The Best Cars for Under $100K

Some people can spare more for a car than others, but even when your upper limit is higher than that of other folks, that doesn’t mean you want to put down six figures on a vehicle. If you can afford a luxury vehicle but you don’t want to spend more than $100,000, you should know which cars are your best options.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/R

The original pony car is still around, and the latest version offers a surprisingly wide range of prices from affordable to extravagant. It has this range thanks to the low-end trims coming with standard engines and parts while the high-end trims come with some impressive performance features. For example, some models come with a 5.2-liter V8 engine that generates 526 horsepower and track apps that record things like acceleration and lap times when you take your car to the local speedway. The Shelby GT350/R is a true racing machine and drops every bit of unneeded weight, like the back seats and the audio system.

Tesla Model S 75D


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If you like the idea of pure electric power and luxury, then clearly Tesla is the car brand to choose. The best versions of the Model S go above the $100,000 limit, but you can still buy a lot of features when you get a version with a 75 kWh battery. A 75D model can go well over 200 miles on a single charge, and the center console consists of a 17-inch touch screen with navigation and seven years of updates. If you want to know what electric cars can do, Tesla can show you.

BMW 7 Series

The 7 Series is BMW’s full-size luxury sedan, and it offers everything the company has to offer. BMW has always taken pride in combining top-notch luxury with strong performance, and the 7 Series certainly delivers on both. Quilted leather seats with real wood trim, an adaptive driving mode that changes how the car reacts based on your driving style, a 16-speaker surround-sound system, and an infotainment system with gesture controls are just some of the features you can expect. The M7 performance trim has an MSRP well above $100,000, but the other trims come in at just under that limit.

Porsche 911 Carrera


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Porsche has been a name to beat in the world of luxury performance cars for generations, and the 911 has been around for most of that time. Like the Mustang, 911 models have a wide range of prices, but in this case the prices start at over $90,000 and go up from there. Still, while the Carrera and Carrera 4 (both start at under $100,000) don’t perform as well as the Turbo and GTS models, their 370 horsepower and 183 mph max speed are nothing to sneeze at. There are plenty of other cars in the range between $50,000-$100,000 that are worth considering, like the Chevy Corvette, the Dodge Viper, and the Range Rover Sport. But when you come right down to it, nothing draws the eye like a classic sports car like the Ford Mustang or a Porsche 911.