15 Best Luxury Sedans Under $40,000

With winter on the way, you might be interested in picking up a new car that can handle the snow a little better than your current vehicle can. If that sounds like you, why not also opt for some high-end features and amenities with your new all-weather ride? To help you find a car that combines these attributes, we've put together a list of today's best luxury cars that offer all-wheel drive (AWD) -- and we've limited our budget to $40,000 in order to ensure that each car is as affordable as possible.

Acura RDX

If you're interested in a new luxury SUV, it's hard not to get excited about the Acura RDX. One reason is its price: While many rivals are well in excess of our $40,000 budget, the RDX starts at a reasonable $36,900 with shipping and AWD, and it includes a powerful 273-horsepower V6 engine as standard equipment. The RDX also touts a long list of standard features including a power sunroof, a backup camera, automatic headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery and dual power front seats. The only drawback is that the RDX has only 2-row seating. For a third row, you'll have to step up to the more expensive MDX, which starts around $45,000 with shipping and AWD.

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Audi A3

The newly redesigned Audi A3 morphs from a 5-door hatchback to a more traditional 4-door sedan for the 2015 model year. All-wheel-drive models start around $33,900 with shipping, which is pretty good for an all-new Audi, especially one that includes automatic xenon headlights, leather upholstery, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker sound system. We're also impressed with the A3's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which comes standard on all-wheel-drive models. It makes a brawny 220 hp -- a lot for a car the size of the A3 -- and it still manages to return an excellent 24 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

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BMW 228i xDrive

The BMW 228i xDrive is an all-wheel-drive coupe that brings a little performance to the world of less-than-$40,000 all-wheel-drive luxury cars. Starting around $35,000 with shipping, the 228i xDrive is the only true coupe on our list, and it combines sleek, newly refreshed styling with a well-built interior and the excellent driving dynamics that are typical of BMW vehicles. We also love its engine -- a surprisingly potent 240-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder -- and its long list of standard equipment, which includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, automatic headlights and BMW's iDrive display with a 6.5-inch touchscreen.

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Infiniti Q50

Although it manages to sneak just within our budget, thanks to a starting price of around $39,000 with shipping, the Infiniti Q50 is certainly one of our favorite luxury vehicles -- all-wheel drive or not. That's because it offers impressive dependability, a muscular 328-hp V6 engine and a roomy interior -- not to mention recently refreshed styling and a long list of high-tech gadgets and features. Fuel economy is also surprisingly strong, with gas mileage standing at around 19 mpg city/28 mpg hwy.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA

Although a base-level Mercedes CLA250 technically starts under $30,000, it's closer to $33,000 once you've added AWD and the destination charge. We think it's still worth a close look due to several excellent benefits, including its cutting-edge styling to its practical 4-door body style. We also like its strong fuel economy figure -- 24 mpg city/32 mpg hwy -- and its potent 208-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which brings the car to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. If that's not enough to convince you to add the CLA to your shopping list, consider the sedan's long list of standard equipment: In addition to 17-in alloy wheels and a 5.8-in central display screen, it also boasts automatic wipers, leatherette upholstery and dual power front seats with driver memory.

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Volvo S60

If you're looking for an all-wheel-drive luxury car on a budget, don't count Volvo out. While it may not be your first thought when you consider "luxury," the freshly updated S60 offers a compelling package that's headlined by an excellent powertrain: a 250-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder that manages to both reach 60 mph in under 7 seconds and return 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway. Compared to rivals such as the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA, the S60 boasts more equipment. Standard features include automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a 7-in display screen and a Wi-Fi hotspot. With a larger interior and more features, however, comes higher pricing: The all-wheel-drive S60 starts at around $36,000 with shipping.

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