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Top 10 New Car Deals for December 2012

Last chance for hot deals in 2012

By Keith Buglewicz | December 11, 2012
    • Once a month, automakers report their sales. The numbers game is always a big one. Did Company A outsell Competitor B again? Are trucks making a comeback? Are compact cars still big? How about crossovers? Of course, there are a lot of bragging rights, too. Being able to say that your car is the best-selling in its class has a lot of clout with people: If it's the best-selling, it must be the best, right? It's not like all those people are making a bad choice, are they? Actually, yes. A lot of times they are. But that's another story for another time. One way that automakers will try to one-up each other in these closely watched sales games is with incentives. Cash-money, sitting on the hood (figuratively speaking), to help close the deal between the dealer and you. A lot of times, they're on cars that we wouldn't wish on our worst high-school bully. But sometimes a legitimately good car gets a nice little perk. Which brings us to this month's Top 10 New Car Deals.
    • 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

      $4,500 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      The luxury car market is changing. Fast. It used to be that to make a luxury statement, you simply bought the most expensive car. This guaranteed you the best features, softest leather, most powerful engine...and usually pretty terrible fuel economy. For the most part, the game...show more

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      2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

      $4,500 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      Diesel in the United States hasn't had a fair shake since the 70s. But it lived on in Europe, and in the intervening decades, diesel engines have grow in sophistication that you 'd never know what was powering your car. In fact, diesel has even become the alternative fuel de...show more

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      2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

      $4,500 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      After initial excitement about the Chevrolet Avalanche when it was first introduced a decade ago, sales quickly dwindled. We're not sure why--probably because it was rejected by "real" truck guys--but the Avalanche could be the perfect vehicle for a lot more people than actually...show more

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      2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cabs

      $3,500 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      In just over a month, Chevrolet and GMC are going to introduce their next-generation pickup trucks at the Detroit Auto Show. Maybe that's why sales of the big trucks fell off last month; buyers are just waiting for the new and shiny versions in the pipeline. Maybe it's because...show more

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      2012 Ford Expedition and 2012 Lincoln Navigator

      $3,000 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      Remember when giant SUVs were clogging up every single parking lot and freeway in America? So does Ford, and it wants to repeat those days. OK, maybe not repeat outright, but it sure would like to get a few of its big Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models out the door...show more

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      2013 Ford Focus SE and Titanium

      $2,500 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      On nearly the opposite end of the Ford product spectrum is the 2013 Ford Focus. This compact has been making friends everywhere it goes, and it's easy to understand why. It looks great, for starters. Both the sedan and hatchback version are nicely proportioned head turners....show more

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      2012 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban; GMC Yukon and Yukon XL

      $2,000 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      If you were enticed by all the talk of big, hulking SUVs to tow your boat and haul your family to distant lands, but just happen to be one of those rather-push-a-Chevy-than-drive-a-Ford types, well good news for you. GM is offering up a similar--though slightly less...show more

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      2012 Lincoln MKX

      $2,000 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      Not too long ago, we drove the Lincoln MKX's brother, the Ford Edge. And we liked it. True, you can't get the MKX with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged...show more

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      2013 Ford Escape

      $1,500 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      The 2013 Ford Escape was on our list last month, too, and for the same reason: $1,500 back on an already very good and inexpensive crossover is just too good to pass up. The reason is simple: Ford wants the Escape to hold the title of Best Seller in its class, a title currently...show more

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      2012 Kia Sorento

      $1,500 Cash Incentive
      Expires 1/2/13
      There's a new, heavily refreshed Kia Sorento coming this spring, and wearing a 2014 model year. Kia did a great job of addressing our concerns with the new vehicle, and we think it'll do well. But for now, there's $1,500 cash back to you if you get the current Kia Sorento. And...show more

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