The Best New Car Deals: December 2018

It’s a good time to get a great deal

With 2018 coming to a close, car companies are eager to get keys into the hands of paying customers. That means there are plenty of great deals for buyers looking to save a few bucks on their next new car purchase.

Using data provided by, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best automotive deals for December. We’ve noted the original MSRP, the average transaction price, and the total savings in dollars and as a percentage of the original sticker price. 

Basically, we’ve done all the hard work for you! So now, all you need do is compare deals, go on a few test drives, and maybe drive away in a great car (and an even better bargain).

Last updated December 2018

2018 Chrysler 300

MSRP $39,106
Average transaction: $30,194
Discount: $8,912
Percentage off MSRP: 23%

The Chrysler 300 is an old-school American sedan, thanks to its rear-wheel-drive format and optional V8 engine. 

While the current 300 has been around for awhile now, it’s far from being a performance slouch, and the car’s broad-shouldered exterior design is aging nicely. A 3.6-liter V6 is standard, if you want better mileage. Big, comfortable, and subtly in-your-face, Chrysler’s full-size sedan has plenty of nostalgic appeal.

Chrysler 300 Information

Chrysler 300

2018 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP $25,886
Average transaction: $20,366
Discount: $5,530
Percentage off MSRP: 21.3%

The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize family sedan with front-wheel drive and a choice of four-cylinder engines. Sonata delivers plenty of interior space, well-controlled ride/handling qualities, and fuel efficiency. 

The Sonata was refreshed with attractive new styling and an impressively revised chassis for the 2018 model year. It comes with a choice of three four-cylinder engines plus hybrid versions. A 2.4-liter engine that makes 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque comes standard on Sonata SE, Sport, and Limited trim levels. A twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is available with Sonata Sport and Limited trims that produces 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The fuel-efficiency leader is the Sonata Eco, with a small 178-hp 1.6-liter engine. 

Hyundai Sonata Information

Hyundai Sonata

Nissan Titan

MSRP $44,629
Average transaction: $35,192
Discount: $9,437
Percentage off MSRP: 21%

This is the second generation of Nissan’s full-size pickup, and it followed the launch of the Titan XD heavy-duty model, which is also heavily discounted. Despite sharing a name, Titan and Titan XD actually have little in common other than their bold appearance. 

All 2018 Nissan Titan models come with the 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine rated at 390 horsepower and 394 foot-pounds of torque. Paired with a 7-speed automatic, the Titan’s powerplant delivers quick acceleration performance. It’s rated at 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway/18 mpg Combined, with 2WD. 

Titan is available in regular and Crew Cab versions. The truck’s bed is equipped a tie-down system that makes dealing with different types of cargoes easier. An integrated trailer-brake controller easily operated from the dash provides the driver with more accurate stopping than aftermarket systems. 

Nissan Titan Information

Nissan Titan

Fiat 500X

MSRP $27,674
Average transaction: $21,924
Discount: $5,750
Percentage off MSRP: 20.7%

The Fiat 500X is called a crossover because it’s available with all-wheel drive, and it shares running gear with the rugged little Jeep Renegade (both of them are built in Italy).

The standard powertrain for 2018 is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission, making 160 horsepower and a healthy 184 pound-feet of torque. But that setup only comes in the base model, the 500X Pop. 

More popular is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a 9-speed automatic, making 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Ram 1500

MSRP $46,991
Average transaction: $37,545
Discount: $9,446
Percentage off MSRP: 20.1%

The Ram 1500 is all new for 2019, but the 2018 edition, which this discount applies to, is still a very nice truck. Its styling is distinctive, and most of the Ram models deliver a segment-best ride. A 3.6-liter V6 comes standard on all models. A 5.7-liter V8 Hemi is optional. All come with an eight-speed automatic. 

Crew Cab versions are the most popular for their roomy back seats. Bed lengths range from 6-feet, 4-inches, or 5-feet, 7-inches on Crew Cab and Quad Cab models, to the full 8 feet with Regular Cabs. 

Interiors range widely by trim level. It’s functional and comfortable on base models. Upper levels are outfitted in handsome fabrics and leathers with impressive attention to detail, making them very nice vehicles in which to spend time. 

The Ram 1500 lineup includes the SLT, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Outdoorsman, Sport and Limited.

Ram 1500 Information

Ram 1500

2018 Jaguar XF

MSRP $55,167
Average transaction: $44,144
Discount: $11,023
Percentage off MSRP: 20%

2018 Jaguar XF sedans offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, in addition to a supercharged V6 and a 2.0-liter diesel engine. Jaguar’s sleek midsize luxury sedan entered its second generation for the 2016 model year.

The gorgeous XF Sportbrake wagon joined the U.S. lineup in mid-2017 and comes with the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Sportbrake wagons come only with all-wheel drive.

Jaguar XF sedans are also available with rear-wheel drive.

The newly available 2.0-liter 25t four-cylinder engine produces 247 hp; the 2.0-liter 30t delivers 296 hp. Jaguar’s 2.0-liter diesel four generates 180 hp. Each engine mates with an 8-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters.

XF sedans feature a lightweight, fully independent suspension. Sportbrake wagons incorporate a set of air springs.

We found the XF has communicative steering, excellent transmission shifts, and a highly composed ride. Strong V6 power and taut, supple handling combine to provide thoroughbred sports sedan dynamics in the XF S. Acceleration to 60 mph takes about 5.0 seconds (5.3 seconds in the Sportbrake). A rear-wheel-drive XF with the 2.0-liter 25t engine can reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, which is very quick performance.

Jaguar XF Information

Jaguar XF

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan

MSRP $31,551
Average transaction: $25,457
Discount: $6,094
Percentage off MSRP: 19.3%

The current, fifth-generation Dodge Grand Caravan has been around since the 2008 model year, freshened for 2011, with Stow ‘n’ Go seats improved for 2013. For the 2018 model year, little has changed.

Threatened with extinction, especially after Chrysler launched its far more modern Pacifica minivan for 2017, the Grand Caravan continues to hang onto a tradition-minded corner of the minivan market. While undeniably an old-timer, this minivan is helped by a strong V6 engine, spacious interior, and versatile Stow ‘n Go seating.

Value-focused pricing also helps it appeal to budget-minded families. Dodge offers four trim levels: SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT.

Beneath its stubby hood, the familiar 3.6-liter V6 engine develops 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is not available.

Minivans are well-known for their flexibility, and the Grand Caravan is no exception. In addition to standard seven-passenger seating, it provides an appealing array of storage possibilities.

Dodge Grand Caravan Information

Dodge Grand Caravan

2018 Nissan Murano

MSRP $38,798
Average transaction: $31,589
Discount: $7,209
Percentage off MSRP: 18.6%

The Nissan Murano is a crossover that integrates function and high fashion. The third-generation Murano kicks it up many notches with its concept car-like styling, quality interior and advanced technology.

The Murano can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive, and is available in S, SV, SL or Platinum trim levels. The Murano features Nissan’s 3.5-liter V6 engine, which generates 260 horsepower. The engine is mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Standard features for the Murano include 18-inch (20-inch on Platinum) alloy wheels, LED “boomerang” running lights, LED rear taillights, and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Standard safety equipment includes traction and stability control, brake assist, six airbags, and front seat active head restraints. 

Nissan Murano Information

Nissan Murano

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