U.S. News & World Report Identifies the 6 Best Cars to Buy Now

Slow sales, good performance in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings and significant incentives make these cars and SUVs smart buys this December

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2018  — U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled December’s list of the Best Cars to Buy Now. To make U.S. News’ monthly list, a car must meet three criteria: declining sales, strong manufacturer incentives and excellent scores in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings.

“The shift in consumer interest from cars to SUVs and crossovers means that there are some very good deals on excellent cars,” says Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “Interest rates are expected to rise in 2019, so you should act now to compound your savings on a new car.”

This month, U.S. News Best Cars has identified six cars and SUVs that not only offer hefty savings but are also a pleasure to own.

December 2018: The Best Cars to Buy Now

ModelU.S. News Best Cars Rankings Score (Out of 10)Available Deal
2019 Chevrolet Cruze8.5Lease for $249 per month for 36 months with $4,059 due at signing; or $1,500 cash back
2019 Ford Fusion8.50% financing for five years
2018 Kia Sedona8.30% financing for 66 months; or up to $4,000 cash back
2018 Volkswagen Golf8.6Lease for $199 per month for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing; or 1.9% financing for five years
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE8.3Lease for $639 per month for 36 months with $5,833 due at signing
2018 Mazda38.5Lease for $199 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing; 1.9% financing for 60 months or $2,500 cash back

The cars on the U.S. News list of Best Cars to Buy Now have either year-over-year sales declines or slower-than-average sales growth, indicating a good negotiating position for shoppers. Vehicles on the Best Cars to Buy Now list are available with low interest rates and cash back offers, as well as special lease deals. Finally, all cars on the list have an overall score of at least 8.3 (out of 10) in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings.

Deals listed are from manufacturers’ sites using representative ZIP codes, and these specials may vary depending on location, the buyer’s credit score and other factors. These deals are valid through December 31, 2018, according to manufacturers’ sites. In some cases, they extend to January 2019.

Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings of the majority of new vehicles sold in America. Each year, U.S. News also publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Vehicle BrandsBest Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families. U.S. News Best Cars had more than 69 million visitors over the past year, with the majority actively shopping for a car. Eighty percent of active shoppers reported that the U.S. News Best Cars site influenced their car purchasing decision.