Best new car deals for SUVs

We're in the last days of 2012, a period traditionally considered to be great time to buy a new car and take advantage of manufacturer incentives and rebates. Our recent pricing analysis shows that deals can vary, but we have identified the best savings on winter-ready SUVs.

Typically, dealers are anxious to sell what they can now because the winter months are often their slowest season. Plus, automakers are hoping to close the year with strong sales. These factors put the car buyer in a good position to negotiate and come out with a great deal on a good car.

For our December deals, we looked at SUVs because their utility and all-wheel-drive make them an appealing choice for navigating the roads during the winter season, plus they have plenty of room for loading up the ski equipment.

Models listed offer between 5 and 15 percent off MSRP and dealers may be interested in negotiating further to clear the floor and make room for the 2013s. Before negotiating for any new car, shoppers should check our detailed pricing for local deals, rebates, and hidden direct-to-dealer incentives. (Learn more about car pricing.)

The models listed below are just a few of our Best New Car Deals, meaning they offer notable discounts on models that meet Consumer Reports' criteria to be recommended. These vehicles scored well in our testing, had average or better reliability in our subscriber survey, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated.

See our full list of deals on 2012 and some 2013 models.

Make & model

Expires

MSRP

Invoice price

Customer rebate

Dealer incentive

Bottom line price

Potential savings below MSRP

2012 Acura MDX

1/2/13

$43,925

$40,758

No

Yes

Get the Bottom Line Price

15%+

2013 Chevrolet Equinox

1/2/13

28,410

27,033

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

5%+

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

1/2/13

35,585

33,847

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

10%+

2013 Dodge Durango

1/2/13

38,090

36,057

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

10%+

2012 Ford Flex

1/2/13

34,775

32,530

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

15%+

2012 GMC Terrain

1/2/13

31,085

29,572

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

5%+

2012 GMC Yukon XL

1/2/13

51,520

47,983

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

10%+

2012 Infiniti QX56

1/2/13

64,090

59,379

No

Yes

Get the Bottom Line Price

15%+

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1/2/13

30,690

30,169

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

5%+

2013 Kia Sorento

1/7/12

26,150

25,295

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

10%+

2012 Mazda CX-9

1/2/13

35,920

34,025

No

Yes

Get the Bottom Line Price

15%+

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander

1/2/13

25,655

24,606

Yes

Yes

Get the Bottom Line Price

10%+

2012 Nissan Juke

1/2/13

24,540

23,301

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

10%+

2012 Nissan Rogue

1/2/13

30,535

28,507

Yes

No

Get the Bottom Line Price

10%+

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

1/2/13

36,750

35,312

No

Yes

Get the Bottom Line Price

5%+

Online subscribers are eligible for hassle-free shopping and low prices through the Consumer Reports Build & Buy program. Unlike traditional car buying, there is no pressure or obligation to purchase. Participating dealers are held to high standards of competitive pricing and customer service. Simply click the "Build & Buy This Car" button that appears on the vehicle's model overview page to access the program.

See all current Best Deals. Complete pricing, road tests, and ratings for these models, and many more, can be readily accessed via our simple A-to-Z directory.
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