$4,500 Cash Incentive
Can a vehicle as large as the BMW X5 be fun to drive? Of course it can. But we probably wouldn't have learned that had it not been for BMW's foray into making its first "Sport Activity Vehicle." While there are several different engines offered in the BMW X5, from a turbocharged six-cylinder all the way up to a 555-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-8, perhaps our favorite is the one that BMW's incentivizing: the popular 3.0-liter diesel. With a highway fuel economy of 26 mpg, it far surpasses any other X5 engine. Yet, other than a minor challenge finding a diesel pump, it offers no disadvantages compared to the gas versions. You'll even have a chance to apply for an eco-tax credit with the X5 diesel.
$3,500 Cash Incentive
Sure, the Chevrolet Corvette is getting completely redesigned for 2014, but there are still plenty of the sixth-generation models on dealership lots. For 2013, changes are minimal for most models, which make picking up an identical 2012 Corvette a good deal if you're in the market for one of the best bang-for-the-buck deals on the road today. The 430-horsepower base Corvette is nothing to sneeze at, as its light weight and capable handling easily keep it ahead of most anything at its price point. But if that's not enough for you, Chevrolet will gladly upsell you to a 505-horsepower Corvette Z06 or 638-horsepower, world-beating Corvette ZR1, incentive intact.
$3,000 Cash Incentive
You may be packing in your outside work as much as you can before the snow makes it impossible to help re-roof a house or carry supplies, but you might want to start prepping for next spring now by way of a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra Crew Cab. While they have slightly shorter beds, the tradeoff is that you can fit five or six real-sized people in one. And with a capable line of engines, available four-wheel drive, and a solid history of reliability, we'd recommend one for going over the river and through the woods to visit your grandmother. Don't worry about your neighbor's "newer" 2013 model either, since there are virtually zero changes from the 2012 models.
$3,000 Cash Incentive
If you can't melt the snow, you might as well melt your tires, right? The 2012 Ford Mustang, a staff favorite, is getting some lot-clearing good deals. Unlike models of yore, the Mustang only comes in different levels of fast; even the base V-6 Mustang has 305 horsepower, and starts at just under $20,000 with the incentive. Let's reiterate that: That's a lot of power for not a lot of money at all. The burnout machine Mustang GT can be had for nearing $28,000. For that kind of money, why wouldn't you get one?
$2,500 Cash Incentive
So you need a full-size car, you want something that looks good, and most of all, you're in the mood to land a good deal. The 2013 Ford Taurus might be the car for you. Coming with a range of engines from an efficient turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder to a 3.5-liter V-6, to even a 365-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 in the Taurus SHO, they've got you covered. As large and serene as it is, the Ford Taurus is also a capable handler when the road gets twisty. If you're looking at picking one up, be warned that this deal doesn't apply for the base SE model -- just the SEL, Limited, and SHO, with or without all-wheel drive.
$2,000 Holiday Credit (when financed through BMW Financial)
It doesn't matter what you want, whether it's a base 528i, an ActiveHybrid 5 Series, an ugly duckling 5 Series GT, or even the fire-breathing BMW M5, which we found so cool that BMW had to pry our fingers off the steering wheel at the end of our track time with it. With the exception of the 528i xDrive, they're all $2,000 cheaper right now because BMW Financial is offering to pick up part of the tab if you finance your car through them. If you were looking to take out a loan through your bank, this one might force you to reconsider. Or you could just pay off the car all at once and make out like a bandit without interest.
$2,000 Cash Incentive
The Fiat 500 is an exercise in how to do a small car the right way. It drives like a real car, gets great gas mileage, and, unlike some of its competitors, you'd be fine being seen in one. It's also a car that, up until just a few months ago, didn't sell too well. Perhaps the price-to-size ratio wasn't quite in line. That's what incentives are for, though, which makes everything all right. The only downside to the Fiat 500's $2,000 on the hood might be that the Fiat 500 Sport trim, the ridiculously fun 500 Abarth , and the 500T Sport Turbo models aren't included in the cash-on-the-hood action.
$1,500 Cash Incentive
The era of rebates for the Detroit Big Three is dead, you say? Yeah, right. One needs look no further than the 2013 Ford Escape to realize they never left. The 2013 Ford Escape has been lauded for its design, fuel efficiency, and how fun it is to drive. For all intents, Ford made an outstanding compact crossover. But one point lingers: It's in a very close second-place race against the Honda CR-V for the segment sales title, trailing by just a few thousand. Ford wants that recognition. Blame it on pride, but in the end, you're the one getting the best end of the deal, as this fantastically selling crossover really shouldn't have the cash on the hood it has.
$1,500 Cash Incentive (Except SRT8)
One of our favorite go-anywhere SUVs, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is as refined as a luxury car, yet as capable as anything you'd expect to be adorned with the famed Jeep name. Everyone but those on the West Coast will be happy to know that the Grand Cherokee will be $1,500 cheaper this month. The West Coast won't care because they don't get the same incentive. Oh well. Still, after posting solid sales numbers that rank among the best of any crossover or SUV, Jeep is more than happy to through the states with a bit more snow a little break. Makes sense to us.
$5,500 to $7000 Cash Incentive (Except SRT8)
Chrysler is offering up one of the most generous incentive deals we've ever seen: $5,500 to $7,000 off the price of a new 300C or 300S. That's an incredible sum, 20 percent off the price of a new car in many cases. In some regions, Chrysler is only extending its offer to V-8-powered cars, while a good chunk of the nation still have V-6 models available at great discounts. We like the Chrysler 300 and find it to be a good deal already for what you're getting. With up to $7,000 off, holy cow, we're pretty sure you wouldn't be out of place coming into the dealership with a black ski mask -- you're practically stealing the car. Upon further thought, don't. They might call the cops on you. Note that the amount varies by region; check with your local dealership before demanding the full $7,000 back.
Now is the time to buy that car you've had your eye on.
May 14, 2013
April showers great cash and financing options on a variety of vehicles.
April 08, 2013
Three cars with the maintenance and care to push through.
March 08, 2013