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The Best New Car Deals: March 2020

The new year is in full swing, and if that means you're in the market for a new car, we've got great news for you.

Using data provided by TrueCar.com, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best automotive deals for March. 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 the 2018, 2019 and 2020 model years.

Last updated March 2020

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2020 Acura ILX

MSRP $29,441
Average transaction: $26,231
Discount: $3,211
Percentage off MSRP: 10.9%

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The Acura ILX traces its ancestry to the Honda Civic of the recent past, but this year it receives a round of updates that give it a more contemporary feel.

The ILX now comes with new active safety and driver-assistance technology, including automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard on all but the base model. With a resigned front end, the ILX now looks more like its Acura siblings, too.

Acura offers the ILX in a single trim level, but it can be fitted with one or two of the three available option groups: Premium, A-Spec, and Technology.

New features have been added to the sportier-looking A-Spec edition including Ebony or Red leather sport seats, 18-inch wheels, darkened headlights and taillights, and a gloss black decklid spoiler. 

Every ILX has front-wheel drive and the same powertrain: a 201-horsepower 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 pound-feet of torque, coupled to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are standard.

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2019 Audi Q7

MSRP $61,834
Average transaction: $55,056
Discount: $6,778
Percentage off MSRP: 11%

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The Audi Q7 is a luxury crossover that seats seven, in three rows of seats. The first two rows deliver fabulous comfort, while the third row is sized for small passengers. In the third year of its second generation, the Q7 is very high-tech and impressively built, with features and finishes that soar above its price. 

Every Q7 uses an 8-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. There are two engines, although we suggest the supercharged V6 is a better deal than the turbocharged inline-4, because the V6 brings much more power for the same fuel mileage.

Both engines are EPA-rated at 19 city, 25 highway, and 21 combined mpg, on premium fuel. There is an available start/stop system that shuts off the engine at stops, saving a tiny bit of fuel. 

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2019 Volvo XC90

MSRP $59,924
Average transaction: $53,294
Discount: $6,630
Percentage off MSRP: 11.1%

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The 2019 Volvo XC90 offers Scandinavian style, high technology, superior safety, versatile practicality, and luxury equal to more expensive rivals. 

Base front-wheel-drive T5 models get a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 250 horsepower, mated to a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available.

The all-wheel-drive T6 model adds a supercharger to make 316 horsepower, a better match for the weight of this three-row crossover. This engine is also quiet and fuel-efficient. 

The T8 plug-in hybrid makes 400 horsepower, thanks to an additional 87-hp electric motor. Naturally it gets the best gas mileage at 58 MPGe, and 19 miles of electric-only driving on a full charge.

Base T5 FWD models manage 21 mpg city, 29 highway, 24 combined, and 1 less mile per gallon with AWD. The AWD T6 delivers 1 mpg less.

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2018 Fiat 500X

MSRP $22,290
Average transaction: $19,795
Discount: $2,495
Percentage off MSRP: 11.2%

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The Fiat 500X is a compact crossover that's entertaining to drive comes with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Fiat 500X is made in Italy but was designed with heavy American engineering influence.

The compact crossover market is booming, and the 500X has a bunch of rivals, including the Jeep Renegade, on whose platform the 500X is built. Also in this class: the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore, Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, and Mini Countryman, just to name a few. 

Size-wise, the 500X slots between the diminutive Fiat 500 and larger but awkward-looking 500L. Looking like a tall hatchback, it's more mainstream than those two. 

The ride is firm but not punishing, and the handling is responsive but not as nimble as that of the Fiat 500. The available all-wheel drive helps in sand and snow, although it doesn't give the 500X the off-road capability of the Jeep Renegade, especially not the Trailhawk model.

The base engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder making 160 horsepower that's fun but unrefined, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Fiat says only one in 20 500Xs will have this powertrain. 

