The Best Deals on Mainstream Cars
Consumer Reports released their list of recommended vehicles with the best potential deals this holiday season. Most of the vehicles are leftover 2012 models, which you should only consider buying if you intend to keep it for at least 5 years or longer. Remember, these vehicles are already considered a year-old, so you should expect significant discounts over the 2013 model.
All of these vehicles have met Consumer Reports' criteria to be recommended - meaning they all scored well in road tests, had average or better reliability in surveys, and performed well in crash tests. Check out the full list below and make sure to use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the best deals on any of these vehicles.
|Vehicle||MSRP||Customer rebate||Dealer incentive||Potential savings below MSRP|
|2012 Honda Pilot||$37,150||No||Yes||15%+|
|2012 Nissan Murano||39,655||Yes||No||15%+|
|2012 Lincoln MKZ||35,630||Yes||No||15%+|
|2012 Ford Flex||34,775||Yes||No||15%+|
|2012 Mazda CX-9||35,920||No||Yes||15%+|
|2012 Honda Accord||24,070||No||Yes||15%+|
|2012 GMC Yukon XL||51,520||Yes||No||10%+|
|2012 Chevrolet Traverse||35,585||Yes||No||10%+|
|2013 Chevrolet Suburban||59,435||Yes||No||10%+|
|2013 Kia Sorento||26,150||Yes||No||10%+|
|2012 Nissan Rogue||26,635||Yes||No||10%+|
|2012 Infiniti M37||49,495||No||Yes||10%+|
|2012 Toyota Highlander||38,040||Yes||No||10%+|
|2012 Lexus GX 460||54,120||No||Yes||10%+|
|2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee V6||40,220||Yes||No||10%+|
|2012 Ford Fusion||26,220||Yes||No||10%+|
|2012 Dodge Durango||36,990||Yes||No||10%+|
|2012 Toyota Camry||23,395||Yes||No||10%+|
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
California Residents - Important:There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.
- Gregg Fidan
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About: Gregg Fidan
Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.
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