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6 Great CPO Family Sedans for $15,000

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If you are searching for a new family sedan, we wouldn't blame you for having a bout of sticker shock when you see the prices on some of the 2014 and 2015 models. Fortunately, there's another solution: Choose a certified pre-owned (CPO) family sedan, and you'll get a nearly new model with a long warranty and a much lower price than a new model. To help you find the right car, we've listed six of our favorite certified pre-owned family sedans available today, and we've capped our budget at $15,000 to ensure that all of our choices are affordable for a wide range of car shoppers.

2011 Buick LaCrosse

If you are interested in a little luxury to go with your family sedan, the 2011 Buick LaCrosse is a good car to consider. We especially recommend the mid-level CXL model, which boasts leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a remote starter, 18-inch alloy wheels and a wide range of high-end options. If all that sounds like it might be too expensive for you, consider this: There are currently more than 30 different 2011 LaCrosse models on AutoTrader.com with a certified pre-owned warranty for around $15,000 or less. This figure jumps to nearly 100 examples if you expand your search to include highly similar 2010 and 2012 models.

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2012 Ford Taurus

With more than 60 different certified pre-owned models available on AutoTrader.com for around $15,000 or less, the 2012 Ford Taurus should be easy to find if you're looking for a family car on a budget. More importantly, the 2012 Taurus offers full-size sedan dimensions, which means more room inside the car for your family and in the trunk for their accessories. If you're interested in a Taurus, we highly recommend a mid-level SEL model, which includes 18-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls and more.

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2011 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is always a great choice if you're searching for an excellent family sedan. It combines nonthreatening styling with a roomy interior, impressive dependability and excellent fuel economy. We especially recommend a certified pre-owned 2011 model, as there are nearly 200 available on AutoTrader.com. This plentiful figure suggests that finding a good example will be easy. But before you go looking, you might want to narrow your search to an upscale Accord EX-L, which features a power sunroof, leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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2013 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata brings some style to the usually staid world of the midsize sedan. With hundreds of certified pre-owned 2013 models currently available on AutoTrader.com, it brings reasonable pricing, too. We especially recommend a top-of-the-line Sonata Limited, which features such luxuries as heated rear seats, a power sunroof, full leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control. We'd settle for a well-equipped SE model, though, especially since a CPO Sonata comes with Hyundai's excellent 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is the best warranty in the industry.

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2012 Toyota Camry

It's hard to imagine a more traditional, well-respected family sedan than the popular Toyota Camry. Featuring a roomy interior, efficient engines, a smooth ride and notoriously strong dependability, the Camry is a great choice for any shoppers interested in a new midsize sedan. That's even true for those on a tight budget, as there are more than 300 different certified pre-owned 2012 models currently available on AutoTrader.com for around $15,000 or less. If we were choosing, we'd shop for a top-level XLE model, which tacks on some important goodies to the more basic LE and SE trim levels.

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2012 Volkswagen Passat

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat offers a roomy interior, handsome styling and fuel-efficient or high-performance engines. The Passat also offers an excellent deal, with nearly 500 different 2012 models currently available on AutoTrader.com with a certified pre-owned warranty for around $15,000 or less. With that kind of selection, you should have no problem finding an upscale Passat SEL Premium, which includes keyless starting, a navigation system and leather and suede upholstery. Or, if you're so inclined, you can opt for a diesel-powered Passat TDI, which offers an excellent 31 miles per gallon in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.

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