- Nearly every pickup is available with an incentive in December
- Automakers can offer better deals and more cash back on trucks
- The best deal is on Ford's 2011 F-150 XLT SuperCrew
With many automakers focused on hitting lofty annual sales goals, there are some great deals available on new pickup trucks through the end of the year. We've searched through each manufacturer's special offers, highlighting some of the best deals available on pickups for buyers looking to get a new truck for a great price this holiday season.
Chevrolet's full-size Silverado proves some of the best deals available today are on pickup trucks. While the automaker is offering up to $3,000 cash back or 3.9 percent financing on 2012 Silverados through the end of the month, the pickup's best deal is on remaining 2011 models. That's because Chevrolet is offering zero percent financing for up to 72 months plus more than $3,500 cash back on every Silverado body style, from extended-length and crew cab models to the heavy-duty Silverado 3500 HD. Even the efficient Silverado Hybrid is included in the mix, featuring the same zero percent deal as its siblings or a cash back offer of up to $5,000.
America's most popular vehicle is available with a series of compelling offers during Ford's year-end celebration. While the 2012 F-150 is offered with $1,000 cash back, buyers who don't need the newest model year can find some great deals on remaining 2011 models. The best deal is available on the popular 2011 F-150 XLT SuperCrew, which offers a whopping $7,500 cash back to car shoppers interested in purchasing the truck outright. For qualified consumers looking to finance the truck through Ford Credit, the pickup is available with $2,000 cash back plus zero percent interest rates for up to 60 months.
December's deals on GMC's full-size Sierra are very similar to special offers on the truck's Chevrolet Silverado sibling. According to GMC, 2012 models include 3.9 percent financing for up to 60 months, or cash back offers of up to $2,000. Meanwhile, most variants of the 2011 Sierra - including heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 models - offer zero percent financing for up to 72 months, plus between $3,500 and $5,000 cash back. The comparatively small regular cab Sierra is even offered with cash back figures of around $4,500.
While Honda doesn't usually offer special deals on its car-based Ridgeline, the pickup is available with some impressive interest rates during this year's "Happy Honda Days" event. According to Honda, qualified buyers interested in financing a 2012 Ridgeline can lock in interest rates as low as 0.9 percent for 36 months, or 1.9 percent for up to 60 months. That's an attractive offer on the midsize truck, which starts at just under $30,000 and features a standard automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Chrysler's large Ram pickup features brawny styling, muscular engines and trim levels that range from no frills to all-out luxury. Through the end of the year, the automaker is offering zero percent financing for up to 72 months plus $1,500 cash back on the pickup's remaining 2011 models, or zero percent financing for 36 months plus up to $500 cash back on most 2012s. The midsize Dakota pickup is also available with zero percent financing for up to 72 months, though the smaller truck doesn't include the same cash back offer as its full-size Ram sibling.
While Toyota's special offers typically vary by region, the automaker's year-end Toyotathon sales event covers nearly every part of the country, and it includes some screaming deals. Among them is an attractive lease rate on the full-size Tundra pickup, which starts at just $299 per month with $2,999 due at signing. The Toyotathon event also includes compelling financing offers for the large truck starting at zero percent for up to 36 months. Best of all, those offers aren't limited to base level, single cab Tundras, but also apply to more popular Double Cab and CrewMax variants.
What it means to you:
No matter what new pickup you buy in December, don't walk away without some kind of incentive.