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If you're considering a new luxury car, you've probably realized that many desirable luxury models are very pricey -- especially when you add in desirable options and features. For many shoppers, this means considering a used car instead of a brand-new model -- but used cars typically come with the anxiety of potential repair and maintenance costs that could crop up at any time. That's exactly where our latest list comes in.

We've listed 10 certified pre-owned (CPO) luxury cars we consider to be "good as new" (if you're looking for a non-luxury car, check out our Good as New: 10 Must-Shop CPO Cars for 2018). Although each model we're recommending is used, each vehicle on this list also touts the same design as a brand-new version of that car -- or a design that's close enough that your friends and neighbors won't be able to tell your car apart from a brand-new one right off the showroom floor.

And what about your fears of the repair costs associated with buying a used car? Each vehicle on this list also comes with a manufacturer-backed certified pre-owned warranty -- which will keep costs down compared to a typical used car. More importantly, we've only included vehicles with a warranty that's good for at least 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original purchase date, eliminating some brands (like BMW and Mercedes-Benz) whose CPO warranties aren't long enough to provide the peace of mind most shoppers are looking for.

Another benefit of our list: Because these cars are used, they're a lot cheaper than brand-new models, touting substantial discounts despite their long warranties and modern styling. We've also capped the price of the vehicles on this list at $65,000, though most of our selections are available for a lot less than that.

In other words, this listing shows you luxury vehicles with the desirable features and modern designs you want, priced more affordably than brand-new models, with long, manufacturer-backed warranties for peace of mind. Really, it's the perfect compromise.

2014-2017 Acura MDX

2014-2017 Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is an excellent midsize crossover with impressive technology, 3-row seating, a powerful standard V6 and a comfortable ride with a carlike demeanor on the road. As a new model, however, the MDX can be pricey, as it starts around $45,500 with shipping -- and options can add quickly to that price, with top-end MDX models approaching $57,000. The solution is to consider a certified pre-owned model: Not only does it come with Acura's excellent CPO warranty, which offers one year of additional comprehensive coverage and up to 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection, but it's a lot more affordable than a new one: The average asking price for a certified pre-owned 2014-2017 MDX on Autotrader is just $35,900.

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2015-2017 Audi A3

2015-2017 Audi A3

The Audi A3 is a compact luxury car that offers peppy performance and handsome styling in a compact, city-friendly package. While earlier A3 models were offered only as hatchbacks, the latest version adds a sedan and a convertible to the lineup, relegating the hatchback version to an electric powertrain only. The A3 is especially enticing with Audi's certified pre-owned warranty, as Audi's CPO program is among the best -- offering 6 years or 100,000 miles of comprehensive coverage from the original sale date. Best of all, a CPO Audi A3 is a good value: The average asking price for a 2015-2017 model on Autotrader is just $26,200. That's much cheaper than a new A3, which starts around $33,000 and quickly gets much more expensive with options.

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2015-2017 Cadillac ATS

2015-2017 Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS is an appealing small luxury car that offers practical sedan or sporty coupe body styles -- along with an enticing high-performance "V" model with 464 horsepower. The ATS was last facelifted in 2015, and any ATS model since then looks like a brand-new example -- meaning everyone will think your certified pre-owned model is new. You can also get the peace of mind that comes with Cadillac's excellent new CPO warranty, which was recently boosted to 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date, matching some of the best in the industry. Best of all, a certified pre-owned ATS is a good value: The average asking price on Autotrader for a 2015-2017 model is $29,000, compared to a starting price of $36,500, which rises quickly with options.

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2014-2017 Infiniti QX60

2014-2017 Infiniti QX60

The Infiniti QX60 is an excellent family-friendly crossover with a comfortable, carlike driving experience, a lot of technology, 3-row seating and a standard V6 powertrain. But a new QX60 can be pricey, as the crossover starts around $44,400 and tops $60,000 with options. Our solution, of course, is to get a certified pre-owned QX60. Not only does the 2014-2017 QX60 still look like a brand-new model, but certified pre-owned versions come with Infiniti's excellent CPO warranty -- among the best in the industry, as it offers 6 years of coverage, with no mileage limit in many cases. Best of all, a certified pre-owned 2014-2017 QX60 is a good deal compared to a new model, as the average asking price on Autotrader is $34,100.

