2018 Genesis G80 new car deal

Savvy shoppers can get good deals on certain models this spring, the time of year when some dealers are looking to move the previous model year's inventory off their lots to make room for some fresh 2019 models.

Our CR analysts studied the latest nationwide offers and calculated potential savings after factoring in customer rebates, dealer incentives, and dealer holdbacks.

We focused on models recommended by Consumer Reports. That means these cars have scored well in our testing, have average or better reliability in our latest member survey, and have 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 indicating the potential savings and the negotiation target. The closer a shopper can get to this ideal price, the better the deal. The cars are in descending order of potential savings, from $7,629 off a Toyota Avalon to $2,715 off the Kia Forte. The savings span from 14 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.)

Armed with this information, shoppers can 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. 

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

Deal on 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:
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

Deal on 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 engine, 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 soon. 

Ram 1500 Big Horn 4x4 Regular Cab 64" Box
Incentives Expire:
MSRP: $37,290
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $6,344
Bottom Line Price: $30,946

See our complete Ram 1500 road test and pricing.

2018 Genesis G80

Deal on 2018 Genesis G80

The Genesis G80, previously known as the Hyundai Genesis, delivers just about every feature and luxury attribute a buyer could imagine for about $10,000 less than its competitors. Offered with a smooth and refined V6 engine or a potent V8, the G80 also has responsive handling and a comfortable ride, though its agility can't quite match its German rivals. Our tested AWD V6 returned a competitive 20 mpg overall. Controls are refreshingly straightforward for a luxury car. Rear-seat passengers are pampered with amenities, including seat heaters, and space is plentiful. Standard advanced safety features include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot warning. A Sport version with a turbocharged, 3.3-liter V6 is new for 2018. 

Genesis G80 3.8L AWD
Incentives Expire:
MSRP: $45,245
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $7,683
Bottom Line Price: $37,562

See our complete Genesis G80 road test and pricing.

2018 Hyundai Elantra

Deal on 2018 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra is relatively roomy, sparing with fuel, and features intuitive controls. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine returned an excellent 33 mpg overall in our tests but delivers leisurely acceleration and buzzes unpleasantly as revs increase. The Eco version feels more responsive but costs $3,000 more. Although handling is secure, there isn't much driving excitement. The ride is mostly unobjectionable, but sharp bumps tend to come through noticeably. Road noise is elevated as well. Inside, the front seats in our tested SE are short on lumbar support, though the power seat in the Limited is better. Active safety features and a Sport version with a 1.6-liter, turbo four-cylinder are available. New for 2018 is a GT hatchback version with taut, nimble handling.

Hyundai Elantra SEL 2.0L Automatic
Incentives Expire:
MSRP: $19,735
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $3,123
Bottom Line Price: $16,612

See our complete Hyundai Elantra road test and pricing.

2018 Hyundai Sonata

Deal on 2018 Hyundai Sonata

This competitive 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.

Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4L
Incentives Expire:
MSRP: $22,935
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $3,659
Bottom Line Price: $19,276

See our complete Hyundai Sonata road test and pricing.

2018 Kia Optima

Deal on 2018 Kia Optima

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. 

Kia Optima EX Automatic
Incentives Expire:
MSRP: $26,595
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $4,170
Bottom Line Price: $22,425

See our complete Kia Optima road test and pricing.

2018 Ford F-150

Deal on

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 0-60 mph. The cabin is very quiet, but the ride is stiff and jittery. Handling is ponderous but the truck remains secure. 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.

Ford F-150 XLT 4WD SuperCab 6.5 Box
Incentives Expire:
MSRP: $40,935
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $6,268
Bottom Line Price: $34,667

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

2018 Ford Fusion

Deal on Ford Fusion

The Fusion is a delight to drive, with a supple ride and nimble handling reminiscent of a European sports sedan. All trim levels and powertrains feel solid and upscale, with a well-finished and quiet cabin. We found the optional leather seats to be more supportive than the cloth ones, and the rear seat is somewhat snug. The 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engines are powerful enough, but neither has competitive fuel economy for the class. A new high-end version, the Sport, is equipped with all-wheel drive and a 325-hp, 2.7-liter V6. It is quick, comfortable, and quiet, but it costs more than $40,000. The Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid were updated with more efficient electric motors. A rotary shift dial and Ford's improved Sync 3 infotainment system highlight the updates to the interior. 

Ford Fusion Hybrid SE
Incentives Expire:
MSRP: $27,120
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $3,944
Bottom Line Price: $23,176

See our complete Ford Fusion road test and pricing.

2018 Ford C-Max

Deal on 2018 Ford C-Max

Based on the compact Focus sedan, the five-passenger C-Max hybrid is a clever, quiet, spacious, and practical hatchback. It rides well and handles capably. The regenerative braking system recharges the battery when slowing the car, helping with fuel economy. But the system makes the brake pedal feel very grabby. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric motor deliver adequate acceleration and seamless transitions between gas and electric power, and the C-Max can run in electric mode up to about 40 mph. We measured an excellent 37 mpg overall with the standard hybrid. Ford's easy-to-use Sync 3 infotainment system is available. The Energi plug-in version was dropped for 2018.

Ford C-Max Hybrid SE FWD
Incentives Expire:
MSRP: $24,995
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $3,835
Bottom Line Price: $21,160

See our complete Ford C-Max road test and pricing.

2018 Kia Forte

Deal on 2018 Kia Forte

Kia's Forte provides generous interior room and a wide assortment of amenities. Our base LX sedan got 33 mpg overall from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Though the ride soaks up most impacts, it tends to feel a bit too jarring when encountering sharp bumps. Handling is very secure but not particularly agile. The SX hatchback uses a 1.6-liter turbo mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox. The spacious interior is quiet for a compact car, and the controls are logically arranged. Available comfort and convenience options include front and rear heated and ventilated seats, and advanced safety features. High-end versions offer leather seats, power-folding mirrors, and other upscale items. A redesigned Forte goes on sale this year.

Kia Forte LX Automatic
Incentives Expire:
MSRP: $18,795
Potential Savings Off MSRP: $2,715
Bottom Line Price: $16,080

See our complete Kia Forte road test and pricing.