New Car Deals for May 2012: Compact Cars

Last Updated: May 6, 2012

Sales in this automotive segment are growing faster than in any other, and it’s easy to see why. Today’s compact cars are roughly as fuel efficient as smaller subcompacts. Compacts offer a full range of features -- some, like heated seats, only recently migrating from the luxury segment. And compacts can carry four adult passengers in reasonable comfort. Though Ford is offering a nominal cash rebate on its popular Focus, most of the best sellers in this segment are moving with only token incentives. Be aware, however, that you may have to opt for a special version of a compact car to achieve its ultimate fuel-economy ratings. Te Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Honda Civic, for example, only achieve their top fuel- economy ratings in specific high-mileage versions or with option packages that leverage low-rolling resistance tires and other features to eke out maximum mpg. These versions often cost at least several hundred dollars more than a standard version and may have only a statistically insignificant gain in fuel economy to show for it.

Here are the Best Deals on Compact Cars for May 2011:
2012 Dodge Caliber: $1,500 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 36 months.
2012 Nissan Sentra: $1,000 cash or $500 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 60 months.
2012 Kia Forte: $1,000 cash and 1.9 percent financing to 36 months, 2.9 to 60 months, 3.9 to 72 months.
2012 Ford Focus: $750 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 36 months, 2.9 to 48 months, 3.9 to 60 months, 5.9 to 72 months.
2012 Toyota Corolla: $500 cash or 0.9 percent financing for 60 months.