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Consumer Reports: Best July 4th Deals On American-Made Cars

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(CONSUMER REPORTS)--Patriotic fervor spreads across the land as the nation counts down to Independence Day. And as families break out their red, white, and blues, many consumers may be inclined to shop for an American car this holiday, over a weekend known as much for fireworks as car sales. To help those looking to save money when shopping for a car made in the USA, we have compiled a list of the Best July 4th deals on American-made cars.

When it comes to buying an American-made car, it starts with a debate on how to define "American." As we explored in a recent blog, parts content is one way to measure how American a car is, but even that leaves much of the story untold, as it doesn't account for design, engineering, and manufacturing.

The reality is, the auto industry has become truly global. Most major automakers have factories in the United States, and traditional American brands build many of their cars outside our borders. For this story, we focused on where the vehicles are assembled. Hence, "American made"--vehicles actually built by your family, friends and neighbors--is the focus.

The list has been compiled by Consumer Reports Auto Price Services, which continuously monitors sales incentives--both customer rebates and unadvertised dealer incentives--for calculating the Bottom Line Price included in every CR New Car Price Report.

The team identified 39 vehicles from Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia, Lincoln, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota with potential savings from 5 to well over 20 percent off MSRP.

In years past, significant savings were common, but the auto market this year is topsy-turvy due to myriad economic and production factors. That said, these are the best nationwide deals we are seeing on cars recommended by Consumer Reports from among 115 models built in the United States. These are good, all-around vehicles that have performed well in our road tests, have average or better reliability, and have performed adequately if tested in government or insurance industry crash tests.

You may find even more negotiation room when factoring local incentives. Our recently improved car pricing service can provide that information by zip code, showing what the average local transaction price is for a given model and trim, while also revealing the theoretical lowest amount a dealership can accept.

If you'd rather not spend the weekend haggling, consider using Consumer Reports' Build & Buy program. Available through the car model pages at ConsumerReports.org, the no-charge Build & Buy service provides guaranteed price quotes from local dealers who are held accountable for high customer satisfaction.

 

Make & model Expires MSRP Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Bottom line price Potential savings below MSRP
2011 Acura TL 3.5 Auto 7/5/2011 $35,305 $32,857 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Buick Enclave CXL-1 AWD
7/5/2011 40,980 38,931 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Buick Lucerne Super
7/5/2011 44,460 42,682 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Cadillac DTS Luxury Collection
7/5/2011 51,925 49,069 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
7/5/2011 54,045 49,181 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 7/5/2011 74,375 67,681 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT 7/5/2011 22,975 21,826 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 7/5/2011 27,165 25,807 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4WD Crew Cab 7/5/2011 35,000 32,550 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 1500 LTZ 7/5/2011 56,580 52,619 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6 AT 4WD 1LT 7/5/2011 34,010 32,310 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup SLT 4WD Crew Cab 8/1/2011 35,385 32,866 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD SuperCrew 157-in 7/5/2011 36,580 33,174 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford Focus SES sedan 7/5/2011 18,870 17,587 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe 7/5/2011 32,845 30,265 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible 7/5/2011 37,845 34,765 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe 7/5/2011 25,845 23,965 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Ford Taurus Limited FWD 7/5/2011 32,155 29,635 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT SWB 7/5/2011 42,660 39,674 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 20%+
2011 GMC Yukon XL 4WD 1/2 Ton SLT (4SA) 7/5/2011 49,415 45,956 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4 Auto GLS AWD 6/30/2011 24,845 23,867 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 5%+
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.5 Limited AWD 6/30/2011 30,845 28,950 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Infiniti G37 Journey 6/30/2011 35,800 33,075 No Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Kia Sorento EX V6 AT 4WD 7/5/2011 29,295 27,770 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Kia Sorento LX AT 4WD 7/5/2011 24,495 23,665 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Lincoln Navigator 4WD 7/5/2011 60,530 56,868 Yes Yes Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Mazda6 i Sport Auto 6/30/2011 20,990 19,405 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Mazda6 s Grand Touring Auto 6/30/2011 29,320 27,098 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 S CVT 7/6/2011 22,430 21,028 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR CVT 7/6/2011 25,110 23,272 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Nissan Frontier 4.0 SV Crew Cab 4WD AT SWB 7/6/2011 26,970 25,274 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 7/6/2011 34,450 31,550 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Toyota Avalon 7/5/2011 33,195 29,876 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Toyota Camry 2.5 LE 7/5/2011 21,650 19,810 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Toyota Camry 3.5 Auto V6 XLE 7/5/2011 29,845 27,159 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 4WD V6 7/5/2011 37,045 33,822 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE V6 7/5/2011 40,245 37,025 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+
2011 Toyota Tundra 5.7 4WD FFV Tundra Grade Crew Max 7/5/2011 34,040 31,487 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 15%+
2011 Toyota Venza AWD V6 7/5/2011 30,400 27,664 Yes No Get the Bottom Line Price 10%+

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