In honor of Independence Day, Consumer Reports has gathered the best Fourth of July deals on cars, SUVs, and trucks assembled in the U.S.

To identify standout deals, our analysts focused on nationwide new-car incentives and discounts that point to notable available savings below sticker price. The list was then whittled down to CR-recommended models, meaning those vehicles that scored well in CR’s testing, have average or better reliability in the latest subscriber survey, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated.

The idea of “American-made” can be fuzzy, with multiple ways to slice that apple pie. You’ll note that many highlighted models come from automakers whose headquarters are overseas but whose cars have their final assembly point in the U.S. Many traditional domestic nameplates are not represented here because the savings weren’t big enough or their vehicles did not get a Consumer Reports recommendation.

Specific pricing details are available on the model pages, along with complete road tests, reliability, owner satisfaction, and other key information. There, shoppers can also find local transaction prices that reflect supply and demand in their area, as well as incorporate regional incentives.

All deals are currently in effect and last past the Fourth of July holiday. And they reflect potential savings of 9 to 22 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Hyundai Sonata factory.
Sparks fly when building the Hyundai Sonata in Montgomery, Ala.

Born in the USA

“Made in America” has become a calling card for shoppers of many products, including cars. If you’re interested in knowing whether your car (or its parts) were built in this country, there are easy ways to check on every new car on a dealer’s lot.

On the window sticker (that’s where the term “sticker price” comes from), there’s a notation of the final assembly point of the vehicle. In addition, every new car has information (sometimes on the window sticker, aka Monroney sticker, sometimes on a separate sticker) that details the percentage of “domestic parts content.” That information is there as a result of a congressional act that kicked in with vehicles built for the 1994 model year.

Keep in mind that, as defined by Congress, “domestic” includes parts supplied from Canadian plants. That’s because many suppliers are making parts just over the U.S.-Canada border from Detroit. The source information is highlighted in our sample window sticker below.

For this list, we define “Made in America” as being assembled within the 50 states, rather than just in North America. Models, such as the Ram 1500, that have current incentives that do not continue past July 4, as of publication time, were not included.

The vehicles are ranked by potential savings off MSRP, starting with the greatest dollar amount.

2017 Buick LaCrosse window sticker.

As the calendar counts down to Independence Day, print, radio, and television ads will be throwing wild pricing offers around like parade prizes.

No matter when you plan to purchase, be sure to focus more on the car than the deal. Nothing makes a sales holiday fizzle like a great price on a bad car.

For more discounted good cars, check our Best New Car Deals, updated monthly.


Toyota Avalon

July 4th car deals on Toyota Avalon

Spacious, quick, and quiet, the Kentucky-built Avalon is a traditional big sedan updated for modern times. Power comes from a lively 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers punchy performance and a commendable 24 mpg overall. The four-cylinder hybrid version delivers an outstanding 36 mpg overall.

Easy-to-use controls include a straightforward touch-screen infotainment system. Interior noise is subdued. The ride is plush and comfortable, which makes the Avalon an excellent highway cruiser.

Advanced safety features, including forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, are standard. A redesign, based on the latest Toyota Camry, is now on sale.

2018 Toyota Avalon Limited

Incentives expire: July 9, 2018
MSRP: $42,195
Potential savings off MSRP: $8,129
Bottom Line Price: $34,066

Read the complete Toyota Avalon road test.


Ford F-150

July 4th car deals on Ford F-150

Built in Michigan and Missouri, Ford’s big-selling pickup truck has an all-aluminum body, which saves about 700 pounds over its steel-bodied predecessor.

Engine choices include a new 3.3-liter V6, 2.7- and 3.5-liter turbo V6s, and a 5.0-liter V8. For 2018, the 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter turbo V6s and the V8 are teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both turbo V6s are quiet and effortless, lending themselves to towing. Fuel economy is commendable. In our tests the 2.7 got 19 mpg overall. The 2.7 is also surprisingly quick from 0 to 60 mph.

The cabin is very quiet, but the ride is stiff and jittery. Its handling is ponderous but ultimately secure. We recommend getting the optional Sync 3 infotainment system. The 2018 truck also gets precollision assist with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. Diesel and hybrid versions are on the horizon.  

2018 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD SuperCab

Incentives expire: July 9, 2018
MSRP: $41,030
Potential savings off MSRP: $5,775
Bottom Line Price: $35,255

Read the complete Ford F-150 road test.


Nissan Altima

July 4th car deals on Nissan Altima

This roomy, rather generic sedan from the South uses a continuously variable transmission that works well when loafing around but dilutes the driving experience in more demanding situations. 

In our tests we got a decent 29 mpg overall with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and the 3.5-liter V6 returned 24 mpg overall. Handling feels mushy and saps confidence with its overly light steering, though it is ultimately secure. The ride is superficially soft, but over sharp bumps the suspension loses its absorbency.

Controls are easy to use, but the infotainment system is fussy and limits phone interaction to voice commands. Blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems are available. For 2018, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard. An all-new Altima is set to arrive for the 2019 model year late in 2018.

2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV

Incentives expire: July 9, 2018
MSRP: $26,795
Potential savings off MSRP: $5,762
Bottom Line Price: $21,033

Read the complete Nissan Altima road test.


Kia Optima

July 4th deal on Kia Optima

Produced in Georgia, Kia’s midsized sedan packs a lot of substance and value. It drives nicely, with a firm yet absorbent ride and responsive, secure handling.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is pleasant and returned 28 mpg overall in our tests; the uplevel 2.0-liter turbo-four packs more punch. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is also available.

