Yes, we realize the word affordable is a relative term. What is infinitely affordable to one might well be out of reach for another. With that said, for this guide to the most affordable luxury cars of 2012, we set the price cutoff point at $35,000—typically the upper pricing threshold for entry-level luxury cars.
The beauty of the best affordable luxury cars for 2012 is they all carry the nameplate and pedigree of some of the most prestigious manufacturers. As such, they are infused with the DNA inherent to those brands as well. This enables buyers on the relatively lower end of the spectrum to enjoy the benefits of owning, say a Mercedes-Benz or an Acura without incurring the pricing premium that goes along with buying one of the top models from those brands.
As we alluded to earlier, that also means buyers can take advantage of the driving dynamics, advanced equipment and cachet that goes with holding a key with a BMW, or Lexus logo on it. What follows are our picks for the most affordable luxury cars of 2012.