Slow Demand for These New Models Could Mean Big Savings
The latest tech and safety features, upgraded cabin materials, more fuel-efficient engines, and sleeker exterior styling are typically elements that give fully redesigned models lots of appeal. All the media and marketing hype surrounding redesigns and all-new models often results in a sales frenzy for the new models, however, so good deals can be hard to find.
Not all redesigns fly off dealer lots though. Using industry sales data from Kelley Blue Book and Automotive News, we’ve come up with a list of recently redesigned cars and SUVs that haven’t been so popular over their first several months on the market. Slow demand means you’ll have a good chance of securing a price below sticker at the dealership. Most of the vehicles in this slide show are new for 2017, while a couple came out last year. Still, their fresh designs and advanced technology are likely to grab your attention. So if you want to bring home one of the newest entrants on the automotive market without breaking the bank, this slide show is a great place to start your search.
2017 Kia Sportage
Kia redesigned the Sportage for 2017, and the new model boasts a premium interior, user-friendly technology, engaging handling, and a smooth ride. If cargo space is a top priority, however, rivals like the Honda CR-V or Nissan Rogue will suit you better.
Although the 2017 Sportage improves on its predecessor in many respects, sales so far in 2017 are 8 percent lower than they were over the same period last year. In fact, the Sportage is among the bottom four overall sellers in the compact SUV segment. On top of that, its starting price is about $1,000 below average for the class.
Low demand and affordable prices mean now is a great time to bring home a new Sportage. Use the U.S. News & World Report Best Price Program to find the dealer in your area with the lowest rates. This month’s Kia deals could net you even more savings.
2017 Infiniti QX30
The Infiniti QX30 is an all-new entrant in the luxury subcompact SUV class for the 2017 model year. Although it’s not as sporty as a BMW X1 or as ritzy as the Mercedes-Benz GLA, it delivers pleasing road manners, a classy cabin, and a long list of available tech features.
So far, the QX30 has respectable sales numbers, but some other factors make it a strong choice for budget-minded buyers this month. First off, its starting price of $29,950 is the lowest in the segment, and about 14 percent below average. Plus, the average transaction price for vehicles from Nissan, Infiniti’s parent company, has fallen 1.7 percent in the last month, which is one of the larger drops of any mainstream automaker.
That price decline indicates you’ll have good shot at negotiating the QX30’s already low starting price down even further. Before you head to the dealership, use the U.S. News & World Report Best Price Program to find the dealer in your area with the lowest prices.
2017 Nissan Armada
After a one-year hiatus, the Nissan Armada returns this year with some substantial updates to make it more competitive in the large SUV segment. Its spacious second-row seats, quiet ride, and long list of available safety technologies make the Armada a worthy choice for families.
Despite its strong suits, it’s the second slowest selling large SUV so far in 2017, just ahead of the Toyota Sequoia. Plus, it has the lowest starting price in the class at $44,900, and you may be able to chop more off that price considering transaction prices for Nissan vehicles have fallen 1.7 percent in the last month.
Add it all up, and the Armada is one of the best choices for your budget in the large SUV class. This month’s Nissan deals may help you save even more money. To find the dealer with the lowest price in your area, use the U.S. News & World Report Best Price Program.
2017 Subaru Impreza
Redesigned for 2017, the Impreza gives you a roomy cabin and standard all-wheel drive, which isn’t even available on most compact cars. Through turns, the Impreza offers composed handling and precise steering. While the Impreza’s cabin design isn’t flashy, the comfortable front seats and very spacious back row make it a great choice for buyers who favor practicality over style.
The redesign hasn’t made the Impreza a sales leader, however, as it’s in the bottom five among compact cars for overall sales so far in 2017. Plus, it’s coming off a year in which sales dipped 17 percent relative to the prior year. In terms of price, the base Impreza is 15 percent cheaper than the class norm.
That low price and sagging demand mean now is a prime time for savings on a new Impreza. Before you head to the dealership, use the U.S. News & World Report Best Price Program to find the dealer in your area with the lowest prices. Also take a look at this month’s Subaru deals for all the best finance and lease offers.
2017 Buick LaCrosse
If space is a priority, a large car like the Buick LaCrosse will be a good fit. The redesigned 2017 model offers a spacious and upscale cabin, a comfortable and quiet ride, poised handling, and strong gas mileage for the class.
Its strengths haven’t translated to robust sales so far this year, though, as Buick dealers have moved 60 percent fewer models than they did over the same period in 2016. It’s also in the bottom three among large cars for overall sales in 2017. Plus, the average transaction price for a large car has remained constant over the last year, while the industry as a whole has experienced 2.3 percent price inflation.
That, along with plummeting demand, suggest that you have a good chance of negotiating a price below sticker for the LaCrosse this month. Use the U.S. News & World Report Best Price Program to find the dealer in your area with the lowest price. For the best finance and lease offers this month, check out the Buick deals page.
2017 Cadillac XT5
The new model has been selling well for Cadillac, but despite strong demand, it’s still a smart choice for budget-conscious buyers. Its starting price of $38,260 is 25 percent below average for a luxury midsize SUV, while average transaction prices for General Motors vehicles have dipped 1.2 percent in the last month.
That indicates you may be able to negotiate more off the XT5’s sticker price if you head to the dealership soon. Use the U.S. News & World Report Best Price Program to help you find the dealers in your area with the lowest prices. Also, don’t forget to check out this month’s Cadillac deals for low-interest financing and affordable lease offers.
2016 Fiat 500X
All-new for 2016, the Fiat 500X offers a striking cabin design, nimble handling, and easy maneuverability in cramped city streets or parking lots. Plus, its available all-wheel drive system can help you out in messy weather. On the downside, most alternatives have a more refined and potent powertrain than the 500X.
Fiat dealers have moved 43.7 percent fewer 500X models so far in 2017 compared to the same period last year. Average transaction prices for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have declined 1.3 percent over the past month, while overall sales for FCA are down 7.6 percent year over year. That’s one of the largest drops for any automaker.
Weak demand for the 500X and Fiat in general means you’ll probably be able to negotiate a price below sticker this month, as dealers will be anxious to move the 500X off the lot to boost sales numbers. Before you head to the dealership, use the U.S. News & World Report Best Price Program to find the dealer with the lowest prices near you.
2016 Chevy Malibu
The Malibu was fully redesigned in 2016, and thanks to its top-notch safety and reliability scores, family-friendly features and technology, and roomy seating, we named the Malibu the Best Midsize Car for Families in 2016 and 2017. Throw in its excellent gas mileage and pleasing driving dynamics, and it’s easy to see why the Malibu is currently the top-ranked midsize car.
Those accolades haven’t been enough to prevent a sharp decline in sales, as Chevy dealers have moved 42.5 percent fewer Malibu models so far in 2017 relative to the same period last year. On top of that, the Malibu’s starting price of $21,680 is 13 percent cheaper than the norm for a midsize car.
Chevy dealers should be willing to negotiate that price down even further in order to spur sales for the new model, which could mean hefty savings for you. To find the dealer in your area with the lowest prices, use the U.S. News & World Report Best Price Program. Also, check out this month’s Chevy deals for all the best finance and lease offers.