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10 best bargains you can get on lightly-used vehicles

The BMW 4 Series was good when it debuted, and it remains a respectable ride today.

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Car shopping? If you want a good car but don't want to spend all the money that comes with purchasing a new car, a lightly-used car may be the way to go. What is lightly-used? Which vehicles fit the bill? analyzed more than 6.9 million car sales to identify models with the greatest loss in value after three years, when most leased cars enter the used car market.

Here are the results.

No. 10 - Audi A4

2017 Audi A4 Allroad

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Average 3-year old used price: $29,941
3-Year depreciation: 51.0%
Savings over new car price: $23,292

The Audi A4 is all about balance. It's not the smallest car in the Audi sedan lineup, but it is compact. The model was redesigned for 2016 and is available in a variety of body styles - sedan, wagon, and cabriolet. A three-year old Audi A4 will have a reasonably fresh infotainment system.

No. 9 - Infiniti QX60

2020 Infiniti QX60

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Average 3-year old used price: $26,785
3-Year depreciation: 51.0%
Savings over new car price: $27,078

The Infiniti QX60 is the best-selling model in the company's lineup and it's easy to see why. It has three rows of seating with supremely comfortable first- and second-rows. The SUV is easy to drive and bridges the gap between mass market and luxury SUVs nicely.

No. 8 - BMW 4 Series

2017 BMW 4 Series

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Average 3-year old used price: $30,203
3-Year depreciation: 51.7%
Savings over new car price: $28,893

The BMW 4 Series is a direct competitor of the Audi A4. They both deliver comfort and plenty of convenience features that will serve a buyer well. The BMW 4 Series was introduced in 2013 and just had its next-gen model introduced so the one coming off-lease is a little longer in the tooth than the Audi A4 compared to today's vehicles.

No. 7 - Infiniti Q50

2017 Infiniti Q50

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Average 3-year old used price: $26,522
3-Year depreciation: 51.8%
Savings over new car price: $24,843

Like the BMW 4 Series, the Infiniti Q50 is stylish and comfortable. The Q50 received a good amount of updates in 2016 including a refresh of the trim levels offered, refined power plants, and handling upgrades.

No.6 - Lincoln MKZ

2017 Lincoln MKZ

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Average 3-year old used price: $20,034
3-Year depreciation: 51.8%
Savings over new car price: $23,112

The second-generation Lincoln MKZ arrived in 2013. It delivered comfort and premium style for drivers at a lower price than a typical luxury car. Lincoln recently announced that they're not making anymore MKZs after 2020 but that's more about the sedan market than it is about the quality of the vehicle.

No. 5 - Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Average 3-year old used price: $26,306
3-Year depreciation: 52.7%
Savings over new car price: $34,990

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class models coming off three-years leases this year are the first bunch of the newest generation. That's a good thing. The E-Class is a refined midsize sedan that delivers exactly what customers want from it and could be optioned with a good amount of safety features when purchased.

No. 4 - Volvo S60

2019 Volvo S60

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Average 3-year old used price: $19,702
3-Year depreciation: 53.2%
Savings over new car price: $22,405

An off-lease Volvo S60 may be the best deal out there right now. The S60 has one of the best interiors in its class, it's power plants are competent, and the infotainment system is uniquely designed. Volvos are also known for the high level of safety engineering.

No. 3 - BMW 3 Series

2017 BMW 3 Series

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Average 3-year old used price: $22,718
3-Year depreciation: 53.4%
Savings over new car price: $26,074

The BMW 3 Series began rolling out its latest generation in 2018 so the models coming off lease are likely ones that are form the tail end of the last-gen. Even so, the 3 Series delivers an engaging drive, takes to the road with ease, and is comfortable as a daily driver.

No. 2 - Ford Fusion Hybrid

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Average 3-year old used price: $13,565
3-Year depreciation: 54.9%
Savings over new car price: $16,480

Like the Lincoln MKZ, the Ford Fusion Hybrid has reached the end of its road. That doesn't mean that the Fusion is a bad car. It's a comfortable daily driver and it's hybrid powertrain makes it a little easier on the wallet when it comes to road trips.

