If you’re looking for a new luxury SUV without paying new prices, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve spent hours combing AutoTrader.com to find “half price” pre-owned luxury SUVs. These are vehicles that offer all the amenities of a new model for half their original value. Each of our selections also features a certified pre-owned warranty backed by the manufacturer, providing peace of mind to shoppers who may be reluctant to buy a used car.
2008 Acura RDX
With used pricing starting around $19,000 for a certified pre-owned example, Acura’s compact RDX is surprisingly available. That’s half its new retail price of up to $38,000 after destination-an impressive deal considering the popularity of the compact luxury SUV segment, which continues to add new contenders as sales shoot up. The RDX’s modern styling and responsive 240-horsepower engine are major assets, but the SUV’s biggest selling point is Acura’s warranty, which is among the best in the business. While bumper-to-bumper coverage is only available for 12 months or 12,000 miles, the automaker’s certified pre-owned warranty covers the SUV’s powertrain for seven years or 100,000 miles-a major commitment that gives owners long-term peace of mind.
2008 Buick Enclave
A certified pre-owned example of Buick’s luxurious Enclave is a steal on the used market thanks to advertised prices that start as low as $18,000-well under half the SUV’s original list price just four years ago. Although the SUV has lost a large portion of its value, it retains an up-to-date design that’s been tweaked only slightly since its debut. Best of all, the 2008 Enclave offers a highly praised engine in General Motors’ technologically advanced 3.6-liter V6, which produces 275 horsepower in the SUV. There’s also long list of standard features, including alloy wheels, power front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control and GM’s OnStar telematics system.
2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450
There are many factors compelling buyers to purchase Mercedes‘ large GL450 SUV, one of the top reasons is that its distinctive styling has remained virtually the same since its debut for the 2007 model year. So, for most car shoppers, the only difference between a brand-new model and a certified pre-owned example will be found on the SUV’s odometer-and, of course, in its price. Indeed, nearly a dozen 2007 GL450 SUVs are currently on AutoTrader.com with a certified pre-owned warranty, all priced under $27,000. That’s almost exactly half of their original base price. Not bad for an SUV that not only features contemporary styling but also a host of luxury equipment and an athletic 335-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 mated to a miserly seven-speed automatic transmission.
2008 Range Rover
Despite a base price well over $80,000 including destination, it’s easy to find a host of recent Range Rover models sporting “half price” deals compared with their original window stickers. In fact, nearly 30 fully certified 2008 models are currently available on AutoTrader.com for under $45,000. That’s good news for buyers who enjoy the handsome Range Rover’s stately design, which has changed only slightly in the past four years. It’s also important information for buyers with concerns about Land Rover’s troublesome reliability record, since the automaker’s certified pre-owned warranty fully covers its SUVs for up to six years and 100,000 miles from their original on-sale date. Most 2008 models will likely have at least two years and more than 50,000 miles left before the warranty clock runs out.
2008 Volkswagen Touareg
Although it doesn’t hail from a traditional luxury brand, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of Volkswagen’s well-proportioned and upscale Touareg SUV. In addition to a roomy interior with tremendous fit and finish, the 2008 Touareg received a recent face lift and luxury features that rivaled well-equipped models from BMW and Mercedes. Many buyers shy away from used Volkswagens because of concern about potential reliability, but a certified pre-owned model features full warranty coverage for two years or 24,000 miles, alleviating nearly all possible worries. Best of all, it’s easy to find a 6-cylinder example of the 2008 Touareg for about $21,000, which is about half the SUV’s original $41,000 base price.
2007 Volvo XC90
Volvo’s handsome XC90 SUV is a great choice for car shoppers looking for a good deal on a safe vehicle with a contemporary design. Available from around $19,000 with Volvo’s certified pre-owned warranty, the SUV offers the automaker’s durable 235-horsepower 3.2-liter 6-cylinder – unless you can find one equipped with the lively Yamaha-designed 311-horsepower V8, which we heartily recommend for drivers looking for a little fun on the road. Regardless of engine choice, the 2007 XC90 retains the same basic design as today’s model and includes many luxury features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a memory system for the mirrors and driver’s seat, and 17-inch alloy wheels. A certified pre-owned example will also offer full coverage for up to seven years and 100,000 miles from the vehicle’s original on-sale date.
What it means to you: Our list provides great deals to car shoppers who don’t want to pay new-SUV prices for their next SUV.