Best SUV Deals: October 2012
Automakers have been loading incentives on some SUVs to keep customers buying them as gas prices have risen. But even though you may be in for some pain at the pump, SUVs offer some great benefits, such as tons of space for people and luggage, giving them great versatility. Recent advancements in technology have made them much more fuel efficient, too.
With help from our AOL Autos partner CarWoo, we've put together a list of 10 great SUVs that are currently well below their MSRP and invoice prices. After seeing these deals, we think you'll be ready to get packing for a family road trip.
Click through to see what we've found and don't forget to check out the AOL Autos Best Deal price in your area on each of these SUVs!
MSRP: $60,000 - $63,100
Invoice: $55,525 - $58,389
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg City, 20 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 9.78%
Click here to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Infiniti QX56
The Infiniti QX56 is a full-size SUV, designed for towing a heavy trailer, carrying passengers in luxurious comfort, and tackling serious off-road conditions.
Available in rear- or four-wheel drive it is powered by a 400-hp 5.6-liter direct injection gasoline V8 engine matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The QX56 includes 2nd-row captains chairs to provide standard 7-passenger seating, but can be equipped with a rear bench seat to increase capacity to 8.
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MSRP: $28,995 - $42,195
Invoice: $27,621 - $39,703
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 23 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 10.45%
Click here to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Dodge Durango
The Dodge Durango is a full-size SUV with stable handling and impressive good looks. Inside is a quiet, roomy, and comfortable cabin. New for 2012, a six-speed transmission is matched with the 5.7-liter V8 engine.
Available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive the new Durango includes a 290-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 as standard and has an available 360-hp Hemi 5.7-liter V8 engine. The Hemi includes the Multiple Displacement System (MDS) for better fuel economy.
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MSRP: $29,420 - $41,170
Invoice: $26,909 - $37,626
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 10.50%
Click here to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Honda Pilot
The Honda Pilot is a powerful crossover SUV, engineered for quality and durability, as well as high levels of functionality and comfort. It features unit body construction and a fully independent suspension, providing a more car-like driving experience with crisp, predictable handling and a smooth ride.
The 8-passenger Pilot is available in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, each with a choice of four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. All trim levels feature an advanced 250-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.
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MSRP: $25,210 - $30,370
Invoice: $23,891 - $28,454
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 11.02%
Click here to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Nissan Xterra
The Xterra is the most rugged, adventure-oriented SUV that Nissan offers, a truly "go anywhere" vehicle designed for the outdoors and an active lifestyle.
The Xterra is offered in both rear-wheel (4x2) and four-wheel drive configurations, with a choice of three trim levels: X, S and PRO-4X (4x4 only). All models are powered by a 261-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine, while available transmissions include a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic.
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MSRP: $43,280 - $52,905
Invoice: $40,092 - $48,901
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 11.56%
Click here to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Acura MDX
The Acura MDX offers outstanding V6 power, standard seven-passenger seating and Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. Compelling styling, attention to detail, comprehensive safety equipment and advanced technologies increase the appeal of this luxury SUV.
The MDX is powered by a 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters.
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MSRP: $22,310 - $29,950
Invoice: $21,266 - $27,906
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 28 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 12.69%
Click here to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Nissan Rogue
The Rogue is Nissan's entry into the hotly contested crossover segment.
The Rogue offers similar styling to the iconic Nissan Murano, in a slightly smaller package. Available in S or SV trim, with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. All Rogues are equipped with 2.5-liter, 170-hp, four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
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MSRP: $29,725 - $35,125
Invoice: $28,125 - $33,230
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 13.21%
Click here to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Mazda CX-9
The Mazda CX-9 is a stylish alternative for those that need the versatility of a mini-van but desire the looks of a modern SUV without rugged off-road capabilities. With seating for seven and an attractive design the CX-9 certainly fits the bill.
The CX-9 is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive in one of three models: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Power comes from a 273-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission that has manual gear selection capability.
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MSRP: $29,960 - $40,560
Invoice: $27,601 - $37,349
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 13.22%
Click here to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Nissan Murano
The Nissan Murano is a crossover vehicle that integrates function and high fashion. It combines sport-utility cargo capacity and sporty driving dynamics.
The Murano can be had with either front-wheel, or all-wheel drive, and is available in S, SV, SL, or LE trim levels. The Murano features Nissan's 3.5-liter six-cylinder VQ engine, which generates 260 horsepower. The engine is mated to an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with adaptive shift control.
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MSRP: $29,290 - $43,970
Invoice: $27,444 - $40,714
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 16.50%
Click here to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Nissan Pathfinder
The Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-size SUV suited to everything from a suburban lifestyle to off-road adventures. It is offered in both rear- and four-wheel drive configurations, providing rugged performance and styling without sacrificing comfort.
The seven-passenger Pathfinder is available in four trim levels: S, SV, Silver and LE. All trims are powered by a 266-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission; a 310-hp 5.6-liter V8 is available on the 4x4 LE.
With an all-new Pathfinder going on sale soon, Nissan is giving the current generation some big incentives.
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Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway
Average Discount Off MSRP: 17.91%
Click to get the AOL Autos Best Deal price on the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is the world's first all-wheel drive crossover convertible. It offers ample room for four adults, and plenty of cargo space with the top up or down.
The two-door, all-wheel drive Murano CrossCabriolet is offered in one luxurious trim level and features Nissan's 3.5-liter six-cylinder VQ engine that generates 265 horsepower, which is sent through an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with adaptive shift control.
The Murano CrossCabriolet is kind of the answer to a question that no one asked. Due to slow sales, this car is currently going for cheap.
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