Summer might be winding down, but the airwaves are thick with promotions for Labor Day deals on cars. Consumer Reports has found deals on good cars that promise to be sweeter than most.

We focused on CR-recommended models for this roundup, meaning that they that have scored well in CR’s testing, have average or better reliability in our latest subscriber survey, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests.

You can save from $4,500 to as much as $9,000 off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price on all 10 cars, SUVs, and minivans featured here.  

Such extreme savings come with trade-offs, though. It's the end of the model year, and any 2017 car purchased now will see accelerated first-year depreciation. That may not matter if you plan to hold on to a vehicle for years, especially if you're a high-mileage drivers whose odometer spins like a slot machine.

Several of the models, including the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Expedition, and Toyota Camry, are currently being replaced with all-new vehicles for 2018. Sure, the leftover 2017 models may look like old news when fresh designs hit the street, but cars tend to be most reliable in their final year of production.

There are definite pros and cons to buying at this time of year. Ultimately, the key to making a smart, satisfying purchase is being informed.

Specific pricing details on these and other trim variations are available on CR's model pages, along with complete road tests, reliability, owner satisfaction, and other essential information. You can also find local transaction prices there that reflect supply and demand in your area, and they incorporate regional incentives as well.

All deals are currently in effect and last past Labor Day.

Ford Expedition

Best Labor Day Deal on Ford Expedition

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2017 Ford Expedition EL Limited 4x4

10/2/17

$62,930

$60,152

$9,278

This imposing SUV's 3.5-liter, turbocharged V6 engine delivers more power and better fuel economy than the V8 it replaced. Paired with the standard six-speed automatic, our Expedition returned 14 mpg overall in testing, a 1-mpg improvement.

The V6 also has plenty of power for trailer towing. Regular- and long-wheelbase versions are available, as well as eight-passenger seating that includes legitimate third-row seating for adults. And that's where the good news ends.

The aging Expedition trails the competition because of its clumsy handling, noisy cabin, and low-rent interior. Thankfully, however, Sync 3 replaced the much-maligned MyFord Touch infotainment system. A redesign arrives in the fall. 

Read the complete Ford Expedition road test.


Toyota Avalon

Best Labor Day Deal on Toyota Avalon

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2017 Toyota Avalon Limited

9/5/17

$41,985

$37,876

$7,109

The Avalon is an old-school, big sedan updated for modern times, and now it's spacious, quick, and quiet. Power comes from a lively 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine, which 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. Avalons from 2013-15 had an overly stiff ride, but Toyota fixed that with improvements for 2016, without hurting the car's handling ability. Now the ride fits the car's mission as being a plush and comfortable cruiser.

The 2017 Avalon brings standard advanced safety features, such as automatic emergency braking.

Read the complete Toyota Avalon road test.


Toyota Sequoia

Best Labor Day Deal on Toyota Sequoia

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2017 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4WD

9/5/17

$58,770

$53,590

$6,180

The big, eight-passenger Sequoia has a strong and refined 5.7-liter, V8 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. That combination returned 15 mpg overall in our tests. Rear-wheel and selectable, full-time four-wheel drive are available.

The ride is firm and handling is awkward, but drivers will still feel secure. It's a high step-in to get into the cabin, but once inside, passengers will find the interior to be very roomy, and the third-row seat can fold flat into a well for more cargo space.

Blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning systems are available. Electronic connectivity includes Toyota's Entune touch-screen audio system. 

Read the complete Toyota Sequoia road test.


Toyota Camry

Best Labor Day Deal on Toyota Camry

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2017 Toyota Camry XLE

9/5/17

$27,195

$24,827

$5,368

Sure, it might seem vanilla, but the Camry truly delivers what shoppers want in a midsized sedan.

The Camry's no-fuss driving experience—great outward visibility, controls that fall easily to hand, a roomy interior—may not be the most thrilling in its class, but it doesn't deserve its reputation as boring. It's pleasant and capable because of its quiet cabin, slick powertrains, comfortable ride, and sound handling.

This sedan delivers outstanding reliability and solid owner satisfaction year after year. The Camry acquitted itself well in crash tests, and fuel economy is competitive. We got 26 mpg overall with the V6 and 28 mpg with the four-cylinder, topping out with the Hybrid's 38 mpg.

The redesigned 2018 Camry is already on dealer lots.

Read the complete Toyota Camry road test.


