Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like family traditions - cousins clobbering each other in a “friendly” game of “touch” football, the annual burning of the dinner rolls and your sister bringing home another one of her creepy boyfriends. Of course, lots of people look forward to the day after Thanksgiving as much as they look forward to the meal itself.
Black Friday sales are enticing -- there’s no denying that. But, who wants to arouse from their turkey-induced stupor at an ungodly hour just to save a little money on some electronics that will be obsolete by New Year’s? Smart shoppers know that they can sleep in and still save thousands because car makers have started rolling out their holiday new car deals.
Even if you have visions of giant red bows on top of shiny new roofs, don’t act too fast. Not all Thanksgiving new car deals are gravy. In fact, some are real turkeys. We’ve highlighted four seemingly good deals below, and found four more that beat them.
2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad and Crew Cab vs. 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab
If you’re looking to replace your miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer with something more substantial, the Dodge Ram 1500 Quad and Crew cabs fit the bill. Optional HEMI V8 power and in-your-face styling make the Ram an enticing option for hauling gifts and just about anything else. And, it’s currently available with $3,500 cash back or zero percent financing for up to 60 months.
The Ram deal is enticing, but we’ve found something better: the 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab will haul about the same number of fruitcakes as the Ram 1500, but the Sierra is currently being offered with $5,000 cash back or zero percent financing for up to 72 months. That’s an extra year of interest-free financing, which lowers your monthly payment, and an extra $1,500 cash back. Plus, qualified buyers won’t have to make any payments on the Sierra until the spring.
2011 Audi Q5 vs. 2010 Infiniti EX
It’s hard not to like the 2011 Audi Q5 -- it’s got style, comfort and all the zip you need to get over the river and through the woods. What it doesn’t have this month is a great lease deal. To lease a 2011 Q5, Audi wants $529 per month for 42 months and $3,194 due at signing.
While other German makes offer deals that are just as unappealing, you can save some compact SUV cash by looking at Infiniti The 2010 Infiniti EX is available for lease at just $389 per month for 39 months with $3,999 due at singing. While the EX costs more at signing, over 39 months, you’ll save $3,068 by going with Infiniti.
2011 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2011 Nissan Altima
Ever since Chevy revamped the Malibu and Ford introduced the Fusion, the midsize car class has been wide open. With the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, reviewers say that midsize car shoppers have one more great option to choose from. You can lease a Sonata for just $199 per month for 36 months with $2,399 due at signing.
Compare that to the lease available on the 2010 Nissan Altima. Most test drivers say the Altima is a slightly better performer than the Sonata, but its deal just isn’t as good. The Altima is available for lease at $229 per month for 39 months with $2,999 due at signing.
2010 Honda Civic vs. 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
This deal is a battle between the new kid on the block and a classic make. The Honda Civic has been serving small car buyers for so long that it earns a spot on most shopping lists by default. But, reviewers who have tested the all-new Chevrolet Cruze say it’s sassy enough to take buyers away from old favorites like the Civic. That may be why this Thanksgiving you can get the Civic for 0.9 percent financing for up to 60 months. That deal is better than the 2.9 percent for up to 60 months being offered on the Chevy. In this battle of tradition versus new wave, the Civic is good old fashioned turkey and the Cruze is your hippy cousin’s tofurkey. Sure, the tofurkey might be better for your soul, but the classic is a better investment.