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Best new car deals for Black Friday

Here’s how to save big money shopping over the holiday weekend

Published: November 22, 2013 09:00 AM

It’s the season for door-busting deals and while many holiday shoppers will spend their Black Friday gobbling up the latest electronic gadgets or toys, those in the market for a new car can also find dramatic savings. Our price analysts have found thousands in potential savings on a wide variety of cars.

So, before spending the long Thanksgiving weekend at the mall competing to save a few bucks on a gift, consider the benefits of spending the time buying a car:

  • Many 2013 models are heavily discounted to clear the way for the 2014 models, and dealers may even sweeten the deal further to clear their lots.
  • Saving thousands on a new car is far better than waiting in line to save $20 on a trendy gadget.
  • It’s the end of the month, so dealers are more willing to negotiate to meet their quotas.
  • And, you’ll find plenty of parking and fewer crowds at the dealership.

Below is a tasty sampling of Consumer Reports’ recommended cars with deals between 15 percent and 25 percent below MSRP. These are just a few of our best new car deals, meaning there are notable discounts on models that meet Consumer Reports criteria to be recommended. These vehicles scored well in our testing, had average or better reliability in our subscriber survey, and performed at least adequately if included in government or insurance-industry safety tests.

Model Name MSRP Invoice Price Incentive Expiration Date Potential Savings Below MSRP
2013 BMW 5 Series $54,325 $50,055 Yes 1/2/14 15%+
2014 Chevrolet Malibu $30,675 $29,033 Yes 1/2/14 10%+
2014 Chevrolet Malibu $24,335 $23,277 Yes 1/2/14 15%+
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD $49,325 $45,949 Yes 1/2/14 15%+
2013 Chevrolet Volt $39,995 $38,429 Yes 1/2/14 20%+
2013 Chrysler 300 $31,340 $30,162 Yes 12/2/13 15%+
2014 GMC Sierra 2500HD $49,825 $46,414 Yes 1/2/14 15%+
2013 Lexus GS 350 $48,145 $44,840 Yes 1/2/14 15%+
2013 Nissan Maxima $34,030 $31,234 Yes 1/2/14 25%+
2014 Nissan Murano $37,850 $34,926 Yes 1/2/14 15%+
2013 Nissan Quest $34,365 $31,720 Yes 1/2/14 15%+
2013 Ram 1500 $38,060 $35,335 Yes 12/2/13 15%+
2013 Toyota Sequoia $56,160 $51,195 Yes 12/2/13 15%+
2013 Volvo S60 $34,995 $32,949 Yes 1/2/14 15%+
2013 Volvo XC60 $37,245 $35,064 Yes 1/2/14 15%+

When buying in this time of year, it is important to know that a 2013 model is essentially a one-year-old car, despite being relatively fresh off the showroom floor. This means a 2013 car will take an even greater initial depreciation hit than a 2014 model. But the equity impact will balance out over time, should you hold on to the car for several years, especially if you log more than 12,000 miles annually.

To research these vehicles further, or to find the latest trim-level pricing on any model, visit the Consumer Reports car model pages (available to online subscribers).

To ease the buying process, Consumer Reports offers a Build & Buy Car Buying Service to subscribers. For Build & Buy, a nationwide network of more than 6,000 participating dealers have agreed to pass along discounts provided by any applicable manufacturer incentives for the vehicle you're buying. This includes unadvertised manufacturer-to-dealer incentives, for which it's typically up to the dealer whether to keep the savings or pass them on to the customer.  Consumer Reports subscribers save an average of $2,791 off MSRP with the Build & Buy Car Buying Service.

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

For more advice on shopping this holiday season, see our special section.

—Liza Barth

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