• Several automakers are offering great car deals as part of year-end sales programs
  • Many brands are featuring zero percent financing and cash back deals
  • The best deal is on Volkswagen's brand new 2012 Passat

 

With many automakers scrambling to meet year-end sales goals, December is among the best times to buy a new vehicle. And with most consumers focusing their searches on SUVs that can tackle winter weather, the holiday season is also the right time to purchase a new car. We've searched through each automaker's special offers for December, highlighting a few that stand out as the month's top new car deals.

 

Ford Taurus

Ford's full-size Taurus has been in high demand since its launch for the 2010 model year, but that hasn't stopped the automaker from advertising some great deals on the sedan during its year-end celebration. According to Ford, car shoppers interested in the 2012 Taurus can take $1,000 cash back through the end of the year, while consumers willing to scoop up one of the remaining 2011 models can have up to $3,000 back. Buyers looking to finance a 2011 Taurus also get a great deal that includes zero percent interest for up to 72 months plus $500 cash back.

Find a Taurus for sale now.

 

Honda Civic

Although Honda redesigned its popular Civic for 2012, the automaker is already offering some great deals on the compact car during this year's "Happy Honda Days" event. According to Honda, interest rates on the new Civic start at just 0.9 percent for up to 36 months, or 1.9 percent for up to 60. The practical Civic LX sedan is also available with an attractive lease payment of just $179 per month with only $1,999 due at signing. Looking to have a little more fun on the road? Try the 201-horsepower Civic Si, which can be purchased with the Civic's impressive 0.9 percent interest rates during the Honda Days event.

Find a Civic for sale now.

 

Kia Optima

The midsize Kia Optima garnered heavy praised since its 2010 debut for its stylish exterior, strong performance and generous standard equipment. Through the end of the year, the automaker is offering several good deals on the sedan, including lease rates starting at just $189 per month for the Optima LX. Other offers include $1,000 cash back and interest rates for qualified buyers starting as low as 1.9 percent for 36 months, or 2.9 percent for up to 60 months. Current Kia owners can also take $1,000 cash back thanks to the automaker's enticing owner loyalty program.

Find an Optima for sale now.

 

Mitsubishi Eclipse

Mitsubishi recently announced it's discontinuing the sporty Eclipse, which means attractive special offers are available to help boost interest in remaining inventory. Through January 3, qualified buyers interested in the sporty Eclipse coupe or droptop Eclipse Spyder can get zero percent interest for up to 36 months. While the latest Eclipse never caught on with buyers like previous generations, we think zero percent is a great deal on the sporty hatchback, which features an available 265-horsepower V6 and a host of luxury options ranging from a rearview camera to leather upholstery and Bluetooth.

Find an Eclipse for sale now.

 

Suzuki Kizashi

The compact Suzuki Kizashi is among the most unfairly overlooked vehicles on the market. Through January 3, buyers willing to give the sedan a chance can find some tremendous deals, including zero percent financing for up to 60 months, $1,000 cash back, or lease rates starting at just $189 per month with $2,799 due at signing. Each are bargains on the Kizashi, which starts around $19,000 and features dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless starting and a 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine capable of more than 30 miles per gallon in highway driving.

Find a Kizashi for sale now.

 

Volkswagen Passat

It's no secret that Volkswagen is aggressively trying to boost its US sales over the next few years. Fortunately for car buyers, that means great deals on nearly every model - even the 2012 Passat, which went on sale just months ago. According to VW, the new Passat is available through the end of the year with lease rates from just $279 per month and $0 due at signing, or interest rates as low as 1.9 percent for 60 months. While the lease offer excludes highly efficient TDI models, the sedan's smooth standard 2.5-liter five-cylinder is even more compelling when it's offered with such impressive deals.

Find a Passat for sale now.

 

What it means to you:

Picking up a car now could save you some cash versus waiting until the sun comes back out this spring.

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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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