U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled September’s list of the Best Cars to Buy Now. To make U.S. News’ monthly list, a car must meet three criteria: declining sales, strong manufacturer incentives and excellent scores in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings.
“Interest rates are inching up, so we’re seeing fewer and fewer zero-percent financing deals,” says Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “However, we are seeing an uptick in lease deals, which often have lower monthly payments than most financing deals. A great lease deal can make it easier to fit a highly ranked car or SUV into your budget.”
This month, U.S. News Best Cars has identified seven cars and SUVs that not only offer hefty savings but are also a pleasure to own.
Hyundai Sonata: 0% financing for 60 months plus $1,000 cash back; $3,500 cash back; lease for $199 per month for 36 months with $2,199 due at signing
Toyota Sequoia: 2.9% financing for 60 months; $3,000 cash back
Subaru Forester: Lease for $249 per month for 36 months with $1,749 due at signing
Jaguar F-Pace: 1.9% financing for 36 months plus $1,000 bonus cash; lease for $489 per month for 36 months with $4,495 due at signing
Dodge Durango: Lease for $219 per month for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing
Mazda MX-5 Miata: 1.9% financing for 72 months
Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Lease for $399 per month for 36 months with $4,247 due at signing
The cars on the U.S. News list of Best Cars to Buy Now have either year-over-year sales declines or slower-than-average sales growth, indicating a good negotiating position for shoppers. Vehicles on the Best Cars to Buy Now list are available with low interest rates and cash back offers, as well as special lease deals. Finally, all cars on the list have an overall score of at least 8.2 (out of 10) in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings.
Deals listed are from manufacturers’ sites using representative ZIP codes. Deals may vary depending on location, the buyer’s credit score and other factors. Deals are valid through September 30, 2018, according to manufacturers’ sites. In some cases, they extend to October 2018.
Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings of the majority of new vehicles sold in America. Each year, U.S. News also publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Vehicle Brands, Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families. U.S. News Best Cars had more than 65 million visitors over the past year, with the majority actively shopping for a car. Eighty percent of active shoppers reported that the U.S. News Best Cars site influenced their car purchasing decision.