Buick Enclave

Best Labor Day Deal on Buick Enclave

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2017 Buick Enclave Leather AWD

9/5/17

$46,690

$44,402

$5,288

The large Enclave is set to be replaced, after almost a decade on the market, by an all-new, more modern version that goes on sale in the fall.

The outgoing model has a firm, comfortable ride and secure handling. The cabin is quiet, the interior is nicely finished, and the seats are comfortable.

The Enclave shows its age through some of the outdated controls and limited feature content. The 3.6-liter, V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are smooth and unobtrusive, but the engine feels taxed and at times the powertrain has to work pretty hard to move this large SUV.

In CR tests, the Enclave returned a paltry 15 mpg overall. Adults can fit in the roomy third row, which is a plus. Forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning systems are available. An all-new Enclave goes on sale this fall. 

Read the complete Buick Enclave road test.


Toyota Sienna

Best Labor Day Deal on Toyota Sienna

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2017 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD

9/5/17

$39,480

$36,398

$5,082

The Sienna is a sensible choice as minivans go, but it isn't very engaging to drive. It rides comfortably and is quiet inside, but its handling is lackluster.

It has a lively 3.5-liter, V6 engine, but the new eight-speed automatic transmission doesn't shift as smoothly as the previous six-speed did. However, the new transmission helped improve fuel economy from 20 to 21 mpg. The all-wheel-drive version—the only so-equipped minivan on the market—sacrifices 1 mpg.

An eighth seat cleverly stores in the back when it isn't installed in place. The 2017 update also brought a standard backup camera, an additional LATCH attachment, and a front-passenger seat-cushion airbag. Reliability has been above average. That reliability and the availability of all-wheel drive are the Sienna's biggest advantages over its competitors. 

Read the complete Toyota Sienna road test.


Kia Sorento

Best Labor Day Deal on Kia Sorento

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2017 Kia Sorento EX V6 AWD

9/5/17

$35,995

$34,180

$4,815

This is among CR's top-scoring midsized SUVs. The Sorento is functional and refined, and its wide price range makes it an attractive alternative to other 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. All are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The cabin is quiet, and the ride is comfortable and composed. Its handling is responsive and secure. the Sorento is easy to live with because of its supportive seats and simple controls.

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.  

Read the complete Kia Sorento road test.


Ford Flex

Best Labor Day Deal on Ford Flex

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2017 Ford Flex SEL AWD

10/2/17

$35,575

$34,014

$4,561

The boxy Flex combines SUV-like versatility with an almost carlike driving experience. The interior is highly functional, with room for up to seven passengers in three rows, and its shipping-container shape works well to pile on the cargo.

Big head restraints hamper rear visibility. Its handling is not particularly nimble, but the ride is comfortable and the cabin remains quiet.

The base 3.5-liter, V6 engine gets just 18 mpg overall. The turbo V6 gives you quicker acceleration at a cost of only 1 mpg.

The complicated and distracting MyFord Touch infotainment system has been replaced by the much better Sync 3 system. 

Read the complete Ford Flex road test.


Kia Optima

Best Labor Day Deal on Kia Optima

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2017 Kia Optima EX

9/5/17

$26,335

$24,650

$4,685

Kia's Optima midsized sedan mixes a lot of substance with value. It drives nicely, with a firm yet absorbent ride and responsive, secure handling.

The mainstream 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine responds well without being too noisy, and it returned 28 mpg overall in our testing; the uplevel 2.0-liter turbo four packs more punch. New to the Optima lineup is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

At around $26,000, the EX trim gets comfortable leather seats, automatic climate control, a roomy rear seat, and heated seats and steering wheel. The controls are very intuitive to use.

Our only gripe is the the low-positioned dash vents. The latest version of Kia's UVO touch-screen infotainment system works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A hybrid version is also available.

Read the complete Kia Optima road test.


Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Best Labor Day Deal on Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport AWD 2.0T

9/5/17

$34,345

$32,585

$4,510

Hyundai's five-passenger midsized SUV received a number of updates with its 2017 freshening, including a standard rearview camera, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning. It also improved to Good from Marginal in the small-overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

This roomy SUV has a comfortable ride and a quiet interior. It's powered by a responsive, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that's mated to a smooth, six-speed automatic transmission. We got a decent 23 mpg overall with this drivetrain in CR testing. A more powerful 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is also available.

Its handling is sound and secure but not exceptional for this segment. The well-finished cabin is packed with a lot of standard features, but rear visibility is so-so.  

Read the complete Hyundai Santa Fe Sport road test.