Top 10 New Car Deals for September 2012

Our late-breaking September list of cars we like, offering incentives that we love.

September 26, 2012
    • For automakers, customer incentives take many forms. Sometimes they're cut-rate financing, sometimes it's cash back to use for your down payment. Heck, sometimes it's just free balloons and pony rides for the kids. But carmakers will continue to use them until the end of time, for one simple reason: They work. Of course, a lot of time, incentives are used on vehicles that aren't very popular to help dealers get rid of unwanted inventory. But once in a while there will be an enticement on a car or truck that would already be on most buyers' short lists, making the pot that much sweeter. And that's where this list comes in. Rather than just list the best deals out there, we're showing you the deals on vehicles we'd actually recommend you buy anyhow. After all, even if a manufacturer offers $5,000 off a piece of junk, it's still a piece of junk at the end of the day. But $1,000 back on a car we already like? That's something worth considering. Here are this month's 10 favorite deals, in alphabetical order. This is an act-now list, since the expiration date for many of these deals is coming up fast on October 1. But don't worry, because we'll have an updated version out soon. Happy hunting.
    • 2012 Chevrolet Silverado LS Crew Cab

      $3,000 Cash Back
      Expires 10/31/12
      It's no secret that a new Chevrolet Silverado is around the corner, and that the current model Chevy Silverado is getting long in the tooth. But so what? The current truck is still a tough customer and a...show more

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      2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

      $1,500 Cash Back
      Expires 10/31/12
      The 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist is just the kind of car that couldn't have existed a decade ago: A no-compromises full-size premium sedan that gets astoundingly good fuel economy. How astounding? How about 36 mpg on the highway, 25 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg combined? That's about...show more

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      2012 BMW 328i, 335i, M3 Coupe

      $3,200 Option Allowance
      Expires 10/1/12
      Keep in mind that the BMW 3 Series coupes are still the previous-generation cars, and not the same as the new BMW 3 Series sedans that were recently introduced. Despite this, we still think $3,200 toward...show more

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      2012 Fiat 500

      $2,000 Cash Back
      Expires 10/1/12
      The Fiat 500 is fun, funky, cute, fuel efficient, and not very expensive. Despite all this, Fiat has been struggling to get the little car off lots, but we think an extra $2,000 might help. Note that this doesn't apply to the fire-breathing ...show more

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      2013 Ford Edge Limited 2WD

      $1,000 Cash Back
      Expires 10/1/12
      The Ford Edge was originally introduced in 2006, but a thorough refresh a couple years ago has kept this five-passenger crossover fresh in the minds of buyers. We drove a 2012 Ford Edge with the four-cylinder...show more

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      2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

      $1,000 Cash Back
      Expires 10/1/12
      First off, keep in mind that this cash back is for the old Ford Fusion, the one that is being replaced as we speak by a new and much updated sedan. However, the biggest sin the old Fusion committed was simply being old. It's a solid car, and the hybrid gets excellent fuel economy,...show more

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      2012 Ford Taurus Limited

      $2,500 Cash Back
      Expires 10/1/12
      The Ford Taurus is a modern throwback. It's a big, five-passenger sedan with an enormous trunk, comfortable highway ride, lots of features, and a reasonable price that's strongly reminiscent of the big land yachts of yore, such as the Ford Crown Victoria. The thing is, the Taurus is...show more

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      2012 Hyundai Veracruz GLS AWD

      $1000 Cash Back or 0.0-2.9% financing
      Expires 10/1/12
      There's a new, seven-passenger version of the all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe coming out soon. The new Santa Fe essentially replaces the Hyundai Veracruz in the company's lineup, as the midsize crossover is heading out to pasture at the end of the 2012 model year....show more

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      2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS

      $1,000 Cash Back or 0.9-3.9% financing
      Expires 10/1/12
      Wait, what? Hyundai's offering a cash incentive on its already hot-selling Sonata sedan? What gives? To be honest, we're not sure. Maybe Hyundai's trying to pump up its sales numbers in advance of the all-new 2013 Honda Accord? Whatever the reason, an extra...show more

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      2012 Suzuki Kizashi S AWD

      $1,500 Cash Back
      Expires 10/1/12
      Suzuki? Yeah, Suzuki. The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi is one of the nicest cars that nobody buys. The critically acclaimed smallish sedan slots into the lower-end of the midsize segment, even though it's styled and priced more like a compact sedan. But with all-wheel drive, a spunky...show more

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