2012 Honda CR-V

March is almost over, and many car shoppers will be at dealerships this weekend looking for a great deal on a new or used vehicle. New-car sales in March are at the highest level since 2007, according to Kelley Blue Book, who also says that high gas prices are driving consumers toward small, fuel-efficient vehicles.

“March traditionally is a strong month as consumers cash-in their tax returns and head to dealerships for the latest model-year vehicles,” Kelley Blue Book says in a statement. “Kelley Blue Book expects this March will be especially strong due to high consumer demand for fuel-efficient models and interest in popular redesigns such as the Toyota Camry, along with improving supply conditions and attractive finance opportunities.”

Analysts at TrueCar.com are also predicting a surge in new-car sales for March, saying that Volkswagen, Nissan and Hyundai are expected to break U.S. sales records this month.

“Consumers who wanted a new vehicle, but were cautiously sitting on the sidelines, are entering the market and feeling more confident about buying,” says Kristen Andersson, senior analyst at TrueCar.com.

Despite high new-car sales, you can still find a good deal on a new vehicle this month. Here are some of the best deals on compact SUVs in March:

Best Purchase Deals:

Best Lease Deals:

  • 2012 Honda CR-V: $239 a month for 36 months with $2,799 due at signing
  • 2012 Subaru Forester: $249 a month for 42 months with $1,949 due at signing
  • 2012 Hyundai Tucson: $259 a month for 36 months with $2,699 due at signing (applies to Tucson 2.4 GLS FWD with automatic transmission)
  • 2012 GMC Terrain: $269 a month for 39 months with $1,529 due at signing (applies to Terrain with LEA)
  • 2012 Kia Sportage: $229 a month for 36 months with $2,499 due at signing (applies to Sportage LX 2.4L with automatic transmission)

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