The main powertrain is a 2.4-liter four cylinder making 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque that dates back to the Dodge Caliber, but it's been much improved over the years. It's mated to a nine-speed automatic, and that transmission's shifts are not the smoothest. 

The EPA rates the turbocharged 1.4-liter 500X at 25 mpg city, 34 highway and 28 combined; and the front-wheel-drive 2.4-liter at 23/31/27 mpg. Estimates for the all-wheel-drive 500X are 21/30/24 mpg. 

The 500X gets great safety reports from the IIHS, who give it the Top Safety Pick+ rating, including the top Good score for the notoriously difficult small overlap front test, as well as an Advanced rating for front crash prevention when it's equipped with optional automatic emergency braking. 

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2020 Infiniti QX50

MSRP $44,780
Average transaction: $39,617
Discount: $5,163
Percentage off MSRP: 11.5%

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The Infiniti QX50 cloaks breakthrough technology in a stylish new crossover body. Infiniti claims the QX50 has the most advanced gasoline engine in the world, while it also promises a big leap forward in comfort and performance. 

Built on a new platform, the second-generation QX50 luxury mid-size crossover blends good looks with a spacious interior and advanced safety technology. Its new 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine sports variable compression-ratio technology that can deliver more power and better economy, it says, and its ProPilot Assist driver-assistance technology for 2019 can help steer and brake the car as a backup to the driver's inputs.

The new 2.0-liter turbo-4 can vary how much power it delivers, based upon changing power demands. Although the system is complex, it operates seamlessly from the driver's perspective. On paper it delivers a 30-percent improvement in fuel economy versus the previous QX50, and makes 268 horsepower, versus 325 horsepower in the outgoing V-6 engine. Torque output is 280 pound-feet, compared to 267 lb-ft in the former version.

Pure, Luxe, and Essential trim levels are offered. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard.

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2020 Infiniti QX60

MSRP $50,532
Average transaction: $44,679
Discount: $5,853
Percentage off MSRP: 11.6%

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No matter how crowded the crossover SUV field gets, there's plenty of room for three-row luxury vehicles such as the Infiniti QX60, a veteran of its lineup for several model years. The QX60 slots above the mid-size QX50 in the lineup, but it's smaller than the truck-based QX80 SUV.

A newly available Limited option package loads Infiniti's second-largest utility vehicle with just about every available feature, but adds plenty to the selling price. The Limited package itself, with interior and exterior enhancements, costs $5,000; four other option groups must be purchased first, bringing the total for the Limited to nearly $17,000 more than the base price.

All QX60s are powered by Infiniti's familiar 3.5-liter V-6 engine, producing 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It mates with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for an additional $1,800. A QX60 is capable of towing as much as 5,000 pounds — quite a load for a family crossover.

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2020 Acura MDX

MSRP $52,724
Average transaction: $45,915
Discount: $6,809
Percentage off MSRP: 12.9%

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The Acura MDX full-size crossover has aged quite well, following its freshening for the 2017 model year. Likely due for a redesign before long, the MDX carries on with either a gasoline V-6 engine or a hybrid powertrain.

The MDX can be equipped with an A-Spec sport appearance package. Enhancement of its 9-speed automatic transmission promises more fluid acceleration. New 20-inch alloy wheels are included in the Advance Package.

Officially, the MDX comes in a single form, with option groups serving as trim levels. In addition to the basic Standard model, the lineup includes Technology, Advance, Entertainment, and A-Spec versions. Acura also offers a Sport Hybrid.

Except for the Sport Hybrid, each MDX contains a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, working with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available and standard for the A-Spec.

In the Sport Hybrid, a battery/gasoline powertrain is adapted from Acura's NSX supercar, tuned for efficiency instead of performance. A 3.0-liter V-6, rated at 257 horsepower, mates with electric motors that drive the front and rear wheels separately. Combined output totals 321 horsepower, sent to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Acura says the “Sport” prefix is deliberate, claiming that model promises a sportier experience, as well as greater fuel economy and improved traction. The Sport Hybrid's mechanical torque-vectoring system can move 100 percent of power to left or right wheels, and up to 70 percent to rear wheels when needed.

