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If you're interested in replacing your aging family hauler with a new model, you've probably realized that some of today's top midsize SUVs can be pretty expensive, especially if you go for a high-end model with all the equipment. That's where our latest list comes in, as we've rounded up seven excellent certified pre-owned family SUVs for $30,000 or less. And while we know that buying a used vehicle makes some shoppers uneasy, you can rest assured knowing each of these vehicles comes with a long, manufacturer-backed certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty.

2011-2015 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is a popular crossover that straddles the border between a midsize SUV and a full-size model. Featuring standard 3-row seating and a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine, the Traverse touts all the comfort features you need, especially if you go for an upscale LTZ model, which features leather upholstery, ventilated seats and an available rear DVD player. Choose a certified pre-owned 2011-2015 model, and you'll also get a good deal, as there are more than 1,700 different examples currently listed on Autotrader for around $30,000 or less -- all of which include Chevy's excellent CPO warranty, which offers 1 year of bumper-to-bumper coverage and powertrain protection for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date.

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2011-2014 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is an excellent midsize SUV, as it offers 3-row seating, a surprisingly impressive level of technology and a choice between a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine or a powerful V6. Choose a certified pre-owned 2011-2014 model, and you'll also find a good deal, as there are nearly 1,400 different examples on Autotrader for under $30,000 -- all of which come with Ford's CPO warranty, which boasts powertrain coverage for up to 7 years from the original sale date. Maybe the only issue is Ford's $100 certified pre-owned deductible -- a big figure, but not significant when you consider your savings over a brand-new model.

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2011-2015 Honda Pilot

Although the Honda Pilot was just redesigned for 2016, the new model is hard to find with any sort of discount -- and in some cases, it's hard to find at all. Enter the 2011-2015 Pilot, which doesn't offer quite as much stuff but touts impressive pricing (there are 1,100 certified pre-owned versions listed on Autotrader for under $30,000) and an excellent warranty, which boasts 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the original sale date. Of course, a certified 2011-2015 Pilot also boasts standard 3-row seating, a powerful V6 and notorious Honda durability.

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2013-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe lineup is now broken into two choices: a short-wheelbase, 5-passenger model called the Santa Fe Sport and a long-wheelbase, 7-passenger variant dubbed merely the Santa Fe. We recommend the Santa Fe for shoppers looking for family SUVs, as it offers more room, larger engines and that all-important third-row seat. Opt for one of the 160 different examples currently listed on Autotrader for around $30,000 or less, and you'll also get Hyundai's excellent warranty, which touts 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from the original sale date and 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection.

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2012-2015 Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is an excellent midsize crossover for shoppers on a budget, as it offers a wide range of trim levels, from the budget-friendly LX, which comes standard with 5-passenger seating and a 4-cylinder engine, to the sporty and well-equipped SX. Regardless of which one you choose, you should have no trouble getting a reasonably priced 2012-2015 Sorento with Kia's excellent CPO warranty, which offers 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the car's original sale date. That's because there are 900 different certified pre-owned examples currently listed on Autotrader for a budget-friendly $30,000 or less.

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2011-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee differs from the other models on our list, as it doesn't offer third-row seating. For that, you'll have to step up to the larger Dodge Durango, which touts many of the Grand Cherokee's benefits with different styling and more seats. If you'd prefer the Jeep and you can make do without the seats, however, the Grand Cherokee can be a good deal. There are currently more than 1,500 different 2011-2015 models listed on Autotrader for under $30,000 with Jeep's CPO warranty, which offers 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the original sale date. If you're into technology, we especially recommend getting a 2013-or-later Grand Cherokee, which touts more gadgets and an improved Uconnect infotainment system compared to earlier models.

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2010-2013 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is one of our favorite midsize SUVs, as it seems to offer just about everything: ample technology, a roomy interior, a smooth, comfortable ride and a wide range of engines, including a 4-cylinder, a V6 and a fuel-efficient hybrid option. While new Highlander models can be expensive, shoppers who choose a certified pre-owned 2010-2013 version will get a long warranty -- up to 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the original sale date -- and a good deal, as there are currently more than 1,200 different certified pre-owned 2010-2013 Highlander models listed on Autotrader for around $30,000 or less.

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