December plugs along with a full tank full of rebates and incentives on brand new cars and trucks. This week's list leads off with a $1,000 cash back offer on the 2012 Ford Transit Connect compact van, followed by the choice of either a 1.9% finance rate or $500 in cash back on the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan. The 2012 Kia Sorento mid-size SUV provides the option of 1.9% financing or a $1,000 factory cash rebate, while the 2012 Dodge Ram full-size pickup steps up to the plate with a $3,000 cash back offer or available zero percent financing. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback compact wagon rounds out our list of bargains with the choice of $1,500 in cash back or zero percent financing of its own.
With the holidays approaching there's still a lot of time left to check out your local dealerships and take advantage of year-end savings and deals to be had via the current blitz of rebates and incentives found throughout the industry.
2012 Ford Transit Connect
The 2012 Ford Transit Connect is a Euro-style compact van that can be found in both cargo and passenger editions. The Ford Transit Connect can be configured to haul either five passengers or as much as 135 cubic feet of gear with a flat load floor, and the van's small footprint makes it especially attractive to buyers who frequently drive through crowded urban streets.
The 2012 Ford Transit Connect is offered with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 136 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is charged with managing this output, and fuel economy for the small van is a thrifty 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
There is an incentive $1,000 cash back on the 2012 Ford Transit Connect available until 01/03/2012.
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is a fresh compact sedan offering from General Motors and one which is competitive with the leaders in the entry-level segment. The Chevrolet Cruze offers an improved interior design compared to older small cars from the domestic automaker, and it can also be had with upscale features such as a navigation system, parking sonar and heated leather seats.
The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze starts out with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood that is good for 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. Fuel mileage for this motor checks in at 22 miles per gallon around town and 35 miles per gallon on the highway. A slightly more robust 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is also available with the Cruze. Rated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, the turbo motor provides even better fuel economy figures of 28 miles per gallon city and 42 miles per gallon highway. A mix of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available with the Cruze.
There is a financing incentive of 1.9% interest or $500 cash back on the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze available until 01/03/2012.
2012 Kia Sorento
The 2012 Kia Sorento is a mid-size crossover suv that is aimed at families looking to stretch their dollar in terms of value and features. The Kia Sorento comes with a strong list of standard equipment, including air conditioning, a CD player, Bluetooth connectivity and power windows and door locks. It also offers seating for up to seven passengers as well as 72.5 cubic feet of total cargo space with the second and third rows folded forward.
The 2012 Kia Sorento is equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that in the base model offers up 175 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque. Higher trim levels have access to a version of the same engine that makes use of direct fuel injection in order to produce 191 horses and 181 lb-ft of torque. More grunt is also available in the form of a 276 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that also generates 248 lb-ft of torque. The Sorento can be had with optional all-wheel drive, as well as the choice between a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the SUV comes in at 22 miles per gallon city and 32 miles per gallon highway for the four-cylinder model and 20 miles per gallon city 26 miles per gallon highway for the V-6.
There is a financing incentive of 1.9% interest or $1,000 cash back on the 2012 Kia Sorento available until 01/03/2012.
2012 Dodge Ram
The 2012 Dodge Ram is a full-size pickup truck that features three distinct body styles (regular, extended and crew cab), with the latter two offering three additional seating positions behind the front row. The Dodge Ram is also available with a cargo bed measuring five-feet, seven-inches, six-feet, four-inches or eight-feet in length.
The 2012 Dodge Ram is initially outfitted with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that puts out 215 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for this motor, which is matched exclusively with a four-speed automatic, shows as 14 miles per gallon city and 20 miles per gallon highway. A 310 horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 that also generates 330 lb-ft of torque is also available with the Ram while top range Ram pickups feature a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that grinds out 390 horses and 407 lb-ft of torque. Each V-8 engine makes use of a five-speed automatic transmission, can be had with four-wheel drive and posts fuel mileage that is identical to the base V-6.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% interest or $3,000 cash back on the 2012 Dodge Ram available until 01/03/2012.
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback - 0.0% or $1,500 - 01/03/2012
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a compact hatchback that offers small wagon fans an affordably priced - and aggressively styled - option. The five passenger Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback offers as much as 52.7 cubic feet of total cargo space, and a high performance edition of the car marries driving thrills with its practical design.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback provides a trio of four-cylinder engines to choose from. First up is a 2.0-liter that provides 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque while returning fuel mileage of 25 miles per gallon around town and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. The Lancer GTS upgrades to a 2.4-liter unit that offers 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque while lowering fuel economy slightly for each measure (23 miles per gallon city and 29 miles per gallon highway.) The Ralliart edition of the Lancer Sportback impresses with a turbocharged 2.0-liter motor that is good for 237 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. The sport-oriented version of the Lancer wagon additionally features all-wheel drive and fuel economy figures of 17 miles per gallon in stop and go driving and 25 miles per gallon during highway cruising. A five-speed manual transmission or a continuously-variable automatic are available with all but the Ralliart, which is exclusively offered with a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% interest or $1,500 cash back on the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback available until 01/03/2012.