Best Black Friday Car Deals Nov 21, 2016 by Ian (Driver Weekly)
Shopping for a new vehicle on Black Friday can save you thousands of dollars. Not only are manufacturers cutting prices to move inventory, but local dealerships are also putting money on the hood. Remaining inventory from last year is discounted to make room for 2017 models. It’s the end of the month, so dealers are more willing to negotiate and sweeten the pot. If you have your eye on a dream car and have been waiting patiently for the best deal, now is the time. But if you’re still shopping for a new vehicle, here are five models that will be an even better deal on Black Friday.
2016 Jeep Patriot
This popular SUV might not have impressed reviewers, but it impressed drivers. The underwhelming performance of the 2.0L World Engine and aging interior might have dissuaded some reviewers, but the low starting price of $18,040 MSRP and rugged looks reminiscent of the original Jeeps are appealing to buyers. Keep in mind that many options are essentially necessary, including basics such as air conditioning and options such as 4WD. But Jeep has put $2,000 on the hood for buyers in addition to local offers so that you can load up on options. Most importantly, if you are interested in the Patriot, this will be your last chance: production will end this year, and the company is replacing the Jeep Patriot with the Jeep Compass. Keep in mind some remaining vehicles have been labeled with model year 2017, but they are identical to model year 2016. Act fast if you want the Jeep Patriot!
Dodge Grand Caravan
Dodge is offering some of the best deals in the industry this year on their remaining inventory from 2016, including $3,500 off the MSRP. The Dodge Grand Caravan is already the most economical minivan in the United States with an MSRP of $23,595, and these deals make this simple people mover even more appealing. While many minivans have ratcheted up the price with expensive features and infotainment systems, the Grand Caravans offers a functional alternative, equipped with an athletic engine and excellent storage. The mechanical twin of the previous Chrysler Town and Country for families on a budget, this minivan has Stow n’ Go storage and seating, 3.6L Pentastar V6, significant towing capacity, and peppy steering. The interior is dated, but at this price, you can spring for the most comfortable seating and features. For now, there is no word as to whether the Grand Caravan will be replaced next year with a rebadged Pacifica. Low price, incentives, and an uncertain future? Buy now.
Always popular despite recent competition (which has only been good for buyers) now is the time to take advantage of sales at your local dealer for a 2016 Ford F-150. While the deals aren’t as substantial as on some other models, there is still $1,000 off the sticker from Ford and up to $1,500 in bonus cash or free options. But that’s just to get the ball rolling—look for local incentives on the last model year. While some buyers have been leery of the base EcoBoost V6 and new steel-reinforced aluminum bed and body, but experts have been pleasantly surprised with the latest model’s durability, torque, and power. If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your truck, now is a good opportunity. Luxurious trims and optional features make it easy to run up the tab on a fully-loaded F-150, so shave a few grand off your final price by finding a sale this weekend.
GM has been using massive incentives to move excess inventory and dealers will probably put even more cash on the hood to clear the lots, so look for great deals on 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Already, Chevrolet is offering 20% cashback on 2016 models in advance of Black Friday. This shaves a reasonable amount off the base $25,700 MSRP for the Camaro LT. Interested buyers will want to crank it up to the 335hp V6 engine or even the 455hp V8 under the hood of the Camaro SS. While these trims are more expensive, dedicated track enthusiasts can find a 2016 Camaro under $50,000 including incentives and local deals. Chiseled sheetmetal, manual transmission, and a big engine—if you’ve been interested in the latest generation of muscle cars, this is your chance.
BMW doesn’t need to offer significant discounts to attract new buyers. The luxury automaker has a suite of attractive vehicles and loyal drivers. But they are offering 2.9% APR for 72 months on new models this weekend as well as a $1,500 credit. Leasing a BMW is perfect for most entry-luxury drivers, offering elegant and restrained style, tuned driving dynamics, and updated materials and technology with each new vehicle. Take your pick, from the sporting 3 Series to the sleek X Series SUV. We recommend the 3 Series for a sports sedan that can fit four without sacrificing coupe styling, an upscale interior, and dynamic handling. While an increased emphasis on comfort and technology might discourage some traditionalists searching for the perfect driving machine, buyers looking to upgrade to an entry-luxury vehicle should look no further than BMW on Black Friday.
Finding a good deal isn't the only factor in making a new purchase, but if you've been interested in any of these models, now is the time to make a trip to the dealership and discover the best Black Friday deals on local models.