As summer winds down, dealerships are eager to clear out the remaining 2014 models to make room for the 2015 cars that will soon arrive. Already, advertisements are promoting deep discounts and near-zero interest rates on the leftover cars, but not all offers are created equal. Often, the largest discounts are available only for the least-desirable cars.
To help make sense of the offers, Consumer Reports’ analysts have combed through hundreds of incentives to identify 10 great deals on good cars. Each highlighted model meets Consumer Reports’ stringent criteria to be recommended, meaning they scored well in our testing, have average or better reliability in our latest subscriber survey, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated.
All models here offer potential savings of at least 10 percent below MSRP, with half showing that even 15 percent or more can be saved, based on customer rebates and direct-to-dealer incentives. That translates to over $5,000 off for the Chrysler 300 V6, Ford Expedition EL, and Nissan Maxima, and nearly as much for the Nissan Murano. Specific savings for each model, including other trim variations, can be found via the Consumer Reports car model pages. (Before taking a test drive, read: “Should I Buy an End-of-Summer New Car?”)
Each vehicle featured below is a 2014 model, and all incentives expire on September 2nd.
Remember: Research is the key to getting a great deal. Sure, the advertised offers may look good, but you can often negotiate further if armed with all the pricing information.
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