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The Best Deals on Mainstream Cars

November 28, 2012

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.

VehicleMSRPCustomer rebateDealer incentivePotential savings below MSRP
2012 Honda Pilot$37,150 NoYes15%+
2012 Nissan Murano39,655YesNo15%+
2012 Lincoln MKZ35,630YesNo15%+
2012 Ford Flex34,775YesNo15%+
2012 Mazda CX-935,920NoYes15%+
2012 Honda Accord24,070NoYes15%+
2012 GMC Yukon XL51,520YesNo10%+
2012 Chevrolet Traverse35,585YesNo10%+
2013 Chevrolet Suburban59,435YesNo10%+
2013 Kia Sorento26,150YesNo10%+
2012 Nissan Rogue26,635YesNo10%+
2012 Mazda524,820NoYes10%+
2012 Infiniti M3749,495NoYes10%+
2012 Toyota Highlander38,040YesNo10%+
2012 Lexus GX 46054,120NoYes10%+
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee V640,220YesNo10%+
2012 Ford Fusion26,220YesNo10%+
2012 Dodge Durango36,990YesNo10%+
2012 Toyota Camry23,395YesNo10%+

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise 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

Gregg Fidan

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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