Best 5 New-Car Deals for September
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Unfortunately for consumers, a banner year for the auto industry means there are fewer bargains to go around this fall. Dealers have generally been able to clear their stocks of the most-popular 2011 models, particularly smaller and more-fuel efficient cars and crossover SUVs. You won’t find clearance sales on models like subcompact Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris, but if you have need for a larger vehicle, or one that’s being discontinued or redesigned, the deals are ripe for the picking.
This month we’re highlighting the 5 model-year 2011 cars and trucks that carry the absolute richest sales incentives among all vehicles.
2011 BMW Z4
Deal: $4,500 additional dealer discount and 0.9 percent financing to 36 months, 1.9 to 60 months, 2.9 to 72 months. This quick and nimble little two-seat roadster is essentially a grown-up’s toy, with svelte styling, a choice of three inline-six-cylinder engines, playful rear-drive handling and virtually zero practicality. Even though it comes with a retractable hardtop, those living in northern states will want to store it for the winter.
2011 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra
Deal: $4,505 cash or 0.9 percent financing to 72 months. It’s unusual to find the number-two-selling vehicle in the U.S. (the Silverado) being sold with such a generous cash rebate, but General Motors obviously wants to keep the factories humming and dealer inventories light with regard to these mechanically equivalent full-size pickups. Each pleases truck loyalists with no-nonsense styling, a smooth ride, adept handling and extensive range of V6 and V8 powertrains. Both are offered in gas/electric Hybrid versions that save a few mpg, but not enough to warrant the added cost even at today's fuel prices.
2011 Cadillac STS
Deal: $9,000 additional dealer discount. Larger than the more-popular