Best automatic, daily driver coupe/sports car for under $50k USD?
So far looking at the 2016 Audi TT and 2016 Lexus RC.
Not interested in BMW 3-4 series or Audi A4-7 because where I go to university every other person with a bit of money drives one.
Prefer cars <2 years old
No high maintenance cars
The Lexus IS350 F-Sport is a good one because it's not as popular as 335i, but it handles very well, is nicer inside than the 3 series, and I think it looks better. I'd also consider the new C450 if you're looking for a comfier ride. I haven't driven the TT so I can't comment on that.
I actually own a 2015 IS350 F-Sport and got it because compared to the 335i and S4, it was better priced than a similar 335i/S4 ($13k cheaper before taxes in Canada), more reliable, fairly quick, better steering/handling, and much better interior. So far I have no complaints about the car and I highly recommend it if you're looking at an entry-level sports luxury car. The only downside that it has is that the engine is old so it's not as quick in a straight line as the 335i or S4. Other than that, it's a great car.
>Not interested in BMW 3-4 series or Audi A4-7 because where I go to university every other person with a bit of money drives one.
Same presumably applies to the C/E-Class? Aside from that, ATS/used CTS and whatever Infiniti calls their coupes nowadays both might be worth a look.
I don't know too much about the RC, but I do know that the new TTs are very easy to live with if you don't need much space (which, being a student, you probably don't), and while still not exactly Porsche Caymans, they're not half bad driver's cars nowadays when you fancy pushing them on a bit.
As much as that Audi TT in OPs pic is a nice car, its design seems a bit...plain. I don't see it aging well. Nothing unique to the design that a newer model wont improve upon or even lose.
The Lexus RC is shit, 3 different car frame designs cobbled into 1 big shitmess. Look at any of the reviews, they shit all over it. Perfect example of a company building on a budget.
A friend of mine just bought a fully loaded Golf GTI for ~34,500 USD. Considering collage life, utility comes into play, and even though you looking at sub 50k cars, modesty here can allow available finances to be invested to make you profit by time you graduate.
Also, >inb4 ugly. I've only gotten compliments about my car and I've even seen people taking pictures of it. Personally, I think if you like the look of that car, don't worry about what other people (especially /o/tists) think.
Also, I want to compare it to the Infiniti Q50. The Q50 produces a bit more horsepower because it has a higher redline (it actually makes less peak torque than the IS350). Other than that, there's no redeeming qualities that I found over the IS350. The suspension isn't an active suspension like the IS350/335i/S4 so it's tuned halfway in between sporty and comfortable, which makes it meh in handling and meh in ride quality. The interior is nice, but not really that special. The infotainment system absolutely sucks! Probably the worst in the class.
Forgot to mention, the steering is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE in the Q50. In the Q50S, it's steer by wire so there's no feel whatsoever.
Yeah the RC is basically the combination of the IS, GS, and IS convertible chassises. That's why it's so pigfat and heavy. The IS and GS chassises are very, very good on their own though. That's why I wouldn't recommend the RC.
I have a convertible 2014 428i and I love the thing. Fully loaded, fun to drive, and it's easily in your price range
Sorry, I thought a sedan would be ok since you listed the 3 series and the A4/A6/A7.
>BMW 235i (M2 if you save up a little more)
>Audi TTS (only the S is worth buying desu)
It's plenty fast at legal speeds, and on top of all of that, you have a car that not very many people will own in the first place, so there's an exclusivity factor. On top of all that you have a tried and true Lexus, meaning you have a great interior, bulletproof reliability and low maintenance costs.
I would choose the RC over a lot of cars already mentioned ITT.
This has Cayman and F Type written all over it.
I'm not rich, I saved up for the damn thing and did the repairs myself
Honestly wasn't all that bad to own, biggest cost was the head gaskets but only because I couldn't do it myself
Yeah I feel you man. I used to drive a 15 year old Explorer to school and park it next to these $70k cars. I saved up over the years and soon after graduating I was able to buy myself my IS350. I respect that you earned your car.
What about a used GT-R?
My vote is for the Lotus.
