • Kennybear

          June 2, 2014 at 1:22 am

          Mine is a C-3. 1980 L82 with 73400 miles. Love it.

    • Roy

      April 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Umm, sorry, but that is a G35, not a concept car.

      The article does have several errors regarding the G35. Infiniti stopped making the G35 Coupe in 2007, but made the Sedan for another year. And after that, they simply renamed it to G37 to reflect the increase in engine displacement (3.5L to 3.7L), but beyond that they are identical.

      • youreallythinkso

        May 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

        the body of the g37 and g35 are very different.

        • VisionSEO .

          May 12, 2014 at 12:49 am

          Not exactly. For only one year, 2007, the body shown was still sold as a G35. The next year, the same body was upgraded with a new engine and became the G37. Auto makers frequently change the body first, then, the engine the following year, to avoid unnecessary complication. The new Q50, new body, new interior, has the same engine as the previous G37 from last year.

    • Carlton Walker

      April 17, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      That G35 does exist ive seen plenty of them on the streets. just look up 35 sedan not coupe.

      • Kamenashi

        May 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        Except it’s not billed as the G35 – that particular car is a G37. LOL

        • quan

          May 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

          This is either a 2007-2008 G35 journey sedan or a 2009 G37 journey sedan. I know because I have 2 of them. A 2008 G35 sport sedan and a 2008 g37 sport coupe.

          • Edh

            May 26, 2014 at 1:37 pm

            I feel sorry for all of u . This is America. A person buys what he are she likes . Not about being a baller.

    • Matt

      April 19, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Infiniti didn’t stop making the G35 because it didn’t do well… They still make it as a G37… The only difference being a 3.7 L engine instead of a 3.5.

      Try to do a little research instead of just talking out your ass.

      • elconquestadore

        May 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        You might know more about cars then he does, but talking out of your ass is a gift!

      • Sean O'Flaherty

        May 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        They’er being replaced by the new Q50. The coupe is still being sold as the Q60.

        • asdgf

          May 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

          The Q series and the G series are two different cars as far as body and design as well as the I series. so stop sounding stupid

          • joe mama

            May 19, 2014 at 11:11 pm

            all infinity sedans are going by the Q and all suv will be QX. this is due to a new world wide marketing scheme, and because they needed to fit more models into the lineup.

          • FusioptimaSX

            May 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

            The Q50 is running the same engine and platform as the G35/G37. It has some new features and a newer body. Meanwhile the only difference between the G37 Coupe and the Q60 is the name….really. A new Q60 IS due out soon though.

      • dfgh

        May 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

        Instead of being a dumb fucker yourself and making assumptions that he did not know that you could realize that the 260Zx also stopped manufacturing and was replaced with the 280Zx and the 280 with the 300 then the 320 then the 350 and so on and so on. so while you are judging the writer every one else is judging your inherent ability to comprehend what the writer is saying.

        • Bob Smith

          May 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

          There never was a 260ZX. The 240Z came first (we’re ignoring Japan for this lesson), then the 260Z, then the 280Z, then the 280ZX, then two different iterations of the 300ZX, then the 350Z and now the 370Z.

          • Pablo Bruise

            May 28, 2014 at 7:18 am

            And NO 320Z either. And 260Z was a poor model….

          • Jessie Numan

            May 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

            To add to the lesson, Datsun made a 320Z back in the mid-60’s according to searches….but it wasn’t a model between the 300 and 350.

        • Caroloo

          May 27, 2014 at 12:23 am

          Really need the ‘F’ word to get your point across? My kids read the news & the comments… #NotNecc. ~ Thx

      • rotorhead1871

        May 31, 2014 at 6:32 am

        its the same engine genius…..just punched out 200cc

    • Eric

      April 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      You can get “Bentley” grills and emblems to put on your Dodge. $120 for the grill, and $1,500 for the Dodge. You could look just as “Rich” for under 2 grand.

      • Byront Dansial

        May 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        Even better, you can get a pink mustache for any car, very classy.

        • lynne

          May 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm

          Why you hatin’ on Lyft?

      • Jessie Numan

        May 30, 2014 at 11:49 am

        um… might fool people at the trailer park with that Bentley grill but, here’s a secret, everyone else is laughing and pointing, not jealous and pointing. lol

    • SnipeDr

      April 30, 2014 at 12:58 am

      Car guy ha.? #10 is a G35. The same exact car sits across the street from my house every day. I can see it as I write…

      • Grayson Campbell

        May 13, 2014 at 9:01 am

        type not write lol.

    • Awesome

      May 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      got a 2000 ford excursion with v10 for $3500 and it looks amazing

      • Pablo Bruise

        May 28, 2014 at 7:21 am

        get the turbo diesel!

    • James

      May 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      You can’t forget the Nissan 350. You can get a 2006 model for around $7,000

      • lonnie93041

        May 9, 2014 at 5:05 am

        Problem is, that is one of the ugliest cars ever made.

    • Tom Bruner

      May 11, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Does getting to my destination reliably make me look rich? Hence the Honda. If I’m going to get a hangar queen, maybe something flashy.

    • Yugo Nokrash

      May 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Love your choices… although in my neck of the woods the Cayenne screams “nuveau rich soccer mom”, so I’m pulling that from the list. Second, your comment “be prepared for unexpected repairs” is a huge understatement! Simply remove the word “unexpected”!

    • markker20

      May 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Actually it’s a g35 s which was sold as a production car in the late years of the g35 model run

    • Timonius J

      May 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      No, that’s an older G35. It has a license plate on it. It’s not a concept car. It was in production for about five years before the 2007/8 redo.

    • Samuel_B

      May 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      If I want a good car, a used Jaguar would be the last thing on earth I’d go shopping for. The Porsche Cayenne is the most overrated and overpriced SUV on the planet, and the RX8 doesn’t scare people off with its rotatry engine so much as it does with its boring styling and poor fuel mileage.
      Car guy? If you’re a car guy I’m a nuclear physicist. You sound more like a 16 year old still driving his mommy’s voyager. Give it a rest pal…you have no credibility and your list is garbage.

    • Richard Weber

      May 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I have a Jaguar XKR, much faster that a XK8. Also it’s just as fast as an Aston. As a matter of fact, the Aston is made on the Jaguar substructure with a derived Jaguar engine. They were designed by the same person Ian Callum. The lower prices for the Jaguar are because they cost a lot of money to maintain once out of warranty.

    • Just A Phrase

      August 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

      well…you didn’t comment on ford focus yet.

    • TheBigGuy

      August 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Be prepared to keep A LOT on the side for a Jag. There still the least reliable even though they have improved. Very rarely do they ever keep all their embelms or hood ornaments either.

    • hemuli

      November 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      i drive seat ibiza(1999),i am good while i am in it…

    • jri4au

      December 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Well done, or at least better done. Not sure what the writer of this article was considering in a “rich” look? I have yet to see many complaints about the BMW 6 series, except the idrive and it being an over 70k car new can be had under 15k might be an option.

  3. Francine Stover

    March 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm


    • papa11

      March 4, 2014 at 12:34 am

      It definitely is a great looking care.

    • DENNY

      March 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      had an 83 Monte Carlo SS. It would still look good toady. ( Yes, 83. They made 1007 of them to qualify them for NASCAR)

    • Bill H

      April 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      For less than $10K, I bought and completely restored a very rare 1966 Corvair Monza Sport Sedan with factory air that blows ice cold. Looks like a miniature Impala, handles like a Corvette, and can be fixed a cheaply as an old Volkswagen. I get lots of smiles and thumbs up. Who could ask for anything more?

      • richardjf

        May 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm

        Its a rear engine an has always had rear main seal problems. Start noticing oil around, get your check book out. Sorry I wouldnt give a nickle for a corvair or volkswagon because, (UGLY)!!!!!!!!!

        • Samuel_B

          May 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm

          This from a person who drives a Kia Soul.

    • RickMeister

      April 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      …best car Chevy made? …um low bar.

      • Jessie Numan

        May 30, 2014 at 11:57 am

        uh….yeah, really low bar…..I don’t think that whole “Corvette idea” is going to work out for them.

