If you’re thinking about buying a new luxury car, you’ve probably already discovered that many luxury models are highly expensive, especially when equipped with options and features — enough to place them well out of your price range. This might lead you to consider a used luxury car — but you’re probably worried about the repair and maintenance costs associated with driving a used vehicle. And that’s where our latest list comes in.
In this list, we’ve rounded up 10 certified pre-owned (CPO) luxury cars that 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 2017). Yes, each model on our list is used — but each one also features a manufacturer-backed certified pre-owned warranty that’ll last for at least six years or 100,000 total miles, giving you far more peace of mind than you’ll get with a standard used car. Additionally, each model on our list is available with a substantial discount compared to a new vehicle: We’ve capped the overall price at $65,000, but many cars we’re featuring are easy to find for a lot less.
Most importantly, we think the cars on our list are "good as new" because each one features that model’s latest design. In other words, every single car on our list offers the same look as a new model — which means the only way you’ll be able to distinguish it from a brand-new car is if you check the odometer.
Put simply, each car on our list includes a long, manufacturer-backed warranty and the newest look (just like a new car), along with a substantial price discount compared to a new vehicle (just like a used model). It’s the perfect compromise.
2014-2016 Acura MDX
We’ve always liked the Acura MDX for its excellent combination of interior luxury, reasonable engine power and high-tech features and options — and, of course, for its standard 3-row seating. Unfortunately, a new MDX is out of many budgets, with pricing starting at $44,900 and approaching $60,000 if you choose all the options — and that’s where Acura’s certified pre-owned program comes in. Choose a certified pre-owned version of the 2014-2016 MDX, which features the SUV’s newest styling, and you’ll get 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage and an extra year of bumper-to-bumper protection. You’ll also get a great deal, as the average CPO 2014-2016 MDX is available on Autotrader for just $38,300—a big discount compared to a new model.
2012-2016 Audi A6
The Audi A6 is a popular luxury sedan that offers all-wheel drive, a smooth ride and restrained, upscale styling. While a new A6 is alluring, it’s also pricey: The 2017 model starts at $48,600, with some models easily topping $70,000 as you add options and extras. Instead, we recommend going for a certified pre-owned version, as the A6 has used roughly the same design since 2012 — save for a minor facelift in 2016. Choose a certified pre-owned A6 and you’ll get Audi’s excellent CPO warranty, which provides 6 years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage. You’ll also get a substantial discount from new, as the average price of a certified A6 listed on Autotrader is just $38,900.
2013-2016 BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series is a popular luxury model with a sporty flair. In addition to offering several engine options, rear- or all-wheel drive, a wide range of luxury and safety features, and manual or automatic transmissions, the 3 Series also touts available sedan or wagon body styles. Of course, the primary drawback of a new 3 Series is its price: The sedan starts at $34,500 with shipping, with top-end models easily reaching well over $50,000 when fully equipped. And that’s when we recommend BMW’s certified pre-owned warranty, which offers up to 6 years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper protection from the original sale date. It also offers an exceptional deal: The average asking price on Autotrader of a certified pre-owned 2013-2016 3 Series, which uses the same design as today’s model, is just $30,300 — a big discount compared to a brand-new version.
2014-2016 Infiniti Q50
The Infiniti Q50 is an excellent sport sedan that offers impressive technology, modern styling and — perhaps best of all — an excellent V6 engine that’s clearly one of the best in the business. Pricing, however, can be steep: While a base-level 4-cylinder Q50 starts at just $34,900, drivers who want a high-end version could easily find themselves paying over $50,000 for the privilege — especially with options. That’s where a certified pre-owned model comes in. Choose a CPO Q50, and you’ll get Infiniti’s excellent warranty, which offers up to 6 years of coverage with no mileage limit (for vehicles with over 15,000 miles) — amazing coverage that outshines even the original new-car warranty. You’ll also get a great deal compared to a new Q50, as the average certified pre-owned Q50 is available on Autotrader for a price of just $30,100.
