There are a lot of factors that go into making a car look like it's very expensive. Perhaps it's the prestige of the brand, or the status it has as a luxury sports car, or a luxury sedan. Maybe it's the craftsmanship that inspires the idea of pure luxury. In any case, many people would love to own cars that make them look rich, give them the ever vital status that comes with owning a car like that.
The fact is that this is entirely possible, and actually surprisingly affordable. If it's status that's important to you, depreciation will prove to be your closest friend of all. Because of depreciation, you can pretend to have all kinds of money, as if able to afford even the most luxurious of cars. Let's take a look at 19 cheap cars that make girls think guys are rich.
19 Subaru BRZ
The Subaru BRZ is also a pretty amazing little car with some serious performance and drivability. It's not the most powerful, but it's arguably one of the most fun to drive. And it's price point is night irresistible, even new they were quite reasonable.
18 Audi RS4
If you've dreamed of owning an RS4, they are perhaps more affordable than you've realized in the past, which means it might be time to buy one. If you've dreamed of picking up the ladies in this sick machine, you're in luck as buying one used won't cost you all that much, but will sure look it.
17 BMW E38
Definitely one of the more well-rounded and spectacular deals you can buy from this list, a used BMW E38 will provide all kinds of driving fun and performance for those interested in that kind of thing. For those only interested in looking rich for the ladies, this will also do the trick.
16 Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang has had quite a storied history as one of America's most iconic sports cars. It's roots start in muscle cars, but these days it's quite a proficient track racer, too, with actual handling and drivability. It's affordable, too, though it sure doesn't look it.
15 Dodge Challenger
If you're looking for some heavyweight muscle and power to show off to all the ladies, or if you feel the need to compensate for something, this may be the affordable sports car for you. New ones will run you a pretty penny, but getting a used one can be quite the average adventure, as they are surprisingly frugal.
14 Nissan 370Z
Perhaps one of the cooler cars on the list, the Nissan 370Z has a lot of history behind it, a lot of pedigree. But the ladies won't know that, and the price tag won't show it, either, as these are surprisingly affordable and cheap, especially for used iterations. The ladies won't know what hit them.
13 Lexus IS250
If you're looking for more class than prowess in fooling the ladies into thinking you've got the big bucks, a Lexus is a pretty sensible option, filled with all kinds of refinement and class, for the discerning man who's wallet isn't filled with money. It's a pretty sporty car, too, which will have to impress the ladies.
12 BMW 328i
Nothing says luxury, class, and buckets of money like a top of the line BMW sedan. Especially if it's black like this one. Buying one new is probably something you may never dream of being able to do, but that's where your best friend depreciation comes into the picture.
11 Audi A6
Audis, as well as many luxury European sedans, are surprisingly affordable once they are no longer new. With a little depreciation, they fall into all kinds of affordable, downright cheap, even. For a 3 liter turbo charged german crafted engine, this one is surprisingly cheap, and affordable.
10 Cadillac ATS
The American performance sedan is something that from the factory is surprisingly reasonably priced, and once it's used it falls to even cheaper prices. Finding a great model is pretty easy, and with a little customization all the ladies will be swooning over how much money you have. If only you could afford dinner.
9 Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevy Camaro is an iconic sports car that has seen many faces and iterations over it's many many years of production. With that said, there's a lot of pomp and status built around the brand, though it still remains highly affordable. With a used model you can get one for much cheaper than you'll look driving it around.
8 Bentley Continental GT
A Bentley is maybe one of the last cars you'd expect to see on the list, especially because it's one of the greatest luxury car manufacturers out there, and one of the most expensive. But listen up lonely gents, this thing depreciates, and while it's not the cheapest on the list, it'll surprise you how cheap you can find these things used.
7 Porsche Boxter
While this is perhaps the most looked down upon Porsche in the motoring community, but that's something that you likely aren't all that interested in. The price tag on a used one of these won't break the bank, and you're bound to impress at least a few women with it.
6 BMW Z4
The BMW Z4 is a car that is actually a lot of good fun to drive, with incredible handling and performance (can you say 3 liter straight 6?) It will impress all the ladies, and have them thinking your wallet is all kinds of sizes. If you're about more than just making an impression, this is a solid car.
5 Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette is a spectacularly affordable sports car, and it becomes even more affordable as it depreciates. But, it carries with it all kinds of brand prowess, as one of the most iconic sports cars to come out of America. Every girl will think you're rich.
4 Cadillac CTS-V
The Cadillac CTS-V is the fastest Cadillac that has been made, with a supercharged V8 that cranks out 640 horsepower. And it's rear wheel drive, which makes it a blast to drive. Take the ladies out in this machine and you'll have them oo-ing and aww-ing as you drift a corner into the Applebees parking lot.
3 Maserati Quattroporte
Buying and owning a true exotic is the dream of many a gear head, and many a man on the hunt for status. There's nothing that says cultured and rich like owning a Maserati. But, as many petrol heads will know, there's not all that much special about Maserati these days beyond some serious depreciation. Perfect for a budget.
2 Lotus Elise
A lesser known sports car in America is the Lotus Elise. This has some serious looks, as well as some serious performance. It's one of my personal favorite cars, and the best part is that it's pretty affordable, which many girls might never guess. They'll just think you've got a massive paycheck to afford this thing.
1 Jaguar XK
Up there with the most luxurious of European sedans, a Jaguar will ooze all kinds of class and refinement. With a used Jaguar XK you can look like you just struck big on Wall Street, without having to tell the girl in the passenger seat you've never bought a single stock in your life.
Sources: Car and Driver, Motor 1 & Jalopnik