Best New Car Deals: March 2017

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Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - March 6, 2017

New car deals in March continue to feature a nice assortment of cashback and finance incentives on popular cars and trucks. This month’s biggest news is the addition of special offers worth up to 20% off MSRP. In some cases, we’re seeing potential savings worth as much as $9,698.

Finance offers have also been incredibly attractive if you know where to look. We’ve found deals like 0% APR plus up to $3,000 cashback. We may see new holiday offers heading into St. Patrick’s Day, so stay tuned for updates.

Here you’ll find the best deals this month on crossovers & SUVs, cars, trucks, minivans and sporty cars. We’ve listed top-ranked offers factoring standard rebates, finance incentives, plus special discounts for coming from a competitor.

You don’t have to go searching for the best deal. We’ve already done the work for you. Just use the links to the right to navigate.

Offers assume a Southern California location.

Last updated 5:15 pm Monday, March 6

Best Crossover & SUV Deals This Month

GMC Acadia
  • Best Deal: 17% off MSRP on select models
  • MSRP: From $33,375
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 7
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 21/25
  • Expires: March 31, 2017

This month, you can get 17% off MSRP on select Acadias in stock the longest. However, there are a few catches to be aware of.

The first is that only the oldest 10% of stock is eligible, so you may need to do some searching to find a specially tagged vehicle. The second is that the base SL model with its low $29,995 starting price isn’t eligible.

That said, the potential savings here is undeniably attractive. On an Acadia Denali, this can equate to as much as a $8,159 discount off MSRP. This is a new offer we can’t guarantee will be around next month. Get your custom quote »

Buick Enclave
  • Best Deal: 16% off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $39,990
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 8
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 15/22
  • Expires: March 31, 2017

The 2017 Enclave benefits from a 16% discount off MSRP on specially tagged vehicles that have been in stock the longest. On a plush Enclave Premium, this can equate to as much as $8,088 in savings. Although we’ve seen similar offers in the past, no luxury competitor comes close to this level of savings. Get your custom quote »

Ford Expedition
  • Best Deal: Up to $6,000 cashback
  • MSRP: From $48,320
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 8
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 15/21
  • Expires: April 3, 2017

Like last month, you can enjoy up to $6,000 in discounts on all 2017 Expedition models. To get the deal, you’ll need to take advantage of $5,250 in rebates and a $750 bonus for financing at non-promotional rates. Alternatively, you can choose 0% APR for 60 months and $3,500 in cash. Don’t forget, that’s all before discounts at your local dealer. Get your custom quote »

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Best Car Deals This Month

Ford Focus
  • Best Deal: 0% APR for 60 mos+ $3,000
  • MSRP: From $19,195
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/ Hwy): 26/36
  • Expires: April 3, 2017

If you can still find one, the 2016 Ford Focus is an absolutely stellar value. This month, you can get 0% financing for 60 months plus up to $3,000 cashback. You’ll never see a deal this good on the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. Offers on the 2017 Focus aren’t bad but are a bit less attractive at 0% APR for 60 months plus $750 cash. This may be your last chance to find a 2016 Focus before they’re gone. Get your custom quote »

Kia Optima
  • Best Deal: 0% APR for 66 mos + $1,500
  • MSRP: From $22,990
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): 24/35
  • Expires: April 3, 2017

Like last month, all 2016 Optimas get 0% APR for 66 months plus a $1,500 cash bonus. Fortunately, you can still find a ton of these in stock since the 2017 Optima went on sale later than most other models.

Alternatively, you can opt to forgo financing in favor of a larger rebate. This month, that equates to $3,000 cashback, or $3,500 if you’re eligible for a $500 loyalty bonus.

If you’d prefer not to buy, the 2016 Optima LX ranks as the best lease a midsize car, starting at just $159 for 39 months with $1,999 due at signing. It’s actually cheaper to lease than most compact cars. Get your custom quote »

Chevy Impala
  • Best Deal: 20% off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $28,375
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 22/30
  • Expires: March 13, 2017

You can now enjoy a 20% discount off MSRP on every single 2017 Impala in dealer stock. However, this is a limited-time offer that’s only good through Monday, March 13. Other than that, there are no exclusions and no catches.

