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With the traditional tax deadline passed, car dealers are revving up special deals for people who might be looking to spend that slug of cash on a new vehicle.

To help our readers get the most from those hard-earned dollars, CR analyzed the latest nationwide offers and calculated the best deals after factoring in customer rebates, dealer incentives, and dealer holdbacks.

CR focused on our Recommended models, which means they scored well in our testing, have average or better reliability based on our latest survey, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if they've been evaluated. 

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Below, we list the Bottom Line price—that’s the negotiation target and the best TrueCar price that a participating dealer will give through the CR Build & Buy program. The closer a shopper can get to it, the better the deal. The cars are listed from biggest to smallest savings, from $7,629 off a Toyota Avalon to $4,217 off a Toyota Tundra. The savings span from 10 to 18 percent off the original MSRP.

Beyond these highlighted models, there are many others that can be had for well below the sticker price, including other trims of these vehicles. (See all current Best New Car Deals.)

Shoppers can use this information to negotiate a budget-friendly price on these cars, or use a service like Consumer Reports’ Build & Buy to secure a hassle-free deal from participating dealerships.  


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CR Build & Buy Car Buying Service

When buying a car, in addition to research and reviews, Consumer Reports offers its members access to the Build & Buy Car Buying Service at no additional cost. Through this service, a nationwide network of about 15,000 participating dealers provide up-front pricing information and a certificate to receive guaranteed savings off MSRP (in most states).

The pricing information and guaranteed savings include eligible incentives. Consumer Reports members have saved an average of $2,853 off MSRP with the Build & Buy Car Buying Service.


2018 Toyota Avalon

2018 Toyota Avalon

Spacious, quick, and quiet, the 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. Its 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 redesigned Avalon, based on the new Toyota Camry, arrives in early summer.


Toyota Avalon Limited
Incentives Expire:
 4/30/18
MSRP: $42,195 
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $7,629
Bottom Line Price: $34,566

See our complete Toyota Avalon road test and pricing.


2018 Ram 1500

2018 Ram 1500

This is the most comfortable-riding full-sized pickup on the market, yet the Ram is also plenty capable of grunt work. Its coil-spring rear suspension helps cushion the ride, and the spacious cab is luxury-car quiet. Our Big Horn Crew Cab, with its smooth 5.7-liter V8, averaged 15 mpg. The base 3.6-liter V6 is no weakling, but it tows less. The torquey 3.0-liter diesel V6 version is expensive but delivers effortless thrust and returns a class-leading 20 mpg overall. Rear-seat room is generous, and the Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use. The top trim Limited is lavishly furnished inside and benefits from air suspension that lends the Ram a comfortable ride. A redesigned Ram goes on sale very soon.

2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn 4x4 Crew Cab
Incentives Expire:
 4/30/18
MSRP: $44,790
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $6,864
Bottom Line Price: $37,926

See our complete Ram 1500 road test and pricing.


2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150

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. We recommend getting the optional Sync 3 infotainment system. The 2018 truck also gets pre-collision 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:
 7/9/18
MSRP: $41,030
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $6,775
Bottom Line Price: $34,255

See our complete Ford F-150 road test and pricing.


2018 Audi A6

2018 Audi A6

Audi's A6 has a comfortable ride and agile handling, strong performance, very supportive seats, and excellent fit and finish. It's one of our most highly rated sedans and is a perfect long-distance cruiser with a whisper-quiet, roomy cabin. The 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine works well but has a raspy engine sound. The 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 we tested is smooth and punchy, and returned a commendable 22 mpg overall. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seat is roomy for three adults. An added plus is the large trunk. Although the infotainment system's center controller and screen take some getting used to, the system ultimately proves logical.

2018 Audi A6 2.0 Premium Plus quattro
Incentives Expire: 4/30/18
MSRP: $52,875
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $6,132
Bottom Line Price: $46,743

See our complete Audi A6 road test and pricing.


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2018 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 IIHS small-overlap crash test. 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 only so-so.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L AWD
Incentives Expire:
 4/30/18
MSRP: $27,480
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $4,676
Bottom Line Price: $22,804

See our complete Hyundai Santa Fe Sport road test and pricing.


2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore

Derived from the small Chevrolet Sonic subcompact sedan, this subcompact SUV has a well-finished, quiet cabin and a ride that's better than a number of larger SUVs. On the downside, the Encore's little 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission combine to deliver plodding acceleration and just fair fuel economy. We got just 23 mpg overall in our tests. With its price, the Encore is a questionable value. Its tidy size makes it easy to maneuver. The interior is narrow and cramped, and the swoopy styling intrudes on the rear view. A more powerful Sport Touring version is also available.

2018 Buick Encore Preferred ll AWD
Incentives Expire:
 4/30/18
MSRP: $29,395
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $4,636
Bottom Line Price: $24,759

See our complete Buick Encore road test and pricing.


2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

The Highlander ranks among the best midsized three-row SUVs, with a desirable balance of 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. Though this new transmission isn't as smooth as the previous six-speed, 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.

Toyota Highlander XLE V6 AWD
Incentives Expire:
 4/30/18
MSRP: $41,375
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $4,512
Bottom Line Price: $36,863

See our complete Toyota Highlander road test and pricing.


2018 Audi A4

2018 Audi A4

The A4 is our highest-ranking luxury compact sports sedan, thanks in part to the driving experience. Power comes from a smooth and punchy 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a slick seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. We got a commendable 27 mpg overall. The A4 feels tight-as-a-drum solid, with a very quiet cabin. The fully digital instrument panel shows pertinent information in front of the driver in a clear, comprehensive way, and the center screen is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Interior fit and finish is excellent, and the front seats are comfortable, although the rear seat is tight. The A4 has good crash-test results and standard forward-collision warning and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

Audi A4 Premium S Tronic quattro
Incentives Expire:
 4/30/18
MSRP: $41,475
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $4,334
Bottom Line Price: $37,141

See our complete Audi A4 road test and pricing.


2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento

The Sorento is functional and refined, and it's a credible 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. The cabin is quiet, and the ride is comfortable. 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.

Kia Sorento EX V6 AWD
Incentives Expire:
 4/30/18
MSRP: $36,990
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $4,310
Bottom Line Price: $32,680

See our complete Kia Sorento road test and pricing.


2018 Toyota Tundra

2018 Toyota Tundra

Despite a freshening that brought improved controls and updates to the exterior and interior, the Tundra still feels outclassed by newer and more refined competitors. It offers a standard two-door regular cab and two sizes of crew cabs. You can choose between a powerful 5.7-liter V8 and a 4.6-liter V8. The six-speed automatic is 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.

Toyota Tundra 4WD 4WD SR5 CrewMax 5.7L
Incentives Expire:
 4/30/18
MSRP: $40,865
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $4,217
Bottom Line Price: $36,648

See our complete Toyota Tundra road test and pricing.