It's a good time to get a great deal on a new car

We're more than halfway through 2019 and automakers right in 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 August.

Using data provided by, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best automotive deals for August. 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 August 2019

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2019 Chevy Bolt

MSRP $39,667
Average transaction: $30,429
Discount: $9,237
Percentage off MSRP: 23.3%

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Buyers of the Chevy Bolt EV are seeing discounts of over $9,000 this month. That's nearly a quarter off its suggested retail price, making it the best deal in America in August. 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. 

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Chevrolet Bolt EV
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2018 Fiat 500x

MSRP $23,049
Average transaction: $17,861
Discount: $5,188
Percentage off MSRP: 22.5%

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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 to North American standards 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, Mini Countryman, just to name some of them. 

Size-wise, the 500X slots between the super-trim Fiat 500 and awkward 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 quick as the Fiat 500. The available all-wheel drive helps in sand and snow, although it doesn't give the 500X the offroad capability of the Jeep Renegade, especially not the Trailhawk model. To save fuel, the all-wheel drive detaches the driveshaft and rear differential from the front wheels, until wheelspin at the rear calls it back. 

The base engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder making 160 horsepower that's fun but unrefined, mated to a 6-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 9-speed automatic that's pretty rough, and which Fiat is working on improving. 

The EPA rates the turbocharged 1.4-liter 500X at 25 miles per gallon City, 34 Highway and 28 Combined; and the front-wheel-drive 2.4-liter at 23/31/27 mpg. The all-wheel drive 500X rates 21/30/24 mpg. 

It gets great safety reports from the IIHS, who give it the Top Safety Pick Plus 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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Fiat 500X
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2018 Fiat 124 Spider

MSRP $30,736
Average transaction: $24,263
Discount: $6,474
Percentage off MSRP: 21.1%

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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. 

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Fiat 124 Spider
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2018 Buick Regal TourX

MSRP $37,711
Average transaction: $29,933
Discount: $7,779
Percentage off MSRP: 20.6%

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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.

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Buick Regal TourX
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2019 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP $24,423
Average transaction: $19,517
Discount: $4,906
Percentage off MSRP: 20.1%

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Chevrolet's Trax competes in an overcrowded, if popular, field. Introduced as a 2013 model and facelifted for 2017, the Trax blends a small turbocharged engine with a low-budget selling price.

Little is new for the 2019 model year, except for three new body-color choices.

LS, LT, and Premier trim levels are offered. Developing 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mates with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive a $1,500 option for each trim level. All-wheel-drive models are equipped with all-disc brakes, while front-drive versions stick with rear drums. Needless to say, AWD can be a welcome benefit in harsh weather and on slick pavement.

Chevrolet offers two special Trax versions: a Redline Edition for LT trim, and a Midnight Edition that can be fitted on Premier versions. Two Driver Confidence packages also are offered, featuring such safety equipment as blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, forward-collision warnings, and lane-departure warnings. Both packages are standard on the Premier trim.

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Chevrolet Trax
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

MSRP: $27,490
Average transaction: $22,154
Discount: $5,336
Percentage off MSRP: 19.4%

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a small front-wheel or all-wheel drive crossover with both functionality and coupe like styling. The Eclipse Cross is powered by a 152-hp 1.5-litre turbocharged inline-four cylinder engine matched with a continuously variable transmission with eight virtual ratios.

The base ES trim has standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. The LE, SE and SEL trims are available with all-wheel drive. Standard features include 16-inch aluminum wheels, rearview camera, touchscreen audio, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, heated side mirrors, and fog lights. Available equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, LED headlamps, head up display, and a multi-view camera system.

Standard safety features include seven airbags, active stability control, and an anti-theft system. Other available safety features include Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
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2018 Buick Regal Sportback

MSRP $29,766
Average transaction: $24,226
Discount: $5,540
Percentage off MSRP: 18.6%

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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.

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Buick Regal Sportback
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2019 Fiat 500L

MSRP $25,443
Average transaction: $20,751
Discount: $4,691
Percentage off MSRP: 18.4%

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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.

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Fiat 500L
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2018 Chevrolet Volt

MSRP $36,393
Average transaction: $29,740
Discount: $6,653
Percentage off MSRP: 18.3%

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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. 

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