The airwaves are abuzz with door-busting Black Friday deals on the latest gizmos, gadgets, and other things you can simply live without. But there is a product most people need and depend on that can be found at great prices this shopping season: a new car.
Scouring through thousands of current incentives, we found several standout deals that promise thousands off the window sticker. The deals this time around are not as aggressive as we have seen on past holiday weekends, but if you’re looking to save on a new car, this can be a good time to act. And unlike that wall-sized television you're contemplating standing in line overnight for, these offers extend until at least December.
The new-car model year typically transitions in the fall, leading to some overlap with the outgoing year. This time, inventories on 2014 models is light, causing us to focus strictly on 2015 models. If you find a 2014, think through whether it is the right solution for you. Of course, it will have depreciated a full year’s worth and may not have the latest technology. (Read: “Should I buy an end-of-summer new car?”)
There are abundant savings available for full-sized pickup truck buyers across brands, with some heavy-duty variants showing up to $4,700 off. Surprisingly, even the new 2015 Ford F-150 has $2,000 or more in total available savings. Plus, there are numerous other cars with notable potential savings—including the Dodge Journey, Ford Escape, Fiat 500, Kia Sorento, and Nissan Altima—that just don’t meet our requirements to be recommended.
The cars listed below are all 2015 models. With a nod to the early winter hitting the nation, most selections highlighted are all-wheel-drive, but there are discounts available on other variations. The vehicles listed below are national deals, but extra regional discounts are also available on other models with an additional savings. In addition, there are bonus incentives for returning customers and military personnel available on many models, providing even further discounts.
The models highlighted are just a few of our best new car deals, meaning there are notable discounts on models that meet Consumer Reports criteria to be recommended. These vehicles scored well in our testing, had average or better reliability in our subscriber survey, and performed at least adequately, if included, in government or insurance-industry safety tests.