The 15 Coolest Used Cars Under $60,000 (Part 1)
It’s in our human nature to try to get the most bang for our buck in any purchase we make. For car enthusiasts (who, believe it or not are also humans), this idea is magnified exponentially. Whenever I’m searching for a car for myself or a friend, I try to find the most car that I can get within a given price range. Oftentimes when I’m searching through these used cars, I’m surprised by the caliber of car that I find at a price range that I didn’t think was possible.
In fact, from what I’ve seen, at 35k, 60k and 100k USD you can pretty much buy some of the coolest and most iconic cars ever produced. So, if I had a budget of around $60,000 and my goal was to max that out for the coolest used car, what’s in my realm of possibility? As it turns out, there are a lot of great choices – 15 that I’ve narrowed down specifically.
A few things to consider before reading my list:
- My cut off date for a car to be considered “used” is 10 years, so nothing before 2005
- My definition of “cool” may be different than your definition; feel free to agree or disagree in the comments below
- I understand that you can negotiate the price down on most of these cars, as well as buy them cheaper at the auction; in an effort to keep it simple, I’ve listed these cars are purely based off their average clean title prices at a dealership
- This list is in no particular order, and I will be publishing this list 5 cars at a time; the remaining 10 will follow in two subsequent posts
So without further ado, here are the first five cars on the list:
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1. Mercedes CLS63 AMG (2012)
Original MSRP: $107,475
Ah yes, this car is near and dear to me as I used to own a first generation CLS55 AMG. I was always drawn to the CLS due to it’s beautiful design – it was intended to be a 4-door “coupe” due to it’s sloping roofline and pillarless doors. In 2012, Mercedes completely redesigned the CLS and naturally released the AMG variant shortly after. In lieu of the 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8, Mercedes put their new 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 into the CLS63 and the results were staggering. Power output held steady at 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, but the optional AMG development package raised those numbers to 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The CLS63 is based on the same chassis as the E63, but is slightly less practical with only room for two people in the rear via independent seats. That said, the 2012 E63 would be a phenomenal runner-up to this car at the 60k USD range.
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2. BMW M5 (2012 – 2013)
Original MSRP: $94,595
The M5 has to make this list simply because it’s always been one of the best performing sedans in the world. The outgoing model had a 5.0 liter V10 which produced 500 hp, but this new model packs a twin turbo 4.4 liter V8 producing 560 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque; the competition package raises power to 575 hp. In other words, this car will pull on a Ferrari FF in a straight line. Not to mention, it seats 5 people, has ample cargo space, and any other comforts that a standard 5 series will have. Albeit a little geeky, this is a cool car and an absolute steal at 60k USD on the used market.
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3. Porsche 911 997.2 S/4S (2009 – 2010)
Original MSRP: $85,295 (S), $93,095 (4S)
The fact that the 911 997.2 Carrera S and in some cases even the 4S are well within the 60k USD price range in the used market is simply wonderful news. The 997.2 (“.2” standing for the facelift / second version of the 997) took everything that made the 997 great, and just slightly improved on it in every way. Things like an updated interior and a facelifted front/rear end (led fog / tail lights, etc.) make this a very refined and modern 911. The engine was also improved, increasing power output to 385 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque (increases of 30 and 15, respectively over the outgoing model). Oh, and it comes in both stick and Porsche’s other-worldly double clutch transmission (PDK). It’s hard to find more of a driver’s car at this price range. The 4S, if you can find one at the $60,000 mark, is probably one of the all time best buys.
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4. Mercedes G55 AMG (2005 – 2008)
Original MSRP: $116,325
The G55, or G-Wagen, has more or less kept the same design scheme for 35 years. In fact, it’s the second longest model in production under the Mercedes-Benz badge after the Unimog. Not only is it a nice highway cruiser with 469 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque thanks to a supercharged V8, but it’s also a capable off-roader. One thing the G-Wagen is known for is depreciating heavily the first few years of ownership (if bought new), and after that it just retains ridiculous amounts of value; hence why a 2005-2008 G55 is typically in the mid 50k USD range. The G55 is just oozing with cool, and it’s one of the only SUVs on this list for a reason.
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5. Maserati Gran Turismo S (2008 – 2010)
Original MSRP: $134,625
It’s a top tier Maserati for under $60,000 in the used market, what else is there to say? Here’s the quick and dirty breakdown…
Things to expect in ownership: tingling of your spine each time you rev the motor, tears of joy each time you look at it, girls asking you what it is, and a Maserati Ghibli loaner car.
Things not to expect: reliability.
That wraps up the first five coolest used cars in this list! There will be two more posts to cover the other 10 cars on this list. Is there something you want to see in the remaining 10? Leave a comment below!
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