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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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The F-Type P450 cars replace the P300 and P380 as part of the Jaguar lineup.

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Two new versions of the Jaguar F-Type are on the horizon. New versions of the model have been created to further the car's luxury proposition and both are powered by a roaring V8 engine. The new P450 variants replace the P300 and P380 models currently in the lineup. Jaguar is keeping the F-Type R around.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450

The 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 will be available as a coupe or convertible in P450 RWD or P450 R-DYNAMIC AWD grades. All varieties come with a 444-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood that achieves 428 pound-feet of torque. An electronic active differential is standard. In all configurations, the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The car has received minor exterior updates from the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

In a nod to its suburban buyers, the F-Type has a Quiet Star mode that allows a more subtle roar out the back side of the car upon startup. Drivers who don't care about keeping quiet can switch the car in to Dynamic mode and let the rumble out.

Each F-Type P450 rides on 20-inch wheels, has larger brakes than traditional F-Type models, and has the switchable exhaust. Double J-Blade daytime running lights feature up front while new slender rear lights allow the body of the car to speak for itself.

Buyers who get the F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD get bespoke badging; a gloss black front splitter, side sills, valance, and venturi; auto-dimming, power- folding, heated door mirrors with memory; and 20-inch Style 6003, split-spoke, gloss Dark Grey with Contrast Diamond Turned Finish Wheels.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The interior sports a refined appearance.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Monogram stitch patterns on the car's seats and interior accents in Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome enhance the interior. Additionally, there are "Jaguar Est.1935" markings on the center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. Six-way electric power seats are standard on F-Type P450 RWD, while F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD adds 12-way electric memory front seats, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, Delta Aluminum Center Console, and R-Dynamic branded metal treadplates as standard equipment.

A 12.3-inch driver information display is standard.

F-Type P450 is available in 11 standard exterior colors, and can be ordered in over a dozen custom SVO paint finishes. It starts at $69,900 for the P450 RWD Coupe and $79,900 for the R450 R-Dynamic AWD Coupe.

2022 Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the pinnacle of the Jaguar lineup with torque on-demand all-wheel drive, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, a double wishbone front and rear suspension, and electric power-assisted steering.

It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph thanks to its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard.

This model starts at $103,200.

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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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