Since becoming the ultimate family car, the SUV has been offered in dozens of configurations, body styles, sizes and shapes by nearly every single automaker. For most buyers, picking between the myriad of SUV choices has become difficult and confusing, with each manufacturer offering different option packages, trim levels, seating configurations and incentives. While we certainly can't pick the best SUV for you, we've done our best to help sort through the choices, highlighting some of the best incentives and special offers available on today's vast crop of sport-utility vehicles.
If you're stuck trying to find an SUV that offers trailer-towing prowess, all-weather practicality and seating for the whole family - all while achieving more than 20 miles per gallon - the seven-passenger Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid may be just the tool for the job. Through the end of October, Chevrolet is offering two different incentives on the large SUV: $3,000 cash back for buyers paying in full, or zero-percent APR financing for up to 60 months and up to $1,000 cash back for qualified buyers looking to finance. Similar deals are also available on the Tahoe's mechanically identical GMC Yukon twin.
Buyers looking for a capable large SUV with fresh styling and a roomy interior will likely have the Dodge Durango on their shopping lists. And through October 31, there's even more reason to check out Chrysler's largest SUV thanks to two incentives which make the already-handsome Durango even more attractive. Available to well-qualified buyers looking to finance their Durango, the first incentive offers zero percent financing for up to 60 months, while the second provides a $2,000 rebate for buyers paying in full. Both are attractive offers considering the large SUV's starting price of under $30,000.
Kia's newly redesigned, American-built Sorento quickly became one of the most popular midsize SUVs on the market following its 2010 debut. Through the end of October, buyers can take advantage of several special offers on the SUV, including $1,000 cash back and a $1,500 "competitive bonus" offered to shoppers trading in certain rival midsize SUVs. Qualified buyers financing through Kia Motors Finance can also benefit from several low interest rates including 0.9 percent for 36 months, 1.9 percent for 60 months and 2.9 percent for 72 months. Also in luck are shoppers who own another Kia, as they can receive up to $1,500 customer loyalty cash with the purchase of any of the automaker's new models.
Featuring a choice of two four-cylinder engines including a turbocharged 2.3-liter that produces 244 horsepower, the Mazda CX-7 is certainly unusual by midsize SUV standards. But after continuous praise in the automotive press, more buyers are flocking to the CX-7 for its quick handling, car-like ride and sporty lines. Through October 31, the SUV merits even more serious consideration, offering zero percent financing for up to 60 months plus $500 cash back for qualified buyers. For consumers who would rather lease than buy, Mazda is offering a 36-month lease deal for just $259 per month on the CX-7 iSV, which is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 28 miles per gallon in highway driving.
Nissan's four-cylinder Rogue won't disappoint shoppers looking for a good deal on a fuel-efficient compact SUV. The automaker is currently offering the 2011 Rogue with $750 cash back or interest rates as low as zero percent for 36 months - or 0.9 percent for 60 months - for qualified buyers. For shoppers who want the newest model year, Nissan is offering the Rogue's little-changed 2012 model with $500 cash back, or interest rates as low as 1.9 percent for 36 months or 2.9 percent for up to 60 months. Lease deals are also available, ranging from $249 per month for the 2011 Rogue to $269 per month for the model's 2012 version.
While it's not an SUV in the traditional sense, more and more buyers are turning the Outback for the all-weather capabilities and ground clearance of an SUV but the ride and handling of a car. Those consumers won't be disappointed by current incentives on the wagon, which include 1.9 percent financing for all 2011 and 2012 models, or a 42-month lease for just $299 per month with $1,999 due at signing. Buyers can also find 1.9 percent financing deals on Subaru's more traditional Tribeca SUV, which can be leased for just $379 per month with $3,289 due at signing.