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The Best Compact SUV You Can Buy

This week, one of my favorite publications - The Wirecutter, did an in-depth review of compact SUVs. In addition to test-driving 15 contenders, they poured over all the specs and consulted with auto experts to determine the winner - the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring.

I highly suggest you check out the full review (it's very long, but totally worth it if you're considering purchasing a compact SUV).

In summary, they found the Mazda CX-5 Touring to be fun-to-drive, packed with premium features, low ownership costs, and best of all - it was the second least expensive SUV in the bunch.

The 2015 Honda CR-V EX was also ranked highly, while the 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium with EyeSight was ranked the safest with it's full suite of advanced safety features.

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:

Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted Network

Select the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
Select Vehicle to Get Local Pricing

Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.

Step 3 Complete my Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
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About The Author

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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