  4. Jason

    March 2, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I would imagine improved aerodynamics is playing some role considering the incredible gas mileage many compact cars now achieve. Who needs expensive hybrids when lighter materials, more efficient transmissions and perfectly-simulated (if someone angular) chassis designs lead to huge gains at the pump? That being said, I do find my 2013 Focus more visually appealing than the 2002 model it replaced…

    • Interesting

      March 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      What huge gains? My ’87 POS Escort got 34mpg minimum and had more get up and go and room than these things.

  5. Harry

    March 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Caddy is making some of the best wheels out there but they need to pay attention to quality control and what the critics say in order to capture more bucks.

    • RickMeister

      April 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      …see what “Top Gear” car test guys say about CTS et al. Basically, junk on wheels./

  6. ericd442

    March 5, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    So you want to look rich while not being rich? I like the Mercedes-Benz W140 chassis (S-Class) sedan. They’re fairly inexpensive right now, particularly the S320, S420 and S500 models.

    • Snaproll

      May 1, 2014 at 12:03 am

      Couple years ago I bought a 2004 S430 with AMG sport package. The most comfortable ride I have ever owned. New over 100K. My cost $14,500. I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. Sell the old one and buy another every five years. Very little depreciation.

      • Satch

        May 7, 2014 at 7:06 pm


      • lonnie93041

        May 9, 2014 at 5:12 am

        I just picked up a 2005 SLK350 for $17k with 75k miles and it looks brand new. Everyone thinks I paid 60 grand for it heh heh heh. Faster than I thought it would be, handles great and the convertible hard top is just icing on the cake. Let someone else take the hit from depreciation.

        • mario smith

          May 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm

          Just wait till you need some major service, you wont be so smug.

          • richardjf

            May 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

            Lets hope he knows how to turn a wrench.

          • lonnie93041

            May 24, 2014 at 3:54 am

            Don’t you worry about me, I am well aware what it costs to keep these on the road and my bank account can handle it.

          • lonnie93041

            August 8, 2014 at 1:10 am

            Don’t worry about me, I counted the cost before I bought it and I make enough to maintain and repair her when the time comes.

          • lonnie93041

            August 20, 2014 at 1:49 am

            Don’t worry about me. I counted the cost and knew the risk I was taking when I signed on the dotted line. In other words, I can afford to take care of her.

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Avoid the 320 V6 with dual plugs & 3-valve. 350 is a more satisfying engine,

  7. Curious2Know

    March 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    If you need to rely on a cheap car to make you look rich then you obviously aren’t rich so why try to be something you aren’t. Being rich these days is akin to having a small penis or some other physical andor mental failure.

    • vr13

      March 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Very good point.

  8. BO_stinks

    March 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I really don’t care what others think, I drive a car because I like it.

    • richardjf

      May 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      I drive any car cause Im to lazy to walk 50ft

  9. Ducks911

    March 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Id take a Lexus SC300 or SC400 from say 1994-98 over any of these cars other than maybe the IS300 from again Lexus… and I am sure I can find a pretty nice one under say $6-9,000 and I personally think they are a couple of the best looking so called rich look that there is for the money

    • crabberdawg

      March 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      ^Agree, The mid-90s the Lexus SC300/400 was (and still is) a beautiful car.

      • teridavisnewman

        March 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        I’m thinking of moving to Lexus for my next car but I’m a Lincoln snob and still have my tagline: “Lexus: The Toyota of Luxury Vehicles.” in my head about them. My dad loves his though–I’ll probably inherit it since at 83 he’s not going to drive it to death.

        • Dave

          April 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm

          So does that make the Lincoln the Fairlane of Luxury Vehicles?

        • Eric

          April 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

          Anyone remember the “Japanese Cadillac” bumper stickers that people put on Corollas and Civics back in the 80’s? It would be hysterical on a Lexus.

    • Thompson

      May 9, 2014 at 1:42 am

      Mark I am with you… Lexus all the way, just found a show quality IS300, it’s an 04…but am buying it for $4000. Fully loaded and upgraded and very rich looking… even better than that it drives with some great pickup,handling,and is very durable…

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:26 am

      YEA. Very beautiful. You can even get a manual trans in the earlier SC300.

  10. Larry Hatch

    March 8, 2014 at 2:48 am

    These cars are not going to fool anyone. Spend $15-25K on a used luxury brand that looks very close to the current model. People won’t know if you spend $42K or $21K. For $300-400 a month one can get an elite used car for the price of a new Japanese or Korean POC, I have a friend who spends $400 a month for a used Mercedes CLS…looks like a $1000 month car owned by a pro athlete.

    • teridavisnewman

      March 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      I bought a Town Car with 31K miles on it, it was like new for 12K. It is the top of the line trim (with a sunroof!) and it has carried me all over the USA for the last 18 months and 90K miles with NO problems. When it’s worn out I’ll find another cream puff–and this car is IDENTICAL to a 2011 and the exterior and interior are perfect. I love this car and I will get at least another 140K miles out of it. People think it’s brand new LOL I just laugh. It gets 28 mpg on the highway which is 5 mpg better than that POS Solstice I bought brand new for 40K–my ass is still raw from that deal.

  11. ZACAL

    March 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    There is absolutely no car built today that can give me the satisfying ride as my 1956 Chevy two door hardtop. Completely rebuilt on a Corvette 2004 frame, 350 w/475 HP and I mean all the extras. It cost more money than a car built for easy parking. And it turns heads of all ages driving every kind of car. GM would be wise to modernize these cars and put them on the market. There has never been a time in history that can match the excitement of cars during the fifties. No Brag Just Fact.

    • Jackie Jay

      March 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Not fact, just your opinion. An 09+ CTS-v is just as exciting as your 56. Don’t get me wrong, shoebox Chevy’s are awesome, but style doesn’t beat performance. FI and Magnetic suspension with 305s on all four corners. Not to mention a used, NICE, V costs 35-40k. I’m you have much more than that in you’re 56. Again not bashing by any means just sharing MY opinion

      • thompson

        May 9, 2014 at 1:37 am

        Go test drive a Lexus ISF. Sick Sick vehicle. Love mine and will keep it for life.

  12. Kevin

    March 14, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    S2000, BMW 545, fx35, rx330, BMW x5, g35 coupe, Porsche boxer, lx470 …

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Pretty good list, but tending toward pricey.

  13. Marvin Harrison

    March 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I’ll stick with my black 2008 Mustang Premium with polished wheels. Looks great, great car, probably worth around 9 grand but I wouldn’t sell it.

    • Marvin Harrison

      March 30, 2014 at 6:05 am

      Ryan J: Actually it is. It goes well with my red GT. What do you have smart guy?

    • 1zb1

      April 12, 2014 at 2:05 am

      I have the same attitude towards my 2005 Pontiac GTO. Is it the nicest car or worth much today? Nope, but it is also a great car that is fun to drive.

  14. scootpeep

    March 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I still like a good simple powerful pickup truck if I have to take it off road. Ford Raptor.
    The 2014 Corvette got nitpickingly criticized for its shift transmission…by one stubborn ass opinionated auto critic..after he drove it. What I am saying is, if you have the money, fine, buy your dream car, you only live once. If you do not, be practical and economic and buy a car that is low maintenance and will get you from point A to B. You get what you pay for and what you put into your ride.

  15. ODWms

    March 29, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Low mileage 8-10 year old BMW 5 series and 7 series, Benz E and S classes, jagua

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:37 am

      and a DEEP wallet, unless U R a mechanic.

  16. Prince Dubey

    March 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    i like it good job………………………………………………………..thank you

  17. Meron Elia

    March 30, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I want this this too

  18. l

    March 30, 2014 at 7:40 am


  19. Alfred Moniot

    March 30, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Looking rich here in central Mexico is something to be avoided.
    My 2002 Subaru WRX 5 spd Sport Wagon (purchased new for cash at $500 off MSRP in early June 2001) has 38,484 mi on the odo this AM.
    I’ll keep it for a while longer.

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:33 am

      WAY TO GO!

  20. DiscoHarvey

    April 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    They should probably pull the recommendation for the CX-7. It’s a great car with a terrible engine… Fails spectacularly just after the warranty has expired. Very unusual for Mazda who normally produces great machines.

    • Eric

      April 29, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Rich people van afford new engines.

      • DiscoHarvey

        May 3, 2014 at 1:29 am

        It’s a MAZDA. Not for rich folk…

  21. Jeff Morse

    April 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I have a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Sportback. There are so few on the road I had people walk up to me in parking lots to ask what it was. Get admiring looks and comments on it all the time. That would have never happened with a Civic or Corolla – I would have just been one of the invisible masses.

