It's a good time to get a great deal
We're two months into 2019, 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 February.
Using data provided by TrueCar.com, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best automotive deals for February. 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 February 2019
2018 Buick Regal Sportback
Average transaction: $24,813
Percentage off MSRP: 21%
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.
2019 Buick EncoreMSRP $26,470
Average transaction: $21,506
Percentage off MSRP: 18.8%
Buick Encore is a subcompact crossover with premium features. When it was introduced for 2013 it was a trailblazer, but the segment has boomed since then. Today the Encore has a lot of serious competitors, for example the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, and the new Toyota C-HR.
Built on the platform of the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic, Encore is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, for traction in winter, not off-roading.
Encore's handling is pretty good, and the ride is impressively comfortable, for a tall wagon on a short wheelbase. It's a narrow car, which makes the cabin snug, although two adults fit comfortably in the rear. It tries to be upscale, because that's what Buicks are supposed to be.
Encore uses two engines, both of them 1.4-liter and turbocharged, but one has direct fuel injection, which efficiently sprays fuel into the combustion chambers. We recommend that one, which will be more common. It is significantly more responsive, making 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, compared to the standard engine's 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Both use a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features include 10 airbags, a rearview camera, 8.0-inch touchscreen, and OnStar's 4G LTE data connection that can run smartphone apps via Bluetooth, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto. Options include leather, premium Bose audio, and safety options including lane-departure and forward-collision warnings, as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The engine with direct injection gets and EPA-rated 28 City and 34 Highway miles per gallon with front-wheel drive. The other engine is not only slower, it gets 3 less combined mpg.
2018 Ford EscapeMSRP $30,385
Average transaction: $24,977
Percentage off MSRP: 17.8%
The Ford Escape is no frumpy crossover. It's more like a tall wagon than an SUV, with rakish styling and sporty handling. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5, but the Escape offers the most responsive steering, crispest handling, and best body control (the CX-5 is a close second, along with the Subaru Forester). The Escape has the firmest ride, a consequence of the sporty handling.
The styling was freshened for 2017, to give it more of the Ford family look, and two new efficient four-cylinder engines were introduced, a 1.5-liter making 179 horsepower, and 2.0 liter making 245 horsepower. There's also a 2.5-liter making 168 horsepower, which only comes with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available with the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines.
2018 Nissan Titan
Average transaction: $35,940
Percentage off MSRP: 17.6%
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.
2019 Ram 1500 Classic
Average transaction: $31,360
Percentage off MSRP: 17%
The Ram 1500 is all new for 2019, but the 2018 edition, which this discount applies to, carries over for a little while badged as the Ram Classic and 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.
2018 Hyundai Sonata
Average transaction: $21,336
Percentage off MSRP: 16.5%
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.
2018 Chrysler 300MSRP $39,020
Average transaction: $31,529
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.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Average transaction: $37,959
Percentage off MSRP: 14.1%
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.