The first week of November has brought with it a full plate of rebates and incentives on brand new cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. Leading off the list is the 2012 Buick LaCrosse mid-size sedan, which is offered with the choice of either 1.9% financing or $1,500 cash back. Next up is the 2011 GMC Savana full-size van, which also comes with a $1,500 cash back rebate or available zero percent financing. The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe compact SUV checks in with a very competitive 1.9% purchase financing plus $1,000 cash back offer (or the option of $1,000 total cash back), while the 2011 Kia Optima mid-size sedan features 0.9% financing plus $500 cash back of its own. The list wraps up with the 2012 Jeep Patriot compact SUV, which asks buyers to choose between 0.0% financing or a $500 factory cash rebate.
November's incentives should continue to heat up as automakers do their best to clear out remaining 2011 inventory. Check back with us next week for the next installment in our wrap-up of the best new vehicle bargains currently available.
The 2012 Buick LaCrosse is an extremely spacious mid-size premium sedan that aims to steal buyers away from import luxury brands with its combination of style and extensive comfort features. The Buick LaCrosse is also elegantly styled, making it a more inspired choice than its Lexus and Acura competitors.
The 2012 Buick LaCrosse offers a mild hybrid setup as its entry-level drivetrain. Combining a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine with a small electric motor, the design produces 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque while returning fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon in city driving and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. The LaCrosse can also be ordered with a 303 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. Good for 264 lb-ft of torque, the unit offers up fuel economy figures of 17 miles per gallon city and 27 miles per gallon highway. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the LaCrosse lineup, while V-6 cars can be outfitted with optional all-wheel drive.
There is a financing incentive of 1.9% interest or $1,500 cash back on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse available until 01/02/2012.
The 2011 GMC Savana 1500 is a full-size van that can be had in both passenger and cargo editions. The former can be configured to seat as many as 12 passengers, while the latter can haul a spectacular 270 cubic feet of gear. This makes both versions of the GMC Savana 1500 extremely practical taskmasters.
All 2011 GMC Savana 1500 models are motivated by the same 5.3-liter V-8 engine. Capable of producing 310 horsepower and 334 lb-ft of torque, the motor is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and can also be found with the option of all-wheel drive. Fuel mileage for the Savana checks in at 13 miles per gallon in stop and go driving and 17 miles per gallon on the highway.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% interest or $1,500 cash back on the 2011 GMC Savana available until 01/02/2012.
The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is a value-focused compact SUV that aims to win shoppers over thanks to its extensive equipment list, affordable pricing and excellent interior room. The Hyundai Santa Fe is designed to handle as many as five occupants, and it offers as much as 78 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear row folded forward.
The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe starts out with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that is rated at 175 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque. Buyers are given the choice between a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission with this motor, which is unusual amongst small crossover SUVs. The Santa Fe offers a power upgrade in the form of a 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 276 horses and 248 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel economy for both the four and six-cylinder editions of the Santa Fe is remarkably similar: each is rated at 20 miles per gallon in city driving, while the four-cylinder ekes out a two mile per gallon lead on the highway thanks to its 28 miles per gallon rating. All-wheel drive is available across the board with the Hyundai SUV.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% interest plus $1,000 cash back or $1,000 total cash back on the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe available until 11/30/2011.
The 2011 Kia Optima is a mid-size sedan that combines a sporty attitude and surprisingly eye-catching styling while still offering very practical pricing and competitive fuel efficiency. The Kia Optima is also notable for the fact that items such as a CD player, air conditioning, keyless entry and other convenience features are included free of charge with the base model.
The 2011 Kia Optima is initially offered with a 2.4-liter, 200 horsepower four-cylinder engine under its hood. Also capable of putting out 186 lb-ft of torque, the motor can be matched with the choice of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the entry-level power plant is rated at 24 miles per gallon around town and 35 miles per gallon on the highway. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can also be installed in the Optima, and it turns up the heat with 276 horses and 269 lb-ft of torque while maintaining almost identical fuel mileage (22 miles per gallon city / 34 miles per gallon highway). A six-speed auto is the only gearbox available with the turbo Optima.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% interest plus $500 cash back on the 2011 Kia Optima available until 01/03/2012.
The 2012 Jeep Patriot offers compact SUV fans the opportunity to get behind the wheel a truly off-road capable people mover that also provides five passenger seating, 54 cubic feet of total cargo space and reasonable on-pavement manners. The Jeep Patriot can also be ordered with one of two different four-wheel drive systems: one which focuses on bad weather traction and one which offers low-range mud-slinging power.
The 2012 Jeep Patriot comes with a choice of four-cylinder engines. The vehicle's 2.0-liter motor produces 158 horsepower and 141 lb-ft of torque while offering fuel economy of 23 miles per gallon city and 29 miles per gallon highway. The 2.4-liter option brings 172 ponies and 165 lb-ft of twist to the mix while dropping fuel mileage by two miles per gallon for each respective measure. All versions of the Patriot can be had with either a five-speed manual or a continuously-variable automatic transmission.
There is a financing incentive of 0.0% interest or $500 cash back on the 2012 Jeep Patriot available until 01/02/2012.