Five Great Cars for Christmas
If you really care that Beyonce gave her man a Bugatti Veyron for Christmas, read the post we published this morning. If you want a good year-end deal on any of four excellent cars under $25,000, read this one.
For some holiday extravagance, we included the BMW M3 (above), which, at around $58,000 for the coupe, is probably the best bargain in the sports-car world.
From now until the end of December, you will find dealers looking to unload their inventory of 2010 models—and in some cases 2009 leftovers—selling them at up to 7 percent off MSRP. Add to that some worthwhile factory rebates and incentives, and if you’ve got decent credit, now may be the time to make yourself feel like a celebrity.
The Chevrolet Cruze we wrote about in September has the lowest price (starting at $16,275) of any good compact, and it includes a bunch of standard equipment that most other makes charge extra for. With good looks and fuel economy, this car should be a winner for GM. No year-end rebates, but you can get 2.9 percent financing for 24-48 months.
The 2010 Volkswagen GTI ($23,465 MSRP) continues and improves upon the hot-hatch formula the company established years ago. It will outperform anything but an all-out sports car, and carry your kids and stuff into the bargain. The 2011 is little changed from the 2010, so get the latter for 2.9 percent money (36-48 months), a $1,000 cash bonus, and some attractive lease offers.
Back in February, we called the 2011 Hyundai Sonata “sleek, attractive, economical, reliable, affordable, and fuel efficient.” It has also been winning a slew of well-deserved awards and accolades. Starting at just over $19,000, the redesigned Sonata can be bought with 2.9 percent financing (up to 60 months) or leased for 36 months at $199/month. Or buy the 2010 car with a nice $2,500 rebate plus $750 bonus cash, at 3.9 percent money (60 months).
The 2010 Mazda5 compact minivan/wagon (3 trims priced from $18,510 to $23,240) is priced right and, even better, year-end deals can get you up to $1,000 in cash rebates. Financing is 2.9 percent for 48 months. More details on this trend-setting car are in our story here.
To bring the holiday spirit to anyone’s jaded automotive soul, test-drive that BMW M3. It is a well-nigh perfectly balanced car with super handling and smooth V8 power. The 2011 car starts at $58,400, and you can buy it with 0.9 percent financing for 24 or 36 months. BMW is also offering the rather more electronic, expensive ($102,100), sport-luxe V10 M6 (right) at the same rate and with a $12,500 “hidden” dealer rebate that may tempt you.
Which of these cars would make your Christmas especially merry?