    • dexdan

      April 29, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I love them. They look like my 2002 9-3, which I adore.

  22. Ian Pasio

    April 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Lol! Where on God’s green earth, is a Kia Soul, Ford Fiesta, or any of the others on this list, going to make you look, “Rich?”
    Get a used 911, Corvette, Mercedes E class, something, but not any of these.
    Stupid article, to appealing to the vain. Just be who you are, and drive your car because you like it. Forget what anyone thinks!

    • Thompson

      May 9, 2014 at 1:32 am

      Right? A Ford focus driven by a rich person? NOPE ! TRY to save and buy a Lexus

  23. Joy Long

    April 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I own an IS300, I bought the car for 15K with 30k miles used at a lexus dealer about 3 years ago, its now paid off. Love this car, its amazing, but its even harder to find one that is manual.

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:36 am

      I think you have to get the later IS250 (not the IS350) to get a manual. But you won’t get the room of your IS300.

  24. RyYYZ

    April 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    The Murano’s a good pick, I think. It may not be the prettiest CUV, but it is pretty classy looking, inside and out. It rides and handles pretty well, and has a good powertrain. The best thing is, since it’s been largely unchanged since 2009 and will probably be either replaced by a new version, or dropped from the lineup altogether, you can get them used for pretty cheap. I just picked up a 2011 with ~75,000 km on it for ~$22,000, for a car that sold new 3 or 4 years ago for ~CDN$38,000. I’m really happy with it so far. Not the best gas mileage, but at least it returns about what the EPA estimates state, unlike a lot of newer models with turbo engines that never seem to get near their EPA ratings in the real world.

  25. RyYYZ

    April 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    2008-2012 Ford Escapes? Pretty utilitarian and not very upscale. I don’t believe any of the interesting engine options (or good looks, arguably) were introduced until the 2013 model year.

  26. Cowboy

    April 12, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Although they no longer call it a G35 they still make the car with a new name and it is called the Q50. The car that replaced the G35 was called the G37 ( late 2008) and a smaller displacement model called the G25, added in 2009. So they never discontinued the model (No one interested?) they just updated the models and changed the names as the displacement went from 3.5 litres to 3.7 litres along with refreshed sheet metal. All the Infiniti models with now start with the letter Q.
    Same with the Z car. The Z370 came out in 2008 with more refined looks and a shorter wheelbase and body. It along with the G37 coupe are still sold today.

  27. Lou

    April 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I have a 94 Nissan 300ZX convertible with 66K miles on it. I don’t drive it every day and never in winter but it is drop dead gorgeous and runs like a scalded cat. Nissan brought in a few convertibles but millions of coupes so it also has lots of used parts. Think about that before you buy one of these and make sure you know the mechanic who will work on your baby.

  28. Damian

    April 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Purchased a 03′ Black MB G500 with 106k miles for 25K after loving the design since I was a kid. New ones in the 120K range and mine will not depreciate any more than it already has, albeit the repairs are super expensive, mine is clean. Last night I was walking back to my BEAST and some kid on a skate board says to his friend “Check out that Gwag! So baller!!!” Had to laugh.. WIN! Work hard, don’t listen to haters, and get what you want!!!

  29. bigyaz

    April 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Kia Soul??? An noisy, ugly box that NOBODY think makes you look rich, including those who drive it.

    • Maxwell Potterdam

      May 1, 2014 at 1:09 am

      That was probably the biggest joke on this list.

      • The_Fick_Nalzone

        May 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm

        Really? I personally don’t think any Kia or Hyundai looks good, nor do they give off a rich persona. Mainly because of the fact that they are a Kia, a sub-par car company under the control of Hyundai. The only reason I would see someone buying a Hyundai or Kia is because they’re cheap and the owner ersonally thinks they look good. Other wise no one buys a Hyundai for reliability, cost of ownership, or anything of that sort lol. Unreliable and expensive parts to fix up.

        • Samuel_B

          May 20, 2014 at 8:40 pm

          Apparently you’ve had your head so far up your ass you haven’t seen what Kia has done in the last ten years or so. I don’t particularly like the styling of the Soul or for that matter anything else they make but their reliability and cost of ownership has gone up substantially in the last ten years and the only people who consider Kias unreliable or prone to numerous breakdowns are douchebags like yourself who are probably still driving a late 90s Ford Escort or Chevy Cavalier.

      • Pablo Bruise

        May 28, 2014 at 7:24 am

        But probably the most economical & a very useful box & reasonable reliable. Can get a manual trans too.

  30. Joel

    April 16, 2014 at 1:36 am

    First of all the G35 was very popular car in coupe and sedan for Infiniti. It hasnt went out of production as it carries on in the form of the Q50.

  31. Car_Guy1

    April 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    The 2nd generation Escape (2008-2012) did not have an Ecoboost option, it was available in I4 or V6 engines. In 2009 both engines were upgraded with the V6 producing 240hp. They could be optioned-up to rival anything on the market. I’ve had two, both were are/were great cars. The 240hp V6 is borderline fast for a compact crossover, with AWD they’re great in snow and most off-road situations, they are NOT rock-crawlers. Used they’re a bargain compared to anything else in their segment.

    If I could find a CTS-V for $15K, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  32. Wrinkly cankles

    April 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    For $13K you can have a Volvo XC 90, a Range Rover, an Audi A3 or A4 or A6, or any nice 3 series BMW. These cars will make you look rich, not these econoboxes in the article.

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Had used ’88 M3 for 23+ years & only lost $14k on the resale after all that time. Also have a very low mileage ’88 325i convertible. Pretty reliable cars & ez to fix; the earlier, the better.

  33. charles

    April 18, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Why are all of you screwing around so much? For this money you can easily find a Rolls-Royce, like an older Silver Shadow. You show up in a RR, regardless of year, who is going to think you are poor? The best way to utilize such a car is to just keep it for those certain moments when you need a home run–which you will duly get.

    • enoch861

      May 23, 2014 at 12:01 am

      You definitely have a good point there.
      Only down side is those old Rolls-Royce or Bentley’s cost a pretty penny to keep in tip top shape. But if you’re not going to be driving the thing a lot, like you suggest, you should be good.

  34. j boy

    April 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    i want to be rich and i love what i see here

  35. Stevechang64

    April 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I had the Mazda CX7 and while it was weak in power it was beautiful inside and out and certainly felt like a luxury car

  36. Vasya Bricklyn

    April 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I was genuinely amused by the choice of vehicles ere until I ran into the Kia Soul. I could care less about cars, but I wouldn’t be caught dead even being seen in one of these.

  37. hunger

    April 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Look at me! I’m driving a Ford Fiesta!

  38. Tim Spriggs

    April 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Nissan always made the FX series of crossovers, concurrenty with the Murano. Nissan makes Infinitis.

  39. joe

    April 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    a ford focus is never going to make you look rich

  40. Robert A

    April 25, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Ford Fusion should be on this list.It handles like a 3 series BMW. The 2012 is a great car, 2013-14 are gorgeous but above this price list category. I have the SE model 2012 with 2.5 4cyl .It has desent power. Gets 27 MPG in city 37 on the Hwy. Floats down the Highway at 80 MPH like it’s nothing, and yields nearly 500 miles per tank on a road trip at 50.00 a fill up.

    • Kreegah Bundolo

      May 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Agreed. I have a V6 Fusion, with big miles, but it was a steal, it’s large and has police car power. A used one 2 tears old can be had for 11k to 15k.

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Get a prettier Milan, if you buy an pre-Astin Martin looking ones. Unfortunately the repair record on the new ones is pretty bad. Best buy in Fusion Sport 4 cyl. with Manual trans.

  41. Average Car guy

    April 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    This might just be the Worst article on autos I’ve read.

    Not sure if it’s the;

    9 year old Cadillac, who cars if it’s the V series, if you have a lot of money you buy a new one (or a couple years old)

    Ford Focus (never really thought of this one as a Luxury or sports car, ok, the ST, a hot Hatch, very quick, great handling, but alas, not something that screams, I’M RICH!)

    Ford Fiesta (Some how buying an entry level subcompact that’s under 15K new, doesn’t strike me as something to demonstrate how much money I have)

    9 year old compact Lexus (how many generations old??)

