While we’re all busy emptying our stockings after Christmas, dealerships are trying to empty their lots before the new year. Bargains are to be had at this time of year, and KBB has found some of the best.
Decembers is one of the best months to buy a car. Especially end of December. Why? A couple of factors. As automakers get ready to turn over to new model years and introduce updated models, dealerships are also trying and clear out their old models to make room for the new. But it’s not just a space issue.
Automakers close to meeting certain yearly sales goals will often throw some extra money at dealerships to entice them to push those car sales as high as they can. Knowing which models dealers are pushing at the end of the year and being in the market for a car at this time of year can literally save you thousands of dollars. However it’s the knowing that’s the hard part.
So recently the guys over at KBB.com published their 10 best deals for December. There’s something for everyone, so if you’re in the market for an affordable new car you’ll want to consider the following.
The 2014 Honda Accord with LX package was their number one choice, with a monthly APR of 1.9%, monthly payment of $378 a month, with Accord’s going on average for $1,900 under MSRP. We’ve spent some seat time in the Accord recently and were fans, though our driving impressions of the Accord were of the much more expensive Touring edition.
The second place on KBB’s list we whole heartedly agree, the Nissan Versa Note. It’s only a lease, but at $139 a month with $1,999 due at signing it’s an affordable option for someone who’s struggled with bad credit and is looking to rebuild their credit through an auto loan.
Quite a few Toyota models made the list, with the 2014 Toyota Sienna with LE trim making it at the third spot with a 36 month lease for $309 a month with $1,999 down at signing. We spent some time with the XLE edition of the Sienna this year, and while the LE is two trims down, its nice in that it’s the first trim that comes with the option of AWD. If you’re looking for a people mover that handles the elements its definitely worth a look.
Fourth on the list we actually drove in this trim level, the Lexus ES 350. For an entry level luxury car, we were mostly happy with it, but thought the interior was a little plasticy for something that should be in the luxury segment. Still, its a fantastic looking car on the outside, and at $339 a month with $2,999 down for a luxury car it’s worth heading into the showroom for form your own opinion.
Holding the middle of the list together is the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro in the LS trim. At about $1,000 under MSRP on average according to KBB, that’s not a bad price. Just remember that you may be trading those savings for higher insurance premiums and maybe a few extra unaccounted speeding tickets that all that ‘spirited’ driving will get you. But with a $229 a month with $2,499 down lease, maybe the fact you have to hand it back with tread on the tire will keep you inline.
Those reading this list quickly can be forgiven for wondering why the updated Infiniti Q50 is already discounted, or why the fullsize 2013 QX is so cheap. But noooo, Infiniti has decided to mess with everyone’s heads and redo their whole naming structure. See this is why naming your cars a letter or two and some numbers is bad kids. The QX50 that KBB is referring to is what Infiniti used to call the 2013 EX37. Maybe that’s why KBB is showing the going rate at over $3,000 under MSRP. Or maybe people have the salesmen so confused over 2013 QX50 and 2014 QX50 and the 2013 EX37 that the salesmen have lost all sense of sanity. I know I have.
Now this one’s a shocker, the all new 2014 Toyota Tundra? Must be trying to reach some sort of sales goal, because Toyota just redid this thing and they’re already pushing the cash on the hood. Again, it’s another lease but at $319 a month with $1,999 down on the newest truck tech there are worse ways to spend 36 months.
The Wrangler brand has a habbit of selling itself, since strong loyal following + ultra capable offroad vehicles pretty well insulate the iconic Jeep from to many market swings. Still, best to take advantage of deals when they come, and at $39 a month with $2,499 for a 39 month lease its not bad for a Wrangler. Just remember its a lease when you get the itch to take it into the brush, especially if you chose the black one.
It’s hard not to love the new Subaru Impreza. Especially if you live in a place that has ‘adverse weather’ as part of a seasonal tradition. The gas mileage is good, great if you consider other AWD cars, and while the interior is a little utilitarian, you’ll notice your knuckles are a little less white when it comes time to push through that plowed in driveway. Worth a look at $322 a month with a 2.9% APR over a 60 month term. Especially in places that measures winter snowfall in feet, instead of inches.
Bottoming out KBB’s top 10 recommendations, the 2014 Toyota Tacoma. Must be a push to sell trucks at Toyota this month, because both of Toyota’s double cabbed duos made the list. Another lease however, and with KBB reporting average sales just a hair under MSRP you’ll probably want to ask about the Tundra before you ask about the Tacoma.