In the stock market, you buy low and sell high. Why not take the same approach when buying your next car?
It's no secret that buying cars toward the end of the year is always a great way to save money, but U.S. News and World Report looks at a few more factors to determine the top cars to shop for.
For starters, all of the below are solid vehicles with high marks, but each is also plagued with slow sales recently and can currently be had with great incentives.
Here are the best cars to buy heading into the new year.
The Hyundai Sonata has come on strong in the mid-size family sedan segment, but it looks like this car is in a bit of a funk as the redesigned 2018 model year ramps up. The Sonata also competes in a cut-throat segment with no shortage of selection for buyers. To draw consumers in, the Sonata's current deals include zero percent financing for six years plus $1,000 cash back or lease for $209 per month for 36 months.
As the more luxury-minded version of the Camry, the Toyota Avalon has never been a high-volume sedan, but with a new model coming for the 2019 model year, it looks like sales are sluggish as buyers anticipate the redesigned model. Purchase incentives include 0.9 percent financing for six years, while lease customers are looking at $409 per month for 36 months.
The Mazda3 is always one of the best cars to buy on the market, but Mazda has sweetened the deal even more with amazing incentives. Mazda is offering zero percent financing for five years and lease deals of $179 per month for 33 months.
The Chevrolet Malibu is a solid sedan, but its rivals - Sonata, Camry and Accord - are much newer. Until a new Malibu is ready, expect this sedan to be highly incentivized including the current deals that include zero percent financing for five years and leases for $249 per month for 36 months.
Arguably one of the coolest hatchbacks out there, the Kia Soul is a great car with lots of content and space. Sales, though, seem to be dropping as other automakers continue to blur the line between hatchbacks and crossovers. Until an all-wheel-drive Soul can arrive to push its CUV potential, Kia is offering this car with 0.9% financing for five years or lease deals of $179 per month for 36 months.
On the road, the Porsche Cayenne is one of the fastest SUVs out there, but its sales seem to have slowed down lately. Being Porsche, don't expect any low-percent finance deals, but if you're looking to lease, you can get this high-powered SUV with leases as low as $729 per month for 36 months with $5,799 due at signing.
With the current Ford Expedition dating back to the George W. Bush administration and an all-new model coming out soon, it's no surprise that sales are slowing on this three-row behemoth. For now, you can get an Expedition for zero percent financing for six years plus $1,000 cash back and lease deals for $549 per month for 39 months, but these won't last long as the 2019 Expedition rolls out.
The Kia Sorento is being updated for the 2019 model year, but if you can't wait that long, check out the deals currently available. These include zero percent financing for five years or lease deals of $199 per month for 36 months.
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