Car buying has never been more expensive. With a global chip shortage and COVID shutting down factories, car prices shot up last month. Luckily, several manufacturers are still offering discounts on select models. To separate the wheat from the chaff, Consumer Reports cross-indexed all available incentives with its list of recommended cars. The resulting new car price guide features CR recommended vehicles, currently available at a discount. Here are the three biggest discounts. The entire list is also included below.
#3: Buick Encore Preferred AWD: from $25,220 down to $23,203 (8% savings)
The Buick Encore is a subcompact SUV that’s been around since 2012. It has four doors and a 100-inch wheelbase. Don’t confuse it with the much larger Buick Encore GX. The Consumer Reports reviewers recommend the Encore for anyone who wants a quiet, comfortable SUV that is as easy to maneuver and park as a car. Its 1.4-Liter turbocharged I4 is not the fastest or most fuel efficient for its class, but it does maintain 30 MPG on the highway (23 city).
The Buick Encore preferred ads carpeted floor mats and a remote start system. This subcompact SUV is also available with roof rack cross rails for the roof-mounted side rails and a couple of safety packages Consumer Reports recommends. The first features side blind zone alerts and cross-traffic alerts. The second level adds front and rear park assist, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and “rainsense” windshield wipers. Overall, this Buick is a good enough deal to make it into the new car price guide.
#2: Hyundai Tucson SE AWD: from $25,100 down to $22,841 (9% savings)
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At 9% off, this Hyundai was an obvious addition to the new car price guide. Available since 2004, the Hyundai Tucson is a comparatively old crossover SUV. According to Consumer Reports, a series of refreshes have kept it competitive. The last generation had a “clunky” powertrain. The 2021 Hyundai Tucson upgraded to a 2.4-Liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission. Paired with excellent controls and superb braking, the Tucson makes the recommended list.
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson SE AWD loses a couple miles per gallon to the FWD, but offers better traction. It comes in at 23 MPG combined. This trim level is available in eight colors with three interior options. The Hyundai comes with standard 17-inch alloy rims and LED headlights.
#1: Chevrolet Equinox LT with 1LT AWD: from $29,200 down to $25,404 (13% savings) – best discount in the new car price guide
The Chevrolet Equinox is a compact crossover SUV. It has been available as a mid-size since 2004, but downsized for the 2018 model year. According to Consumer Reports, this Chevy hits several things out of the park. Its interior is roomy, its cabin quiet, and its ride comfortable. General Motors engineered intuitive driver controls and a very easy-to-use infotainment system. Safety comes standard: every Equinox comes with forward collision warning and automated emergency braking.
The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox LT trim level adds an upgraded 4.2-inch driver information screen and an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat. The headlights are HID units. The exterior mirrors power-adjusting and heated. At 13% off, it is the most deeply discounted vehicle in the new car price guide.
Consumer Reports’ new car price guide
Consumer Reports’ new car price guide features over a dozen recommended vehicles manufacturers are discounting. These include cars from Dodge, Chrysler, and Hyundai. The list also encompasses crossovers and SUVs from Ford, Cadillac, and GMC. Check out the full list.
|Vehicle Make & Model||MSRP||Potential Savings Off MSRP||Deal Deadline|
|2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL IVT||$20,900||6%+||1/3/2022|
|2021 Hyundai Sonata SEL||$25,800||7%+||1/3/2022|
|2021 Dodge Charger R/T RWD||$39,125||7%+||11/30/2021|
|2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack RWD||$41,775||7%+||11/30/2021|
|2021 Chrysler 300 S RWD||$39,165||6%+||11/30/2021|
|2021 Buick Encore Preferred AWD||$25,220||8%+||11/30/2021|
|2022 Buick Envision Essence AWD||$37,400||6%+||11/30/2021|
|2022 Cadillac XT5 Luxury AWD||$45,995||6%+||1/3/2022|
|Chevrolet Equinox LT with 1LT AWD||$29,200||13%+||11/30/2021|
|2022 Ford Edge SEL AWD||$37,345||5%+||1/3/2022|
|2021 Ford Expedition Max Limited 4WD||$67,225||5%+||11/30/2021|
|2022 GMC Acadia Denali AWD||$48,600||7%+||11/30/2021|
|2021 Hyundai Tucson SE AWD||$25,100||9%+||1/3/2022|
|2021 Nissan Murano SL AWD||$41,860||7%+||11/30/2021|