It's a good time to get a great deal
It's a brand new year, and while automakers did pack on some major incentives to end 2018 on a high note, there are still plenty of great deals for buyers looking to save a few bucks on their next new car purchase in January.
Using data provided by TrueCar.com, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best automotive deals for January. 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).
Last updated January 2019
2018 Buick Regal Sportback
Average transaction: $23,883
Percentage off MSRP: 19.4%
Buick released an all-new Regal for 2018, with improved styling and more power, courtesy of a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 generating 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque.
GM is marketing the Regal GS as a sports sedan, eschewing the muscle-car rep established by the Gran Sports and GNXes of Buick's past. However, Buick is also eager to point out that it's not a sedan, but a Sportback, the brand's name for a sweeping roofline silhouette whose rear opening is a hatch that includes the deck and glass area. Technically, it's a five-door because it doesn't have a traditional trunk, and Buick would prefer it if you don't call it a hatchback.
At a $39,070 base price, the Regal GS undercuts much of the competition from Japan and Germany.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Average transaction: $38,295
Percentage off MSRP: 18.7%
There's a brand-new Evoque on the way, and that means deals can be found on the outgoing version. The Range Rover Evoque stuffs Land Rover's legendary off-road capability and Range Rover's style into a subcompact SUV. Evoque's wide cabin means there's plenty of space for driver and front-seat passenger, with room in the rear for two more. A turbocharged engine delivers a good balance between responsiveness and fuel economy, enhanced by a 9-speed automatic transmission. The diminutive exterior dimensions of the Range Rover Evoque make it easy to park and maneuver in the big city or off road.
Evoque is wider than most compact and subcompact SUVs, however, resulting in a broad cabin and appearance. Evoque's width and low roofline contribute to its athletic look and aggressive stance.
Though quite small, Evoque delivers cargo versatility with a hatchback design. Fold the rear seatbacks forward and cargo capacity expands to a useful 51 cubic feet. Small size makes the subcompact SUVs easy to park.
Evoque employs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine allied with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated for 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Evoque's low mass and sophisticated powerplant add up to a decent power-to-weight ratio and respectable EPA fuel-economy ratings: 21/30 mpg City/Highway.
Evoque stands out in its class for its off-road capability. With a sophisticated Terrain Response system, all-wheel drive, good ground clearance, and a short wheelbase, the Evoque can tackle tough off-road terrain. Most Evoque competitors have no off-road pretensions whatsoever, though they can handle primitive roads. Evoque's off-road pedigree follows Land Rover's tradition of go-anywhere proficiency and broad capability.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Information
2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Average transaction: $23,647
Percentage off MSRP: 19%
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is named after a sport compact coupe. In size, it straddles the line between B- and C-segment compact SUVs. In shape and style, it's set apart from the more utilitarian entries of both.
Under the hood, it provides torque-rich turbocharged grunt in contrast to meek naturally aspirated rivals. The ample ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive (on most trims) take a page from the Subaru playbook that's been moving the chains so well.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Information
2018 Hyundai Sonata
Average transaction: $20,992
Percentage off MSRP: 18.3%
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
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited
Average transaction: $20,531
Percentage off MSRP: 17.8%
The Tiguan Limited is the old Tiguan just renamed so that Volkswagen can continue to sell it alongside the new Tiguan, giving buyers a lower price point into the VW family.
The Tiguan Limited is powered by a 200-hp 2-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and can put that power to the front wheels only or a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, tilt-telescope steering wheel, 40-20-40 folding rear seat, cloth seats, rear view camera, 8-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, 5-inch touchscreen and six airbags.
Available options include App-Connect for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, KESSY keyless access, SiriusXM satellite radio, leather steering wheel, roof rails and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Volkswagen Tiguan Limited Information
Average transaction: $18,780
Percentage off MSRP: 17.6%
The Mazda3 is an extremely popular front-wheel-drive compact hatchback and sedan, for good reasons. It has standout styling, superb driving dynamics, and terrific value.
Mazda3 got a bunch of improvements for the 2017 model year. For 2018, there are few changes. Automatic emergency braking becomes standard equipment on the 2018 Mazda3.
Called Smart City Brake, Mazda's automatic emergency braking system can prevent a collision at speeds up to 12 miles per hour. There's an optional system called Smart Brake that can stop the car at higher speeds. More available safety equipment for 2018 includes active lane control and automatic headlights.
The base engine that comes in the Mazda3 Sport model is a 2.0-liter four cylinder making 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Mazda3 Touring and Grand Touring models get a 2.5-liter making 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet. The engines are mated to either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission that makes the most of the power.
Fuel mileage for both engines is outstanding, rated by the EPA at 28/37 miles per gallon City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined for the 2.0-liter engine with automatic, and, more impressively, about the same for the 2.5-liter. Both engines have high compression ratios, but don't require premium gasoline.
The Mazda3 was named Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS.
Mazda Mazda3 Information
2018 Nissan Titan
Average transaction: $37,146
Percentage off MSRP: 17%
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 Ram 1500
Average transaction: $35,556
Percentage off MSRP: 17%
The Ram 1500 is all new for 2019, but the 2018 edition, which this discount applies to, is still a very nice truck. Its styling is distinctive, and most of the Ram models deliver a segment-best ride. A 3.6-liter V6 comes standard on all models. A 5.7-liter V8 Hemi is optional. All come with an eight-speed automatic.
Crew Cab versions are the most popular for their roomy back seats. Bed lengths range from 6-feet, 4-inches, or 5-feet, 7-inches on Crew Cab and Quad Cab models, to the full 8 feet with Regular Cabs.
Interiors range widely by trim level. It's functional and comfortable on base models. Upper levels are outfitted in handsome fabrics and leathers with impressive attention to detail, making them very nice vehicles in which to spend time.
The Ram 1500 lineup includes the SLT, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Outdoorsman, Sport and Limited.
Ram 1500 Information
2019 Chrysler 300MSRP $33,878
Average transaction: $28,755
Percentage off MSRP: 15%
The Chrysler 300 is an old-school American sedan, thanks to its rear-wheel-drive format and optional V8 engine.
While the current 300 has been around for awhile now, it’s far from being a performance slouch, and the car’s broad-shouldered exterior design is aging nicely. A 3.6-liter V6 is standard, if you want better mileage. Big, comfortable, and subtly in-your-face, Chrysler’s full-size sedan has plenty of nostalgic appeal.