A heat wave is sweeping across the country and automakers are taking advantage of the mercury rising to tempt potential buyers into air conditioned showrooms with a host of rebates and incentives on new cars and new crossovers. Our list this week is people mover-heavy, starting out with the 2012 Nissan Murano mid-size crossover and its offer of zero percent financing or $2,000 in cash back. Next up is the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara compact SUV, which can be had with zero percent financing or $1,500 in cash rebates, followed by the 2012 Jeep Liberty compact SUV's identical offer. The 2012 GMC Savana Passenger 1500 full-size van comes in with a 3.9% financing or $1,000 in cash back incentive, while the 2012 Ford Escape features a generous zero percent financing plus $1,750 in cash rebates, or the option of $3,250 in total cash back.
There's still one more week left in June before the 4th of July sales begin in earnest, which means you should check back with us in seven days time and read our final rebates and incentives round-up for this first month of summer.
2012 Nissan Murano
The 2012 Nissan Murano is a uniquely-styled mid-size crossover that can seat up to five passengers. It also offers as much as 64 cubic feet of cargo space, among with access to high end features such as a navigation system, HID headlights, and heated front and rear seats when ordered in higher trim levels.
The 2012 Nissan Murano is outfitted with a single engine option, a 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. Fuel mileage for the Murano, which can be had in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive editions, checks in at 18-mpg in stop and go driving and 24-mpg on the highway. A continuously-variable automatic transmission is the only gearbox available with the Nissan crossover.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% or $2,000 cash back on the 2012 Nissan Murano available until 07/02/2012.
2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara
The 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara is a compact SUV that is designed to appeal to family buyers on a budget who want to balance off-road capability with around-town practicality. The Suzuki Grand Vitara's good ground clearance and short wheelbase is complemented by five passenger seating as well as a respectable 69 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded forward.
The 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara comes with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that is rated at 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices for the SUV include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic, and fuel economy checks in at 19-mpg city and 26-mpg highway. Four-wheel drive can be added to the Grand Vitara as an option.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% or $1,500 cash back on the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara available until 07/02/2012.
2012 Jeep Liberty
The 2012 Jeep Liberty is another compact SUV that aims to please with a reputation for all-terrain prowess. The Jeep Liberty, which bears the classic vertical grille that has long been associated with the brand, is a five-seat sport-utility vehicle that features 64 cubic feet of total storage space for luggage and other gear. Highlights from the Liberty's list of available equipment include a panoramic sunroof made of cloth and a touchscreen entertainment system.
The 2012 Jeep Liberty is motivated by a 210 horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 that is also capable of producing 235 lb-ft of torque. Two different flavors of four-wheel drive can be installed under the SUV, and a four-speed automatic transmission handles the shifting duties across the board. Fuel economy figures for the Liberty are listed at 16-mpg city and 22-mpg highway.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% or $1,500 cash back on the 2012 Jeep Liberty available until 07/02/2012.
2012 GMC Savana Passenger 1500
The 2012 GMC Savana Passenger 1500 full-size van is ready to step in when a minivan just can't get the job done. The GMC Savana 1500 can carry up to 12 passengers, depending on how it has been configured, and it can also be equipped with power windows and door locks, vinyl or cloth seats, and even Bluetooth connectivity if desired. Cargo space can be maxed out to an eyebrow-raising 216 cubic feet if desired, with up to 92.1 cubic feet of room available in eight-passenger models behind the final row of accommodations.
Under the hood, the 2012 GMC Savana 1500 features a 5.3-liter V-8 that can be counted on to produce 310 horses and 334 lb-ft of twist. Rear-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is optional, and a four-speed automatic transmission is present and accounted for in either case. Fuel mileage for the heavy van shows as 13-mpg city and 17-mpg highway.
There is a financing incentive of 3.9% or $1,000 cash back on the 2012 GMC Savana Passenger 1500 available until 07/02/2012.
2012 Ford Escape
The 2012 Ford Escape is a very popular compact SUV that provides five-passenger seating, 66 cubic feet of total space for lugging cargo, and a number of high tech features such as the SYNC vehicle interface, automatic parallel parking, and a navigation system.
The 2012 Ford Escape starts out with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder as its base motor, good for 171 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Fuel mileage for this unit, which can be paired with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, is rated at 21-mpg city and 28-mpg highway. Stepping up to the Escape's 3.0-liter V-6 introduces 240 horsepower and 223 lb-ft of torque while dropping fuel mileage down to 19-mpg city and 25-mpg and making the six-speed autobox standard. All-wheel drive is optional with the Ford suv.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% plus $1,750 cash back or $3,250 total cash back on the 2012 Ford Escape available until 07/02/2012.
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