Labor Day is quickly approaching, and with it the unofficial end of Summer. That doesn’t mean that it’s time to give up on your search for the ideal new car, truck, or SUV, however. Traditionally, the Labor Day weekend has been a huge time for car dealers and manufacturers that offer great deals and incentives to move some inventory in preparation for incoming vehicles for the next model year.
“Labor Day marks the time when dealers move inventory to make room for new vehicles, which means you can find some great deals on existing models,” said Michelle Naranjo, editor-in-chief at online car shopping website Autobytel.com.
“If you’re in the market for a new car, now is a good time to buy, with solid savings on large SUVs to subcompacts … and everything in between.”
Autobytel, along with GOBankingRates, partnered up to track down the best sales and incentives for consumers to take advantage of during this coming Labor Day weekend. There is truly something for everybody, from muscle car lovers to truck enthusiasts. We’re talking about the most popular vehicles on the road, including popular models from companies like Dodge, Ford, and Nissan.
1. 2014 Mazda CX-9, $29,985
The Mazda CX-9 takes advatnage of Mazda’s prowess for sports car engineering and offers seating for up to seven people. It’s among the most underrated mid-size SUVs out there, and for Labor Day weekend, Mazda will be offering shoppers a choice of 0 percent APR financing for up to 60 months and $1,000 APR bonus cash, or $3,500 customer bonus cash, GoBankingRates says.
2. 2014 Ford Expedition, $41,975
Ford’s leading Suburban fighter will be due for a thorough redesign within the next couple of years, as the current model has some life left before it adopts the same underlying structure that carries the new F-150, which it is based on. Ford is offering buyers the chance to cash in on rebates and special incentives designed to move inventory, such as 0 percent APR for 72 months, 0 percent APR for 60 months, and $2,500 bonus cash, or up to $6,000 cash back.
3. 2014 Audi A6, $43,100
There are few races in the auto industry that are as close as that between Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. In order to ensure that its horse stays in the race, Audi is pulling out the stops to stay competitive. The company is offering discounts on many of its vehicles, with rates as low as 1.90 percent APR and $800 to $1,000 off your first monthly payment for the A4, A5 Cabriolet, or the A6 sedan. It’s also offering special deals on options and packages for the 2014 models.
4. 2014 Cadillac CTS, $39,495
Generally, newer cars like the Cadillac CTS will go untouched by promotional activities so that the companies can take advantage of the natural demand. GM thought that the CTS could use an extra bit of help, however, and for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, it’s offering 0 percent APR financing for 60 months, and current, non-GM lessees can also enjoy a $1,000 voucher toward the lease or purchase of qualifying Cadillac models, and current GM lessees get $1,000 toward the purchase of a new Cadillac.
5. 2014 Hyundai Sonata, $21,450
With the fully redesigned 2015 model out and about, Hyundai is finding itself needing to shed its stock of 2014 model-year Sonatas. GoBankingRates reports that Hyundai is giving out 0 percent APR for up to 72 months, $2,000 in retail bonus cash, or a $500 valued-owner coupon offer. Hyundai also has special programs intended for college graduates and military personnel, as well as mobility assistance for the disabled, the site said.
6. 2014 Chrysler 300, $30,995
Elegant and muscular, the Chrysler (FIATY.PK) 300 sedan is one of the classiest rides on the road. For Labor Day this year, Chrysler is giving shoppers the opportunity to get it at a very reasonable price of $30,995. The company has been laying on the incentives to get 300 models moving off the lot, so for those waiting for the perfect chance, this is it. Among those incentives is $4,250 in cash allowance, along with zero percent APR on certain models. There are also military and graduate rebates of $500.
7. 2014 Nissan Maxima, $31,290
The timing to get a brand new Nissan (NSANY.PK) Maxima has never been more opportune. The Maxima is a customer favorite in the sedan segment, as it boasts a huge list of features that one would expect to find in much more expensive models. The incentives are ripe, however, and customers can now take home a new Maxima with up to $4,000 cash back, $500 cash back, and $500 Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation cash. On top of that, zero percent APR and another $1,000 in total savings.
8. 2014 Dodge Challenger, $26,495
For muscle car lovers who have been keeping their eye on the Dodge Challenger, this Labor Day brings an ample opportunity to get a great deal. Up to $4,000 cash allowance is available for buyers, and $1,000 for those looking to lease. On top of that, lessees can also get APRs bottoming out at 0.24 percent. There are a myriad of different Challenger models to choose from, but not all may be available with the listed incentives. Either way, it’s a great time to go muscle car shopping.
9. 2014 Ford Mustang, $22,510
The Challenger isn’t the only muscle car available with some great incentives — Ford’s Mustang is available with bottom-barrel financing rates. Deals include zero percent APR for 72 months, or zero percent APR for 60 months with $2,000 bonus cash. That increases for buyers looking at the Mustang GT premium package, up to $4,750 cash back. This may be one of the last chances to get a 2014 model year Mustang, the 50th anniversary for one of the most storied vehicles on the road.
10. 2014 Ford F-150, $25,025
As if truck buffs needed one more reason to check out the nation’s best selling vehicle, Ford is offering a slew of incentives to customers looking to grab a 2014 F-150 pickup. Chief among them is the offer of zero percent APR for 60 months with $3,500 in total savings. For customers looking to upgrade, the XLT SuperCab and SuperCrew with luxury or leather packages get up to $8,000 in savings.
11. 2014 Ram 1500, $24,810
If a Ford pickup isn’t really your thing, perhaps a new Ram pickup will do the trick? The Ram 1500 is available for a meager $24,810, along with a number of other purchase incentives; $5,000 cash allowance for buyers and $2,500 for those looking to lease is available, along with an APR as low as 0.17 percent. The Ram 1500 has also won a number of Truck of the Year awards, so it’s obviously a solid choice for anyone shopping for a new truck to end the summer.