    Mazda CX-7 (I like them, I’ve considered buying one) but, where they say in one paragraph, “with poor fuel economy” to the last sentence, “gets decent gas mileage”, make up your mind.

    A Lancer?? Even the current model is years behind the competition.

    Kia Soul. Kia Soul???? Seriously?? the Kia Soul will make you look rich????
    True, a lot of people who are wealthy are careful with their money, one of the ways to build wealth, but these cars to make you look rich??
    Kia Soul (not knocking these but this is one of the last cars I think about when I think, gee, they must have a lot of money, “they bought a Soul” Wow!
    Guys you’ve even topped Yahoo now for an article by someone who has no clue about the subject they’re talking about.

    • Thompson

      May 9, 2014 at 1:49 am

      Driving a Kia Soul will make you look more like a hip-hop loving hamster not a millionaire! Dumb picks.

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:35 am

      The CX-9 is supposed the be the undiscovered Mazda jewel.

  42. Darrell Darrell

    April 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    id rather spend that money on litecoin mining hardware!

  43. ShakingMyHead

    April 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Focus? Lancer? When these are 2 of the first 3 cars that are supposed to make you look rich, it’s time to skip the rest of the article! Are you kidding me?!

  44. Benicio

    April 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I’m sorry but asides for the cadillac…. Non! I repeat Non!! of those cars will make you look affluent…
    ….Even in Rural Mississippi (no disrespect )

  45. YABD

    April 29, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Buy a corolla just out of lease and will cost you less than 15,000 dollars with 36000 miles and with just 3 years old.

  46. Really Michael Vick?

    April 29, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Yes, drive a ford focus because it will make you look rich. You’re kidding me right?

  47. evilahole2

    April 29, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    nothing says rich like used cars, korean brands, and base model domestics lol

  48. PPSA

    April 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Absurd. None of these cars will make anyone look rich.

  49. BusyBee

    April 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    A Ford Fiesta and a Kia Soul make you look rich? Get outta here…

  50. Yow Momma

    April 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    How the hell does a tricking focus make you look rich???

  51. kindness

    April 30, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Used models?

  52. theotherRJH

    April 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    What? The only car that might make you look rich is that Nissan Z car. Everything else is a welfare-mobile in 5 years. The Cadillac in 3.

  53. Michael Difani

    April 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    A new ’14 Chevy Spark LS for $11, 000 w/ manual trans, A/C, power windows/locks, am/fm stereo, alloys, rear spoiler and more is a good deal but it won’t make me look rich. MSRP is $13,000 at a dealer here in inland s. Calif. 2 dr. hatchback, 84 hp.

  54. arnold

    April 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    cts-v might be the only car on this list that is worth talking about …. if driving a ford what ever that thing was makes you look rich then i must be a billionaire driving a subaru wrx sti sad thing my car 2005 with 110k on it still retails for over 15k

    • Kreegah Bundolo

      May 5, 2014 at 9:51 am

      The CTS- V might look good, but I would change the badge to Ford or Dodge so it wouldn’t attract unwanted attention.

  55. blackfin66

    May 1, 2014 at 12:45 am

    No doubt that new cars, even the “cheap” ones, have a lot more features than they used to and buying a more expensive car used is an old trick to get a good car for less. That said, whoever wrote this article has a very different concept of “rich” from mine!

  56. Maxwell Potterdam

    May 1, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Was this article supposed to be humorous? NONE of these cars with the exception of maybe the Cadillac will make you look rich. Especially not some P.O.S. Kia.

  57. Max Rogers

    May 1, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I think the author person just picked 12 random cheap cars he saw online, copied and pasted some facts from the manufacture’s brochure, and called it good. Who else would describe a KIA Soul as driving like a dream? Unless he was talking about a nightmare. What a joke. Don’t write a car article unless you know something about them.

  58. derp

    May 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    The title should be changed to “12 cars under $15,000”.

  59. doomsday_survivor

    May 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    WOW! look at that fiesta, he must be a millionaire

    • LV

      May 14, 2014 at 3:07 am

      lol!!!!! Hilarious!

  60. Timothy Goodness

    May 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    A Ford Focus will make you look rich?!?!? WHO WRITES THIS STUFF!!!

  61. Kdawg

    May 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Kia Soul is definitely the first vehicle that pops in my head when I think of the word rich. Hilarious.

  62. MikeDH

    May 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I’d like to know where in the blue Hell one can get a CX-7 for under 15,000? Are we talking used? In my area, these things start at about 24,000. Even the KIA Soul starts at around 19K, and that’s before the dealer add-ons that they force you to buy – and it’s even made in made in my state, so that price isn’t the result of logistics.

  63. MikeDH

    May 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I’d like to know where one can get a CX-7 for under 15,000? Are we talking used? In my area, these things start at about 24,000. Even the KIA Soul starts at around 19K, and that’s before the dealer add-ons that they force you to buy – and it’s even made in made in my state, so that price isn’t the result of logistics.

  64. Ray Brooks

    May 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Move to Aspen – and buy a Subaru……

  65. Robert C Gray

    May 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Many stupid recommendations in this article. The 2004-2009 Lexus RX330 are all going for under the target. Some 2010 RX350 with high mileage are also less than $15K. They all are all styled like current models. Best – they have excellent rides, sumptuous leather and wood interiors…and…they are highly reliable Toyotas under the skin.

  66. LiberalInternutz

    May 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    The CTS-V does look pretty cool.

  67. Prickly

    May 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    They must have stolen this from the Onion. “used” ha

  68. Shane Semones

    May 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Nobody is going to think you’re rich because you drive a Ford Fiesta.

  69. hussflier

    May 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Can someone please tell me where to buy a used CTS-V for under 15k? I have a 2013CTS_V couple in silver matte paint that stickered for 76,000. If you find one for under 15k it probably is going to have 150,000 miles old body style and not be the best shape

    • bellanca

      May 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Exactly I was looking into getting a used CTS-V coupe, and couldn’t find really any under 30K… And most are upwards of 40K. Sure you can get a CTS with 100k miles for 15k. NOT a CTS-V.

  70. Jim MacDaniel

    May 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Ridiculous article: buying a car for $15,000–or for $50,000 for that matter–will *not* make you look rich. It *might* make you look decently employed however.

  71. Jerry

    May 6, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I can’t afford any of these, not because of the cost but because I had my first accident in twenty years, I put two scratches in someone’s car and now I am an insurance company enemy !!! They tell people if they should buy new cars or not by punishing you with their high rates, you see mandatory insurance put in by states is a joke and there is no competition

  72. John Dickshott

    May 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

    This article is a joke, seriously none of these cars make you look like you can afford a lifestyle of wealth.

  73. Justin Justice

    May 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Who wants to just look rich. – Silly!

  74. Bill

    May 6, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Make you look rich according to….????hmmmm

  75. kraml1

    May 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    The whole premise of this article is pretty ridiculous. There is no regard for quality which is far more important than looking “rich.” I don’t know what the author’s background is, but does he really think driving a Ford Fiesta or a Soul makes the driver look rich?

  76. rob

    May 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    The Kai Soul makes you look stupid…

  77. Angelina Farmer

    May 6, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Are you kidding me? Maybe one, if you’re desperate two of these vehicles make you look “rich”. Most of them are standard vehicles that you see all over the place (at least here in NM) and some (like the Soul) makes you look like a freaking tool. I don’t know what you are smoking, but you must be in Washington State or Colorado!!!

  78. liquidwindows

    May 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    All of these cars look cheap, with the exception of those that would have to be used and either a little beat up, or mechanically unsound.

  79. Bret M Duff

    May 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Hmm? Sorry but while I will agree that many of these vehicles are better than the price would have you believe – most look cheep to me.

    Also interesting that Ford had three of the twelve. More than any other save Nissan with three (but only if you count the Infinity) then it’s a tie.

  80. Joshua Selvidge

    May 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Meh, none of these look that impressive to me. I’m surprised about a CTS-V or 350z being in this price range though.
    Now, if you upped the price to under $30k you could really look rich with choices like Lotus Elise, Honda S2000, Scion FR-S (people think it’s expensive, I have one and get questioned all the time), Mazda RX-7, Acura NSX(used), Etc.

  81. Jonathan Edsell

    May 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    This is a joke right?

