Incentives So Big They May Change Your Mind

Incentives Needle Movers

Big incentives don't usually land on cars that are widely shopped and/or praised by the media, but sometimes deals this good are hard to pass up. Below are some of this month's most significant incentives that may have shoppers reconsidering models they may have written off.

By Colin Bird | June 12, 2012 | Comments (4)

Incentives Diet: Buy This, Not That

Buy This, Not That - sedans

In this latest round of Buy This, Not That, we focus on soon-to-be-discontinued midsize luxury and mainstream sedans. Included in this rundown are the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ, Dodge Avenger and Mitsubishi Galant. All are on death's door in their current incarnations.

All the trim levels picked for these comparisons include an automatic transmission, air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and power locks/windows/side mirrors. Final prices include destination charges.

By Colin Bird | May 16, 2012 | Comments (7)

Buy a Scion iQ, Get a PlayStation Vita

IQ
It's no secret that Scion is after the youth market with its tiny, new iQ subcompact; now the automaker is adding a unique incentive to make it even more appealing that crowd. Customers who buy a 2012 iQ from May 1 through July 31, 2012 will get a PlayStation Vita portable entertainment system.

The PlayStation Vita has a high-definition touch-screen, dual analog sticks, front touch-screen and rear touch pad, two cameras and a built-in microphone. The Vita "provides an unmatched portable gaming experience," Toyota said in a statement.

At 120.1 inches long, the iQ is Scion's smallest car and went on sale late last year with a base price of $15,265. Sales are off to a tepid start, but the iQ is gathering steam. Scion only sold 248 units in December 2011, its first month on sale. Sales figures climbed to 1,285 units in March, however.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 1, 2012 | Comments (5)

Incentives Diet: Buy This, Not That

2012 Chrysler 200 LX vs. 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT

With new models coming fast and furious via announcements at the four major auto shows —  L.A., Detroit, Chicago and New York — of the season, we thought we'd focus our incentives breakdown on some older, proven models that are still around for the time being.

In this latest round of Buy This, Not That, we focused on midsize sedans, full-sized luxury SUVs and large family sedans. Included in this rundown are the Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Malibu, which both have new models entering the market now or in the near future.

All the trim levels picked for these comparisons included an automatic transmission, air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and power locks, windows and side mirrors. Final price includes destination charges.

By Colin Bird | April 18, 2012 | Comments (4)

Dodge Expands Four-Cylinder Availability on Journey

2012 dodge journey
Dodge recently announced that four-cylinder power is now standard on SXT versions of its midsize crossover. It also plans to offer Journey’s Flexible Seating Group Package for free during March.

Newly standard on 2012 Journey SXT is the 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It was previously standard on base SE and American Value Package models. The 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine was previously standard on SXT; it's still available. The Journey SXT with the four-cylinder engine starts at $22,995, excluding a destination fee. The V-6 SXT models start at $24,495.

Additionally, Dodge is making Journey's Flexible Seating Group free this month; it's normally a $995 option. Available on all versions of the midsize crossover, the seating package consists of the second-row 60/40-split Tilt 'n Slide bench seat, three-zone heating and air conditioning, and a third-row 50/50-split folding and reclining bench seat. The deal is good through April 2.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 9, 2012 | Comments (2)

Incentives Diet: Buy This, Not That

Buy This, Not That - pickups

If you're about to spend the weekend shopping for a new car, we have a couple of choices that might be unexpectedly better deals than others.

In this latest round of "Buy This, Not That," we decided to focus on full-size pickups, midsize coupes and two new compact sedans.

All the trim levels picked for these comparisons needed to include an automatic transmission; air conditioning; power locks, windows and side mirrors; keyless entry; cruise control; Bluetooth connectivity; and a USB port. MSRPs include destination charges.

By Colin Bird | February 17, 2012 | Comments (15)

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Chrysler Group

2012 Dodge Avenger

Chrysler's had a very successful year overall, with sales up 25% through November. Part of that has to do with the automaker's redesigned and refreshed vehicles, and part of it has to do with Chrysler's seemingly eternal and robust incentive spending. The end of the year is no different. Under Chrysler's cross-branded “Big Finish 2011” sales event, there are plenty of attractive financing and cash-back deals to be had.

Starting with the Chrysler brand — which has the most aggressive incentive offers – there are 0% financing deals on the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country and 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan for 60 months and for 60 to 72 months on all 2011 Chrysler brand models. The Town & Country ($1,250), 200 ($2,500), 300 ($1,500) and 200 convertible ($1,000) also have generous cash-back offers.

By Colin Bird | December 29, 2011 | Comments (0)

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Mazda

2011 mazda 2
The end of the year means dealers are trying to move old product to make room for next year’s new cars, trucks and SUVs; it also means more deals for new-car shoppers. According to Mazda, ‘Tis the Season of Saving. The automaker’s annual year-end sale program offers well-qualified shoppers 0% financing and no payments for 90 days on select 2011 and 2012 Mazda vehicles.

Model-year 2011 vehicles that qualify include the Mazda2, Mazda3 hatchback and sedan, Mazda6, CX-7 and CX-9. Also eligible are 2012 versions of the Mazda2, Mazda5, Mazda6 and CX-9. For example, qualified shoppers can purchase the redesigned-for-2012 Mazda5 small minivan for $19,345 and get 0% financing for 60 months and forgo payments for 90 days.

The sale ends Jan. 3.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 29, 2011 | Comments (1)

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Chevrolet

Chevy incentives
As the year comes to an end, Chevrolet is offering some unique deals on select models, including no-money-down leases or financing that defers the first monthly payment for a few months.

Special deals are available to shoppers of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, Traverse and Impala (LS trim only). All three have attractive 0% financing with the option of having no monthly payments until the spring, according to Chevy.

Well-qualified shoppers can get 0% to 3.9% financing for 60 months, depending on the model. The new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic and popular Cruze have 2.9% financing deals for 60 months. The soon-to-be-defunct Impala has $3,000 cash on the hood; so does the 2012 Chevy Avalanche. You can take off $2,000 on a new 2012 Traverse, while the hot-selling 2012 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban have only $1,500 on the hood.

The deals are even more attractive for those looking to lease a new Chevy. Under the Sign & Drive program, you can lease a new 2012 Cruze ($199 a month), Malibu ($229 a month), Traverse ($299 a month) or Silverado ($381 a month for All Star Edition trims) for no money down with 39-month and 39,000-mile terms.

All current Chevy deals end Jan. 3. For more information, go here.

By Colin Bird | December 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Infiniti

2011 infiniti m 37
Just because the Christmas shopping season is over, doesn't mean the deals are. The end of the year can be a great time to buy a new car. Infiniti's Limited Engagement sale is back this year, enticing new-car shoppers with low financing on new 2011 and 2012 vehicles.

Well-qualified buyers can purchase select 2012 Infiniti cars and SUVs and take advantage of 1.9% or 2.9% financing. The former is offered for between 36 and 60 months, and latter is offered for 72 months. Vehicles that qualify for the deal include 2012 versions of the Infiniti G25 sedan, G37 sedan, M sedan (including the M37, M Hybrid and M56), FX and QX56. The offer excludes the 2012 Infiniti G IPL.

In an effort to clear 2011 vehicles off the lots, Infiniti dealers are also offering the financing special on 2011 G37 coupes and convertibles and the EX35 SUV. For example, you can buy a 2011 G37 coupe starting at $37,150 (excluding destination charges) and get 1.9% financing for 60 months. These offers end Jan. 3.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

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