After another long and rather harsh winter in most parts of continental US, it’s time for the spring meltdown of frozen accounts and the long awaited leg stretching en route to the local car dealership.
Auto sales in the United States have remained positive even after half a decade of uninterrupted growth, thanks to the improvement of the economy, rising consumer confidence and cheap gasoline prices that have rekindled the American fondness for large pickup trucks, crossovers and sport utility vehicles. If you’re just coming out of winter hibernation, here’s a quick list of auto opportunities that would make the “spring break” easy to bear. Bargain hunters need to know one thing though, the great deals are usually found for lower-sales models. For example, the cheap gasoline has ruled out of favor the most fuel-efficient vehicles: hybrids, plug in hybrids and electrics. But also sales of passenger cars have slowed, so there are numerous models to be had for lower than expected prices.
We’ll start alphabetically, to make it easier. The Acura RLX would be a great all-rounder and an incentive prone entry into the luxury segment. Audi’s flagship sedan, the A8/S8 model will not qualify as a bargain because of its massive starting price, but there are discounts to be had there as the model is nearing its life-cycle end. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is a combination worth mentioning – premium sedan with hybrid powertrain. Interestingly enough, even hunters of crossover models have options – the Buick Encore was among the trendsetters for the small SUV segment. Cadillac’s ELR is another interesting choice – with dealers delivering close to $20,000 discounts. Then there’s Chevrolet’s smallish Spark EV, which should be considered as an option only as the second car for a family that lives in a crowded city and has access to its own socket at the parking lot. We also have a range of great sedans on offer – the Chevrolet Malibu (which just received a great makeover), the Ford Taurus, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or the Toyota Prius.