Guy I know chipped in with some buddies in high school and bought a non-running Ferrari 308. They found fixing it was pretty easy since it used a lot of off-the-shelf Fiat and Ford parts.
Just imagine being a 17 year old driving a red Ferrari.
Here's a used under $50k:
And a new one around $50k:
But he could get the 2.0t for much less (though muh vee-ate m8)
I like Audi but the TT is a strange car and imo not worth the money. It's a gti engine with Haldex awd that just isn't good as the Quattro awd. It's basically paying $20k more than a golf R for pretty interior/exterior.
OP said he wants something good Anon
You realize the only options for a CTS-V are recaro seats and cosmetic stuff right?
This is the best answer though OP. I had 50k and test drove about 15 different models around that price and nothing else came close.
It's a 550hp rwd manual luxury car. What else could you want.
Just realized you said automatic. I test drove an auto cts-v first and the transmission wasn't terrible, but it was really lazy. It gets better 0-60 times than a manual apparently though and can handle a good bit of extra hp when you decide to mod it.
>What else do you want.
How about actually quality?
Not to be laughed at?
Something that has more pedigree?
Something that drives better?
Something more refined?
Something that is actually luxurious, and not just an American rip off of luxury.
Quickest in class doesn't always mean best in class.
Want to know how I know you've never even sat in one before?
I test drove my v coupe against a TT RS, e92 m3, e60 m5, c63 AMG, a Lexus IS350 f-sport, and a ton of other stuff. 2nd gen Vs have a way nicer interior than the BMWs and about matches the Audi, Benz, and Lexus.
Stop letting marketing and badges trick you into sucking German cock and make your own decisions.
If it's under two years old then each of those cars shouldn't be high maintenance unless you buy it from someone who abused it. But anyway Mercedes and Lexus are solid cars. With BMW you'd be missing out a little if you didn't get a manual. I'll admit I'm not very familair with Audi so I won't comment about them because I don't want to talk out of my ass.
Yeah he's gonna drive at the limits everyday
>Jag has the crown in everything but the speed department.
Jags handle like shit, I test drove an f type S and an xkr.
The f type was pretty amazing in all respects but the handling fell flat compared to everything else.
The XKR was disappointing in most respects.
OP clearly lives in an area where brand matters. If he didn't care about brand, then he'd just get a Mustang and stfu. Also, not saying the CTS-V is a bad car, but OP wants a new car (or one that at least looks new). The only CTS-V that you can find around $50k is going to be the old style, which looks atrocious compared to the new BMWs, Mercedeses, Lexuses, etc.
If it were me and my money, buying new/new-ish?
2015 C350 4matic coupe, loaded (Sports Package, Premium 1 & II, and keyless go), in Mars red.
Leather and suede seats
Black interior with red seat belts and sticking
Nav, Rear camera, heated seats, keyless-go, push start
Basically pic related but with the black AMG wheels
You know the only types of people who actually try to argue that American cars are more luxurious than cars of other countries are usually fat Americans who can't fit in other cars. Or can't get enough cup holders.
It's a fact of life that American cars don't cut the mustard when it comes to luxury compared to most other nations.
It's the only things I wish my mothers C300 had. The black AMG wheels on the sport pack look fucking amazing
Porsche 997 and 987c, Benz SL550, C7 vette, C6 z06, new mustang GT, is-f, Elise SC. Pretty much everything interesting in the 30-60k price range. If I'm spending that much I'm gonna be sure of my choice.
Although I guess I would say trimmed in black, the front face is still chrome
The SL550 didn't outhandle the f type but it did the xkr. Neither of the ISs were very good in the handling department either.
Saying that jags outdo everyone else in every department but speed is just wrong though.
The RC is probably the most disappointing car I've driven in the last year
The TT should have failed your test from the start when you said "I don't want a high maintenance car"
Are you planning on keeping it past the warranty? If so, then it will be a high maintenance car, like pretty much every other Audi ever made
If you're not going to be keeping it past the warranty, why even state that as a criteria? All you will be dealing with is standard service, which are going to be astronomical either way if you go through a dealership