Best New Car Deals for Memorial Day 2022

    Big savings can still be found on select cars and SUVs

    2022 Nissan Murano Photo: Nissan

    Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the best times of the year to buy a new car, with deep discounts and low finance rates readily available.

    Things are a bit different this year because of limited new car inventory caused by the pandemic and the global microchip shortage. There are still some great deals available now through the end of May, but you need to know where to look. That’s where we come in.

    To identify standout deals, Consumer Reports’ analysts studied nationwide new-car incentives and discounts that represent savings below the sticker price.

    To make sure the featured cars represent smart buys, we concentrated on models with a strong Overall Score, which factors in road-test performance, owner satisfaction, reliability, and safety. (Learn more about CR’s car ratings.)

    The deals highlighted here are currently available and last until May 31.

    Some models that have come up short in Consumer Reports’ testing are being advertised with tempting deals. That underscores the need for shoppers to do their research and not be swayed by the savings alone.

    More on Buying a Car

    The cars listed below—all 2022 models—appear in descending order of the potential savings off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. To show specific pricing examples, we spotlighted specific, popular versions.

    The potential savings span from 8 percent to 5 percent off the original MSRP—and this typically holds true across the model range. There will probably be regional deals that outshine these national offerings. They can be found through our Build & Buy Car Buying Service. We also added the average transaction price for each example, reflecting what others have recently paid. Ultimately, that is the number to beat with your negotiation. Securing a price between the bottom line and the average transaction is considered a win and a good deal.

    Specific pricing details on these versions and other trim variations are available on our model pages, along with complete road tests, reliability, owner satisfaction, and other key information.

    CR members will see the car ratings and discount pricing details below when logged in.

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

    Learn more about car buying and pricing.

    CR's Build & Buy Car Buying Service

    In addition to research and reviews, Consumer Reports offers members access to the Build & Buy Car Buying Service at no additional cost. Through this service, members can compare in-stock vehicles, see what others paid for the car they want, and customize their payments online. Once they find the vehicle they’re interested in, members can get up-front price offers online from local certified dealers. On top of national incentives, Consumer Reports members are eligible for additional incentive offers from select manufacturers through the Build & Buy Car Buying Service. Plus, members can get an instant trade-in value for their current vehicle to use toward their next car purchase.

    Chevrolet Equinox: 8% Off

    Chevrolet Blazer: 8% Off

    Nissan Murano: 7% Off

    Ram 1500: 7% Off

    GMC Acadia: 7% Off

    Chevrolet Traverse: 7% Off

    Chrysler 300: 6% Off

    Cadillac XT5: 6% Off

    Dodge Charger: 6% Off

    Toyota Prius Prime: 5% Off

    Tips for Buying a New Car

    There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new car. On the “Consumer 101” TV show, Consumer Reports expert Kelly Funkhouser explains to host Jack Rico what to look for before taking a test drive.

    Jeff S. Bartlett

    A New England native, I have piloted a wide variety of vehicles, from a Segway to an aircraft carrier. All told, I have driven thousands of vehicles—many on race tracks across the globe. Today, that experience and passion are harnessed at the CR Auto Test Center to empower consumers. And if some tires must be sacrificed in the pursuit of truth, so be it. Follow me on Twitter (@JeffSBartlett).