New Car Deals for May 2012: Midsize Cars

Last Updated: May 6, 2012

It’s one big clearance sale among our selection of best May deals in midsize cars. Every model on our list is critically unpopular (the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200), is scheduled for a model-year 2013 redesign (the Chevy Malibu and Nissan Altima), or is on the verge of being discontinued (the Mitsubishi Galant). Of these, the 2012 Malibu may present the best deal, particularly if you favor a V-6 engine, which 2013 replacement lacks. The Avenger and 200 are likewise best enjoyed when you get versions with the V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Altima is still selling well, but the 2013 replacement looks to be much improved and, given your budget, may be worth the wait. The Galant is the most dated and tired-looking of this bunch and is difficult to recommend, even with a $3,500 cash rebate.

Here are the Best Deals on Midsize Cars for May 2011:
2012 Mitsubishi Galant: $3,500 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 60 months, 1.9 to 72 months.
2012 Dodge Avenger: $3,000 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 72 months.
2012 Chrysler 200: Up to $3,000 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 72 months.
2012 Chevrolet Malibu: $1,000 marketing support and $3,000 cash or 0.0 percent financing to 60 months, 3.9 to 72 months.
2012 Nissan Altima: $1,500 cash or $750 and 0.9 percent financing for 60 months, 1.9 for 72 months.