  82. yayayya

    May 6, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    So instead of spending money on improving yourself (education not plastic surgery) focus on looking rich when you aren’t so you can attract the girl of your dreams who likes you for the money you don’t have. I see nothing but good things in your future. A piece of cardboard and a corner are good things right?

  83. Steve

    May 6, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Im rolling into the VIP in a Used Ford Fiesta

  84. Beaver

    May 7, 2014 at 12:03 am

    @Hankthetank LMAO at Prius WITH leather, oxymoron? not quite, but close!

  85. gene

    May 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

    If you want to really look rich (like the real “old money”), buy a 30 year old Chevy. the real rich don’t waste money showing off-they buy the cheapest transportation they can find. M-B. Jaguar, Audi, etc. are for poseurs.

  86. Gene Floyd

    May 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    What does looking rich even mean? And who do you think you are fooling by driving a Ford Focus. It’s a nice looking car, but most anyone would know it’s not an expensive vehicle.

  87. Gleno

    May 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    First, the Nissan Murano is notoriously overpriced. Second, apart from the expensive cars that they’re saying to buy used, none of those POS’s even come close to looking expensive.

  88. Bobby B

    May 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    If you want to have a decent car that may make you look more rich for under 20 grand then get a Mercedes C class, a bmw 335, a volkswagon cc or a newer chrysler 300c. Most these cars come with good horse power, good options and all wheel drive.

    • LV

      May 14, 2014 at 3:13 am

      Ummm? under 20k, must be talking about an older/used C Class or BMW 335. And I’d have to disagree with the 300C, which doesn’t make you look rich.

  89. [email protected]

    May 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I think paying less than 15K also makes you look smart! Too many people get in over their heads with cars.

  90. [email protected]

    May 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I just had one objection in the article, when they said “this car makes you look better than driving around in a minivan” I am a defender of minivans because of their incredible utility and versatility. Plus minivans like the Dodge Caravan have an angular shape that looks tough.

    • dl2000

      May 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      You only had one objection in this article? I don’t think you read it carefully enough.

  91. Sathch

    May 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I’ll give you $200 so you can double your money!

  92. andreas saleh

    May 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    what idea to be looked rich when you not really rich, I want to look mediocre while i am rich, so my family and friend don’t borrow money from me…and people asking for donation knocking on my 3 million dollar mansion in Harlem

  93. Taylor

    May 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    none of these cars will “make you look rich” these are all relatively cheap looking and lack any bit of luxury.

    • dl2000

      May 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      I particularly liked “if you have always wanted to drive a Volkswagen but you didn’t think you could afford one, think again.” Volkswagen’s are nice cars (I drive one), but I didn’t think they were considered “out of reach”.

  94. Mongoose McQueen

    May 8, 2014 at 2:39 am

    This list is retarded. These cars are all cheap in cost and everyone knows that. If you are trying to fool someone just buy a used mercedes, bmw, porsche, jag,lexus,etc,etc. Now if you buy a used german car have some backup cash nearby because it will break down every month on you. I recommend a used lexus so at least it wont crap out on you all the time.

  95. AwakeInVermont

    May 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

    What a ridiculous article. None of these look would make you look rich.

  96. torr10

    May 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    2003 Chevy Cavalier, most beautiful car I’ve ever seen…why? I’ve got more than 256,000 reasons. Only had two repairs beyond normal maintenance totaling $700. This is a beautiful car.

  97. Joeski1

    May 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I don’t see one car here worth owning.. the 350Z (had one) is cramped and get about 19 MPG (if that and premimum is required but nobody uses it.. and then they wonder why mpg goes down and the ride has no power).. the CTSV will cost a bundle to repair.. nobody at any shop wants to get involved with a broken CTSV aside from cadillac.. the lexus and infinitity? nope… the morono? gets what.. about 14 MPG?.. the kia soul?? what a joke… not even notable.. to look rich and smart.. I say keep going.. try a tesla, or a volt.. or a hybrid like an accord or lexus 350h.. then you’ll be smart.. and have a couple fo bucks left over after your next fill up.. that’s called rich!

  98. Thompson

    May 9, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I will give you a $1000 for it.

  99. xyzpfl

    May 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Focus, rented one recently, 90% of it is great, but the blind spot is just about the worst I have ever encountered, very unsafe.

  100. elconquestadore

    May 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    If getting looks makes you feel rich, then buy a used AMC Pacer. You can pretend that everyone envies you and wants to own the car that you drive. When they cover their mouths and point you just know they are thinking “What a lucky guy!”.

  101. not impressed

    May 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    these… are horrible.

  102. Brian Larson

    May 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    What a terrible list of automobiles. Someone driving a Kia Soul looks rich? Give me a break. Does anyone know anything about cars anymore? The CTS-V is a good choice. The 350Z and Infinity are decent choices. Left out were the used Corvettes and the late model GTO. Tons of American muscle for the same price as your “rich” ford focus.

  103. Billy Bob Merkowitz

    May 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Without Question, this is the most worthless article I’ve read all day, and I read a lot.

  104. MiddleAmericaMS

    May 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Terrible article pushing only new cars all of which are cheap econo compact cars that of course don’t make anyone look rich.


  105. blackdolphin

    May 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I’m laughing…..

  106. John

    May 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    No..none of these will make u look rich, whoever wrote this has no grasp on car style. I work valet, and anytime i see these roll up i instantly think its a rental, or a middle class parent who need something good on gas and is safe for their kids endless transits. Look at Hankthetanks post, Jaguars (s-types), 2007 bmws, and cheap used porche’s (mainly boxters and cayennes) are where its at. And if you hate saving money for realistic expenses, spend an extra 20k for a used Maserati….jesus they actually recommended the Kia soul-_-

    • NL1975

      May 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Wow you work as a Valet ?? You seem to be a pretty judgemental not to materialistic & shallow person… Let me tell you a little secret… most of those BMWs, Porche Cayennes & Jaguars are either leased or they are being off on a 72 month car loan.

  107. rustypatina

    May 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    The shallow and materialistic people you are apparently trying to impress are not impressed by these cheap cars. They know what cars are actually expensive and are only impressed by them. That said, people who are impressed with you because of your car are not worth your time.

  108. RobAdams

    May 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Since when will a Ford Focus or Ford Fiesta “make you look rich?” They are both economy cars. That Mitsubishi is so boxy and unforgettable that I’ve already forgotten the model… This is a really lame list.

  109. ZQ

    May 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I’ll stick with all the Honda’s I have owned. They just don’t break.
    One day I will buy a used Mercedes that was owned for 2-3 years with around 25 grand on the odometer. It’s just not worth buying new . As soon as you drive it away from the dealership 20% of the value just went out the window.

  110. Imnot George

    May 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    +1 – Bought a 1995 E300D in 2010 for $3K, have 160K on it and planning to take it to 320K! It gets 30mpg, 35 hwy, looks classy and handles great. Awesome road trip car and worth $5 to $7K.

  111. darren young

    May 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Is this from “The Onion”?

  112. Angus Young

    May 12, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Yeah.. when I see someone in a Madza I think “Wow, he must be loaded”


  113. Jean-Luc Marchand

    May 13, 2014 at 12:12 am

    lol none of these cars make you look rich. who the hell, anywhere in the world, looks at a Ford Escape 2008-2012 models and thinks “wow, that person is rich”?!?

  114. Jack Davis

    May 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Here’s what I take from this… If you want to LOOK rich, buy an old car a rich person is tired of.

  115. Dave

    May 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    There is only one car in this list that looks great, and qualifies for the title of this article. That is the Nissan 350Z. The others look like little tin cans.

  116. DanielAMcAllen

    May 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Clearly the author(s) of this list don’t actually know any rich people. The Ford Fiesta? I didn’t even bother to look at the others once I got to that one.

  117. ThePhoenix

    May 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    useless….thats 3 minutes I will never get back. I will return to reading about the Miami HEAT

  118. anon

    May 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Delete this lousy article, it’s EMBARRASSING !

  119. maya

    May 14, 2014 at 12:31 am

    this list is a joke

  120. Reality31

    May 14, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Who wrote this article?, this absolutely makes no sense. Those cars look and are cheap, so therefore, how do these cars make you look rich. These cars in particular are for the average joe living on a budget. These cars will not “wow” anyone.

