2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

When analysts looked at vehicle sales for February 2012, they found that an increase in car sales was largely driven my small, fuel-efficient vehicles. That trend continued into March.

“Higher gas prices drove strong March car sales especially those of fuel-efficient models,” says Edmunds. “Automakers in the U.S. sold 1.4 million vehicles, an increase of 12.7 percent from the year-ago March. That put the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate of car sales (SAAR) at 14.3 million, compared with 13 million even last March.” March sales were the best since August 2007.

According to TrueCar.com, the average transaction price for new cars increased $143 from March 2012 to February 2012. Although March saw a slight increase in average transaction prices, there are still good financing, lease deals and cash back offers available in April. Here are a few of the best car deals on fuel-efficient cars and small crossover SUVs.

Small Cars and Hybrid Cars:

2012 Volkswagen Golf Purchase Deal: 1.9% financing for 60 months. Excludes TDI and Golf R models.

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Purchase Deal: 0.9% financing for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR financing for 37-60 months

2012 Kia Rio Purchase Deal: 0.9% financing for 36 months

2012 Mazda2: 0% financing for 60 months

2012 Chevrolet Volt: 0% financing for 60 months

Small SUVs:

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Purchase Deal: 0.9% financing for 60 months

2012 Honda CR-V Lease Deal: $239 per month for 36 months with $2,799 due at signing. Applies to CR-V 2WD LX with five-speed automatic transmission.

2012 Mazda CX-7 Purchase Deal: 0% financing for 60 months

2012 Subaru Forester Purchase Deal: 0.9% financing (no financing term specified)

2012 Kia Sportage Purchase Deal: 1.9% financing for 36 months

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