Deals on Cars: October Edition
With the popularity of trucks, crossovers and SUVs holding steady, buyers looking for cars can sometimes feel a little left out. Magazine comparison tests often focus on crossovers rather than family sedans, and automakers frequently advertise larger vehicles more strenuously due to higher profit margins. But for the huge segment of the population more interested in a car than a truck, we're here to help. Here are some of today's best special offers and incentives on a wide variety of cars.
If you're looking for a special offer on a recently released new model, the 2012 Buick Lacrosse may be the car for you. Through October 31, qualified buyers looking to finance their Lacrosse can take advantage of rates as low as 2.9 percent for up to 60 months, while shoppers purchasing the sedan can get up to $1,000 cash back. That's a pretty good deal considering the Lacrosse's fresh design and generous standard features list, which includes curtain side airbags, remote keyless entry, an MP3 player with an iPod hookup, automatic climate control and a whopping 30 miles per gallon in highway driving.
In addition to consistently garnering positive reviews from automotive journalists, Ford's midsize Fusion sedan is also one of the industry's best deals thanks to generous incentives available through the end of the year. According to Ford, the 2012 Fusion is available with $2,000 cash back, plus an extra $500 for buyers who qualify for the automaker's military or police appreciation discounts. For qualified consumers financing through Ford Credit, the 2012 Fusion is instead offered with zero percent financing for up to 60 months, a figure that increases to just 1.9 percent should buyers wish to spread their payment over six years.
Consumers interested in a gas-saving subcompact city car might find exactly what they're looking for in the 2011 Honda Fit thanks to a generous financing deal available through the end of October. According to Honda, well-qualified buyers are eligible for 0.9 percent financing on the hatchback for up to 36 months, or 1.9 percent financing for 37 to 60 months. For car shoppers looking for a slightly larger vehicle, Honda is offering the same deal on both coupe and sedan versions of its recently-redesigned 2012 Civic, which features all-new styling and slightly larger dimensions compared to the outgoing model.
While it's often hard to find a good deal on hybrids due to high demand and low volume, Hyundai is offering surprisingly low financing rates on its recently released Sonata Hybrid. According to the automaker, a 2012 Sonata Hybrid can be purchased with 1.9 percent financing for 36 months, 2.9 percent for 48 months, or 3.9 percent for 60 months. While not a cash-back or zero-percent deal, those numbers are impressive for a brand new vehicle - especially when it's capable of an EPA-rated 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
Looking for something sporty? Subaru is offering impressive incentives on the 2011 Impreza WRX, which is available as a sedan or five-door hatchback. Featuring a 265-horsepower turbocharged engine, the 2011 WRX is available with financing rates as low as 1.9 percent to well-qualified buyers who take delivery by October 31. Shoppers who would rather lease a WRX will also find an impressive deal, with Subaru offering a 42-month lease for just $319 per month - a figure drops down to just $199 per month if you're interested in an Impreza without the WRX's extra pep.
While an all-new Jetta sedan was released for 2011, Volkswagen waited until the 2012 model year to roll out a redesigned version of its practical Jetta SportWagen. One of the few station wagons on today's market, the Jetta SportWagen offers a new design, ample storage space and some attractive special offers through October 31 including 1.9 percent financing for up to 60 months and a 36-month lease deal with payments as low as $249 per month. Not interested in the wagon? Volkswagen is offering the same 1.9 percent APR financing rate on its Jetta sedan, along with lease payments as low as $179 per month.