  121. agk73

    May 14, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Seriously? This list is what makes me look “rich”? A Ford Focus and Fiesta? Amazing! The only way those cars would make me look “rich” is if NO ONE else on EARTH had cars…….EVER.

  122. Wayne Dean

    May 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Ford Feista, Focus and Kia Soul definaetly should not be on this list. It is obvious this article was written by a young person who doesnt have a clue about cars nor the meaning of rich. The low to mid high end vehicles such as BMW 3 series, Audi a4 and Mercedes Benz c class are mostly driven by ordinary working people who just like to be assocaiate with the finer things they can afford.
    But I personally know a few self made millionairs who drive low maintenance camrys and hondas. The bulk of their monies go toward investments. They dont care what other people thing of what they drive. Only poor people drive around with their depreciated investment trying to create a false image.

  123. Doni609

    May 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm


  124. Nick

    May 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    The only CTS-V you’re gonna get for under $15k is one that has has been crashed or one that has had the piss driven out of it.

  125. FitNFiesty

    May 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    You’re kidding with these, right?

  126. GrimmEngineer

    May 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    OK, who is the mook that wrote this article? Only one car here has the possibility of making you look slightly rich, the 350Z. The rest are just average yuppy joe blow cars…

  127. bilahn

    May 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    It’s all RELATIVE, friends. The word “rich” is not meant to be taken so seriously. The point is that these are inexpensive cars that look more upscale than the competition. I.e., some bang for you buck.

    I own a 2013 Fiesta – I have no illusions that I am driving a Mercedes, but it does look a lot nicer than the other alternatives I could afford.

    Lighten up!

  128. Stephan Kirsch

    May 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    The only Datsun/Nissan worthy of the Z is, and will always be, the 240Z.

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:41 am

      The (77 & esp) 78 280Z with the 5 speed (not 4 speed of 240Z) are a last chance early Z grab.

  129. Fiona Lin

    May 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Is this some sort of joke???

  130. Even Steven

    May 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Actually, some of the most affluent People I know, drive 4 runners.

    Or used pick ups.

  131. sailordude

    May 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    LOL, If you are driving a 2005 Cadillac you won’t look rich. Plus you’ll be broke fixing it.

  132. MBAchin

    May 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Kia Soul, Ford Fiesta, Focus, Escape? C’mon man. When has anyone ever looked at a Kia Soul and said, “I’ll bet the hamsta driving that is a rich hamsta”? Silliness. The article was pure silliness. These cars won’t make you look rich, they’ll make you look like a kid, or a Gen-Xer trying to look like a kid.

  133. Timonius J

    May 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I stopped at the CX-7. The writer says it’s between a sedan and a compact car. So much wrong there. First, compact cars can be sedans and vice versa. That would be bad enough, but the CX-7 is a crossover! Then, I read this: With poor fuel economy, the CX-7 is just not practical enough for those that love Mazdas. What does that mean? Mazda has a history of sporty cars with less than optimal gas mileage. And, what, people who love Hondas or Toyotas don’t mind the poor fuel economy?

  134. Llew Keller

    May 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    The Ford Focus is a fine little car, but I think it’s a stretch to say it makes one “look rich.”

  135. Col Klink

    May 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Trans Am (used models) Imports are off the list; not even considered.

  136. spandrelmatic

    May 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I don’t think “rich” means what you think it means.

  137. hahn2

    May 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Except for the Cadillac – this list really sucks. And unfortunately, you can’t buy a used CTS-V for 15k so yeah – it sucks.

  138. AmericanPatriot

    May 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The Cad is the only really good car in there. The VW is a good but not luxury car. Great BMW Z4s can be gotten for under 16K with little shopping and will actually carry a little real image with them. Most of these listed cars are just jap junk or badge engineered jap cars called Fords.

  139. jrhartley

    May 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    As you pull up next to the Bentley Continental in your used 2008 Ford Escape, I’m sure the rich folk are going to look over than think you’re rich LOL

  140. car guy texas

    May 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    they know nothing, the CTS-V? are they retarded? the CTS-V is the most hard core cadi yoy can get next the the Hennessy CTS. it comes with a 650 bhp supercharged LS7 in it, even the used ones, which there are NONE run 40-50 g

  141. Byson McDee

    May 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Glastoré Stein always said that the rich look poor, and the indebted look rich.

  142. Citizen K

    May 19, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Buy a two or four year old overpriced vehicle and people think you have money, you do not need to buy a new vehicle. Most people can not tell if the older vehicle is new, any way since most of the older ones look just like the new ones.

  143. 2008 G35 Owner

    May 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    You seriously need to do your homework before writing articles. First of all, I own a 2008 G35 so your claim that it was only produced until 2007 is patently false.

    Secondly, to make a statement that “The Infiniti G35 isn’t being made anymore, because car buyers just weren’t interested” is ridiculous. The same body style that my G35 was morphed into the G37 BECAUSE INFINITI CHANGED THE ENGINE from a 3.5 liter V6 to a 3.7 liter V6. The model itself is still being sold, even with the introduction of it’s successor, the 2014 Q50 (which represents a change in Infiniti’s naming convention). Why would Infiniti do that if buyers weren’t interested?

    What’s perhaps more frightening is that you would list a nine year old Lexus (2005 IS300). You can buy used Mercedes for under $15K. Does that make someone look rich???

  144. JohnnyNomad

    May 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I am surprised my Escalade didn’t make the list. It is loaded with features and at just under $80,000 won’t break the bank.

  145. James A. DeHart

    May 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Very misleading headline. Hopefully, the younger generation will not be mislead.

  146. Chetty1

    May 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    This is a joke, right?

  147. Tom

    May 19, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    The G35 actually sold quite well, and the line was not discontinued, Like the 350Z they upgraded the power plant to 3.7l from the 3.5. Since the naming convention uses displacement in it, the vehicle name was updated to match. The G line have now become the Q50 (4door) and Q60 (2door) as a part of Infiniti’s new naming scheme. Deffinitely the best car in this lineup, lots of power, and a good reliable vehicle.

  148. John Phelan

    May 20, 2014 at 12:51 am

    The Ford Fiesta makes me look rich?

  149. skiph1

    May 20, 2014 at 3:06 am

    I just bought a 2007 Avalon with 78k for under 11k. It performs like new, gets almost 30MPG and over 260hp. I’ll drive it for the next 10 years. I test drove a newer Camry and it’s not even in the same ballpark. Grandma to church car? Maybe but it’s got every bell and whistle for pauper money. I’ll never buy new again.

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Very very true. Decent performer & near Lexus quality. Will last into the upper 100k miles easily.

  150. RobW

    May 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    They call it a G37 until 2013. For 2014 it’s changed to the Q50(sedan) and Q60(coupe).

  151. RobW

    May 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hank, that’s not a concept. That’s the real deal. I own one.

  152. anbudmor

    May 20, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Complete failure on the part of the author to list even one car that would agree with the article’s title.

  153. Eric

    May 21, 2014 at 4:05 am

    If all I had was around 15K I would look for the lowest mileage / best conditioned Honda S2000 or Mazda MX-5 Miata I could fine. These two are among the best driver’s cars money can buy regardless of price. If you’re looking at MX-5’s go for the 09+ models with 6MT. They get new forged internals with redline bumped up from 6800 to 7200rpm along with an extra oil-cooler; revised suspension; upgraded transmission synchros, revised ECU for better low / mid range torque / less intrusive stability / traction control, etc.

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Exactly, these cars are at the pricey edge.

    • Ken in Camarillo

      May 31, 2014 at 6:44 am

      Mazda Miata is a great car. My problem is that at 6’6″ I have to decide whether to crouch down and look through the windshield, or just sit up and look over it. It would never do to put the top up (or have a roll-over!!!). I would have one if it weren’t for that problem.

  154. GL333

    May 21, 2014 at 6:02 am

    So you aren’t rich but you want to look rich? I’d say you have bigger problems than just money. Stop watching reality shows and concentrate on your own life!

    • Ryan D

      May 22, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      This is the internet, sir, there is NO room for common sense such as this. Please show yourself out.

  155. Really?

    May 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    The worst is showing a pic of a 2010 (or newer) ctsv coup and then saying you’ll have to get a 2005…there was no coup in 2005 and it was a completely different car than what is shown. Also, good luck getting a decent second gen ctsv (as shown) coupe or sedan for less than 45k

  156. Gunslinger

    May 21, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Yeah because when I see a Ford Fiesta I think “Damn, where is Donald Trump off to?”

