In the subcompact class, the MINI Cooper Hatchback beats the Toyota Yaris Hatchback because there is no rebate on the Yaris.
CAMPBELL, Calif. (PRWEB) May 13, 2008
"The cars that we have identified as best deals for consumers are changing from month to month largely due to all of the new cash on the hood we are seeing," said James Bell, publisher and editor of IntelliChoice.com. "There are some amazing rebates on some larger cars, all SUVs and many trucks. Rising gas prices and reluctant consumers are really starting to impact the industry."
"The thing to know about auto rebates is that they can fluctuate heavily from month to month and week to week," said Bell. "Today's car buyer is wise to check out the most recent rebates before making any decisions. For example, there are vehicles that we rarely see on our Best Deals list, such as the Isuzu Ascender with a $7,000 rebate this month, and the Nissan Quest minivan with a $3,500 rebate. Plus, the rebates we are seeing on certain full-size trucks are extraordinary. Note that the Dodge Ram wins all but one of May's full size truck categories."
Bell also noted that with gas prices so high, the Best Deals for May include a who's who of well-known small cars, but even smaller cars are not immune to the car rebate factor. Bell said, "In the subcompact class, the MINI Cooper Hatchback beats the Toyota Yaris Hatchback because there is no rebate on the Yaris."
IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals of the Month" identify new cars, trucks, and SUVs with the best ownership cost value in 33 respective classes. Selections are based on current car pricing, market conditions and the lowest national manufacturer consumer new car rebate. In addition, IntelliChoice.com uses the latest information from numerous automotive resources to evaluate what it costs to buy, own and operate each new model-year trim line over a five-year basis.
The following "Best Deals" for May 2008 are ranked by vehicle type and size
Class Brand Model Subcompact Car MINI Cooper Hatchback
Compact Car over $17,000 Honda Civic Hybrid Compact Car under $17,000 Honda Civic Sedan Midsize Car over $21,000 Toyota Prius Midsize Car under $21,000 Toyota Prius Convertible MINI Cooper Convertible Luxury Convertible Audi A4 Convertible Near Luxury Car Lexus ES Luxury Car Infiniti M35 Large Car Hyundai Sonata Base Sport Car Volkswagen GTI 2-Door Sport Car Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Sport Sedan/Wagon over $38,000 Lexus GS Sport Sedan Wagon under $38,000 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP Compact Utility/Crossover Ford Escape Hybrid Midsize Crossover Honda Pilot Luxury Crossover Lexus RX 400h Small Wagon Scion xB Midsize/Large Wagon Subaru Outback Wagon Intermediate Utility Isuzu Ascender Full-Size Utility Chevrolet Tahoe Luxury Utility Lexus GX Compact Pickup Truck 2WD Toyota Tacoma Regular Car 2WD Compact Pickup 4WD Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD Full-Size Pickup 2WD ½ Ton Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab 2WD Full-Size Pickup 2WD ¾ Ton Dodge Ram 2500 Regular Cab 2WD Full-Size Pickup 2WD One Ton Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab 2WD Full-Size Pickup 4WD ½ Ton Nissan 2008.5 Titan King Cab 4WD Full-Size Pickup 4WD ¾ Ton Dodge Ram 2500 Regular Cab 4WD Full-Size Pickup 4WD One Ton Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab 4WD Minivan Nissan Quest Full-Size Van Ford E150 Cargo Van Chevrolet Express 1500 Cargo Van IntelliChoice.com Helps Consumers Do Their Homework
IntelliChoice.com updates vehicle data several times a month in order to capture the many expiring auto rebates and ongoing incentive programs offered by manufacturers—giving consumers the most up-to-date analysis on which vehicles offer them the best value for their money.
IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals" designation enables consumers to identify how car rebates affect a vehicle's value throughout ownership and not just at the time of purchase. Ownership costs can vary significantly among different trim lines of the same model. Additionally, IntelliChoice.com continuously updates fuel costs based on the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Vehicles designated as "IntelliChoice.com Best Deals of the Month" are typically cars and trucks that have good to great ownership cost values before any manufacturer rebate. A rebate can often turn a good ownership cost value into a great value, and a great value into an "IntelliChoice.com Best Deal of the Month."
Please visit http://www.intellichoice.com/ for more information or to check the auto rebate section of any vehicle report for the most up-to-date incentives.
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