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July 4th Edition: Best new car deals on American cars

Consumer Reports News: June 29, 2011 09:08 AM

When it comes to flag waving, driving an American-branded car makes a strong patriotic statement. For those looking to buy a car from Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Company, or General Motors this holiday weekend, we have compiled more than two dozen of the best deals.

In this global economy, the designation “American car” has more than one interpretation. While we have compiled a list of deals on American-made cars (those models literally built within our borders), here we are focused on vehicles from the traditional Detroit 3 automakers, regardless of where they are assembled. You might be surprised that a number of American-branded cars are built in Mexico and Canada.

The models highlighted in the chart have Bottom Line Prices well 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. Remember: always negotiate up from the rock-bottom true dealer cost figure, rather than haggling down from the MSRP or other 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
2011 Buick Enclave CXL-1 AWD
7/5/2011 40,980 38,931 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Buick Lucerne Super
7/5/2011 44,460 42,682 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Cadillac DTS Luxury Collection 7/5/2011 51,925 49,069 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche 4WD LT
7/5/2011 42,455 39,483 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
7/5/2011 54,045 49,181 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 7/5/2011 74,375 67,681 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT 7/5/2011 22,975 21,826 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 7/5/2011 27,165 25,807 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4WD Crew Cab 7/5/2011 35,000 32,550 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 1500 LTZ 7/5/2011 56,580 52,619 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6 AT 4WD 1LT 7/5/2011 34,010 32,310 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup SLT 4WD Crew Cab 8/1/2011 35,385 32,866 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD SuperCrew 157-in 7/5/2011 36,580 33,174 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford Flex Limited AWD EcoBoost 7/5/2011 42,890 39,840 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Flex SEL AWD 7/5/2011 33,925 31,682 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Focus SES sedan 7/5/2011 18,870 17,587 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford Fusion I-4 SE 7/5/2011 21,850 20,196 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford Fusion V6 SEL AWD 7/5/2011 28,760 26,414 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe 7/5/2011 32,845 30,265 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible 7/5/2011 37,845 34,765 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe 7/5/2011 25,845 23,965 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford Taurus Limited FWD 7/5/2011 32,155 28,635 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT SWB 7/5/2011 42,660 39,674 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 GMC Yukon XL 4WD 1/2 Ton SLT (4SA) 7/5/2011 49,415 45,956 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Lincoln MKT 3.5 EcoBoost AWD 7/5/2011 49,300 46,314 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 5%+
2011 Lincoln MKZ V6 7/5/2011 34,645 32,565 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Lincoln Navigator 4WD 7/5/2011 60,530 56,868 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+

Full pricing is available to online subscribers through the model overview pages. Our recently improved car pricing service can provide detailed information by zip code, showing what the average local transaction price is for a given model and trim, while also revealing the calculated lowest amount a dealership can accept.

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.

Jeff Bartlett

   

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