• Several automakers are offering good deals on SUVs in their year-end clearance sales
  • Even SUVs with brand new body styles have compelling offers this holiday season
  • The best deals are on the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee

 

Winter weather is just around the corner, and for many consumers that means the time is right to buy a new SUV. Fortunately, with most automakers focused on hitting optimistic year-end sales goals, there are some great deals available this holiday season. We've searched through today's top offers on SUVs, highlighting some of the best deals available for consumers who want a good price on a go-anywhere vehicle by the year's end.

 

Dodge Durango

The third generation of Dodge's full-size Durango debuted just a year ago, but that hasn't stopped the automaker from offering some attractive deals through the end of the year in an effort to boost sales figures. According to Dodge, qualified buyers looking to finance the 2012 Durango can take advantage of interest rates as low as zero percent with $500 cash back, while customers paying in full can get up to $1,500 back. The automaker is also offering lease deals starting at just $359 per month for 36 months after $2,499 at signing.

Find a Durango for sale now.

 

Ford Explorer

Although Ford's handsome new Explorer was released only recently, the large SUV is already available with several great offers during the automaker's year-end celebration. According to Ford, customers paying in full can scoop up a 2012 model with $1,000 cash back, while buyers looking to finance can take advantage of interest rates as low as 1.9 percent for 36 months, 2.9 percent for 48 months and 3.9 percent for 60 months. Like several Ford models, the 2012 Explorer is also available with $500 cash back offers for police officers or members of the military.

Find an Explorer for sale now.

 

Honda Crosstour

Honda's unique Crosstour bridges the gap between SUV and car for buyers who may not feel comfortable driving a tall, high-riding vehicle. Offered with all-wheel drive, a standard 5-speed automatic transmission and a powerful 271-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, the Crosstour is available with two impressive deals during this year's "Happy Honda Days" event. The first, for car shoppers looking to lease, offers monthly payments of just $259 with $3,199 due at signing. Qualified buyers looking to finance their Crosstour instead can take advantage of interest rates as low as 0.9 percent for 36 months or 1.9 percent for up to 60 months.

Find a Crosstour for sale now.

 

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The midsize Grand Cherokee is the best vehicle in Jeep's impressive lineup, and through the end of the year it's available with several compelling special offers. According to the automaker, qualified buyers interested in financing a 2012 Grand Cherokee can take advantage of zero percent interest rates for up to 36 months plus $500 cash back, while car shoppers paying in full can get up to $1,500 cash back. According to Jeep, lease offers on the SUV start at just $319 per month for 36 months with $2,499 due at signing.

Find a Grand Cherokee for sale now.

 

Subaru Forester

The compact Subaru Forester is available with some great deals through the end of the year. According to Subaru, the durable all-wheel drive SUV is available with attractive financing rates starting at just 1.9 percent for all 2011 or 2012 models. Meanwhile, car shoppers looking to lease can take advantage of an attractive 42-month term with monthly payments of just $249 per month after $1,949 down at signing. And if you need more room, Subaru is also offering 1.9 percent interest rates on its midsize Tribeca SUV, which features a futuristic interior and a powerful 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine.

Find a Forester for sale now.

 

Toyota Highlander

The annual Toyotathon event is here, and that means Toyota is offering some impressive deals on its popular lineup through the end of the year. While most deals vary by region, some of the best offers are on the automaker's midsize Highlander SUV, including zero percent interest to qualified buyers for 36 months. Car shoppers looking to lease the SUV will also find some good deals, including payments starting at just $289 per month for 39 months with only $1,999 due at signing.

Find a Highlander for sale now.

 

What it means to you:

Many automakers and dealerships will strike you an even better deal if you're willing to pick out a remaining 2011 model rather than a brand new 2012.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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