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Best new car deals for family travel

Best new car deals for family travel

The holiday season is upon us and if you’re in the market for a new car either as a generous gift or for winter family travel, there are plenty of deals available. The 2013 model year is in full swing, but there are lots of incentives on the outgoing 2012 models.

Before you decide on a leftover 2012 model, do the math and make sure it’s worth buying what will be a used car in a matter of weeks. Or, if you’re looking at a new 2013, keep in mind that you might be paying extra to get the latest and greatest. Also note that in our reliability surveys we have often found that new or revamped models have more problems in their first year than in subsequent model years.

All the vehicles highlighted below are good deals on family cars that are roomy and comfortable. The 2012 models listed offer 10 or 15 percent off MSRP; dealers may also be interested in negotiating further to clear the floor and make room for the 2013s. Before negotiating for any new car, shoppers should check our detailed pricing for local deals, rebates, and hidden direct-to-dealer incentives. (Learn more about car pricing.)

The models listed below are just a few of our Best New Car Deals, meaning they offer notable discounts on models that meet Consumer Reports’ criteria to be recommended. These vehicles scored well in our testing, had average or better reliability in our subscriber survey, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated.

See our full list of deals on 2012 and some 2013 models.

Make
& model
Expires MSRP
Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Bottom line price
Potential savings below MSRP
2012 Honda Pilot 1/2/13 $37,150 $34,033 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
2012 Nissan Murano 11/30/12 39,655 36,583 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
2012 Lincoln MKZ 1/2/13 35,630 33,552 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
2012 Ford Flex 1/2/13 34,775 32,530 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
2012 Mazda CX-9 1/2/13 35,920 34,025 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
2012 Honda Accord 1/3/13 24,070 22,099 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
2012 GMC Yukon XL 1/2/13 51,520 47,983 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Chevrolet Traverse 1/2/13 35,585 33,847 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2013 Chevrolet Suburban 1/2/13 59,435 55,344 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2013 Kia Sorento 12/3/12 26,150 25,295 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Nissan Rogue 11/30/12 26,635 24,880 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Mazda5 1/2/13 24,820 23,770 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Infiniti M37 11/30/12 49,495 45,889 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Toyota Highlander 1/2/13 38,040 34,804 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Lexus GX 460 11/30/12 54,120 49,859 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 12/3/12 40,220 37,984 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Ford Fusion 1/2/13 26,220 24,218 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Dodge Durango 12/3/12 36,990 35,086 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
2012 Toyota Camry 1/2/13 23,395 21,474 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+

Online subscribers are eligible for hassle-free shopping and low prices through the Consumer Reports Build & Buy program. Unlike traditional car buying, there is no pressure or obligation to purchase. Participating dealers are held to high standards of competitive pricing and customer service. Simply click the “Build & Buy This Car” button that appears on the vehicle’s model overview page to access the program.

See all current Best Deals. Complete pricing, road tests, and ratings for these models, and many more, can be readily accessed via our simple A-to-Z directory.

Check out the cars coming down the road in our New Car Preview.

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