It's a good time to get a great deal
We're halfway through 2019 and automakers are looking straight into the heart of the selling season. That means there are plenty of great deals for buyers looking to save a few bucks on their next new car purchase in June.
Using data provided by TrueCar.com, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best automotive deals for June. We’ve noted the original MSRP, the average transaction price, and the total savings in dollars and as a percentage of the original sticker price.
Basically, we’ve done all the hard work for you! So now, all you need do is compare deals, go on a few test drives, and maybe drive away in a great car (and an even better bargain).
Note that the list descends from the biggest discount by percentage, and includes vehicles from both the 2018 and 2019 model years.
Last updated June 2019
2019 Chevy Bolt
Average transaction: $30,008
Percentage off MSRP: 23%
Buyers of the Chevy Bolt EV are seeing discounts hovering around $9,000 this month. That's 23% off, making it the best deal in America in June. And that doesn't include any federal tax credit, which from April 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019 stands at up to $3,750.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car is a tall compact five-door hatchback with the passenger space of a midsize car, thanks to a chassis that pushes the wheels outward. With a range of 238 miles between charges, it's the first mass-market electric car to break the 200-mile barrier, something that otherwise only a $70,000 Tesla can achieve. With its interior room, range, and a price that makes the cost-per-mile numbers work for commuter travel, it's the first mainstream electric vehicle.
The EPA classifies the Bolt as a small wagon, and that's close enough; meanwhile Chevrolet calls it a crossover, but that's a stretch because there's no all-wheel drive nor higher ground clearance. We see it as a tall compact car. It's built on dedicated architecture for electric cars, although some suspension components and accessories are shared with other GM vehicles. It handles well enough in turns.
Bolt's powerplant is a simple design. A big flat 60-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack sits under the floor and powers an electric motor that drives the front wheels. That motor is rated 150 kilowatts (200 horsepower), and can squirt the Bolt to sixty miles per hour in less than seven seconds. With that kind of acceleration you'll never get in anyone's way in the city. In fact, big bulky gas burners will be in your way. You will feel superior, and be shouting, “Get those dinosaurs out of my way!”
The EV's onboard charger operates at up to 7.2 kilowatts. A 120-volt charging cord is stored under the rear cargo area. Chevrolet believes most buyers will install a 240-volt outlet in their garage (it might already be in the laundry room), so they will be able to charge the battery pack using a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. GM says that with Level 2, it takes less than two hours to get 50 miles of charge; so that would be overnight for a full charge of 200-plus miles. The Bolt also offers an available 50-watt DC fast-charging port, which GM says will give you 90 miles of range in 30 minutes of charging. It costs $750, and uses the Combined Charging System (CCS) protocol adopted by all U.S. and German makers except Tesla. It makes the Bolt EV do-able for road trips.
Chevrolet Bolt EV Information
2018 Buick Regal Sportback
Average transaction: $22,748
Percentage off MSRP: 20.8%
The Regal Sportback, which is built in Rüsselsheim, Germany, is a European take on the sedan, in the vein of the recent proliferation of four-door "coupes" from all sorts of car manufacturers. It's far more versatile than most stylized sedans.
The closest analogy for the Regal Sportback is the recently departed Volkswagen CC, in both form and function. From the quarter angles, the Regal Sportback has hints of the last-generation BMW 5 Series. Dead on from the front, or in your rearview mirror, there is more than a hint of the Audi shield grille. The LED headlight signature is distinctly European in style, but vaguely defined.
Dynamically, the front-wheel-drive Regal Sportback is a match for the Audi A4/A5 Sportback duo. The smooth, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four is a formidable powerplant, particularly when paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission. Its 250-horsepower output is a close match for Audi's engine of the same displacement. All-wheel drive is offered on the top two trim levels, Preferred II and Essence, as an option, paired with an eight-speed automatic. A trick differential that can direct torque to individual wheels, in addition to splitting it front and rear, is standard on the AWD models.
