Don't sweat getting a good deal on a new car. (The scorching summer heat could be another story.)
Our partners over at CarsDirect have a great rundown of what's hot on lots right now.
Up to 20 percent off of the final price are the hoods of some cars. As always, the best deals are the ones you make, so it's worthwhile to shop your local lots and discover nearby incentives and packages that could make your deal even sweeter. Check CarsDirect or your local dealer to find the best deal.
Jeep, Dodge and Mitsubishi have a fair number of deals as those automakers make room for new or updated models. If you're looking to get the most, you'll have to pay the most; Volvo is offering up to $6,000 off of their V60 Polestar, which costs about $60,000. There are deep discounts on small family vehicles, including the 2016 Ford Focus and 2015 Fiat 500L.
Best deals on SUVs and crossovers
• Jeep may be offloading their small compact crossover SUVs as those models head toward a likely consolidation. The 2016 Jeep Patriot and 2016 Jeep Compass have $3,000 and $3,250 respectively in standard rebates awaiting shoppers. We gave the slight edge to the Patriot, which starts about $2,000 less than the Compass.
• Mitsubishi is clearing out 2015 Outlander Sport models, which we rated at 7.4 overall. The SUVs drab interior may not win many buyers, but its nimble handling and straightforward mission could win over budget buyers looking to capitalize on Mitsubishi's slow U.S. sales.
Best deals on sedans and wagons
• The 2016 Ford Focus is a very good compact car (we gave it a 8.4) with a very good deal going on (up to $3,000 off). The deal listed is for the base Focus S, but a quick scan of our local Ford dealers revealed a couple SE's with the same offers—our pick in the Focus lineup for value—so it's worth taking a look.
• The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Eco could be a great buy for savvy sedan shoppers. We had limited exposure to the Eco model, but what we know is very good. The small-displacement turbo engine has plenty of pull and its dual-clutch automatic helps the Sonata achieve more than 30 mpg, which is tops among sedans its size.
Best deals on hatchbacks
• Hatchbacks are a fairly unloved genre, and the Fiat 500L is a fairly unloved car too. Fiat is offering steep discounts (more than 20 percent) on the slow-selling 2016 Fiat 500L. We're not in love with the style and the powertrain, but there's something to like about a people mover for less than $20,000.
• The 2016 Ford C-Max Energi has up to $5,000 from the automaker. It's a tall, fairly efficient family vehicle that could get a lot less expensive depending on your state or municipal incentives on hybrid cars. In Colorado, it could help halve the overall cost of the car after tax incentives are factored in.
Best deals on pickup trucks
• Provided you don't need four-wheel drive, you have options. A 2016 Ram 1500 SLT 4x2 can be found with $4,750 on the hood, and costs nearly the same as a 2016 Ford F-150 XLT 4x2, which as $4,250 on the hood.
• If you're looking for an inexpensive freight truck, or neighborhood hauler, Nissan is clearing out the final year of its 2016 Nissan Frontier with very good incentives. Nissan is offering up to $750 off of the cheap and cheerful trucks.
Best deals on minivans
• FCA may be clearing out the final stock of its old minivan twins with very good deals on both. The 2016 Chrysler Town and Country and 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan both have up to $3,000 off those vans. The Town and Country is a decent people mover and the Grand Caravan is a good cargo van in a pinch.
Best deals on green cars
• The 2016 Toyota Prius v is the most fuel efficient family hauler—at least until the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid hits the market later this year. It's not exactly quick, but at least with $1,500 off of its $27,000 price tag it could get off the lots faster.
Best deals for coupes
• The 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus is raw power, and it's approachable now thanks to Dodge's $3,000 off of the car's $31,000 MSRP. Normally, we'd say this is the only muscle-car special this month, but ...
• ... we'd say the the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a muscle car too. The automaker is offering up to $2,500 off the base models, which has plenty of pep, and we gave it a solid 8.
* 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.