  157. oz's wizard

    May 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This article was written as a joke, right?

  158. VWFan

    May 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    “If you have always wanted to drive a Volkswagen but you didn’t think you could afford one…”

    I don’t think anyone in history has ever began a sentence this way!

    Really, a Tiguan? It makes you look like many things, but “rich” is not among them. Base price for a new one is about the same as a Toyota Camry. Despite the Phaeton, VW is not a luxury brand.

    If you want a nice VW to make you “look rich”, then pick up a used Fahrenheit GTI. It’s 6 years old so even though it was nearly $30K new, it’s under the $15K limit today. It looks great, it drives great (200 bhp in a 2-door hatchback!), and the Golf line has long been noted by reviewers and owners alike as the best that VW has to offer.

  159. Zulu Bantu

    May 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Mercedes SL500 2005…..getting mad looks….lovin’ it.

  160. Reynaldo

    May 24, 2014 at 12:01 am

    this article writer is suggesting that we do not know math. a corrola is a corrola, less than 20 gran while RX-350 is more than 40 gran.

  161. spec9

    May 24, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Ford Fiesta? Really?

  162. CrazyLocoRamon

    May 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    You may look “rich”, but with the exception of the Lexus IS, “smart” people don’t buy these cars. All are very HIGH maintenence.

  163. jason

    May 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    None of those cars make you look rich. Buy a viper,tesla,lambo,bmw i8 if you want to look rich. Oh yea you will actually have to be rich then

  164. christian

    May 26, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Cars are for women, drive around the block 48 times just to find a spot. average of 2 hours of traffic a day, parking tickets, gas consumption, expensive to maintain. Real Men ride motorcycles.

    • Snidely70448

      May 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      If they have a death wish.

  165. nickmeister

    May 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Weird, I just bought a Mitsubishi Lancer and I just bagged me a super-model after slowly driving by her on the street, so this article is right on!


  166. overbyte

    May 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    It’s the brand badge on the front that makes you look rich, or not. Styles come and go, ebb and flow like the sea. Cheap cars copy styles of expensive cars, but they’re not fooling anyone. Lipstick on a pig, remember.

  167. DrJonnyChepe

    May 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Look rich, but if you don’t get no snapper then it don’t matter…. My ride in 1969 = lots of snapper

    • Pablo Bruise

      May 28, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Looks VERY cool, but not rich (Japanese Kitsch). Hope you have a parts fabricator.

  168. fhsmct

    May 27, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Hankthetank: just purchased a 05 Jag XJ8L, out the door (tags title and taxes), in excellent condition, for $7000.

    KBB $10,000.

    Makes me look VERY rich & the maintenance history for this model is excellent!

    RE: “Second of all in what universe will buying a car that costs less than 20,000 bucks new, used, for slightly cheaper make you look rich?”

  169. fhsmct

    May 27, 2014 at 2:39 am

    As for the “looks like an Aston Martin”, considering both A-M and Jag were owned by Ford at the time, is it any r~e~a~l surprise those two and the Ford Fusion look VERY similar? . . .

  170. kebwebs

    May 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    A ford focus make someone appear wealthy? Huh… I see them and think, you poor thing!

    • Truth Sayer

      May 31, 2014 at 5:02 am

      Very funny! You are so right. Its todays modern Pinto.

  171. xyzzy1

    May 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    No Acura TL?!?!?!
    The 2004-2008 model looks great, last forever, sporty.
    Dumb list for what is on there.

  172. aks888

    May 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    only looser who want to be looked rich while they are not, I rather look a little bit nor rich , so my family and friend not coming and try to borrow money from me and I don’t need to spend $ 20.00 valet parking on my 95 Honda Civic

    • lonnie93041

      May 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Suit yourself.

  173. Pound Town

    May 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    A Ford Fiesta will make you look rich? Maybe in a 3rd world country. It’s a Ford. FIESTA.

  174. Sud1

    May 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Anybody who believes a car under 15k will make you look rich also believes he can take a pill to lengthen his johnson

  175. Pablo Bruise

    May 28, 2014 at 7:20 am


  176. Joe

    May 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    ooooohhhh kaaayyy. The title of this article should be “If you cant afford buying a brand new vehicle, hes 12 cars that makes it look like you can!”

    None of those cars make you look like your rich, no more than someone driving a 1998 crx…

  177. Bryan

    May 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    People thought my car was some sort of Ferrari. Some people ask me, hey if you don’t mind me asking, what do you do for a living? I drive a Tuscani 2.7 Elisa which is actually a Hyundai Tiburon V6

  178. Tim Whalen

    May 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Buy a Ferrari Testarossa.

    • Jenkem Jones

      May 31, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      I almost bought a 308 with a Chevy engine in it, but even that is a lot more than $15,000.

  179. LeRoi2

    May 28, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Nothing screams PHONY NE’ER DO WELL in LA louder than a used Cadillac!

    • RedMeatState

      May 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      it also screams “ethnicity”.

  180. MurderInTheBarn

    May 29, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Yeah, cars with plastic wheel covers will make you look rich.

  181. Snidely70448

    May 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Yuck. Maybe I’m just too old, but all of these vehicles look like everything else on the road. If you want to turn heads, a ’65 Mustang or a ’69 Camaro will do it nicely.

  182. The1Metallian

    May 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    A Ford Focus or an old Mitsubishi Lancer will NEVER make you look rich!! I stopped looking after the 6th or 7th slide. You can talk about “smart buys”, but “make you look rich”??? C’mon…

  183. agneaux

    May 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I’d agree with the used Cadillac and the Nissan 350Z, but the rest are “beginner” cars, the driver of which no one will think is anywhere near “rich”. It’s better for most non-rich people to drive an older model of a nicer car, costing 20-30% of its original MSRP, and keep most of their real wealth in the bank, a 401k or an IRA, where they can earn interest that they will desperately need in retirement. I’m 59, and drive a 17-yr old 1997 Ford Mustang GT that I maintain myself. I paid $8,000 for it (used) several years ago, and despite dripping a little oil, it’s still a reliable, great-driving car. If & when it dies, I’ll buy another used one. Meanwhile, I’ve been socking 15% of my gross pay into a 401k and IRA since 1983, for when I get too old to earn money, and I had enough left over to buy a few cheap classic cars to tinker with in my dotage. When I retire, I’ll buy a (possibly new) luxed-out diesel crewcab Pickup truck with some of the money I’ve saved, that will likely last me until Death-Do-Us-Part. Here’s a “money secret” for your younger readers: No one gets rich buying new cars, except the car dealers. I’ve never paid more than $13,000 for any car that I’ve owned, including some new ones (years ago). If you maintain a good used car, it will last a long time. Better to BE rich and not look it, than LOOK rich and be broke. If you can’t maintain it yourself, buy a used Toyota or Honda, or something you know to be reliable.

  184. Bill Gaw

    May 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    So there’s a new definition of “look rich”? I assumed I’d being seeing a list older exotics and luxury models. I can’t imagine anyone looking rich in a Kia!

  185. Ceiling Cat

    May 31, 2014 at 1:30 am

    The reason why Ford and Nissan are so cheap is because both have horrible resale and Ford is like a tank to drive these days. Both perform pretty poorly compared to other cars you could have listed.

    Here’s some that should take those places:
    BMW 328i – 2007-2009 model with decent mileage (around or under 100k)
    BMW 535i – 2007-2008 model ” ”
    Chevy Malibu LT – 2008 – 2011 ” ”
    Scion tC (owned by Toyota) – 2008 – 2010 ” ”
    Toyota Camry SE or XLE – 2009 – 2010 ” ”

    And many more that are better than some of these cars.

  186. oldcarguy

    June 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I must be out of it. Most of those just look like goofey cars. KIA Soul????? You gotta be kidding. I haven’t seen anything on the road in the last 10+ years that will turn my head.

  187. mickey

    June 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    You can’t beat the old classic mid 50’s cars like a 57 chevy 58 corvette or even MG and Triumph sports cars. They just plain are fun and not so bad to drive around.

  188. Popeye D. Saylorman

    June 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Show me A CTS-V Caddy for 15k!

  189. JS

    June 2, 2014 at 2:35 am

    What Cadillac other than the Escalade isn’t junk once it hits 100,000 miles ?

