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Memorial Day Edition: Best new car deals on American cars

Consumer Reports News: May 24, 2011 08:38 AM

While many motorists will be hitting the road on vacation, this Memorial Day weekend, it’s also a great time to buy a new car. There are a number of discounts available, and dealers may be more willing to negotiate since it’s also the end of the month and they want to meet their quotas. In honor of this American holiday and unofficial start of summer, we are listing good deals on recommended vehicles from the U.S.-based automakers.

The models highlighted in the chart have Bottom Line Prices below the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP), when factoring all national incentives. Regional or local offers, as well as bonus incentives that are targeted at specific audiences such as military personnel or college graduates, may further sweeten the deal. The Bottom Line Price gives you a strong starting point for your negotiations, working up from the rock bottom, rather than haggling down from MSRP or even advertised offers.

The models listed are just a few of our Best New Car Deals--notable discounts on models recommended by Consumer Reports. These vehicles scored well in our testing, have average or better predicted reliability, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated.

Make & model Expires MSRP Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Bottom line price Potential savings below MSRP
Chrysler Group
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4WD Crew Cab 5/31/2011 35,010 32,534 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
Ford Motor Company
2011 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD SuperCrew 157-in 5/31/2011 36,580 33,174 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Flex Limited AWD EcoBoost 5/31/2011 42,890 39,840 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Focus SE sedan 5/31/2011 18,870 17,587 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford Fusion I-4 Se 5/31/2011 21,680 20,042 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible 5/31/2011 37,845 34,765 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Taurus Limited FWD 5/31/2011 32,020 29,513 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Lincoln MKZ V6 5/31/2011 34,645 32,565 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Lincoln Navigator 4WD 5/31/2011 60,530 56,868 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
General Motors
2011 Buick Enclave CXL-1 AWD 5/31/2011 $40,980 $38,931 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Buick Lucerne Super
5/31/2011 44,460 42,682 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Cadillac DTS Luxury Collection
5/31/2011 51,925 49,069 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche 4WD LT
5/31/2011 42,455 39,483 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
5/31/2011 54,045 49,181 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT 5/31/2011 22,975 21,826 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4WD Crew Cab 5/31/2011 35,000 32,550 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 1500 LTZ 5/31/2011 56,580 52,619 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6 AT 4WD 1LT 5/31/2011 34,010 32,310 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT SWB 5/31/2011 42,660 39,674 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 GMC Yukon XL 4WD 1/2 Ton SLT (4SA) 5/31/2011 49,415 45,956 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+

Full pricing information is available to online subscribers through the model overview pages.

Consumer Reports also has a "Build & Buy" service that lets you configure a new vehicle online and receive guaranteed, competitive price quotes from up to three dealers in your area who have agreed to meet strict guidelines of conduct. Available to Consumer Reports New Car Price Report purchasers, as well as ConsumerReports.org subscribers, the service is completely free and you are under no obligation to buy.

Liza Barth

   

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