Buick Regal Sportback Information
2018 GMC Terrain
Average transaction: $24,675
Percentage off MSRP: 20%
The GMC Terrain compact crossover was all new for 2018, from the downsized chassis, to the all-turbo/9-speed powertrain, to the new body that moves from macho to mundane. The Terrain is much like the Chevy Equinox, with the same footprint, but sheetmetal that's sculpted into bold scoops and creases, and bigger fenders.
The compact crossover is a tough class. Terrain competes not only against its near-twin Equinox, but also Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and others. Terrain's acceleration is smart, its handling sound, and its ride well tuned.
For 2018, the excellent 3.6-liter GM V6 engine disappears. Its 301 horsepower will be missed in a vehicle as heavy as the Terrain, at 3,500 pounds. Its replacement is a turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 making 252 horsepower, with vivid acceleration but a big thirst, achieving 24 mpg EPA Combined with FWD, 23 mpg with AWD.
The base engine gets retired too. The old one was a 2.4-liter I4 with direct injection, making 180 horsepower and getting 25 mpg. The new one is a turbocharged 1.5-liter making 170 horsepower, but with more torque and fuel mileage of 28 mpg with FWD, 26 mpg with AWD.
If the stats of the new engines don't sound so impressive, look at it this way: the new 252-horsepower I4 gets just 1 less mpg than the old 180-horsepower one.
There's also a diesel engine that gets better fuel mileage, 32 mpg with either front- or all-wheel drive. It's entertaining in a grown-up way, but less energetic.
The new 9-speed automatic transmission pairs beautifully with the new engines, but lacks manual control, with audio controls where we wish there were paddle shifters.
GMC Terrain Information
2018 Buick Regal TourX
Average transaction: $28,716
Percentage off MSRP: 19.3%
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX wagon handles better than the typical SUV, has loads of space for people and their stuff, and it's low enough to put whatever doesn't fit inside onto the roof.
A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is standard, producing 250 horsepower and an especially noteworthy 295 pound-feet of torque that gets the 3,708-pound TourX moving with authority.
As an off-roadish wagon, though, it's a bit lame. And as a premium vehicle, it really isn't. In other words, the TourX is in essence quite good – it should just drop the pretenses.
Buick Regal TourX Information
2018 Fiat 500L
Average transaction: $19,857
Percentage off MSRP: 19.2%
The Fiat 500L is a crossover utility vehicle that brings more space and practicality to the iconic 500 styling. The four-door, five passenger 500L is powered by a 160-hp MultiAir 1.4-liter four cylinder engine connected to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Available in three trims, Pop, Trekking and Lounge. All trims come standard with electronic stability control, electric power steering, active front head restraints, rearview camera, 7-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, power windows, Bluetooth hands-free phone assist and wireless audio streaming. The Trekking and Lounge trims feature heated seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, SiriusXM satellite radio, 7-speaker BeatsAudio system, leather seats and fog lights.
Fiat 500L Information
2018 Nissan Titan
Average transaction: $37,535
Percentage off MSRP: 18.0%
This is the second generation of Nissan's full-size pickup, and it followed the launch of the Titan XD heavy-duty model, which is also heavily discounted. Despite sharing a name, Titan and Titan XD actually have little in common other than their bold appearance.
All 2018 Nissan Titan models come with the 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine rated at 390 horsepower and 394 foot-pounds of torque. Paired with a 7-speed automatic, the Titan's powerplant delivers quick acceleration performance. It's rated at 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway/18 mpg Combined, with 2WD.
Titan is available in regular and Crew Cab versions. The truck's bed is equipped a tie-down system that makes dealing with different types of cargoes easier. An integrated trailer-brake controller easily operated from the dash provides the driver with more accurate stopping than aftermarket systems.
Nissan Titan Information
2018 Chevrolet Volt
Average transaction: $30,627
Percentage off MSRP: 17%
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid compact sedan with striking looks that are sleek and wedge-like. It offers the best of both worlds, able to run on electric power for 53 around-town miles, then switch to gas power to reach the next charge or the end of the tank of fuel on a road trip. If you don't have a long commute you'll rarely spend any money on gas.
