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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 RydeShopper 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%+






3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

The key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:

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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

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Step 3 Complete my Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan

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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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