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Best new car deals for Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend

Consumer Reports News: November 22, 2011 08:38 AM

While the stores are promoting door-busting discounts for Black Friday, it can also make a great time for getting deals on a new car. We've found some attractive discounts on good models. And being the end of the month, dealers may be a bit more willing to negotiate to meet their quotas.

Below is a list of Consumer Reports recommended 2011 and 2012 models with deals of 15-20 percent below MSRP for Thanksgiving weekend. (The average discount on a new car in 2011 is six percent, according to TrueCar.) The vehicles listed below are national deals, but extra regional discounts are also available on other recommended models with an additional savings of at least $500 to over $5,000 off. 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.

Make & model Expires MSRP Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Bottom line price Potential savings below MSRP
2011 Cadillac DTS
1/3/12 52,845 49,989 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Malibu
1/3/12 23,735 22,586 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Suburban 1/3/12 57,530 53,569 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Mazda6 11/30/11 21,785 20,200 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Acura RL
1/3/12 48,085 43,687 No No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2012 Chevrolet Avalanche
1/3/12 444,115 41,093 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Corvette 1/3/12 54,995 50,131 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Traverse 1/3/12 34,820 33,120 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford F-150 1/3/12 37,820 34,387 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2012 Ford Mustang 1/3/12 34,105 31,494 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2012 Ford Taurus 1/3/12 32,950 30,420 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 GMC Yukon XL 1/3/12 50,365 46,906 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Honda Pilot 1/3/12 36,680 33,298 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Lexus ES 350 1/3/12 37,600 34,174 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Lexus IS 250 1/3/12 35,340 31,894 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Lexus LS 460 1/3/12 73,550 65,556 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Lincoln MKZ 1/3/12 35,520 33,440 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Nissan Frontier 11/30/11 27,780 26,084 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Nissan Maxima 11/30/11 35,210 32,310 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Nissan Murano 11/30/11 38,810 35,805 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Toyota Camry 12/5/11 22,410 20,570 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+

The 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 via the model overview pages and then get guaranteed, competitive price quotes from up to three dealers in your area who have agreed to meet certain guidelines of conduct. Available to online subscribers, the service is completely free and you are under no obligation to buy.

See all current Best Deals, or use our New Car Selector to create your own list of vehicles by sorting and filtering by the factors that matter most to you.

Liza Barth

   

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