New Car Deals for May 2012: Subcompact Cars

Last Updated: May 6, 2012

Don’t expect deep discounts on these small gas misers in May. Subcompact-car sales are soaring, particularly among cash-strapped buyers attracted by low sticker prices and/or high fuel economy. For the most part, the only subcompacts with cash rebates in May are sales laggards, such as the all-but-forgotten Suzuki SX4, the previous-generation Nissan Versa hatchback, and the slow-selling Fiat 500. Our take is that many buyers might be better served by spending a little more up front to get into a more accommodating -- but nearly as fuel-efficient compact-sized car -- or spend the same amount on a larger used car instead.

Here are the Best Deals on Subcompact Cars for May 2011:
2012 Suzuki SX4: $1,000 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 48 months, 1.9 to 60 months, 2.9 to 72 months.
2012 Fiat 500: $1,000 cash (Lounge and Gucci models) or $500 cash (Sport and Pop models) and 0.0 percent financing to 60 months.
2012 Nisan Versa (hatchbacks)
: $500 cash or $500 and 0.0 percent financing to 36 months, 1.9 to 60 months.
2012 Mazda2: $500 marketing support and 0.0 percent financing to 60 months, 2.9 to 72 months.
2012 Kia Rio: 0.9 percent financing to 36 months, 1.9 to 60 months, 2.9 to 72 months.