10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars Under $30,000

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10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars Under $30,000

We all want more for less, but there’s usually a tradeoff. For car buyers intrigued by the idea of stepping up into luxury land for mainstream money, however, automakers’ Certified Pre-Owned programs can be win-win propositions. Blending the confidence of a manufacturer-backed warranty with the significant savings of buying used, CPO programs are the best of both worlds for many shoppers. Here's a list of standout 2014 model-year luxury cars with Kelley Blue Book CPO values of less than $30,000.

While most of today’s sub-$40,000 luxury sedans are designed with performance-oriented style and tuning, the roomy and refined Lexus ES is unapologetically focused on comfort. Choose the standard V6 or the 40-mpg hybrid model for about the same CPO price.

Original MSRP: $37,545
Current CPO Value: $26,288

Jaguar makes some sexy, standout vehicles, but they don’t hold their value very well because they don’t tend to be as trouble-free as their Lexus counterparts, for instance. At half price and with full warranty coverage, however, a CPO Jag might be the very best Jag.

Original MSRP: $53,295
Current CPO Value: $27,740

Blending Acura reliability and SUV practicality, a manufacturer-backed, second-hand Acura RDX is arguably one of the smartest luxury-car purchases you can make.

Original MSRP: $36,840
Current CPO Value: $24,690

The powerful and proven Infiniti Q50 is one of the segment’s best values when new, and the numbers get even better for second owners.

Original MSRP: $37,605
Current CPO Value: $23,815


As fun to drive as it is boldly styled, the Cadillac CTS is more than just an appealing alternative to its European rivals. A complete redesign for 2014 gave it even more of an edge.

Original MSRP: $46,025
Current CPO Value: $22,273


One of the first luxury sport/utility vehicles remains among the most fun to drive. Combining true BMW driving dynamics with all-wheel drive and excellent cargo versatility, the X3 is luxuriously well-rounded.

Original MSRP: $44,750
Current CPO Value: $27,794

Finally redesigned for 2018, the previous-generation Audi Q5 still delivers exceptional exterior styling, interior design and driving dynamics.

Original MSRP: $38,745
Current CPO Value: $28,111


Audi’s beautiful A5 coupe puts six-figure styling within much easier reach, especially for buyers who take advantage of Audi’s CPO program. You can even step up to the range-topping Prestige trim -- or drop the top in an A5 convertible -- for less than $30,000.

Original MSRP: $41,545
Current CPO Value: $25,018 


The world’s most legendary sport sedan combines enthusiast-grade driving dynamics with daily driver comfort and just about as much curb appeal as you can get for less than $25,000.

Original MSRP: $39,700
Current CPO Value: $24,325

The most prestigious car on this list also offers exceptionally attractive savings. This factory-backed, three-year-old E-Class can be had for $23,000 less than when it was new.

Original MSRP: $52,325
Current CPO Value: $29,525


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