12 Best New Car Deals (2018) – Top Specials & Incentives on New Cars

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Levi Horowitz,

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answered on: 8.18.17

Summer is great for heading outside and enjoying the warm weather, but, if you’re in the market for a new car, there’s something else exciting about this season — late summer is one of the best times of the year to buy a car for less.

As the summer draws to an end, many car dealerships find themselves with a surplus of 2017 vehicles that need to be moved off the lot to make room for the 2018 models. So they offer incredible specials and incentives to buy 2017 models with deals like 0% APR and cash back.

We’ve compiled a list of the best new car deals — including financing deals — that we found recently. Use the navigation below to skip to the deals from each brand.

Ford | Toyota | Chevy | Honda | Nissan | Kia | VW

Mazda | Hyundai | Jeep | Chrysler | Subaru

Ford New Car Deals

Ford ranks number one on our list because it not only offers some of the best deals, it makes some of the most sought after cars in the world. In fact, not only has Ford had the best-selling truck, the F-150, for the past 40 consecutive years, but the brand’s cars have won multiple awards and honors.

While Ford’s deals are impressive, so is the quality and safety of its cars, making the brand a top option for any consumer. A few deals we’ve seen include cash back rebates in addition to amazing financing terms:

  • Ford Expedition: $8,000 cash back OR 0% APR for 60 months
  • Ford Focus Electric: $3,350 bonus cash PLUS 0% APR for 72 months
  • Ford Mustang: $2,000 cash back

Ford Offers

4.8/5.0 ★★★★★

Ford is not only one of the oldest car manufacturers in the US, it’s one of the most successful, too. Being in business for 114 years is a true testament to Ford’s storied history. From the assembly-line production of the Model T to the Great Recession bailouts, the company’s resilience staying atop the Big 3 (Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler) has made it one of the most well-received car manufacturers in history. We recommend checking with Edmunds for the most up-to-date research, deals, and financing for Ford vehicles.

Offer Category#1 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.8 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Ford

While Ford may have some of the best specials and incentives for new car buyers, we recognize that the brand isn’t for everyone. If a Ford isn’t quite what you’re looking for, check out the other foreign and luxury car manufacturers in our list to find a better fit.

Toyota New Car Deals

According to Kelley Blue Book, Toyota has some of the best resale value of car manufacturers.

Not only will you get your money’s worth when buying a Toyota vehicle, but you can also score a great deal. In 2017, we saw some pretty tempting offers on models like the Rav4, Camry, and Tundra:

  • Toyota Rav4: $1,000 rebate PLUS 0% APR for 72 months
  • Toyota Camry: $500 bonus cash PLUS 0% APR for 72 months
  • Toyota Tundra: 0% APR for 36 months

Toyota Offers

4.6/5.0 ★★★★★

The Japanese car manufacturer builds everything from minivans to hybrids, but interestingly enough it’s one of the most American-made and sourced cars in the US today. Toyota also pushes the envelope in innovative technology, especially when it comes to environmentally friendly options like the Prius and Avalon models. You can learn more about Toyota’s vehicle specs and financing deals before heading to the dealership, and we suggest browsing Edmunds for comprehensive listings by vehicle.

Offer Category#2 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.6 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Toyota

While Toyota’s offerings are great, keep in mind that one of the risks of buying from this brand is that it’s prone to recalls. Make sure to check Toyota’s site to stay on top of current recalls.

Chevy New Car Deals

There has always been a contention around which American car brand is better — Chevy or Ford — and to be honest it really just comes down to personal preference. Chevy offers a broad range of vehicles, but we’ve found that the brand’s better deals are reserved for its trucks and SUVs:

  • Chevy Tahoe: $500 bonus cash PLUS 2.9% APR for 60 months
  • Chevy Spark: $500 bonus cash PLUS 3.9% APR for 60 months
  • Chevy Silverado: $2,500 bonus cash PLUS 3.9% APR for 60 months

Chevy Offers

4.5/5.0 ★★★★★

Chevy, a brand under the Big 3 General Motors (GM) umbrella, became famous for its small block V8 engine, which is still used in many hot rods today. The sixth generation of its iconic Camaro hot rod featured a new design, starting with the 2016 models, to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary, and offered the classic V8 engine as well as the less powerful V6 and four-cylinder engines. If you’re looking for this or other Chevy vehicles, like the Silverado pickup, we recommend browsing the information and offers from Edmunds to find the best deal.

Offer Category#3 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.5 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Chevrolet

While Chevrolet cars have their fair share of insults from Ford fanboys, their models are some of the most sought after because of their safety and build quality.

Honda New Car Deals

The Honda Accord is currently the 5th best-selling car in America for several reasons, but namely because of its dependable durability. We found Honda mostly offers financing deals for the vehicles in its fleet, such as:

  • Honda Civic: 0.9% APR for 60 months
  • Honda Accord: 0.9% APR for 60 months
  • Honda Odyssey: 0.9% APR for 60 months

Honda Offers

4.7/5.0 ★★★★★

Honda vehicles are known for their reliability. Everyone I know who purchased a Honda still has their vehicle, and all of them ran for tens of thousands of miles without any major issues. Some Hondas have even been rumored to drive well past hundreds of thousands of miles on the engine. We recommend using a site like Edmunds to compare the latest offers on Honda models and other vehicles to ensure you get the best deal.