Volt's quality and capability were vastly improved for its second generation, so much that New Car Test Drive named it the Best Commuter Car for 2016. It's now in the third reliable year of that generation. It didn't change much for 2017, as there were no bugs to work out, nor has it changed for 2018.
Volt uses two motor-generators to drive the front wheels. They get their power from a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 18.4 kilowatt-hours. One thing different about the Volt from most other plug-in hybrids, is that even under full throttle, it doesn't switch to gas; this means that if you drive it hard under electric power, you won't be able to go 53 miles, because it will use up its charge at a faster pace. However, it isn't burning gas when you don't want it to.
One exception: the engine will switch to gas power when the outside temperature is below freezing. It does this to heat the cabin.
Alternatively, the Volt can go far on a tank of gasoline: 380 miles on its 8.9-gallon tank.
It takes nine to twelve hours to fully charge the Volt, using any household 120-volt outlet and the conveniently located charging cable in the car. Using the optional 240-volt Level 2 charging station, that time is cut to four and one-half hours.
Among plug-in hybrids, Volt's 53-mile range is topped only by the BMW i3 REx, with 73 miles. But the i3's tiny two-cylinder engine isn't powerful.
For all practical purposes, the Chevrolet Volt has no competitors among plug-in hybrid cars. However, if a commuter is fixed on electric power, but finds that 53 miles a day isn't quite enough, he or she might look at the Chevy Bolt, an all-electric subcompact whose range is a world-beating 200 miles.
Volt's internal combustion engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 101 horsepower, new for this generation. Combined with the motor-generators, the total horsepower is 149 (111 kilowatts), with an impressive 294-pound feet of torque, as much as some V8 pickup trucks. Volt can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in eight seconds, quicker than a Prius; and that's an all-electric versus gas-powered drag race, because the Prius switches to gas power under full throttle while the Volt stays with electric.
Volt's combined EPA rating, using both electric and fuel power, is 42 miles per gallon; but that's almost meaningless because it's hypothetical and theoretical, based on some average person's combined city-highway driving. An owner who never leaves the city might get infinite miles per gallon; indeed, some say they use their engines only enough to ensure the gas stays fresh.
Another rating that applies to plug-in hybrids is Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe), defined as the distance a car can travel electrically on the amount of energy contained in a gallon of gasoline. The Volt hits a strong 106 MPGe.
Chevrolet Volt Information
2018 Lexus LC
Average transaction: $80,352
Percentage off MSRP: 16.1%
The Lexus LC is an all-new line of luxury sport coupes that serve as sporty new flagships for Toyota's luxury brand. Lexus LC was launched for the 2018 model year as two models, the LC 500 with a V8 and the LC 500h featuring a hybrid gas-electric powertrain.
The Lexus LC makes a strong styling statement, promising luxury and performance. We found the LC 500's road manners superb, with fluid steering and a resilient ride.
The opposite of a lightweight, the Lexus LC 500 weighs 4,280 pounds, as much as a Porsche Panamera or 900 pounds more than a 911 Carrera. And it's a big car, built on the rear-wheel-drive platform of the upcoming Lexus LS flagship luxury sedan, and measuring 187 inches long with a 113-inch wheelbase. And it's wide. Yet there is almost no back seat. The accommodations for the second and third passengers are literally buckets, as with the Porsche 911. Cargo space is small and gets even smaller with the hybrid.
The rear-wheel-drive LC 500 uses an existing Lexus engine, the 5.0-liter V8 that's in the RC F and GS F. Without turbochargers or a supercharger, it makes 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque, mated to a focused 10-speed automatic transmission with an optional Torsen differential. It can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, and reach a top speed of 168 mph. It gets 19 miles per gallon Combined EPA city and highway, a few less than the Corvette or Porsche 911.
