New Car Deals for October 2011: Compact Cars

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2011

With compact cars selling well these days, you won’t see the most popular models, such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, or Chevrolet Cruze represented here. On the other hand, Ford’s website indicates a $500 cash rebate or cut-rate financing on the well-received 2012 Focus, which is about as close to a European car in terms of superior ride and handling as you can find with a domestic brand name. Of the other cars on the October Best Deals list, the impressive 2011 Kia Forte stands out for its thoughtful design and decent performance. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer only really shines in its costly high-performance turbo models. And the less said about the lackluster 2011 Dodge Caliber the better. The 2011 Chevy HHR has its merits, especially with a $3,500 price cut, but it’s discontinued and you may have to search multiple dealers to find one equipped to your liking.

Here are the Best Deals on Compact Cars for October 2011:
2011 Chevrolet HHR LS: $3,500 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 60 months, 3.9 to 72 months; LT: $4,000 marketing support.
2011 Dodge Caliber: $1,500 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 60 months, 1.9 to 72 months.
2012 Ford Focus: $500 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 36 months, 1.9 to 48 months, 2.9 to 60 months, 4.9 to 72 months. 2011 Models (prior generation): $2,000 marketing support.
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer: $500 marketing support and $500 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 48 months, 1.9 to 60 months, 3.9 to 72 months.

2011 Kia Forte: $1,000 cash (sedans only) and 1.9 percent financing to 36 months, 2.9 to 60 months, 3.9 to 72 months.