Offer Category#4 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.7 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Honda

With the influx of Japanese cars into the US in the 1970s, Americans found cheaper and more reliable cars than what had been previously available on the market at that time. Honda, Nissan, Toyota, and others exploded onto the scene and have flourished since.

Nissan New Car Deals

Similar to Honda, Nissan is another Japanese car manufacturer that has factories in the US where trucks and other models are manufactured to meet demand.

Consumers in the US continue to view foreign brands as more reliable and fuel-efficient, and we’ve seen Nissan offer some competitive deals to win out competitors in the foreign vehicle market with deals such as:

  • Nissan Sentra: $1,500 cash back OR 0% APR for 72 months
  • Nissan Altima: $2,000 cash back OR 0% APR for 72 months
  • Nissan Rogue: $1,750 cash back OR 0% APR for 72 months

Nissan Offers

4.5/5.0 ★★★★★

From the bigger SUVs like the Pathfinder to crossover SUVs like the Rogue, Nissan’s solid vehicles have won the Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value in America awards for two years running. Edmunds has quickly become a top choice to research the best deals on Nissan cars, trucks, and SUVs, not only for its dedication to in-depth reporting on new and old models but also for the deals on new Nissan cars.

Offer Category#5 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.5 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Nissan

If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable but still pretty reliable, Kia might be the next best thing for your pocketbook.

Kia New Car Deals

Kia’s introduction into the US market in the early 1990s, saw a rough start. In those days, Kia vehicles had systemic problems, including generic transmissions, cheaper plastic interiors, and poor gas mileage. But Kia learned from its mistakes, and the brand now offers well-built and reliable cars.

Today, Kia Motors has a diverse range of vehicles from sedans to SUVs worth taking a look at, and below are some of the best deals we’ve seen available in 2017:

  • Kia Soul: $750 bonus cash PLUS 0% APR for 66 months
  • Kia Rio: $500 bonus cash PLUS 0% APR for 60 months
  • Kia Sedona: $500 bonus cash PLUS 0% APR for 60 months

Kia Offers

4.3/5.0 ★★★★

Kia was top-rated in 2017 by J.D. Power’s 2017 Initial Quality Study, earning more awards than any other brand in the study. Reliability is at the heart of this J.D. Power report, which examines vehicle quality based on problems owners experience within the first 90 days of ownership. You can keep up with Kia’s continued quality improvements on a site like Edmunds, where you can also find some of the best deals for new and used Kia vehicles.

Offer Category#6 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.3 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Kia

But if you want to talk about an embattled car manufacturer, then VW is certainly worth discussing.

VW New Car Deals

While Volkswagen received some bad press regarding the software in its diesel program that skewed emissions tests, VW still makes great vehicles, including sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs.

The German automaker’s highly sought after models, like the Jetta and Touareg, have had great financing deals this year:

  • VW Jetta: 0% APR for 60 months
  • VW Golf: 0% APR for 60 months
  • VW Touareg: 0.9% APR for 60 months

VW Offers

4.1/5.0 ★★★★

VW has produced numerous iconic vehicles including the Bus and the Beetle, but the brand is also known for dependable cars with eye-catching designs that keep running years after they’re considered new cars. While VW has earned several awards for safety, more recently the Golf, which soared to popularity in the 1980s and comes as a hatchback or a wagon, was named the best small car of 2017. You can learn more about VW models, and pricing, at Edmunds — our preferred tool for research and new car deals.

Offer Category#7 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.1 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/VW

The Volkswagen brand is certainly a top pick for deals and quality, but another iconic brand — Mazda — offers some interesting deals throughout the year, including cash back offers.

Mazda New Car Deals

From the famed Miata to sedans that handle like luxury vehicles, Mazda’s history of well-engineered vehicles has helped the brand maintain its visibility among larger manufacturers.

Mazda’s value extends to the deals it offers across its range of vehicles. Some of the deals we found this year include:

  • Mazda6: $1,000 cash back PLUS 0% APR for 60 months
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata: $2,000 cash back OR 1.9% APR for 60 months
  • Mazda CX-3: $500 cash back PLUS 0% APR for 60 months

Mazda Offers

4.2/5.0 ★★★★

As an independent car manufacturer based in Japan, Mazda focuses on quality cars that pack a punch. The brand boasts smaller, economical vehicles compared to the large trucks from Ford and Chevy, to give you great value and sleek design in a compact size. We suggest that you compare Mazda vehicles and offers before going to your local Mazda dealer so you are better prepared to negotiate. We found that Edmunds was a great resource for learning more about Mazda models and locating a good deal.

Offer Category#8 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.2 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Mazda

If you’re looking for something even more on the economical side but with safety and reliability strongly behind its fleet, then Hyundai has some models for you.

