Top 10 New Car Deals for October 2012

Ten cars for sale in October that are discounted and desirable.

By Staff | October 04, 2012
    • October means Halloween, and carmakers this month are offering up a few sweet treats of their own. It's a little surprising, really. Car sales are booming, and manufacturers have had to rely less and less on factory incentives to move the sheetmetal. For example, with limited incentives, Chrysler was able to move its sales up 12 percent last month. But that doesn't mean the remaining incentives are something to be afraid of. In fact, we found some cut-rate deals on some very desirable cars. How does the Acura MDX grab you? Or one of GM's very good full-size crossovers, the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia? Then there's the $3,000 cash back you'll get if you snap up a 2012 Chevy Malibu before the end of the month. Granted, some of these vehicles are heavily incentivized because they're zombies on the lot, waiting to be replaced with newer models. But we wouldn't pick 'em if we wouldn't drive 'em ourselves. And so, without further ado, here is the Top 10 New Car Deals for October.
    • 2012 Acura MDX

      0.9% Financing
      Expires 10/31/12
      The 2012 Acura MDX is one of those rare vehicles that offers up a little something for everybody. Want a sporty driving vehicle? The MDX has the moves, thanks to Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and a firm suspension....show more

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      2012 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia

      $2,000 Cash Back
      Expires 10/31/12
      Chalk this one up to new-models-coming-soon syndrome. All three vehicles will soon be redesigned, and although none receive more than a facelift, in all three cases it's much needed. Still, there's little to argue about with these three haulers. The Buick Enclave in particular...show more

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      2012 Buick LaCrosse

      $1,500 Cash Back
      Expires 10/31/12
      The 2012 Buick LaCrosse was on our list last month, and it returns again, although this time we're citing the entire lineup. The Buick LaCrosse is already an affordable car, and a real alternative to other large front-wheel drive luxury cars, such as the Lexus ES. While not as...show more

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      2012 Buick Regal

      $1,000 Cash Back
      Expires 10/31/12
      The Buick Regal is in many ways the smaller cousin to the bigger Buick LaCrosse. Not only are they both from the same brand, but even under the skin they share more than you might imagine. Like the LaCrosse, the Regal is a good buy. We recently drove the ...show more

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      2012 Chevrolet Malibu

      $3,000 Cash Back
      Expires 10/31/12
      There's an all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu heading to dealerships right this second, and that means there are some screaming deals on the previous-generation Malibu at those very same dealerships. Chevrolet...show more

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      2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2012 GMC Sierra 1500

      $3,500 Cash Back
      Expires 10/31/12
      The 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 is also a holdover from last month's list, although we've added the GMC Sierra this month as well. Both trucks are offering $3,500 back from the manufacturer. Now, granted,...show more

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      2012 Honda Odyssey

      0.9%-1.9% Financing
      Expires 10/31/12
      Honda rarely offers direct cash-back incentives on its vehicles. However, it's perfectly happy to offer up cut-rate financing. How does 0.9% sound on a Honda Odyssey? The financing deal applies to every Odyssey except the LX, which is fine, because you probably don't want the...show more

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      2012 Kia Forte

      $1,500 Cash Back, 1.9%-3.9% financing
      Expires 10/31/12
      Sometime late next year, we'll see an all-new 2014 Kia Forte, one that will likely look a lot like the smaller Kia Rio subcompact, if spy...show more

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      2012 Kia Optima

      $500 Cash Back, 0.9%-3.9% financing
      Expires 10/31/12
      It's too much to say that the Kia Optima singlehandedly doubled Kia's sales in the past few years. But it sure helped. The sharp-looking four-door's lines come straight from the pen of the...show more

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      2012 Kia Sedona

      $2,500 Cash Back, 1.9%-3.9% financing
      Expires 10/31/12
      Kia's minivan is going away for the 2013 model year, which means there's some serious money available for anybody considering the 2012 Kia Sedona. While the Sedona may not have the more advanced features found on some of its competitors--there's no active...show more

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