2014-2016 Jaguar F-Type
The Jaguar F-Type is a high-performance sports car with a wide array of engine options ranging from "exciting" to "hold on for dear life." It also offers two body styles — coupe or convertible — plus rear- or all-wheel drive and manual or automatic transmissions. Of course, all that comes with a price tag: The F-Type starts at $62,400, with some high-end models approaching $130,000 when fully equipped. Our solution, of course, is to turn to a certified pre-owned 2014-2016 version. Not only will you get the same basic design as with a brand-new F-Type, but you’ll also get one of the best warranties in the business, offering bumper-to-bumper coverage for 7 years or 100,000 miles. Best of all, of course, is the discount: The average certified pre-owned F-Type is currently listed on Autotrader for just $68,600 (with dozens available under $65,000), representing a huge discount compared to the average price of most new F-Type models.
2013-2016 Lexus ES
The Lexus ES is a midsize luxury sedan that prioritizes a smooth, comfortable ride — and upscale amenities — over performance and acceleration. The hybrid-powered ES 300h also boasts excellent gas mileage considering the sedan’s size. But while a new ES can be a pricey proposition — the sedan starts at $39,900, with some versions easily topping $50,000 — certified pre-owned models offer several advantages. One is Lexus’s excellent CPO warranty, which offers six years of coverage with no mileage limit, amazing peace of mind for shoppers interested in a used vehicle. Additionally, drivers who choose a 2013-2016 ES will get the car’s current body style, meaning it’ll look exactly like a new one. And they’ll also get a great deal: The average asking price of a certified pre-owned 2013-2016 ES on Autotrader is just $30,500.
2015-2016 Lincoln MKC
The Lincoln MKC is an excellent compact crossover that’s too often overlooked in favor of popular rivals from more traditional luxury car brands, like Lexus, Acura, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz. But we like the MKC — and we suspect you will, too, though some shoppers will likely find its price range ($33,800 to $50,000 or more) to be a little too steep for their tastes. Enter Lincoln’s certified pre-owned program, which offers bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage for 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date — a program that rivals some of the best in the industry. The CPO program also gives shoppers an excellent chance to get a great deal on the MKC, as the average price of a certified model on Autotrader is just $32,700 — a big discount compared to a new version.
2015-2016 Porsche Cayenne
The Porsche Cayenne is a desirable midsize luxury SUV that offers more impressive performance than virtually all of its rivals — along with an amazing range of engine options that includes a basic V6, a hybrid, a diesel and even a turbocharged V8 with 570 horsepower. Naturally, though, the Cayenne is an expensive vehicle: It starts at around $60,600, with high-end Turbo S models starting at $161,000 with shipping — an enormous figure for an SUV. If that doesn’t fit your budget, we highly recommend a Cayenne with Porsche’s excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which lasts for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles if it’s still under the original warranty, or provides an additional 2 years or 50,000 miles of coverage if the original warranty has expired. That’s one of the best warranties in the industry — and drivers who opt for it can get a great deal on the latest Cayenne, which came out in 2015. The average list price of a certified pre-owned 2015-2016 Cayenne on Autotrader is just $66,800, with dozens of models listed well below $65,000.
2012-2016 Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is a compact luxury crossover with zippy turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and surprisingly adept off-road capabilities — in addition to many great high-end features and options. But the Evoque is too pricey to fit into many drivers’ budgets, as the SUV ranges in price from $42,800 to well over $50,000 for a well-equipped version. Enter Land Rover’s certified pre-owned program, which is among the best in the industry, as it touts 7 years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from the original sale date — along with no deductible and full transferability to future owners. Of course, it also gives shoppers the opportunity to get an excellent deal compared to a new Evoque: The average price for a certified pre-owned model on Autotrader is just $40,300.
2012-2016 Volvo XC60
The Volvo XC60 is an excellent compact luxury SUV with handsome styling, a smooth, comfortable ride and surprisingly strong fuel economy. Like most luxury SUVs, however, the XC60 isn’t cheap: It starts at around $41,900, with upscale T6 AWD models easily cresting $50,000 with options. For drivers who don’t want to stomach those prices, we suggest Volvo’s certified pre-owned program. Not only is it among the best in the industry — touting 7 years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from the original sale date — but it results in some great deals. Apply that to a 2013 XC60 and we can almost guarantee your neighbors will assume you got a new car. Search for an XC60 from 2012 to 2016, the model years of the SUV’s current body style, and you’ll find that the average price of a certified pre-owned model on Autotrader is just $31,500 — a major savings compared to a brand-new XC60.