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2017 Jaguar F-PACE

2017 Jaguar F-PACE

The Jaguar F-PACE is a sporty luxury SUV that offers dynamic handling and the alluring Jaguar name in a new SUV wrapper. But while the F-PACE is appealing, it's also expensive: Prices start around $43,500, while top-end models can easily crest $70,000; the average asking price for a new F-PACE on Autotrader is just a shade over $57,000. If that's too much for you, consider a certified pre-owned model: You'll get a longer warranty than with a brand-new F-PACE (7 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date, compared with 5 years or 60,000 miles for a new one), and you'll get a discount, as the average asking price for a certified pre-owned F-PACE on Autotrader is just $50,500.

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2015-2017 Kia K900

2015-2017 Kia K900

You might not think of "luxury car" when you hear the name Kia, but the K900 is, indeed, a luxury sedan. The K900 is loaded with available equipment, much like many of today's top luxury vehicles, including many of the latest safety and high-tech gadgets -- and it even offers a 5.0-liter V8 with 420 hp, which is hard to imagine from a Kia. Of course, none of this comes cheap; the K900 starts at roughly $51,000, and the average asking price for a new model on Autotrader is just under $60,000, suggesting many are ordered with a lot of options. But shoppers looking for a good deal should consider a used K900: Not only does it offer a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, but it's a lot cheaper than a new model; the average asking price for a CPO 2015-2017 Kia K900 on Autotrader is just $29,400, which is an excellent deal for a like-new luxury car.

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2015-2017 Lexus RC

2015-2017 Lexus RC

The Lexus RC is a new sporty coupe from Lexus that offers desirable styling, a high-quality interior and a reasonably enjoyable driving experience -- without detracting from typical Lexus comfort and quality. But the RC is expensive: The average asking price for a brand-new RC on Autotrader is just under $60,000, and it's still just under $52,000 if you remove the range-topping RC-F from the equation. Naturally, we suggest considering a certified pre-owned model: Not only will you get the benefit of Lexus's CPO warranty (which, at 6 years of coverage with no mileage limit, is among the best), but you'll also get a good deal on a new model that still looks brand-new: The average asking price for a certified pre-owned RC on Autotrader is $39,000, or just $37,000 when you remove the RC-F from searches.

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2015-2017 Lincoln MKC

2015-2017 Lincoln MKC

The Lincoln MKC has made our list of must-shop CPO luxury cars two years in a row, and it's easy to see why: It offers attractive styling, a high-quality interior and a long list of desirable features and options. It's also aimed at shoppers interested in a comfortable, smooth luxury vehicle, rather than the "sport" or "performance" many rivals emphasize -- and that's a benefit to many car buyers who don't need big wheels or powerful engines. The drawback to the MKC, however, can be high pricing; although the crossover starts at a reasonable $34,500, options can bring it to around $55,000 -- and the average asking price for a new MKC on Autotrader is over $40,000. Our solution is to consider a CPO model: Not only will you get 6 years or 100,000 miles of coverage from the original sale date, you'll also get a good deal, as the average certified pre-owned MKC on Autotrader is available for just $27,500.

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2014-2017 Range Rover Sport

2014-2017 Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport is an attractive luxury SUV that touts impressive off-road capabilities and an upscale interior -- along with available 3-row seating, which makes it a practical choice for families who need lots of room. But pricing is high, as the Range Rover Sport starts around $68,000 -- a figure that can rise above $100,000 with options. Instead of buying a new model, however, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned example. Not only has the Range Rover Sport looked largely the same since 2014, it comes with Land Rover's excellent CPO warranty -- 7 years or 100,000 miles of comprehensive coverage from the original sale date -- and offers bargain pricing: The average asking price of a certified pre-owned 2014-2017 Range Rover Sport is just under $65,000 on Autotrader, while the average MSRP of a new model on Autotrader is a whopping $81,400.

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2016-2017 Volvo XC90

2016-2017 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is one of our favorite luxury crossovers, boasting handsome styling, a comfortable ride, excellent safety features and a long list of technology -- including one of the best infotainment screens in the business. With all those traits (and with the numerous accolades and awards it's earned from the automotive press), the XC90 isn't cheap: Base models start at $48,000, and fully equipped XC90 models can top $80,000 and beyond. The solution is CPO: Volvo's certified pre-owned program is among the best, offering 7 years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from the original sale date. Certified pre-owned versions of the latest XC90 are good deals compared to new models: The average asking price for a CPO 2016-2017 XC90 on Autotrader is $48,800, while the average asking price on Autotrader for a new XC90 is just over $60,000.

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