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2020 Volvo S60

MSRP $41,332
Average transaction: $35,966
Discount: $5,366
Percentage off MSRP: 13%

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The Volvo S60 is a fine new luxury sport sedan, with a pretty exterior, radiant interior, and sparkling road manners. It ranks with the best of luxury sedans with refined power and responsive handling.

There are three drivetrains, so there are three characters of car. A T5 turbo-4 makes 250 horsepower with front-wheel drive; a T6 supercharged turbo-4 generates 316 horsepower with all-wheel drive. The very rare T8 plug-in hybrid is rated at 400 horsepower with AWD. All are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

The EPA rates the front-drive T5 at 24 mpg city, 36 highway, 28 combined. With all-wheel drive and a supercharged engine, the T6 drops to 21/32/25 mpg. The T8 is rated at 22 miles of electric range with its plug-in hybrid pack on a full charge, and 31 mpg combined when it's run in hybrid mode.

The S60 has an overall length of 187.4 inches long and a 113.1-inch wheelbase. Interior space is fine for up to four adults-and it's a spectacular cabin in top trims, with beautiful wood and leather trim to buff up its pretty design.

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2020 Acura TLX

MSRP $39,672
Average transaction: $34,633
Discount: $5,339
Percentage off MSRP: 13.4%

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Though short on the swagger that identifies some luxury-sedan rivals, the mid-size Acura TLX doesn't hold back on premium features.

Acura's TLX shuns conventional trim levels. Offered with either 4-cylinder (2.4L) or V-6 (3.5L) power, it comes in base form or can incorporate one of several option packages.

The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive, coupled with four-wheel steering, is the sole configuration with this engine. An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard for 4-cylinder models.

All-wheel drive is standard with 3.5-liter V-6 models, rated at 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet. With the V-6, a 9-speed automatic takes over, also fitted with paddles.

A-Spec trim is now available for 4-cylinder TLX models, as well as with the V-6. Exclusive design features give the A-Spec edition a sportier appearance. In addition to a blacked-out grille and more assertive bodywork, each A-Spec variant comes with LED fog lights. Pushing the 'dark-mode' theme further yet, the 19-inch wheels are painted Shark Gray, LED taillight covers are tinted, and a gloss-black spoiler sits atop the decklid.

Every TLX boasts a comprehensive bundle of standard features and advanced technology, aimed at making driving more intuitive as well as comfortable. Specifically, each TLX is fitted with adaptive cruise control and active lane assist. Automatic emergency braking is complemented by forward collision warnings.

Base models may be fitted with blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts. A-Spec versions make that safety feature standard.

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2019 Infiniti Q50

MSRP $44,132
Average transaction: $38,170
Discount: $5,962
Percentage off MSRP: 13.5%

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Since its debut as a 2014 model, the sharply-styled Infiniti Q50 sedan has given drivers an alternative to prestigious German models. It's back again for the new model year, as it keeps pace with rivals with more standard equipment.

All Q50 sedans now include forward emergency braking and forward-collision warnings. Nissan's luxury division has revised the model lineup and modified equipment, while refreshing both exterior and interior appearance.

The Q50 comes in several trim levels: base Pure, Luxe, Sport, and Red Sport. Infiniti dropped the Q50 Hybrid last year.

Infiniti offers a trio of powertrain choices. The base turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Able to outshine budget-level Audis and BMWs, the base engine comes only in Pure trim level.

Luxe and Sport trims are equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo V6 that develops 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. The 300-hp engine pits the Q50 against such performance rivals as the competitors like Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 and BMW M340i. In the Red Sport edition, the 3.0 V6 reaches even higher into performance territory, producing 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet.

All Q50 sedans use a 7-speed automatic transmission, coupled to standard rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available with any powertrain for an additional $2,000.

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