If you've been holding out in buying a new car this year, your procrastination may just pay off. The end of the year is one of the best times to buy a car. Dealers are looking to clear inventory to make room for the new 2020 models, salespeople need to meet their quotas, and automakers want to increase sales numbers to end the year strong. Not all car deals are created equal, however. U.S. News and World Report compiled a list of the best new car deals for 2019. This list covers everything from sports cars to wagons and minivans. We'll give you the highlights of each vehicle and the year-end deals to help guide you to the right one for your needs.
1. 2020 Hyundai Elantra
The practical and affordable Hyundai Elantra gets several key updates for 2020 which include a new CVT, a new stop/go feature, updated suspension and more standard safety features like forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist. Its sleek exterior and roomy interior make it a strong competitor among vehicles like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra. Three engine options, depending on trim, include a 147-horsepower four-cylinder, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for 128 horsepower, and a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine good for 201 horsepower.
Year-End Deal: 0% financing for 72 months plus $500 bonus cash with no payments for 90 days
Starting MSRP: $18,950
2. 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Did Santa fail you this year? Make up for it by buying your own toy. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata not only looks great, but it's also a blast to drive. For 2019, the Miata gets a noticeable 26 horsepower boost to its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for a total of 181 horses and 151 pound-feet of torque. With its agile handling and sharp steering, you can tackle the corners with confidence. This roadster isn't all fun and games, though. It does offer some practicality thanks to excellent fuel efficiency and an affordable starting price. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
Year-End Deal: 0.9% financing for up to 60 months and no payments for 90 days
Starting MSRP: $25,730
3. 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI will help make 2020 your best year yet. At the very least, it will make the year a lot more fun. The GTI is one of the best performance hatchbacks on the market offering a firm but compliant ride, quick acceleration and the ideal power output of 228 horses from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The styling is youthful and sporty, and the new infotainment system is responsive and easy to use. Need more reason to buy the GTI this year? Low-interest financing is available now for qualified buyers.
Year-End Deal: 1.9% financing for 60 months
Starting MSRP: $29,515
4. 2019 Toyota Camry
Getting a killer deal isn't the only reason to choose the 2019 Toyota Camry before the year is up, but it doesn't hurt. The Camry was redesigned last year to become sportier from the inside out. It is also the second best selling Toyota, falling only behind the best-selling RAV4. Choose from two engine options including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder for 203 horsepower, and a 3.5-liter V-6 for a healthy 301 horses. If safety is at the top of your list, it's tough to beat the Camry's safety ratings (Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS and 5 stars from the NHTSA) and a laundry list of standard safety equipment like pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, and lane departure alert with steering assist.
Year-End Deal: 0% financing for 60 months
Starting MSRP: $24,095
5. 2019 Nissan LEAF
Is saving money at the pump on your list of resolutions for 2020? The 2019 Nissan LEAF will hold you to it. Nissan's only EV offers a longer range for the 2019 model year, a comfortable drive, and a price tag that beats out even the average price for gas-powered vehicles, making your transition to electric attainable. Two motor options include a 110-kW electric motor for 147 horsepower and a 40-kWh battery pack. Go with one of the LEAF Plus models for a 214-horsepower 160-kW electric motor, and a larger 62-kWh battery. The base models offer 150 miles of driving range while upgrading to the larger battery gets you a confidence-inducing 226-mile range.
Year-End Deal: 0% financing for 60 months plus up to $1,000 bonus cash with no payments for 90 days
Starting MSRP: $29,990
6. 2019 Kia Stinger
Kia keeps surprising us with vehicles that look and drive like premium cars that should come with much higher price tags. The 2019 Kia Stinger is no exception. This sports sedan offers a long list of benefits including a powerful engine, strong brakes, great handling, attractive exterior, practical space, and good ergonomics. There are two engines offered including a turbocharged four-cylinder, and a more powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 in the GT models. Going with a V6 GT model gives you fast acceleration with no lag and a 0-60 of 4.6 seconds. The roomy interior space makes the Stinger an excellent performance sedan that doubles as a daily driver.
Year-End Deal: 0% financing for 66 months and up to $2,000 bonus cash on certain models
Starting MSRP: $32,990
7. 2019 Subaru Outback
For anyone looking to take more adventures in 2020, the 2019 Subaru Outback can get you there. Straddling the crossover and the wagon segments, it offers a comfortable ride, standard AWD, and is loaded with safety features making it a great choice for a family vehicle. Two engine options include a 175 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 256 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. The Subaru Outback won't please the speed demons (they should go with one of the preceding vehicles on this list like the Miata, GTI, or the Stinger) since the Outback lags in the acceleration department. What it lacks in the 0-60 sprint, it makes up for in its smooth ride and comfortable cabin with plenty of space for both passengers and gear.
Year-End Deal: 0% financing
Starting MSRP: $26,345
8. 2019 Buick Regal
If you're considering buying the Buick Regal, now is the time to take action. The entire Regal line including the Regal Sportback and the Regal TourX wagon will be discontinued in the U.S. after 2020, leaving only crossovers in Buick's lineup. Despite falling sales due to the growing popularity of SUVs, the Regal is an excellent option for those who are looking for a stylish hatchback. The Regal Sportback offers the attractive styling of a sedan with the convenience of a hatch. The standard engine in the Buick Regal Sportback is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, good for 250 horsepower. The top trim Regal GS offers a 3.6-liter V6 for 310 horsepower. The Regal's available AWD and sharp handling add to the list of reasons you shouldn't pass up this deal.
Year-End Deal: 0% financing for 72 months plus $2,500 bonus cash
Starting MSRP: $25,070
9. 2019 Chrysler Pacifica
When it's time to replace the old family hauler or upgrade to a minivan for more passenger space and convenience, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica should be at the top of your list. Its upscale cabin, smooth ride, and robust V6 engine make the Pacifica a top choice among the minivan segment. With surprisingly crisp steering and excellent handling, you may forget you're driving a minivan. Where you won't forget that it's a minivan, however, is in the convenience features like the 2nd and 3rd row Stow 'n' Go seats and third-row power seats. The only engine option, a 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, will surprise you with its smooth and quick acceleration.
Year-End Deal: 0% financing for 60 months plus bonus cash
Starting MSRP: $27,235
10. 2019 Honda Accord
The 2019 Honda Accord has won numerous awards for 'Best Family Car' thanks to its practicality and performance that teeters into sports sedan territory. The Accord offers two gas engines (a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder for 192 horsepower and a 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder) as well as a hybrid engine. The passenger and cargo space of this midsize sedan is hard to beat with plenty of legroom even in the back row, and a best-in-class 17 cubic feet of cargo room. You can drive confidently no matter which trim you choose thanks to advanced safety features like automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist that come standard across the lineup.
Year-End Deal: 1.9% financing for up to 36 months
Starting MSRP: $23,720