This week's look at the best rebates and incentives to be found on new cars and new trucks across the United States focuses in particular on sport-utility vehicles and crossovers. We begin with the 2012 Ford Edge mid-size crossover, which is paired with an offer of zero percent financing plus $1,000 cash back, or $3,000 in total cash rebates. Next up is the full-size GMC Yukon XL SUV, which provides the choice between 0.9% financing or $1,500 cash back. The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder mid-size SUV features the availability of zero percent financing or a whopping $4,000 cash back, while the 2012 Toyota Highlander mid-size crossover checks in with an incentive of zero percent financing or the option of $750 in total cash back. Tying it all together on our most recent list is the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee mid-size SUV and its offer of 0.0% financing or $1,000 in factory cash rebates.
September looks to be a healthy month for incentives as car companies move out 2012 inventory to make additional space for new 2013 models. Check back with us next week for a fresh roundup of the most appealing bargains to be found on the new vehicle market.
The 2012 Ford Edge provides mid-size crossover buyers with a comfortable and roomy family vehicle that acquits itself well in all of the major categories. The Ford Edge can also be loaded up with high tech features such as the Ford SYNC interface and MyFord Touch.
The 2012 Ford Edge puts forth a trio of engine options for buyers to choose from. The base 3.5-liter V-6 generates 285 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque, while the Sport model benefits from a more robust 3.7-liter V-6 good for 305 horses and 280 lb-ft of twist. In between lies the EcoBoost 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder option that provides 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Of the three, the latter offers the best fuel mileage, checking in with a rating of 21-mpg city and 30-mpg highway. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board, and all-wheel drive can be ordered with all but the EcoBoost model.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% plus $1,000 cash back or $3,000 total cash back on the 2012 Ford Edge available until 10/01/2012.
The 2012 GMC Yukon XL is a full-size SUV that is intended to fill the need for drivers who need a capable towing rig, the ability to haul huge amounts of cargo, and substantial passenger room. All told, the GMC Yukon XL can transport up to nine people, swallow 137.4 cubic feet of gear, and pull up to 7,900 lbs.
The 2012 GMC Yukon XL is offered with an entry-level, 320 horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 under the hood. Also capable of generating 335 lb-ft of torque, this unit returns fuel mileage of 14-mpg city and 20-mpg highway and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Denali editions of the Yukon XL feature a 6.2-liter V-8 that churns out 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, with a concomitant decrease in fuel efficiency. The Denali maintains the six-speed autobox, but swaps in available all-wheel drive for the standard Yukon XL's optional four-wheel drive.
There is a financing incentive of 0.9% or $1,500 cash back on the 2012 GMC Yukon XL available until 10/31/2012.
The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is an off-road-ready mid-size SUV that counts a strong body-on-frame design and ample ground clearance as two of its chief attributes. The Nissan Pathfinder is also notable for its three rows of seating (for as many as seven passengers), and its ability to carry 79 cubic feet of cargo with the rearmost accommodations folded forward.
The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is initially motivated by a 266 horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 that also produces 288 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for this unit, which is shifted via a five-speed automatic transmission, is reported at 15-mpg city and 22-mpg highway. Opting for the Pathfinder's available 5.6-liter V-8 introduces 310 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque into the mix, while lowering fuel mileage to 13-mpg city and 18-mpg highway. A five-speed auto continues to pull duty with the eight-cylinder motor, and four-wheel drive is available with either model.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% or $4,000 cash back on the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder available until 10/01/2012.
The 2012 Toyota Highlander is a large mid-size crossover whose comfortable, sedan-like ride is buttressed by considerable amounts of passenger space. Seven seats fill the interior of the Toyota Highlander, while 95.4 cubic of total cargo room gives the crossover additional versatility.
The 2012 Toyota Highlander lists a 2.4-liter four-cylinder (187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque) and a 3.5-liter V-6 (270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque) as its engine options. The smaller unit delivers 20-mpg city and 25-mpg highway, while the latter drops three miles per gallon from each respective measure. A six-speed automatic gearbox comes with the four-cylinder, while the V-6 is paired with a five-speed auto and includes the option of all-wheel drive.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% or $750 cash back on the 2012 Toyota Highlander available until 10/01/2012.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee straddles the line between comfortable commuter and capable off-road warrior. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is also offered in the SRT8 high performance edition, which transforms the SUV into a drag strip terror.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 as its base engine, and this motor offers up 290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Cherokee's optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 bests those figures with 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque of its own, while the SRT8 model's 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 provides a gargantuan 470 horses and 465 lb-ft of twist. The V-6's fuel mileage is the most impressive of the lot, showing as 16-mpg city and 23-mpg highway. The SRT8 comes with a five-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive, while the V-6 (five-speed auto) and 5.7-liter V-8 (six-speed auto) can have four-wheel drive outfitted as an option.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% or $1,000 cash back on the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee available until 10/01/2012.