The 2011 model year is right around the corner, and most car companies are starting to gear up to receive new inventory and clear out last year's vehicles. Labor Day sales will take care of some of the excess but as time wears on this fall season, new car dealers will become increasingly more willing to offer bargains on 2010 editions of their automobiles.
There are significant savings to be found for new car buyers interested in getting the most for their money during the next few months. For rock bottom pricing, it helps to target models which have changed significantly between 2010 and 2011. In many cases, the previous version of the automobile still has a lot to offer, but with the advertising and sales pitch focused on the new model, there are rebates and incentives a plenty to help move the 2010 edition. Let's take a look at three vehicles which should offer great bargains for the end of the 2010 model year.
2010 Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is a bit of a special case as it was completely redesigned for 2010 in order to dramatically improve its interior quality, suspension system and handling compared to the previous generation of pony car. The exterior was also given a serious refresh, making it one of the most attractive two-door coupes on the market. For 2011 however, the vehicle's base V-6 engine has been upgraded to a high tech 3.7-liter unit that offers almost as much horsepower as the 2010's V-8 option: 305 ponies, coupled with 280 lb-ft of torque and incredible fuel mileage that is rated at 29 miles per gallon on the highway. The top tier Ford Mustang GT also gains new fire-breathing, 5.0-liter V-8 engine that tops the older model by almost 100 horses itself.
In spite of all of this, the 2010 Ford Mustang is definitely no poor substitute for the new 2011 edition, as the 315 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque found in the GT model's 4.6-liter V-8 are nothing to sneeze at. Dealer inventory of 2010 Ford Mustangs is high and factory incentives to move these muscle coupes are mounting, making them a tempting buy for thrifty speed addicts.
2010 Hyundai Sonata
The 2010 Hyundai Sonata is a solid, conservatively-styled mid-size sedan that is focused on providing drivers with great value for the money. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a sleek-looking four-door that offers an all-new engine, thrifty fuel mileage and a higher degree of interior refinement. Guess which one is gathering all of the press right now?
Hyundai dealers don't want to have 2010 Sonatas parked on the same lot as 2011 models and so the pressure to get these vehicles into the hands of customers is greater than ever. With the choice of either a 175 horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 32 miles per gallon on the highway, or a 3.3-liter V-6 that adds an additional 75 ponies but only knocks three miles per gallon off of the Sonata's highway rating, the 2010 edition of the car has a lot to offer buyers. Add in Hyundai's renowned reliability and extensive warranty coverage and the 2010 Hyundai Sonata is definitely worthy of a test drive, even if you stopped onto the lot to check out the new 2011 model instead. You might be surprised by the savings you can wrangle - and by which car you end up taking home.
2010 Ford Edge
If it seems like the Blue Oval has been bringing out a lot of new products lately: that's because it has. The 2011 Ford Edge doesn't look dramatically different from the 2010 edition, but it does offer a fresh range of engines including an EcoBoost four-cylinder that has garnered a significant amount of attention in the media.
The 2010 Ford Edge represents the final model year for what was a very successful generation of crossover for Ford, especially in terms of sales. The vehicle's combination of good interior room, V-6 power and available all-wheel drive are still as appealing as they were the day the Edge first hit the streets back in 2006. Ford will be pushing hard to deplete 2010 Ford Edge inventory as quickly as possible, which means that you are likely to be able to score a great deal on this handsome mid-size SUV. The fact that the crossover looks very much like the newer model is merely icing on the cake for bargain-savvy car shoppers.