Hyundai New Car Deals

From the popular Elantra sedan to the Tucson crossover SUV, Hyundai offers up value and sleek car designs. Some of the better deals we’ve seen this year on those models are:

  • Hyundai Veloster: $1,500 bonus cash PLUS 0% APR for 72 months
  • Hyundai Tucson: $1,500 bonus cash PLUS 0% APR for 60 months
  • Hyundai Elantra: $500 cash back PLUS 0% APR for 60 months

Hyundai Offers

3.9/5.0 ★★★★

Hyundai experienced the same rough start as Kia, its sister company, when first introduced in America. But Hyundai improved its vehicles over time, and today makes some of the most affordable cars on the lot. Edmunds points out that Hyundai’s lineup covers all the bases at a reasonable price point, and the site makes it easy to compare offers on different models and even from different automakers to find the best new car deal for you.

Offer Category#9 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating3.9 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Hyundai

While Hyundai boasts affordable vehicles, many are still put off by its past as a cheap manufacturer. If you’re looking for an American company that’s known for reliability and design, Jeep might be more your style.

Jeep New Car Deals

One reason people love Jeeps is because of their off-road capability. A durable and lifted frame make the Jeep brand a no-brainer for those planning on adventuresome terrain.

The Jeep Wrangler, while popular, didn’t offer as great of a deal on a new model as other Jeeps in the lineup:

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee: $250 cash allowance PLUS 0% APR for 36 months
  • Jeep Wrangler: 3.84% APR for 60 months
  • Jeep Renegade: $1,00 cash allowance PLUS 0% APR for 26 months

Jeep Offers

3.8/5.0 ★★★★

Jeep became a well-known brand during the second World War with the Willys Jeep that was used to transport troops and officers. Since then, the Jeep Wrangler has been a favorite among car enthusiasts for its ruggedness and ability to convert to a doorless and roofless design. To compare the old and new model Jeeps, as well as available offers, check out Edmunds’ Jeep resources before choosing your new car.

Offer Category#10 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating3.8 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Jeep

While Jeep gets a lot of buzz because of its design and resale value, the brand unfortunately doesn’t compete well in gas mileage when compared with the gas mileage of competitor vehicles. Jeep remains one of the biggest gas-guzzling brands out there, so if fuel economy is an important factor for you, you may want to look at other new car options.

Chrysler New Car Deals

Chrysler, which is under the umbrella of General Motors, has one of the most unique and elegant looking vehicles — the Chrysler 300. The 300 is the beloved flagship of the Chrysler line, boasting a classy look and a 292-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine in the base model.

The Chrysler brand offers several deals on new cars, and its minivan the Pacifica, throughout the year. These are some of the more impressive deals we saw:

  • Chrysler 300: $3,500 cash allowance PLUS 0% APR for 60 months
  • Chrysler 200: $2,000 cash allowance OR 0% APR for 36 months
  • Chrysler Pacifica: $1,000 cash allowance PLUS 0% APR for 36 months

Chrysler Offers

3.7/5.0 ★★★★

Chrysler has innovated safety features among automakers since its early days, including engineering the first “safety cushion dashboard.” The brand has won numerous safety awards for all three of its current models — the 300 and the 200 sedan as well as the Pacifica van. Because of its safety rating, Chrysler has been a favorite among families. Edmunds teamed up with Parents magazine in 2017 to name the top 10 family cars, and the Pacifica ranked as best minivan. Consider using Edmunds to also track down the best deals on Pacificas and similar vehicles.

Offer Category#11 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating3.7 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Chrysler

Chrysler isn’t for everyone, especially outdoor enthusiasts, which is why some consumers turn to Subaru.

Subaru New Car Deals

Over the years Subaru has become a top choice for outdoorsmen because of its off-roading capabilities and all-wheel drive. One of those popular models is the Subaru Outback because of its massive interior space for hauling people or cargo.

But Subaru has also become known for its reliability and well-priced vehicles with models like the utilitarian Impreza and Legacy. This year, Subaru offered some impressive financing deals on these models, including:

  • Subaru Impreza: 0.9% APR on new models
  • Subaru Legacy: 0% APR for 63 months
  • Subaru Outback: 0% APR for 63 months

Subaru Offers

4.1/5.0 ★★★★

Subaru may not have the largest foothold in the US auto market, but it frequently outranks other manufacturers in performance, comfort, and reliability. Thanks to a roomier interior design and impressive off-road capabilities, the Subaru brand remains a favorite with its niche buying audience. We recommend visiting Edmunds to view the latest deals on Subaru models.

Offer Category#12 in Best New Car Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.1 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Edmunds.com/Subaru

It’s important to note that Subarus aren’t for everyone. Some of the biggest complaints from owners are the brand’s no-frills design and interior.

Save on Your Next Vehicle with Special Dealer Incentives

Summer is great for going off-roading or taking family vacations, and at the center of those experiences is the vehicle that gets you there, whether that’s a Jeep Wrangler or a full-featured minivan. Luckily, all the major manufacturers always have ample deals available for whatever you may be in the market for.

Whether you’re taking advantage of summer clearance deals as new models arrive on the lot or year-end sales events, it’s important to come to the negotiating table armed with the knowledge of price and deal history so you can get a great deal at any time of the year.