How to Get a Brand New Crossover at Clearance Lot Pricing

High gas prices and a need (or want) for increased driving has changed the trajectory of the SUV market among auto manufacturers forever. Though gas prices have declined from their record highs during the early part of this decade, major car manufacturers learned that consumers simply don’t have the appetite for a heavy, inefficient SUV that could cost them a third of their paycheck at the pump.

So, what happened next? Automakers crafted a new line of cars designed to blend the size and comfort of SUVs with the performance and efficiency of sedans. These cars are nothing new, but they are in higher demand than ever before. The best part? An overproduction of these small SUVs and crossover vehicles has made them affordable than ever before.

Top Crossover Models of the Year

2017 Nissan Murano – With a posh interior, punchy engine, and superior fuel economy, it deserves the recognition. There’s enough back seat legroom for three teenage basketball players, and enough cargo space to fit a queen-size mattress.

2017 Honda CR-V – This well-known vehicle’s all-new design and a new optional turbocharged engine for 2017 makes it a go-to choice. It is known as one of the best compact SUVs and, in scored, ties the Nissan Murano in 2-row SUVs and crossover SUVs. Though it’s a bit smaller than other options on this list, the CR-V is a notoriously reliable and long-lasting choice that will keep you on the road for years to come.

2017 Kia Sorento – This popular choice is a versatile crossover that rates highly in a competitive class thanks to a powerful V6 engine, many user-friendly tech features, and the availability of third-row seats. It also has excellent safety and reliability ratings, and its low starting price makes it a great value. Thanks to Kia’s reputation for affordability, owning the 2017 Sorento also offers excellent value for your dollar; U.S. News & World Reports highlights this crossover car as one of the best values to snag.

2017 Mazda CX-5 – The 2017 Mazda CX-5 ranks near the top of the compact SUV class for its outstanding performance, comfortable passenger space, high-quality interior, and laudable features. Ranked as one of the safest crossover SUVs on the market, the CX-5 offers exceptional performance in the event of a crash.

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson – A spacious cabin and expansive list of standard and optional features highlight this crossover’s ability to provide a comfortable and safe ride. Though this Hyundai is a lauded model for 2017, this is the first year that the Tucson is being called an exceptional car at a great price point. Grab yours while the model year is still strong.

How to Score Savings on These Small SUVs

As mentioned above, crossovers are the best bet for new car shoppers looking to score a significant deal. Finding the lowest price and the best possible deal can be challenging, though–because car makers overproduced these vehicles expecting a huge demand, their price tends to fluctuate. One week could see a huge price drop; another could see a sudden increase.

Do your research before heading to the dealership to snag the lowest price. It’s important that you look at 2017 models alone. Although the 2018 versions of these vehicles are already rolling onto lots across the country, the 2017 models are where you’ll score savings. Because these vehicles are “going out of style,” your local dealership will begin discounting them as the end of the year approaches. Furthermore, to help you determine what’s a steal and what’s a rip off, use data from a website like CarMax or Kelley Blue Book. These sites offer average transaction prices for your area and show what others are paying for new versus used.

One last tip to keep in mind is the number of days a crossover has sat on the dealer’s lot. The longer a car sits without being sold, the lower its demand. So, if you stop by to check out cars this week, plan to return in three to four weeks. If the crossover of your dreams is still there, you can negotiate an even lower price for it.

If you’re in the market for a crossover SUV, you’re looking at a vehicle that will save you money both in gas and in the actual purchase of the car itself. Jump on these exceptional and affordable vehicles using the savings tips outlined here, and you’ll head home with a car that’s worth a lot more than you paid!

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