Spring has sprung. If the new season and promise of warmer weather has given you the itch for a new car, you're in luck as there are a number of deals and discounts out there. In analyzing current nationwide incentives, we've found some enticing discounts on good models. Locally, you may find additional sales deals being advertised. And being near the end of the month, dealers may be a bit more willing to negotiate to meet their quotas.
Those highlighted below have Bottom Line Prices well below MSRP, when factoring all national incentives. Regional or local offers, as well as bonus incentives that are targeted at specific audiences such as military personnel or college graduates, may further sweeten the deal. The Bottom Line Price gives you a strong starting point for your negotiations, working up from the rock bottom, rather than haggling down from MSRP or even advertised offers.
The models listed below are just a few of our Best New Car Deals--notable discounts on models recommended by Consumer Reports. These vehicles scored well in our testing, have average or better predicted reliability, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated.
|Make & model||Expires||MSRP||Invoice price||Customer rebate||Dealer incentive||Bottom line price||Potential savings below MSRP|
|2011 Acura RL 3.7 Auto (48-state only)||5/2/2011||$47,200||$42,802||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Acura TL 3.5 Auto
||5/2/2011||35,305||32,857||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Buick Lucerne Super
||5/2/2011||44,460||42,682||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Cadillac DTS Luxury Collection
||5/2/2011||51,925||49,069||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||20%+|
|2011 Chevrolet Avalanche 4WD LT
||5/2/2011||42,265||39,306||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible||5/2/2011||53,600||48,776||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT||5/2/2011||22,825||21,684||Yes||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||20%+|
|2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4WD Crew Cab||5/2/2011||34,615||32,192||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Ford Focus SES sedan||4/4/2011||18,870||17,587||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT SWB||5/2/2011||42,275||39,316||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT||5/2/2011||23,950||22,042||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Nissan Frontier 4.0 SV Crew Cab 4WD AT SWB||3/31/2011||26,540||24,872||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SL CVT||3/31/2011||18,870||17,600||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2011 Toyota Tundra 5.7 4WD FFV Crew Max||4/4/2011||33,540||31,023||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
Full pricing information is available to online subscribers through the model overview pages.
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