USED CARS: Certified Pre Owned Luxury Sedans under $30k

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You already know that purchasing a quality, late-model, used car can save you thousands of dollars in depreciation but you may not know about the many benefits of buying a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle from a reputable used car dealer. Certified pre-owned vehicles, like the ones found on used car websites such as, have undergone a strenuous regimen of tests and inspections at the hands of experts. Once it is determined that the automobile meets the muster, they are granted the CPO stamp of approval. Some of these luxury sedans are so nearly new that they are backed by warranties from the dealership.

2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec

2012 Hyundai Genesis R-SpecHyundai is a car-line that quickly building a reputation for offering a lot of bang for your buck. The Hyundai Genesis R-Spec is no exception to the rule in fact it is a perfect example. For well under $30k you can purchase this luxury sedan, which comes with every imaginable amenity and boasts a 5.0-liter direct fuel injected V8 engine that produces 429-horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque. It also has the capability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.3-seconds.

2014 Buick LaCrosse

2014 Buick LaCrosseThe Buick LaCrosse is a large luxury sedan with such high-tech features as adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert system, lane departure warning/lane keep assist system, and an updated LCD touchscreen interface. It offers a hybrid drivetrain as standard equipment joined by a 3.6-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission in front or all-wheel-drive configurations. The LaCrosse lists 17-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, dual-zone climate control, a tilting and telescoping steering column, and Bluetooth connectivity among its long list of standard features for the base model, which is available for well under the $30k limit.

2013 Lincoln MKS

2013 Lincoln MKSThe ’13 MKS utilizes a 3.7-liter V6 to produce 300-horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque in the front and four-wheel drive configurations, which also use a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control as standard equipment. Optional equipment includes the all-wheel drive EcoBoost package outfitted with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that manufactures 365-horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. In typical Lincoln style, the MKZ comes with blind spot and cross traffic warning systems, leather seating surfaces, full power accessories, a rearview camera with dash mounted LCD monitor, power adjustable pedals, and much more.

2011 Audi A6

2011 Audi A6 2I will say it again: If you haven’t driven an Audi lately, then you haven’t driven an Audi. These little cars have certainly taken a turn for the better. The A6 may just be the best deal on this list. Take it from a guy who truly loves all things American, especially cars. This A6 looks great, rides wonderfully, and accelerates like a deer on amphetamines. Also, I can’t say enough about the leather seats in the new Audi sedans and coupes. They are covered in soft and supple leather, yet they are very supportive during intense driving maneuvers. Engine choices include a 265-horsepower 3.2-literV6, a 300-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6, or a 350-horsepower 4.2-liter V8 that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

2013 Chrysler 300C

2013 Chrysler 300CThe Chrysler 300 is one of my favorite retrospective cars. Not many people remember the 300s of the 1950s but they were cutting edge, with their massive Hemis and huge back seats. They are back and they are even better. The 300C is available with your choice of a 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out 281-horsepower or a 5.7-liter Hemi that is good for 365-horsepower. The 300 comes standard with rear-wheel drive but all-wheel drive is available as an option. The V6 uses an eight-speed automatic transmission while the big Hemi makes do with a five-speed automatic gearbox. Needless to say, the latest safety and communication gadgetry, as well as opulent amenities abound in this full-size luxury sedan available for way under the $30k limit.

2011 Jaguar XF Premium

2011 Jaguar XF PremiumI would be lying if I said that I like to work on Jaguar cars. They are a massive pain and everything about them costs triple the normal price. Nevertheless, they are stunningly beautiful. Consumers who buy them are very loyal to the brand and don’t mind spending the bucks when something goes awry. That word at the end “Premium” really says it all: Premium package items include 19-inch wheels, Bi-Xenon auto-leveling headlights, heated and cooled front seats, leather trimmed dash and door panels, wood grain trim choices, and keyless ignition and entry. It uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine to push 385-horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission and to the rear-wheels.

2012 Infiniti G37

2012 Infiniti G37The G37 is a mid-size rear-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive) luxury sedan, manufactured by Nissan. This car will leave you feeling as though you should have paid more for it. The interior is exquisite with leather seating surfaces, power tilting and telescoping steering column, a Bose premium audio system, a navigation system with a LCD touchscreen monitor, and Bluetooth connectivity listed among its many features. The G37 Sport and the G37 journey list a 3.7-liter V6 engine as standard equipment; however the Journey comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission and the Sport with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Journey can also be found with an all-wheel drive-train.

2013 Cadillac CTS

2013 Cadillac CTSI am amazed to see this high number of rear-wheel drive luxury sedans that are currently on the used car market. It just goes to prove that rear-wheel drive rides more comfortably and handles better, too. The CTS is a mid-size rear-wheel drive luxury sedan that can be purchased for well under the $30k price limit. Engine options include a pair of V6s. The standard engine is a 3.0-liter that generates 265-horsepower but the Touring package adds high-performance dual exhaust that bumps output up to 270-horsepower. The second engine choice is a 3.6-liter V6 that manages 318-horsepower. The term “Cadillac Style” is recognized worldwide as a symbol of elegance and the CTS certainly holds true to form, inside and out.

2012 Lexus ES 350

2012 Lexus ES 350Surely everyone knows that Lexus is the luxury wing of the Toyota Corporation but if you didn’t — there you go. The ES 350 is a more elegant Toyota Camry, but since we are talking about luxury sedans it had to be a Lexus. Also, you can typically purchase a Lexus for less money than a comparable Camry. Don’t ask me why because I can’t explain. It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission, in typical Toyota fashion. The interior and exterior feature outstanding materials and the car is put together well. The throttle is responsive if a bit too quiet for my taste.

2011 BMW 3-Series

2011 BMW 3-SeriesBoy, those Germans really know how to build a car, huh? The latest 2014 and 2015 offerings from BMW just blew me away. The way they rearranged their entire model lineup while upgrading performance and handling was truly a thing of beauty. If you are looking for a great deal on a luxury sedan, the BMW 3-Series sedan can be a thing of beauty, as well. Honestly, in this price range your choices will likely be limited to the 328i of possibly the 335i. The diesel powered sedans bring well over $40k and the all-wheel drive variants also fetch high-dollar. The 328i is equipped with an inline 3.0-liter six-cylinder that makes 230-horsepower and 200 lb. ft. of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard equipment but a six-speed automatic is available as optional equipment. The 335i offers a turbocharged inline-six-cylinder that is capable of 300-horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque and it uses the same transmission variations as the 328i.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.