“Never pay retail” echoes the mantra of smart shoppers everywhere—and that definitely applies to most of the new vehicle market.
If you’re shopping for new wheels, chances are the models you’re considering are subject to incentives, rebates, or special finance programs.
With deals in mind, you could dock nearly 30 percent from the list price of some models, or more than five percent off a wide range of models—even before you push the salesperson on price flexibility.
Once again Fiat Chrysler’s lineup is incentive-heavy, with several of its crossovers—some with the Jeep badge—are an especially strong deal this month. The Nissan Leaf electric car still offers some strong incentives—true whether you buy or lease—and if you're a pony-car fan, the new 2015 Ford Mustang is already getting in on the rebate action.
These deals are some of the best that there are for April 2015, as provided by our pricing-intelligence partner site, CarsDirect. As they differ by region and are subject to change, we recommend to visit the CarsDirect New Car Deals page for all the latest incentives information.
SUVs and crossovers
- If you can qualify for all the rebates that CarsDirect notes on the 2015 Jeep Patriot Sport, you could cut a whopping 22.5 percent ($4,000) off its MSRP.—meaning that this base model could be as little as $13,790, if you can find one with no options at the dealership. FCA has the deals, as there are even higher rebates on the 2015 Jeep Compass Sport and the 2015 Dodge Journey SXT.
- As the all-new 2015 Ford Edge is now arriving, they’re clearing out 2014 Ford Edge models, with maximum rebates of $4,750 that can apply.
- The 2015 Ford Focus SE model is the heart of the lineup, and probably the version we’d choose if looking for the best value. And this month, with up to $4,250 off the sub-$20k sticker price, it’s an especially strong deal.
- The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been carried over this year, while the rest of the 2015 Sonata lineup has been fully redesigned. That odd model-year cadence might work out in favor of deal-seekers, though, because you can now get a 2015 Sonata Hybrid Limited with a rebate of up to $5,000—which would knock the bottom line of this loaded hybrid to within a few hundred bucks of the base non-hybrid model.
- While Buick might be considered a luxury (or premium) brand, it remains a bit conflicted in its identity here in the U.S. Case in point: There’s a rolling rebate on some of its models. For instance, you can get $2,750 off the $24,305 Buick Verano, making it no more than a comparably equipped version of the Chevy Cruze on which it’s based. Not all the 2014s have been cleared out, and there’s an even deeper discount there.
- The Fiat 500 remains pretty heavily subsidized, and that could really work out in your favor if you’re eyeing this fashionable minicar. Up to $3,500 in rebates can apply to the 2015 Fiat 500 Pop is subject to up to $3,500 off.
- Going electric might not cost nearly as much as you’d expected. The 2015 Nissan Leaf S has up to $8,750 in rebates if you’re buying one—and that’s not even counting the $7,500 federal tax credit that still applies. If you’re leasing one, by the way, Nissan is still offering a lease-cash deal that cuts your payment to $199 a month.
- The 2015 Ram 1500 SLT 4x2 Regular Cab teases the best deal this month, as its total of $3,500 in rebates knocks more than eleven percent off the sticker price.
- If you’re willing to climb up the Super Duty ladder, you can get some pretty great deals right now on 2015 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks as well.
Vans and minivans
- Chrysler minivans are by far the best value, if you consider the rebates that apply this month—up to $3,000 on the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan SE, for instance, or $3,000 on the Chrysler Town & Country LX. At that, you could definitely afford to throw in an extra iPad or gaming console.
- The 2015 Kia Sedona L is all-new this year, yet a $1,000 rebate already applies.
- Discounts apply to both the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro and 2015 Ford Mustang. On the Camaro, up to $1,500 in rebates can apply to the LS, while the Mustang V6 already sees a $500 standard rebate and up to $1,250 in all.
- Other models that boast more than a five-percent discount, if you count the rebate, include the 2015 BMW 640i and the 2015 Kia Forte Koup EX.
- Fiat’s popping with discounts here, too. Up to $3,500 applies on the 2015 Fiat 500c Pop; that’s less than $18k for a convertible.
- The 2015 BMW 640i and 650i have up to a $4,000 rebate that applies as dealers wait for the arrival of significantly refreshed 2016 models.
*Keep in mind that promotions are based on a Southern California location. Rebates do vary regionally, and they can change even over the course of the month, so check with your dealer to confirm eligibility.