Both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are available. The EX trim features comfortable leather seats, automatic climate control, a roomy rear seat, and heating for the seats and steering wheel. The controls are very intuitive to use, but the low-mounted dash vents tend to blow more air on your hands.

Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning are standard. But forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are optional and only on top trims.

2018 Kia Optima EX

Incentives expire: July 9, 2018
MSRP: $26,595
Potential savings off MSRP: $5,670
Bottom Line Price: $20,925

Read the complete Kia Optima road test.


Kia Sorento

July 4th car deals on Kia Sorento

The Georgia-built Sorento is functional and refined, and its wide price range makes it an alternative to small and midsized SUVs.

Three engines are available: the base 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; a 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four; and the smooth and quiet 290-hp, 3.3-liter V6. For 2018 the six-speed automatic has been updated, and there is a new eight-speed automatic.

The cabin is quiet, and the ride is comfortable and composed. Handling is responsive and secure. Supportive seats and simple controls help make the Sorento easy to live with. Available safety gear includes forward-collision warning, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as a surround-view monitor. Good crash-test results are a plus.

2018 Kia Sorento EX V6
Incentives expire:
 July 9, 2018
MSRP: $36,990
Potential savings off MSRP: $5,060
Bottom Line Price: $31,930

Read the complete Kia Sorento road test.


Toyota Tundra

July 4th deal on Toyota Tundra

Despite a freshening that brought improved controls and updates to the exterior and interior, the Texas-constructed Tundra still feels outclassed by newer and more refined competitors.

It offers a standard two-door regular cab and two sizes of crew cabs. Buyers can choose between a very powerful 5.7-liter V8 and a 4.6-liter V8. The six-speed automatic is very smooth and responsive. Handling is secure, but the ride is jittery, especially with the TRD off-road package.

The cabin is very roomy, but it’s a long reach to some controls. Towing performance is extremely capable. The damped rear tailgate is easy to raise and lower.

Updates for 2018 include standard forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning.

2018 Toyota Tundra 4WD SR5 CrewMax

Incentives expire: July 9, 2018
MSRP: $40,865
Potential savings off MSRP: $4,717
Bottom Line Price: $36,148

Read the complete Toyota Tundra road test.


Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

July 4th car deals on Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Hyundai’s five-passenger midsized SUV received a number of updates, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning. It also improved from Marginal to Good in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small-overlap crash test.

Built in Alabama, this roomy SUV has a comfortable ride and a quiet interior. Power comes from a responsive 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a smooth six-speed automatic transmission. We got a decent 23 mpg overall with this drivetrain. A more powerful 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder is also available. Handling is sound and secure but not exceptional.

The well-finished cabin is packed with a lot of standard features, but rear visibility is so-so.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L AWD

Incentives expire: July 9, 2018
MSRP: $27,480
Potential savings off MSRP: $4,676
Bottom Line Price: $22,804

Read the complete Hyundai Santa Fe Sport road test.


Toyota Highlander

July 4th deal on Toyota Highlander

The Indiana-built Highlander ranks among the best midsized three-row SUVs, with a desirable balance of an absorbent ride, responsive handling, and generous interior space.

A third row allows seating for eight in a pinch—seven with optional second-row captain’s chairs—and folds flat easily to increase cargo space. The punchy 3.5-liter V6 engine is now matched to an eight-speed automatic. While this new transmission isn’t as smooth as the previous six-speed one, it helped improve fuel economy to 22 mpg overall. The hybrid version gets 25 mpg overall.

It’s a long reach to some controls, particularly the touch screen. The Entune system includes a larger 8-inch screen. A comprehensive suite of safety technology, including automatic emergency braking, is standard.

2018 Toyota Highlander XLE V6 AWD
Incentives expire:
 July 9, 2018
MSRP: $41,375
Potential savings off MSRP: $4,512
Bottom Line Price: $36,863

Read the complete Toyota Highlander road test.


Hyundai Sonata

July 4th deal on Hyundai Sonata

This competitive, Alabama-manufactured sedan was freshened for 2018 and retains its excellent rear-seat room, easy cabin access, and user-friendly controls. Handling is taut and secure, but the ride is on the firm side and is no longer as comfortable as it used to be.

The base 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine is coupled to a smooth six-speed automatic that returns 28 mpg overall in our tests. A more powerful 2.0-liter turbo mated to an eight-speed automatic is optional. The Eco uses a 1.6-liter, turbo four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed automated manual.

Outward visibility is a strong point. Blind-spot warning is standard, and forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are optional. Plug-in and hybrid versions are available; the latter returned an impressive 39 mpg overall in our tests. The generous interior makes for a very pleasant sedan.

2018 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4L
Incentives expire:
 July 9, 2018
MSRP: $22,935
Potential savings off MSRP: $3,909
Bottom Line Price: $19,026

Read the complete Hyundai Sonata road test.


Nissan Murano

July 4th deal on Nissan Murano

Nissan’s midsized SUV from Mississippi uses a punchy, refined 3.5-liter six-cylinder paired with a continuously variable transmission.

The cabin is quiet and well-finished, and has an upscale feel to it. Handling is not very sporty, with overly light steering that reduces driver confidence. The ride is steady and absorbent on the standard 18-inch tires but less so on the Platinum trim’s 20-inch tires.

Optional safety features include blind-spot and cross-traffic warnings. An available 8-inch color display houses the NissanConnect infotainment system. For 2018, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard.

2018 Nissan Murano AWD SL
Incentives expire:
 July 9, 2018
MSRP: $41,075
Potential savings off MSRP: $3,711
Bottom Line Price: $37,364

Read the complete Nissan Murano road test.