I’m upgrading my Nissan Z to something with more luxury! Which car should I buy?

By | December 21, 2023

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Naomi lives in Nashville, recently graduated from college and got what she calls a “big girl office job.” She wants to upgrade her Nizzan Z to something more luxurious and practical. What car should she buy on a budget of $35,000?

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Quick Facts:

Budget: Up to $35,000

Place: Nashville, TN

Daily driver: Yes

Want to: Luxury, four doors, nice to drive

Do not want: An SUV

Expert 1: Tom McParland – Almost luxury

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Image: Autotrader

It certainly feels good to upgrade your ride now that you have a solid paycheck from all those years of training. The Z sounds like it was a great car for zooming around campus and beyond, although I bet it was a bit of a pain to get your stuff out at the end of the semester.

Now that you’re looking to trade in the Zoom for some space, there are a lot of options available, and right now the used luxury sedan market is a place where some of the best values ​​can be found. My pick for you is a car that could have been a luxury car and ended up with the wrong badge. The Volkswagen Arteon is either a pricey Passat or a really affordable Audi, depending on how you look at it.

The Arteon is a five-door fastback, similar to the A5 and A7, but shares the difference in size. Under the hood is a turbocharged four-cylinder that will probably feel like a downgrade from your Z’s V6, but the VW’s engine is powerful enough for highway passing, returning a respectable 31 MPG on the highway. Inside you will find a spacious cabin with beautiful materials and a super spacious trunk due to the five-door design. These weren’t popular cars, so you can find great deals on the used market, like this 2021 Volkswagen Certified SEL Premium with about 31,000 miles for $31,460. On a car with an original retail price of almost €50,000, you get a lot of luxury and a full warranty.

Expert 2: Collin Woodard – Let’s be reasonable here

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2022 Lexus IS300

Most of the time, Tom steals the most obvious answer for himself, forcing the rest of us to get a little more creative. For whatever reason, he decided to get creative this week, which forces me to be the practical one. I don’t like it any more than you do, but it is what it is.

Naomi, I’m really starting to want something more comfortable and professional than you 370Z now that you’ve started a big adult job. At the same time, you probably don’t want to risk having to deal with huge repair costs for a heavily depreciated Mercedes-Benz CLS, or having to deal with the hassle of importing parts for a Toyota Century. So we need to find you something that is reliable, but also not a complete snoozefest.

The most obvious option coming out of a Z is to just buy an Infiniti Q50 and be done with it. It wouldn’t be wrong to go that route, but I suspect you’ll be happier with a Lexus IS in the long run. It’s not the latest, newest sports sedan on the planet, but it’s well built and reliable. Even if you went for a car that was 10 years old, it would probably still feel newer than your Z, while still offering more comfort than your current car.

With your budget, finding the right Lexus IS for you is really a matter of how much you really want to spend, as there are so many available in the Nashville area for under $35,000. If it were my money, I’d start by looking at this 2022 Lexus IS 300 with 32,411 miles, listed for $31,551. It won’t be as fun to drive as your Z, but it should meet all your needs without spending a lot of money.

Expert 3: José Rodríguez Jr. – Modern Mazda is Luxe Lite

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Image: Mazda

Naomi, you would be amazed at how favorably modern cars compare to mid-range and luxury cars of the last few generations. I think it would be a good idea to focus on a compromise between more luxury and more space than your current Nissan 370Z. But you don’t have to buy from older luxury brands to feel like you’ve made a big leap over the Z. That’s why I recommend the 2024 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback.

Your budget will allow plenty of room for the 2.5 Turbo model, which starts at around $33,000 but gets a power bump to 250 hp, as well as AWD. If you were to buy another four full-size units (or find a Mazda dealer willing to knock some costs off the MSRP), you might be able to get a Premium Plus, the highest trim in the range.

Regardless of which turbocharged Mazda3 you choose, the new Mazda will be well equipped while being a fun car to drive. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are wireless in the 2.5T, and there are things like inductive charging.

This is your first “big girl office job,” and the hottie would make an excellent partner. It will likely return better fuel economy than an older, more powerful luxury car, while being light years ahead of most other current hatchbacks.

Expert 4: Lawrence Hodge – Listen to me

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Image: North Georgia Auto Brokers

I know a used Audi from ten years ago might be sketchy, but it’s an RS7! Not only do you get the beautiful liftback body of an A7 – which always amazes me at how spacious they are – but you also get insane performance.

In addition to Quattro all-wheel drive, there is a 560 hp 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 under the hood. That’s good enough for sprints of less than four seconds to 100 km/h and a top speed of 280 km/h. Sure, it has over 96,000 miles and you might want to set aside a fund for repairs, but at just $32,000, where else can you find this kind of performance for such a bargain? Life is short. Have fun.

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