2013 Ford Fusion
Starting Price: $21,700
The Ford Fusion is stunning. Yup, stunning. You'd easily mistake it for a plus $60k midsize. You'll smile knowing it hits at a third that figure. It's Detroit's first great new car for the segment and one of the most elegant cars available under $25k.
2012 Buick LaCrosse
Starting Price: $30,170
We're going to keep repeating this until you start unintentionally spreading the word: Buicks are not old-people cars anymore. They're updated, sophisticated GM products that have been promoted by Tiger Woods and now Peyton Manning since their heavy refresh. And what do those people have? Money, lots of it. Stay stylish with its European-inspired cuts, call some audibles, and fool people into thinking you dropped $45K on a car that's nowhere near that.
2012 Acura TSX
Starting Price: $30,010
We feel that Acura has a bit of an underrated presence in the luxury world. In the rap world, and among many guys in their 20s, Acuras are represented by the Acura Integra, an affordable and extremely fun tuner, and the Acura NSX, a legendary supercar. The thing is, Acura has other classy quality cars (with higher quality engines) that can compete with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz at a fraction of the price. The TSX is the lowest on the line, yet still draws many characteristics from its big brother, the TL. It's sharp lines and smooth interior give it an automatically powerful presence.
2012 Fiat 500 by Gucci
Starting Price: $23,750
The Fiat 500 already had it's sexy Italian styling working for it's appeal. Then it went and added cues from one of the most well-known (and flippin' expensive) luxury accessory brands in the world: Gucci. Consider this: Right now on Gucci.com, there is a bamboo crocodile handle bag that is listed for 15,800. The lowest cost for a bag on the site will still set you back around a grand. With that in mind, $23K for a Gucci car seems like the steal of the century. Observers are going to see that signature badge on the boot and will think you're in the upper echelon.