Best new car deals on American cars for Memorial Day 2013

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While many families are hitting the road for the Memorial Day weekend, car shoppers can take advantage of the attractive sales being offered on new cars. This long weekend we're spotlighting the best deals on Recommended, American-made models.

Discount prices and cut-rate financing are being heavily advertised in print and on air, competing for your attention and dollars. But not all deals are as good as they may appear. A smart shopper needs to go beyond the hype and hyperbole to look at the pricing, discounts, and the quality of the car itself.

The vehicles listed below are considered Best New Car Deals, meaning there are notable discounts on these models that meet Consumer Reports criteria to be Recommended. Other trims on the vehicles listed below may also present good deals and may be worth considering. For this list, we included only those models that promise at least a 10-percent discount off the sticker price.

In conducting this analysis, we found that about half the featured models offer further discounts to qualified buyers, such as military veterans and college students, and there are also periodic regional discounts available. For the chart below, we focused on national offers, although our detailed online pricing products spell out all the specifics, including typical purchase prices in your area.

Calling a vehicle "American" is becoming increasingly difficult, with the Chevrolet Impala built in Canada, the Ford Focus sourced from Mexico, or the Ram pickup truck assembled in Michigan with an engine from Mexico and transmission from Germany. Meanwhile, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and other brands are now manufacturing stateside. Making a patriotic car purchase may mean targeting models made in the United States, those offered by domestic brands, or potentially both. If buying "Made in the USA" is a goal, be sure to check the window sticker.

See all current Best New Car Deals, or use our New Car Selector to create your own list of vehicles by sorting and filtering by the factors that matter most to you.

The models listed are just a few of our Best New Car Deals, featuring notable discounts on models recommended by Consumer Reports. These vehicles scored well in our testing, have average or better predicted reliability, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated.

Make & model Expires MSRP Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Bottom line price
Potential savings below MSRP
Acura ILX 2.0L 7/8/13 $26,795 $25,347 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Acura MDX 7/8/13 36,360 33,365 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Acura TL
7/8/13 36,800 34,607 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
BMW X5 35d
5/31/13 57,625 53,090 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
Buick Enclave AWD Convenience 7/1/13 41,340 39,318 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Cadillac CTS 3.6L Premium RWD
7/1/13 49,185 46,529 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Chevrolet Cruze 1LT
7/4/13 20,465 19,679 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
Chevrolet Cruze Eco
7/4/13 21,685 20,850 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
Chevrolet Cruze LS
7/4/13 19,035 18,397 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
Chevrolet Equinox AWD LT w/1LT
7/4/13 28,410 27,033 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Chevrolet Equinox AWD LT w/2LT
7/4/13 30,280 28,809 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab
7/4/13 39,930 37,150 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 1500 LT
7/4/13 50,895 47,402 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Chevrolet Traverse AWD LT w/1LT 7/4/13 36,585 34,799 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Dodge Durango AWD Crew 6/3/13 $38,240 $36,192 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Ford Expedition EL 4WD XLT 7/8/13 47,210 44,090 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
Ford F-150 4WD XLT
7/8/13 33,760 30,730 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
Ford F-150 4WD SuperCrew XLT
7/8/13 39,915 36,316 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
Ford Mustang V6 Premium 7/8/13 26,995 24,965 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
GMC Acadia AWD SLT w/SLT-1
7/8/13 42,675 40,586 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
GMC Sierra 1500 4WD SLE
7/8/13 34,110 31,792 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
GMC Yukon XL 4WD 1500 SLT
7/8/13 52,620 49,006 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Honda Odyssey EX-L
7/8/13 36,055 33,034 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
15%+
Honda Pilot 4WD EX-L
7/8/13 37,450 34,306 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Infiniti JX35 AWD
6/3/13 43,645 40,494 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Kia Optima LX
6/3/13 22,125 21,175 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Kia Optima SX
6/3/13 27,575 25,815 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Lincoln Navigator 4WD 7/8/13 61,770 58,732 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport AWD SE
5/31/13 24,520 23,520 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Toyota Camry I4 LE 5/31/13 23,475 21,548 No No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Toyota Camry V6 XLE
5/31/13 31,260 28,518 No No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 6/3/13 28,465 26,251 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 Limited
5/31/13 40,245 36,817 No No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Toyota Venza AWD LE 6/3/13 31,965 29,163 No No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Toyota Venza AWD Limited
6/3/13 39,865 36,352 No No Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+
Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SE 7/1/13 25,840 24,812 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price
10%+

To research these vehicles further, or to find the latest trim-level pricing on any model, visit the Consumer Reports car model pages (available to online subscribers).

To ease the buying process, consider using the Consumer Reports Build & Buy Program. For Build & Buy, participating dealers have agreed to pass along discounts provided by any applicable manufacturer incentives for the vehicle you're buying. This includes unadvertised manufacturer-to-dealer incentives, for which it's typically up to the dealer whether to keep the savings or pass them on to the customer. Available to Consumer Reports subscribers, last month the average estimated savings off MSRP was $2,741.

—Jeff Bartlett

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