10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars Under $30,000 (2015)
It's a common car shopping dilemma: Buy a new Ford or Toyota, or spend similar money on a used BMW or Lexus? Today it's easier to choose the luxury option, thanks to automakers' Certified Pre-Owned programs. Providing the confidence that comes from a thorough inspection and extended warranty coverage, CPO programs give used cars more of the appeal previously reserved for new cars. To get you started, here's a list of standout 2012 model-year luxury cars with Kelley Blue Book CPO prices starting under $30,000.
This sneaky good full-size luxury sedan has the unique interior style Volvo is known for, as well as the extensive list of safety features. The S80 is a comfortable car to drive, and power comes quickly and smoothly from both available engines.
Starting CPO Price: $21,357
Take the engine, handling and styling of the Infiniti G sedan, add cargo space and a little more ride height, and you have the EX. This compact luxury SUV will satisfy your sports sedan wants while also fulfilling any cargo-carrying needs.
Starting CPO Price: $27,552
Mercedes' compact SUV with the boxy design of an off-roader is more practical than you would think, with a roomy cabin and spacious cargo area. The interior is beautifully put together, with a bevy of lux features all around. A comfortable ride make this a pleasant highway cruiser, but it also excels on twisty roads.
Starting CPO Price: $27,979
Want the driving feel of a BMW sedan with a cargo area that can hold plenty of gear? BMW's "Sport Activity Vehicle" can give you all of that while still coming in at less than $30,000. You can choose from two versions of the same 3.0-liter I6 (one of which has a twin turbo), and both are backed by an 8-speed automatic.
Starting CPO Price: $29,368
The Infiniti G is a legitimate alternative to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. Its cabin is loaded with high-tech goodies, and its on-road demeanor is sure to thrill. There are two engine choices, and this rear-drive car is also offered with all-wheel drive.
Starting CPO Price: $19,229
Cadillac's sports sedan has distinctive good looks that differentiate it from its European rivals, and performance chops that allow it to go head-to-head with them. With the 2012 CTS, you have a choice of sedan, coupe or wagon.
Starting CPO Price: $21,766
The Acura TL walks the line between focused high-performance sports sedan and comfortable cruiser. Features like Super Handling All-Wheel Drive set it apart from its competitors, as do the available high-tech options like its blind-spot information system and nav system with traffic and weather updates.
Starting CPO Price: $22,654
Audi's gorgeous coupe brings together comfort, performance and a beautiful, well-equipped interior in one affordable CPO package. The A5's engine is both fuel efficient and responsive, and while handling is terrific in the curves, the ride is also compliant on the highway.
Starting CPO Price: $27,733
The Lexus ES offers a comfortable ride and a spacious interior. While the car is practical, with fuel efficiency as good as 30 mpg running on regular 87-octane gas, the ES has plenty to offer in the lux amenities department, with features like heated and vented seats, and the Mark Levinson audio system. It also benefits from the reliability and cachet that come with the Lexus name.
Starting CPO Price: $25,987
When people think of the ideal sports sedan, BMW's 3 Series is often the first to come to mind. Its fantastic handling and steering response make the 3 Series an absolute thrill to drive on a twisty road, plus it has the prestige and good looks for which BMW is known.
Starting CPO Price: $26,061