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Best new car deals for SUVs

Consumer Reports News: December 18, 2012 01:08 PM

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We're in the last days of 2012, a period traditionally considered to be great time to buy a new car and take advantage of manufacturer incentives and rebates. Our recent pricing analysis shows that deals can vary, but we have identified the best savings on winter-ready SUVs.

Typically, dealers are anxious to sell what they can now because the winter months are often their slowest season. Plus, automakers are hoping to close the year with strong sales. These factors put the car buyer in a good position to negotiate and come out with a great deal on a good car.

For our December deals, we looked at SUVs because their utility and all-wheel-drive make them an appealing choice for navigating the roads during the winter season, plus they have plenty of room for loading up the ski equipment.

Models listed offer between 5 and 15 percent off MSRP and dealers may be interested in negotiating further to clear the floor and make room for the 2013s. Before negotiating for any new car, shoppers should check our detailed pricing for local deals, rebates, and hidden direct-to-dealer incentives. (Learn more about car pricing.)

The models listed below are just a few of our Best New Car Deals, meaning they offer 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 well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated.

See our full list of deals on 2012 and some 2013 models.

Make & model Expires MSRP Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Bottom line price
Potential savings below MSRP
2012 Acura MDX 1/2/13 $43,925 $40,758 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
2013 Chevrolet Equinox 1/2/13 28,410 27,033 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 Chevrolet Traverse 1/2/13 35,585 33,847 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2013 Dodge Durango 1/2/13 38,090 36,057 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 Ford Flex 1/2/13 34,775 32,530 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 GMC Terrain 1/2/13 31,085 29,572 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 GMC Yukon XL 1/2/13 51,520 47,983 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 Infiniti QX56 1/2/13 64,090 59,379 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1/2/13 30,690 30,169 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2013 Kia Sorento 1/7/12 26,150 25,295 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 Mazda CX-9 1/2/13 35,920 34,025 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander 1/2/13 25,655 24,606 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 Nissan Juke 1/2/13 24,540 23,301 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 Nissan Rogue 1/2/13 30,535 28,507 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 1/2/13 36,750 35,312 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price

Online subscribers are eligible for hassle-free shopping and low prices through the Consumer Reports Build & Buy program. Unlike traditional car buying, there is no pressure or obligation to purchase. Participating dealers are held to high standards of competitive pricing and customer service. Simply click the "Build & Buy This Car" button that appears on the vehicle's model overview page to access the program.

See all current Best Deals. Complete pricing, road tests, and ratings for these models, and many more, can be readily accessed via our simple A-to-Z directory.
Check out the cars coming down the road in our New Car Preview.

Liza Barth

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