  190. LibertyLover

    June 2, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Oh sure, a Mitsubishi Lancer is gonna make you look well healed! Riiiight!

  191. The Goat

    June 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    The real point (should be): Used cars are much more reliable, so you can buy an older luxury car and get the prestige at a much lower price.

  192. scarey2

    June 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    A Cadillac CTS-V for under $15,000? Even used it will not happen. Only in your dreams, as this is their top end line performance car with a 556 HP V8. One way however, perhaps a totaled CTS, but then I’d think salvage valve for parts might be worth more…

  193. Jackson_Johnson

    June 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Yeah, I wanna be a Poser and just “look rich”.

  194. Evil Genius

    June 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Nothing says “Big Baller” to me more that a Ford Fiesta.

  195. Le Cochon

    June 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Why would one want to pretend to look rich? People with wealth and reasonable sense utilize modesty. Rich people are not concerned about cars, nor they appearances. They are airborne. This is an idea for the poor populace with car payments.

  196. juliusrosen

    June 19, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    around here you can lease a maserati for $ 689 a month- …

  197. legend 1525

    June 20, 2014 at 6:03 am

    You said…poor gas mileage. Plus people know was is an expensive ….sleek, a Mazda might impressed the writer of this article which only shows lack of car savviness. People knows what is a reputable and efficient car, best reasale value r #1, # 2 cars in the market from Camry to Honda accord. As for expensive , yes we know what a Porsche 911 is, as well as a cheap genesis, Infinity, lexus…which does not compare to a Mercedes. And yes those extravagant expensive cars which spend their existence in your garage. the like of Roll Royce, Lamborghini,

  198. rationalignorance

    July 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRTs (which actually rolled off of the old Mercedes SLK line and have AMG-built supercharged motors (330 hp)) with an original list price of $45-50K can now be had for well under $15K, even with extremely low miles. The SRT version may look like your beautician’s Crossfire at first glance, but is an entirely different beast (albeit one that isn’t the friendliest commuter vehicle given its extremely tight suspension and short wheelbase).

  199. Jeff Smith

    July 14, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I am always caught in a rock and a hard spot. I have always had fun exotic cars, all types, as well as the Iconic American Muscle cars. From day one, I never ever have considered a purchase based on it’s “possible” down the road value..I bought becuae I liked it, the price was acceptable to me and I wanted to drive the car.

    As you should know, my very first Lamborghini was my 2001 Diablo 6.0SE #19. I bought it brand new out of South Jordan, UT in Sept 2002, (after a shafting from FNA on a Lemon 360..was my 12th Ferrari at the time). I will never forget the salesman dis-believe that I was going to drive the car hom from the Dealership in Fall weather over 1800 miles home to Seattle..still till this day, one of the best roadtrips I ever had. It is approaching 50K miles on it and it still looks great and run’s even better!

    Then as things fell into place, my love for Lambo’s grew, I started buying others, collecting them, driving them..and then getting into the car BIZ..what started as a hobby and enjoyment turned into a business. A good BIZ as it lets me play with a lot of cars and provides a nice steady income to buy the toys I want. I started the “collect” them route, having picked up a few Miura’s, but they did nothing for me driving them, so I sold them. (still today have no desire for a Miura, just does not trip my trigger).

    So then came a time when my LP400 Periscopa car was completed from it’s almost 5 year restoration. The work covered every not and bolt on the car and turned out truly as a 10 point Pebble beach condentender. I got it delivered home late last summer, drove about 100 miles on it the first weeked, then stuffed it into the showroom in the corner, put a rope around it, a sign up in front of it, what it was etc etc..

    I have looked at that car every day for the past 6-7 months, WOW it’s stunning, a work of art, love talking about it when people come into the showroom..etc etc..have had serious 6 figure offer’s for it, saying NO I want to keep it. It can’t be replaced, at least not fast enough for me to enjoy it in my declining years of driving ability. Now this week it hit me!

    “WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING”…I waited 5 years to get it done, love it, was a great 100 miles I drove on it. But now it just sits there, me looking at it, it looking at me..just rotting away with no enjoyment for me or the car that it was built for. So it was a nice sunny day here in Seattle on Wednesday. I said screw it, I am taking it out for a drive. Had my lot boy’s move 8 cars out of the way so I could get it outside.

    This is were my OWN always POUNDING into everyone I talk to, DRIVE them dont let them sit, not good for the car..well sure enough, the 400 got back at me for letting it sit for 7 months. It took a bit to get it started..but after a few try’s it fired up and off I went for a nice lunch drive. When I got back my son said to me..”Do you want it back in the corner?”
    It then came over me, what the heck for, it was built to drive, I paid good hard earned money for it, I want to enjoy it!

    We drove it right over to NWAS next door and ordered a full one piece Venture shield film protection over the entire front car and all the leading edges, as well as wheel arches etc etc..sure WHO ever heard of a 1975 Iconic collector car with perfect finish being wrapped in film..NUTS..suppose to be like the “Holly Bible” not changed from it’s birth, leave as is..

    What does all this means even after all these years, even after opening the showroom in July last year, even after selling and selling more and more cars these last 7 months..I came to my senses, I bought them to enjoy them and drive them, I DID NOT buy them to look at them and hope and pray they go up in Value and sit each day counting my “Chickens-investment” with a worry what it looses with another mile added to the ODO or a rain drop on the window, or a little road ware on the car..etc etc. I came into this world naked and broke, I can leave that way as well, they are a toy for me to enjoy…and if they are still around when I go bye bye (hopefully up-stairs and not down LOL) my kids can do what ever they please with them…hopefully it is drive them and enjoy them as I have. I for one just will not buy into the “collect them” my garage is bigger and better the yours stuff.

    And just in case you are wondering why all the Venture Shield is being put on the car….becuase it is getting shipped down to LA, where I intend to drive it, along with my kid’s driving my 96 Diablo SV-R Flag car from there to Monterey this year in the Italian Stampede. And when Concourso is done in August, the kid’s fly home, the SV-R ships home and I will take a nice 3 days of unwind and back roads back to Seattle in my LP400 Periscopa…AND that my friends YOU CAN NOT PUT A PRICE ON.

  200. DiscoHarvey

    August 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    The CX-7 is a rare flop from Mazda. Terrific engine and transmission troubles; most used ones are sold at auctions with a “needs engine work” tag. The CX-5 and larger CX-9 are terrific vehicles and rank at the top of their classes, but the CX-7 is garbage.

  201. middley

    September 8, 2014 at 1:41 am

    16. An ’83 Omni with Jaguar rims and leather seat covers

  202. Ctaj

    October 1, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    What’s the most expensive liquid in the world? Printer ink.

    What’s the most expensive fragrance in the world? The new car smell.

  203. CarFox

    October 14, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Don’t buy the 2008-2012 Escape, get the 2000-2005 Escape or better yet Mazda Tribute, and get the V6, it has subtle yet elegant curves, fully independent suspension (which is firmer on the Mazda) and 4 wheel disk brakes, all of which aren’t available on the newer ones

  204. Bruce Wayne

    December 31, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Ford Escape… Noisy rear tires [when not rotated 3K]
    Ho hum fuel economy the 3.0 [Taurus engine is strong[]
    This is a Mazda Tribute product…

  205. disqus_v3SHzvCspj

    January 9, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Mach 1 Mustang is basically identical to a Cobra except it has a solid rear axle instead of the IRS. Most people consider that a plus as it is quicker and the IRS has alignment issues. The 4-cam engines are identical at 325 HP and much stronger than that; it’s a true 12 second car bone stock.

  206. Paul Nielsen

    March 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Infiniti G35 was huge success, just changed into G37 with 3.7L six cyl motor replacing the 3.5L, that’s all. And now G37 is still around a couple yrs overlap despite being replaced by the Q50, same motor. All luxury, great handling, peppy, excellent service record. I’ve bought four of ’em. So far. Looking now at Q50. TIP: Buy a 2009 model G37 forward, better gas mileage with 7 spd AT even with more HP.

  207. Chris

    July 29, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    The IS300 is really a good car for this. I think it should be up there on top. Mine seams to fool everyone when I tell them the year it is. Also with it not being so common helps. Plus Benzs have similar body shapes to the IS 300. Making the IS in my opinion a real good example of a car that comes off as if your rich.

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