No. 1 - Audi A6

2017 Audi A6

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Average 3-year old used price: $28,259
3-Year depreciation: 55.8%
Savings over new car price: $35,208

The current generation of the Audi A6 was introduced in 2018 so most off-lease A6s for sale now are likely from the previous generation. Though the latest technology and safety features are available in the new model, the last-gen still offers posh accommodations, engaging handling, and enough room for four adults.

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Canoosa Events is organizing luxury multi-day road rallies.

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Canossa Events, a European luxury automotive touring provider, expanded to North America last year. This year, the company is launching several private, small group excursions on the East and West Coast of the U.S.

Beginning this autumn, guests of the tours will indulge in picturesque drives, one-of-a-kind gastronomy experiences, and luxury accommodations all curated with an eye toward beauty, elegance, taste and personalized service.

Highway 1 near Big Sur California's Highway 1 is a world famous grand touring destination. Photo by Getty Images

"We have longed to bring Canossa's version of la dolce vita to North America," says Canossa's Founder, Luigi Orlandini. "And in this current climate, we have the opportunity to deliver our experiences to our fans who are unable to leave North America. With Canossa Events North America, we will safely celebrate the freedom to drive, indulge in culinary delights, and soak in the beautiful sceneries among old and new friends."

The white glove service extends to the entire event and includes strict safety and social distancing guileless to "deliver a carefree and pleasant experience for guests".

Canossa Events North America is currently accepting reservations for its Fall Rallye New England, and will soon announce additional excursions, including:

  • Grand Tour of California - This excursion will highlight the coastal byways, wine country and farm-to-fork culture of California's Central Coast.
  • Rallye of Enchantment - Attendees will xplore some of America's most iconic landscapes of New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona and Utah.

The Fall Rallye lasts four days and three nights. It's limited to 25 cars and comes with a $9,900 price tag that is based on double occupancy. The event includes nights at New England's heralded Cliff House Maine hotel.

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Jeep has begun teasing its newest three-row SUVs.

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It's wood-paneled sides, cavernous interior, go-anywhere capability. It was the bee's knees. Now those vintage models are a collector's item. Soon, it will be reborn.

A new teaser from Jeep simply states, "Grand" and the definition "magnificent or striking in appearance, size, or style". While AutomotiveMap is pretty sure that the teaser is for the return of the Grand Wagoneer, Jeep also has a redo of the Grand Cherokee and a few other things in its sights. Perhaps this is a BOGO (or three or four) teaser.

A Jeep product presentation for investors earlier this year detailed the forthcoming model rollout, including modifications to the plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It states that a new three-row Jeep E-Segment model is coming in the first quarter of 2021. Separately it lists the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer as coming in the second quarter of 2021 followed by the next-generation Grand Cherokee.

All the models are scheduled to have some level of electrification (product plans say PHEV, which would be on-par with the new PHEV Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler offerings) as well as an advanced level of autonomy (don't expect anything too revolutionary here) and connectivity.

The new Wagoneer full-size SUV that Jeep is debuting is expected to compete directly with the Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban was redesigned for the 2021 model year and, in addition to a bevy of tech updates, the model has significantly expanded its third-row legroom.

Product plants show that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are different vehicles. Not much is known for sure about the two models, but rumors are rampant. One that seems to have sticking power is that the Grand Wagoneer will have finer appointments than the Wagoneer, which could be designed to be more off-road-ready.

The Grand Cherokee is going to be a two-row SUV built on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The most mysterious model is the three-row E-Segment model that Jeep has said is coming. E-Segment models are typically large, showy flagships - sometimes large cars, but other times wagons. Jeep has also said that an electrified version of the Wrangler is on the way. Does A +B = C? Only time will tell.

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