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5 car deals with today's incentives

Tara Baukus MelloWith car sales still in somewhat of a slump and the end of the year nearing, automakers are now offering some hefty incentives on their cars, with the hope of enticing shoppers into buying in the coming weeks. Here are five car deals in different models that are worth a closer look.


Midsized sedan: Hyundai Sonata
Redesigned as a 2009 model, the 2010 Hyundai Sonata currently has a $1,000 rebate available, although no discount financing is being offered. While $1,000 isn't a huge rebate in today's age of hefty incentives, it is a much larger discount when you consider that the Sonata starts at just $18,700. This five-passenger family sedan comes with either a four-cylinder or a six-cylinder engine and features a 60/40-split folding rear seat, tilt steering wheel, six airbags and stability control as standard equipment.


Large sedan: Chrysler 300
Sedan shoppers who want a bit more space and a bolder look, the 2010 Chrysler 300 is a good bet, particularly with the $2,000 rebate or zero percent financing that is currently being offered. With a starting price of $27,260, the 300 comes with four engine options. Standard features include a six-disc CD/DVD/MP3 audio system, illuminated front cup holders, side curtain airbags and a cargo net and grocery bag hooks in the trunk.


Crossover: Ford Edge
The midsized Ford Edge crossover seats five in a taller package that features car-like handling. For 2010 Edge models, Ford is offering a $2,000 rebate or zero percent financing. Introduced as a 2007 model, the Edge still has a modern look. With a starting price of $26,920, Edge comes with a 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. Standard features such as six airbags, stability system with rollover protection, cruise control and a blind spot mirror put this among the best car deals.


SUV: Buick Enclave
For those who need three rows and seating for up to eight, the 2010 Buick Enclave is a serious contender. GM is offering a $1,500 rebate or 2.9 percent financing for the Enclave, which starts at $35,165. Enclave is powered by a 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and has a long list of luxury features that are standard including Bluetooth phone capability, a power liftgate and second row bucket seats that slide forward and backward as well as fold for extra cargo space.


Pickup: Nissan Titan
While the Nissan Titan never quite caught on with buyers, the company is hoping its offer of $5,000 cash back or zero percent financing will entice shoppers to buy a 2010 model. A true work truck, the Titan is powered by a 317-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 and has a towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds, yet has such unique features as a center console that holds beverages and a cargo bin that can hold hanging files. With a starting price of $26,320, all models of the 2010 Titan now feature standard side curtain airbags and stability control.


Shoppers looking for great car deals should keep in mind that, while all rebates listed here were scheduled to be available through the end of the month, current incentives can change at any time and buyers must qualify for the low finance rates offered. Consult the automaker's Web site to confirm availability or check incentive offers from multiple automakers simultaneously at Edmunds.com's New Car Incentives and Rebates page.

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Read more Driving for Dollars columns and Bankrate auto stories. Tara Baukus Mello is a freelance writer who has written about automotive topics of interest to consumers since 1995. If you have a car question, e-mail it to us at Driving for Dollars.

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