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7 Great CPO Luxury Sedans for Under $35,000

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It used to be that if you wanted a luxury sedan, you had to choose between cheap and dependable. If you went cheap, you got an older used model that typically wasn't very reliable. If you chose dependable, you'd have to get a new luxury car -- and pay a small fortune to do it. But these days, certified pre-owned (CPO) programs have made it possible to buy a luxury sedan that's both reasonably priced and reliable thanks to a long factory-backed warranty. To show you what we mean, we've listed seven excellent certified pre-owned luxury sedans you can buy for around $35,000 or less.

2011-2014 Audi A4

The Audi A4 is a popular small luxury sedan that combines a smooth, comfortable driving experience with a sport sedan demeanor. Featuring a 211-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the A4 offers enough power for just about any situation -- and with available all-wheel drive, it offers enough traction, too. The best part about the A4 is that it's easy to find a certified pre-owned example at a very reasonable price, as there are more than 450 different 2011-2014 models on Autotrader for around $35,000 or less -- all of which come with Audi's comprehensive CPO warranty, which offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for up to 6 years or 100,000 total miles from the original sale date.

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2011-2013 BMW 5 Series

Although it's hard to find a brand-new BMW 5 Series for less than $50,000, you should have no trouble finding a certified pre-owned model well within our price range. In fact, there are currently more than 600 different examples of the 5 Series listed on Autotrader for $35,000 or less, each of which include BMW's comprehensive 6-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. And while we recommend opting for a sporty 535i if you can find one, even the 240-hp 528i offers sprightly acceleration, a roomy interior, and a lot of standard and optional technology -- not to mention that highly desirable BMW badge on the front.

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2011-2013 Hyundai Equus

The Hyundai Equus is one of our favorite used cars. One reason is its price: Despite an original list price of more than $62,000 just a few years ago, the Equus is surprisingly easy to find for under $35,000 with a certified pre-owned warranty, as there are more than 30 examples currently listed on Autotrader. And it gets better: Hyundai's certified pre-owned program offers more coverage than the warranties provided by other automakers, touting 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper protection and an amazing 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage. Best of all, every Equus comes standard with a truly dizzying array of features, including adaptive bi-xenon headlights, front seats with heating, ventilation, and massage functions, a 17-speaker sound system, adjustable air suspension and a 429-hp V8.

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2011-2013 Infiniti M

The Infiniti M (now called the Q70) is a luxurious sedan that slots above the G37 (now the Q50) in the brand's lineup. Featuring rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and V6 or V8 power, the M offered something for everyone -- including technophiles, as it touted a long list of available gadgets like lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a power rear sunshade, and even an air purifier. If you're interested, you should have no trouble finding a certified pre-owned M within our budget, as there are more than 170 examples on Autotrader for $35,000 or less -- each of which include Infiniti's reassuring 6-year/100,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Look hard enough and you might even find one with the car's available 420-hp 5.6-liter V8.

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2010-2014 Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF is a handsome luxury sedan that embodies everything most people love about the Jaguar brand, from its stylish exterior to its understated cabin and its calm, comfortable ride. Offered with a wide range of engines from a 4-cylinder up to a supercharged V8, the XF boasts a lot to like -- especially if you get one with Jag's comprehensive certified pre-owned warranty, which touts 6 years or 100,000 miles of full coverage from the original sale date. And despite the steep entry price for a new XF, shoppers interested in a used model should have no trouble finding one within our budget: There are currently nearly 100 certified pre-owned examples listed on Autotrader for around $35,000 or less.

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2012-2014 Lexus IS

If your definition of luxury sedan also includes a little performance, you might want to consider the spry Lexus IS. Featuring rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and medium or sporty engine choices, the IS can be a great car for a wide range of drivers -- and in a wide range of climates. We especially recommend the high-performance IS 350, which offered a 306-hp V6 and a surprisingly smooth ride and transmission. Icing on the cake is the fact that you should have no trouble finding a certified pre-owned 2012-2014 IS within our price range, as there are more than 500 examples on Autotrader with Lexus's excellent certified pre-owned warranty -- one that boasts coverage for three years from your purchase date, or up to 100,000 total vehicle miles.

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2010-2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes E-Class is among our favorite luxury sedans, as we think it's a great representation of what a high-end sedan should be. That's because it's smooth, it's stylish and it offers a comfortable interior -- all while delivering respectable performance, even if you choose a "base-level" E350 model. We put "base level" in quotes because it's hard to call the E350 basic: Even if you don't choose any options, it includes a power sunroof, automatic headlights, a center screen with Mercedes' COMAND interface, automatic wipers and Bluetooth. And while new prices can easily top $60,000 with options, you should have no trouble finding a 2010-2013 E-Class within our price range, as there are more than 450 examples listed on Autotrader with Mercedes' 1-year/unlimited-mileage certified pre-owned warranty.

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