The Five Big New York Auto Show Debuts

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Armaan Almeida was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

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, Automotive Editor - March 31, 2015

The debuts are huge, but should you really wait to buy one?

We love the internet. It gives us everything we could possibly want to see and read about before it gets published in all the car magazines. That includes the newest cars and all the news and rumors surrounding 'em. And all of the magic happens before the official consumer-facing debuts and reviews. Such is the case for this week's 2015 New York International Auto Show, which promises to raise eyebrows and boost heartbeats while grabbing shoppers' checkbooks. With all the debuts scheduled to be consumed by hordes of prospective car shoppers, enthusiasts and casual consumers, we're going to offer you a sneak peek into what you'll see at this week's show.

More importantly, we're going to offer some insight in regards to whether you should buy the current model or wait for the newer model.

2016 Nissan Maxima - Should you buy the 2014 or wait for the 2016?

Price Horsepower/Torque Fuel Economy Rebate
2014 Nissan Maxima $32,115 290 hp / 261 lb-ft 19 / 26 mpg $4,500
2016 Nissan Maxima $33,000 307 hp / 270 lb-ft 22 / 32 mpg N/A

Wait for the 2016 Nissan Maxima. It's going to be much better than the 2014. On the other hand, if you're looking for the best possible deal on a full-size sedan, bookmark our Nissan Maxima Pricing Insider page, which gets updated with deals and incentives on a monthly basis (next update scheduled for April 10th, 2015).

2016 Lexus RX 350 - Should you buy the 2015 or wait for the 2016?

Price Horsepower/Torque Fuel Economy Rebate
2015 Lexus RX 350 $41,895 270 hp / 248 lb-ft 18 / 25 mpg $1,500 (lease)
2016 Lexus RX 350 $45,000 280 hp / 255 lb-ft 20 / 26 mpg N/A

Wait for the 2016 Lexus RX 350. The redesign is significant, and prospective shoppers who want it all will get closer to that dream with the new 2016 model. The deals on the current 2015 are sub-par, but historically, Lexus really doesn't need to offer big incentives on the RX since it's the brand's most popular model. That being said, they're offering an excellent $1,500 Lease Bonus Cash offer in addition to Lexus picking up the first lease payment on the current 2015 RX 350.

2016 Cadillac CT6 - Should you buy the 2015 (XTS) or wait for the 2016?

Price Horsepower/Torque Fuel Economy Rebate
2015 Cadillac XTS $70,780 410 hp / 369 lb-ft 16 / 24 mpg $2,000
2016 Cadillac CT6 $75,000 400 hp / 400 lb-ft 18 / 27 mpg N/A

Wait for the 2016 Cadillac CT6. It's going to be substantially better than the XTS, which it will slot above. The XTS will co-exist with the CT6, which will be the brand's new flagship. Also note that we're trying our best to offer an apples-to-apples comparison, so the XTS V-Sport Platinum trim level would be the closest one could get to the all-new CT6. Horsepower and torque will be comparable, but the suspension, cabin and most importantly--the look, will be significantly different [read: better].

2016 Kia Optima - Should you buy the 2015 or wait for the 2016?

Price Horsepower/Torque Fuel Economy Rebate
2015 Kia Optima $22,515 192 hp / 181 lb-ft 22 / 34 mpg $1,500
2016 Kia Optima $23,000 215 hp / 200 lb-ft 23 / 35 mpg N/A

Toss up. The 2016 will be better, but the current incentives on the 2015 Optima make it extremely tempting to jump into one, especially with the excellent deals currently running. The deals might get renewed for April, so keep an eye on this page for developing deals. If you can't make up your mind, you might want to look into a short-term lease on the current 2015 model which will cost you less than $200 per month.

2017 Lincoln Continental - Should you buy the 2015 (MKS) or wait for the 2017?

Price Horsepower/Torque Fuel Economy Rebate
2015 Lincoln MKS $46,735 365 hp / 350 lb-ft 17 / 25 mpg $1,000
2017 Lincoln Continental $75,000 400 hp / 400 lb-ft 17 / 28 mpg N/A

Buy the 2015 MKS. Or lease one. Either way, it features loads of value and while it's not quite in the same league as the upcoming Continental, it does offer more for the money. And for a short time, you can get 0% APR for a whopping 72 months on the 2014 model or $1,000 Loyalty Bonus Cash on the nearly identical 2015 model.

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

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