The Best And Worst Car Deals: Independence Day Edition
Shopping for a new car doesn't have to be a stressful and frustrating experience. Here at AOL Autos, we're working hard to make car shopping as easy and affordable as possible. That's why we pore over data every week to find out which cars are the best value for you consumers.
With help from CarWoo.com, we've come up with a list of five of the best and five of the worst car deals out there right now. The best are the vehicles that are selling for an exceptionally high discount compared to their MSRP and invoice price, due to aggressive automaker incentives, low demand and/or the end of a vehicle's current generation design.
Conversely, our list of the worst car deals features vehicles that are selling at or very near their sticker price. Because these cars are either in high demand or very new to the market, dealers are much less inclined to sell them for a discounted price. You'll be better off waiting on these cars if you want to save some coin.
Click through to start your car shopping experience by getting an idea of which cars you should pounce on right now and which you should hold off on until a later date.
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Expected average savings: 3.45%
MSRP: $26,550 - $30,140
Invoice: $24,716 - $28,058
Fuel Economy: 44 mpg City, 40 mpg Highway
The Toyota Prius v is a new addition to the Prius family, expanding a lineup of gas-electric hybrid vehicles that has set the standard for environmentally-friendly transportation. This front-wheel drive, five-door liftback delivers comfort, excellent fuel economy and low emissions, as well as additional cargo space for today's active families. The Prius v is available in three trim levels - Prius v Two, Prius v Three and Prius v Five.
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Expected average savings: 2.70%
MSRP: $15,325 - $17,060
Invoice: $14,926 - $16,607
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
The Honda Fit distinguishes itself from all other subcompacts with its impressive practicality thanks to four-door hatchback versatility and ingenious interior packaging. The Fit offers five-passenger seating and a unique second-row "Magic Seat" that either folds flat with the cargo floor, or flips up to carry tall items behind the first row of seats. The Fit is available in two trim levels, base and Sport.
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Expected average savings: 2.58%
MSRP: $12,545 - $15,895
Invoice: $12,244 - $15,444
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg City, 40 mpg Highway
The Hyundai Accent sedan and hatchback are exceptional economy cars that offer attractive looks and outstanding value in a price-sensitive market segment. The Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter double overhead-cam engine that produces 138 horsepower and features variable valve timing. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is optional.
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Expected average savings: 1.51%
MSRP: $20,695 - $28,295
Invoice: $20,104 - $27,480
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
The new Mazda CX-5 crossover offers seating for five people. With adaptive cargo space and a comprehensive set of standard safety features, the CX-5 is a safe, practical, sport inspired vehicle to Zoom-Zoom around in. It is available in three trims, Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All are powered by a 2.0-litre 155-hp, direct injection, SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine. The FWD Sport is standard with a six-speed manual, while all other trims have a six-speed automatic transmission.
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Expected average savings: 1.21%
MSRP: $18,950 - $23,230
Invoice: $18,003 - $21,625
Fuel Economy: 53 mpg City, 46 mpg Highway
The Toyota Prius c is a new addition to the Prius family, expanding a lineup of gas-electric hybrid vehicles that has set the standard for environmentally-friendly transportation. This subcompact front-wheel drive, five-door hatchback delivers comfort, excellent fuel economy and low emissions in an urban-friendly size. The Prius c is available in four trim levels: Prius c One, Prius c Two, Prius c Three and Prius c Four.
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Expected average savings: 11.72%
MSRP: $43,030 - $52,655
Invoice: $39,863 - $48,672
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway
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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Expected average savings: 12.00%
MSRP: $35,705 - $39,255
Invoice: $33,527 - $36,812
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 29 mpg Highway
The Acura TL is a dynamic mid-sized sedan with a winning combination of performance and luxury, offered in a choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations. The front-wheel drive TL is outfitted with a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the all-wheel drive TL SH-AWD features a more powerful 305-hp 3.7-liter V6. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, featuring Sequential SportShift manual mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters; a conventional six-speed manual transmission is available on the all-wheel drive model.
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Expected average savings: 15.16%
MSRP: $21,480 - $30,030
Invoice: $19,667 - $27,465
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 34 mpg Highway
The Accord is Honda's largest car, offering generous interior space for up to five people wrapped in stylish exterior sheet metal. The Accord, which is being replaced in a few months with an all new design, comes either as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine. The four-cylinder engines are available in five-speed manual or automatic transmission for both styles of the Accord, while the V6 sedan is only available in five-speed automatic.
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Expected average savings: 15.34%
MSRP: $20,550 - $31,200
Invoice: $19,699 - $28,904
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway
Being replaced with an all new design for the 2013 model year, the front-wheel drive, five-passenger Nissan Altima combines performance and an attractive exterior as either a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. The Nissan Altima is powered by either a 175-hp 2.5-liter I4 or a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6 and the transmission choices include a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Altima trims include: 2.5 (sedan only), 2.5 S and 3.5 SR.
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Expected average savings: 15.48%
MSRP: $23,500 - $52,305
Invoice: $22,100 - $47,124
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 23 mpg Highway
The 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck manages to combine versatility, great fuel economy and dependability while offering several unique trims, cab styles and pickup box lengths. The F-150 is available in several distinctive trims. These include the XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and the Harley Davidson. For the off-road extremist, the segment exclusive SVT Raptor is available and delivers both outstanding off-road capabilities and daily use characteristics.
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