With temperatures falling and a Nor'Easter taking aim at the east coast, now is a good time to find a good purchase or lease deal on a new four- or all-wheel drive truck, car or SUV. Dealers are also looking to move remaining 2012 models off their lots to make room for the 2013s, which potentially gives buyers some leverage when negotiating.
When shopping, be on the lookout for features that will help keep you safe and comfortable on the road in winter. A vehicle with more aggressive tires or snow tires will have more grip in the snow. If you live where the snow tends to get deep, a vehicle with higher ground clearance will have an easier time navigating unplowed streets. Heated exterior mirrors are also a boon to winter driving, which keep your mirrors fog-free, and don’t forget about heated seats to keep you warm.
It is important to remember to be cautious when the roads get snowy. Four- and all-wheel drive are great for getting the vehicle moving, but don’t do anything to help slow and stop. If you’re on a slick road, your safest bet is to slow down and allow extra distance for braking.
Here are some of the best purchase and lease deals on new vehicles with all- or four-wheel drive:
2012 Nissan Xterra: 0% financing for 36 months, 0.9% for 60 months, 1.9% for 72 months; or up to $2,000 cash back
2012 GMC Terrain: 0% financing for 60 months or $1,000 consumer cash
2012 Kia Sorento: $1,500 bonus cash PLUS 0.9% financing for 36 months or 1.9% for 60 months or $1,500 cash back
2012 Subaru Legacy: 0.9% financing
2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: 0% financing for up to 60 months or up to $3,500 cash back, depending on model
2013 Jeep Wrangler: $319 per month for 36 months with $2,499 due at signing for Sport model
2013 Subaru Outback: $267 per month for 42 months with $1,967 due at signing
2012 Nissan Armada: $519 per month for 39 months with $2,999 due at signing on SV trim
2012 Nissan Frontier: $249 per month for 39 months with $2,449 due at signing for King Cab SV with an automatic transmission
2013 BMW X1: $389 per month for 36 months with $3,269 due at signing on xDrive28i model
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