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7 Great CPO Sporty Sedans for Under $25,000

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If you're interested in a practical car with a sporty flair, you might find that many new models are out of your price range. That's where our latest list comes in, as we've rounded up seven sporty sedans offering the peace of mind that comes with manufacturer-backed certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty coverage. Better yet, every sporty sedan listed is easy to find on Autotrader for a budget-friendly $25,000 or less.

2012-2014 BMW 328i

Although the BMW 328i may not be as powerful as the muscular 335i, it's still surprisingly spry. Boasting a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, it reaches 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in around 6 seconds. It also offers cornering-friendly rear-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive for car shoppers who need to tackle the elements) and a luxurious cabin featuring standard dual power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a center screen with BMW's iDrive interface and automatic headlights. The best part? You can easily find a 2012-2014 328i with BMW's 6-year/100,000-mile comprehensive certified pre-owned warranty on Autotrader for around $25,000 or less, as there are currently more than 400 available within our budget.

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2012-2014 Buick Regal GS

We know what you're thinking. A Buick on a list of sporty sedans? The 2012-2014 Regal GS is no ordinary Buick. Featuring huge alloy wheels and a sporty body kit, the GS boasts a brawny 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It also offers a standard 6-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed automatic. Further solidifying its sporty credentials are the thick steering wheel, heavily bolstered sport seats and track-ready Brembo brakes. While the Regal GS isn't especially common, there are currently more than 50 different examples listed on Autotrader with Buick's certified pre-owned warranty for $25,000 or less, which means you'll have 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper protection and 6 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage.

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2013-2015 Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS is a sporty entry-level luxury sedan slotting below the brand's better-known CTS. Featuring the same edgy styling as the CTS, the ATS forges its own path with sharper, more direct handling and some different powertrains, including an excellent 272-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder providing strong acceleration from just about any speed. The ATS also offers more affordable pricing than the CTS, but while a new ATS can be pricey, there are more than 130 different 2013-2015 examples currently listed on Autotrader with Cadillac's 6-year/70,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty for around $25,000 or less.

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2010-2015 Ford Taurus SHO

On paper, the Ford Taurus SHO may seem like it's simply a more powerful version of the full-size Ford Taurus sedan, but in practice, it's a lot more. Sure, it offers a big power boost, thanks to a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 boasting 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, but the Taurus SHO also touts improved steering and handling, sporty styling cues and several upgrades to the interior, such as suede seat inserts. While a new Taurus SHO starts at a pricey $41,100 with shipping, there are currently nearly 50 different 2010-2015 examples listed on Autotrader for around $25,000 or less with Ford's CPO warranty, a warranty touting 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection.

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2012-2013 Infiniti G37 Sedan

The Infiniti G37 is one of our favorite sedans, as it manages to neatly combine performance and luxury while offering affordable pricing. In terms of performance, the G37 touts a 328-hp 3.7-liter V6 boasting excellent acceleration, and it uses a rear-wheel-drive chassis with responsive handling and sporty suspension. As for luxury, even base models come standard with xenon headlights, a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual power front seats and a 7-in center screen. Then, there's affordability: There are currently almost 600 different certified pre-owned 2012-2013 G37 sedan models listed on Autotrader for around $25,000 or less with Infiniti's certified pre-owned warranty, which offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles.

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2010-2014 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima offers a mainstream take on the idea of a sporty sedan. Featuring a large, roomy interior, front-wheel drive and a fuel-saving continuously variable automatic transmission, the 2010-2014 Maxima places practicality before performance. It also places affordability before performance, as there are currently more than 800 different 2010-2014 Maxima models on Autotrader for around $25,000 or less with Nissan's 7-year/100,000-mile certified pre-owned powertrain warranty. Don't let the Maxima's practical, affordable nature fool you though. The sedan boasts a 290-hp V6 engine, bold styling and surprisingly sharp handling for a front-wheel-drive family sedan.

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2010-2014 Volkswagen CC 330

The Volkswagen CC is a stylish, handsome car combining the practicality of a sedan with the look of a sporty coupe. It also offers the driving experience of a sporty coupe thanks to sharp handling and two muscular powertrains, a standard 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and an optional 280-hp 3.6-liter V6. Best of all, the CC offers affordable pricing, as there are currently more than 300 different 2010-2014 models listed on Autotrader for around $25,000 or less with Volkswagen's excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which adds 2 years or 24,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage to the original factory warranty.

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