On a well-equipped Premier model, this can equate to as much as $7,344 in savings off MSRP. Even the lower-priced LS version is eligible for $5,675 in savings, bringing prices closer to $22,000, normally the realm of cars like the Honda Civic. Get your custom quote »

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Best Truck Deals This Month

GMC Canyon
  • Best Deal: 10% off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $25,600
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): 19/26
  • Expires: March 31, 2017

Like other GMC trucks, the 2017 Canyon benefits from a rare 10% off MSRP promotion on inventory in stock the longest. The only exclusion is the entry-level Canyon SL that dealers don’t really stock to begin with.

On a well-equipped Canyon Denali 4x4, this can equate to as much as $4,411 in potential savings. This is considerably better than the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado truck, which gets no such discounts this month. Get your custom quote »

GMC Sierra 1500
  • Best Deal: 17% off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $29,500
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 6
  • MPG (City/Hwy): 18/24
  • Expires: March 31, 2017

You can now enjoy up to 17% off MSRP on select 2017 Sierra 1500 trucks that have been around the longest. However, shoppers should be aware that only Crew Cab models are eligible for the promotion.

On a well-equipped Denali 4x4, this can equate to as much as $9,698 in savings off MSRP. Interestingly, the related Chevrolet Silverado 1500 doesn’t feature a deal anywhere near this good. Get your custom quote »

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Best Minivan Deals This Month

Chrysler Pacifica
  • Best Deal: Up to $4,000 cashback
  • MSRP: From $29,590
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 8
  • MPG (City/Hwy): 19/28
  • Expires: April 3, 2017

Offers on the Pacifica continue to be extremely aggressive here in California. Chrysler is targeting competitors with a $1,000 conquest bonus, resulting in at least $3,000 in discounts when financing through Chrysler Capital.

There’s also a $1,000 bonus for anyone current leasing a competitor, which means you can potentially save up to $4,000 on any new Pacifica this month. You won’t find a deal this good from Toyota or Honda anytime soon. Get your custom quote »

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Best Sports Car Deals This Month

Dodge Charger
  • Best Deal: 20% off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $29,090
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): 19/30
  • Expires: April 3, 2017

This month, the Charger benefits from a rare 20% off MSRP promotion on select cars that have been in stock the longest.

Interestingly, the deal is available on both the 2017 Charger as well as leftover 2016 models. The only real exclusions are the limited production SRT models.

On a 2017 Charger R/T, this can equate to as much as $7,198 in savings off MSRP. You won’t find a deal anywhere near as good on the Dodge Challenger this month. Get your custom quote »

Ford Mustang
  • Best Deal: 0% APR for 60 mos+ $1,000
  • MSRP: From $27,280
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 4
  • MPG (City/Hwy): 22/31
  • Expires: April 3, 2017

Last month, Ford added a $1,000 finance bonus on top of 0% financing for 60 months. All versions of the Mustang are eligible, with the exception of the limited production Shelby models.

Alternatively, you can choose to forgo the zero-interest offer in exchange for an additional $1,000 cash. Altogether, that’s $2,000 in savings when you choose to finance at standard loan rates. Get your custom quote »

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All Top-Ranked New Car Deals in March

Vehicle Type Model Description Best Deal MSRP Expiration Get Quote
Crossover & SUV 2017 GMC Acadia 17% off MSRP on select models From $33,375 3/31/17 Your Price
Crossover & SUV 2017 Buick Enclave 16% off MSRP From $39,990 3/31/17 Your Price
Crossover & SUV 2017 Ford Expedition Up to $6,000 cashback From $48,320 4/3/17 Your Price
Car 2016 Ford Focus 0% APR for 60 mos + $3,000 From $19,195 4/3/17 Your Price
Car 2016 Kia Optima 0% APR for 66 mos + $1,500 From $22,990 4/3/17 Your Price
Car 2017 Chevrolet Impala 20% off MSRP From $28,375 3/13/17 Your Price
Truck 2017 GMC Canyon 10% off MSRP From $25,600 3/31/17 Your Price
Truck 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 17% off MSRP From $29,500 3/31/17 Your Price
Minivan 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Up to $4,000 cashback From $29,590 4/3/17 Your Price
Coupe 2017 Dodge Charger 20% off MSRP From $29,090 4/3/17 Your Price
Coupe 2017 Ford Mustang 0% APR for 60 mos + $1,000 From $27,280 4/3/17 Your Price
Updated March 6

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Offers listed here are based on a resident in Southern California and may be subject to change. Most lease offers are for well-qualified buyers based on available credit and exclude tax, license, title, registration, document fees and insurance. Not all buyers may qualify. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer to confirm details and eligibility.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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