For many luxury automakers, strong sales in January are crucial to help set the pace for the rest of the year. Recognizing that, several upscale brands offer impressive incentives and attractive deals during the month to urge consumers to begin the New Year with a luxurious new car. We've assembled some of today's best deals on high-end vehicles to help guide car shoppers looking to do just that.

Acura RDX

Acura's turbocharged compact RDX SUV is available with an attractive lease deal through the end of January. According to the automaker, consumers interested in leasing a 2012 RDX can get monthly payments as low as $369 with nothing due at lease signing. Similar zero-down offers are also available for Acura's ZDX and MDX SUVs, though monthly payments for those models start from $499 due to their higher base prices. Regardless of which SUV you choose, Acura's zero-down lease offers are a great way to get in to a capable luxury vehicle for a low price.

Cadillac CTS

Car shoppers who don't mind buying a 2011 model can take advantage of several great deals on Cadillac's midsize CTS through the end of February. According to the automaker, all remaining 2011 CTS models are available with zero percent financing for up to 72 months, from the base-level sedan to the wild CTS-V coupe and wagon. But if it must be this year's model, Cadillac is offering several good deals on the 2012 CTS including 1.9 percent financing for up to 36 months and an amazing 36-month lease deal of just $429 per month with nothing due at signing, provided mileage doesn't exceed a strict 30,000-mile cap.

Jaguar XJ

Jaguar's upscale XJ sedan features a choice of muscular V8 engines, dramatic styling and a stunning interior. Through the end of January, it's also available with several impressive deals including zero percent interest rates on all remaining 2011 models and 0.9 percent interest on all 2012s. Jaguar is also offering an impressive 36-month lease deal that includes monthly payments of just $939 with $4,995 due at signing - a great deal considering the XJ starts at nearly $75,000 and was recently given a complete redesign both inside and out.

Lincoln MKS

Lincoln's large MKS sedan is available with several special offers through the end of January. According to the automaker, shoppers interested in a remaining 2011 model can take up to $4,000 cash back or finance an MKS with zero percent interest for up to 60 months. Lincoln is extending the same interest rates to its 2012 models, though the automaker's cash back offer drops to just $3,000 for the newer model year. All Ford and Lincoln vehicles also include $500 rebates for active military personnel or police officers, providing an extra incentive for many Americans assigned to serve and protect at home and abroad.

Mercedes R-Class

Mercedes' unique R-Class crossover is available with an attractive lease rate through the end of January. According to the automaker, lease customers interested in the crossover can pay just $659 per month for 39 months with just $5,423 due at signing. Considering the R-Class's base price is well above $50,000 and its standard equipment list includes a power sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and dual zone automatic climate control, we think that's a good deal on a vehicle that's overlooked by far too many consumers interested in a competent upscale SUV that can haul the whole family.

Volvo XC90

Volvo's handsome XC90 is entering its eleventh model year, and we still like it every bit as much as we did when it debuted back in 2003. According to the automaker, deals on 2013 XC90 models include 2.9 percent financing for up to 72 months and lease rates starting at $469 per month with just $2,963 due at signing. If you're looking for something smaller, Volvo is offering the same interest rate on its XC60 crossover, along with 36-month leases from just $399 per month with $4,244 due at signing. Each offer represents a great deal on a safe, dependable SUV loaded with luxurious equipment.

What it means to you: Although many luxury cars offer incentives, the best deals are on remaining 2011 models.

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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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