Shop around for a car and you'll see endless buying and leasing incentives . . . for those fortunate enough to qualify for a loan in the current credit markets. Car dealerships are offering tremendous promotions because, simply, they need to sell cars and move inventory. Is the rare and exotic supercar market struggling as well? Not so much. Believe it or not, those ultra-expensive vehicles are selling, for record prices.
Just because times are tough, doesn't mean you can't surround yourself with leather, wood, heated seats and the other trappings of a luxury car. Shop carefully and you can even find an entry-level luxury sedan with good fuel economy. In this particular Smartest Used Cars compilation, we took a slightly different tack. While fuel economy is still a priority, reliability took a slight back seat to price in this list. There aren't any clunkers on the list, but don't be surprised that in some instances, the more reliable car is ranked below a less expensive one.
This is for all of you out there who are struggling with that irksome problem of having more money than you know what to do with. It's also for you folks struggling to deal with the rising price of gasoline and other auto expenses. We have automobile solutions for all of you! Check out the five priciest and the five most affordable new cars on the market.
In a "good diesel" for "great diesel" swap, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec replaces the ML320 CDI. The BlueTec V-6 is the cleanest diesel engine out there, plus it's got impressive performance and fuel economy. Like every 2009 M-Class, the ML320 BlueTec enjoys an exterior/interior refreshening, as well as M-B's collision-anticipating Pre-Safe system.
It's always refreshing when a car company goes back to basics. Like BMW. Like the 135i coupe.