The LC 500h uses a 3.5-liter V6 with two electric motors driven by a 44-kw lithium-ion battery. It makes a combined 354 horsepower, can hit sixty mph in 4.7 seconds, and reach 155 mph. One motor powers the car at low speeds through three programmable levels of power, while the second motor adds power at higher speeds. It too uses a 10-speed automatic. It can travel four miles on battery power alone, barely far enough for a cruise of a parking lot. It gets 30 combined miles per gallon.
Lexus LC 500 Information
2018 Hyundai Sonata
Average transaction: $21,659
Percentage off MSRP: 15.7%
The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize family sedan with front-wheel drive and a choice of four-cylinder engines. Sonata delivers plenty of interior space, well-controlled ride/handling qualities, and fuel efficiency.
The Sonata was refreshed with attractive new styling and an impressively revised chassis for the 2018 model year. It comes with a choice of three four-cylinder engines plus hybrid versions. A 2.4-liter engine that makes 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque comes standard on Sonata SE, Sport, and Limited trim levels. A twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is available with Sonata Sport and Limited trims that produces 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The fuel-efficiency leader is the Sonata Eco, with a small 178-hp 1.6-liter engine.
Hyundai Sonata Information
2019 Dodge Grand Caravan
Average transaction: $25,341
Percentage off MSRP: 15.5%
The current, fifth-generation Dodge Grand Caravan has been around since the 2008 model year, freshened for 2011, with Stow ‘n' Go seats improved for 2013. For the 2019 model year, little has changed.
Threatened with extinction, especially after Chrysler launched its far more modern Pacifica minivan for 2017, the Grand Caravan continues to hang onto a tradition-minded corner of the minivan market. While undeniably an old-timer, first launched for 1984, the minivan is helped by a strong V6 engine, spacious interior, and versatile Stow ‘n Go seating.
Value-focused pricing also helps it appeal to budget-minded families. Dodge offers four trim levels: SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT.
Beneath its stubby hood, the familiar 3.6-liter V6 engine develops 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is not available.
Minivans are well-known for their flexibility, and the Grand Caravan is no exception. In addition to standard seven-passenger seating, it provides an appealing array of storage possibilities.
Dodge Grand Caravan Information
2018 Fiat 124 Spider
Average transaction: $24,946
Percentage off MSRP: 14.9%
The proportions are classic and so is the name, which conjures up memories of the sweet little roadster that graced Fiat showrooms from 1966 to 1982, and later reappeared as the Pininfarina Spider from 1983 to 1985.
Although the 2017 Fiat 124 owes as much to Japan as it does to Italy, it's true to the spirit of the original, a two-seater with equal measures of style and sports car purity. Make that affordable sports car purity.
The Japanese part of the story comes from Mazda, the engineering source for the Fiat 124's chassis, which is shared with the MX-5 Miata. The cooperative engineering makes all kinds of financial sense for Fiat, which was saved the expense of developing its own sports car architecture from scratch.
From the point of view of the finished product, this is a very good thing. The Miata has been exemplary in terms of structure through its first three generations, and the latest chassis is not only far more rigid, it's also substantially lighter. Underway, the handling is beautifully balanced. Thus Fiat engineers were able to skip directly to suspension tuning.
The shared engineering has led some to adopt an invidious nickname for the new roadster-Fiata-but this is too glib by half. Although the platform, convertible top, and some interior elements are shared with the Miata, the sheetmetal is all Fiat, and the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine comes from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) inventory.
Mazda Miata and Fiat 124 Spider share the same 90.9-inch wheelbase, but the Fiat is 5.5 inches longer overall than the Mazda, and fractionally wider. That shows at the scales, adding about 100 pounds to the Fiat version. A little of the added weight can be attributed to sound deadening and the Fiat's turbocharged engine, but most of it can be written down to style.
The Miata's skin fits like Spandex, while the Fiat's exhibits character lines on the side panels, a higher decklid (sheltering a slightly bigger trunk), a longer hood, with a hexagonal upper grille reminiscent of the original 124.
It adds up to a striking Italianate design, with no exterior resemblance to the Miata. Add competitive dynamics and surprisingly attractive pricing and you have a very tempting sports car proposition.