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Toyota Venza, Tacoma rock NADAguides best buys

NADAguides in its 2011 Second Quarter Car Buyer's Market Report selected six models from Toyota, Acura, Dodge, GMC and Hyundai as Top Recommended Current Buys. The vehicles that offer great values and good deals from the showroom floor are the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual, Toyota Venza I4 AWD, Acura TL, Dodge Challenger R/T, GMC Terrain SLE-2 and Hyundai Azera Limited.


The NADAguides Top Recommended Current Buys are competitively priced, offer incentives, are readily available and are expected to hold their value by depreciating slowly.

Troy Snyder, director of product development at NADAguides, said these vehicles offer outstanding value for the money at a time when gas prices and other market conditions are in a state of flux.

“The results of our most recent Car Buyer’s Market Report show a healthy mix from diverse manufacturers across several segments. There are numerous factors influencing car shoppers today and in some cases, car research and purchasing a vehicle has become unattractive to consumers," Snyder said.

"The Car Buyer’s Market Report is intended to sort through the clutter and provide car shoppers with a clear view of the best vehicles for the money that are currently available at local lots. Lower incentives and mixed economic news have stinted new car sales in recent months, but rest assured, there are deals currently available at local lots on some phenomenal vehicles and we have the list.”

The Toyota Venza I4 AWD (pictured) gives buyers $500 cash back or 0-percent financing on 36 months. It comes with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty and Toyota’s Star Safety System, Bluetooth hands-free phone controls and the Toyota Care maintenance and roadside assistance program. The base price is $28,575 and there is a 12% first-year depreciation rate. It also is readily available with a 79-days supply of inventory.

The Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual comes with a base price of $26,145 and retains its value with a first-year depreciation rate of 10%. A three-year, 36,000-mile warranty along with Toyota’s Star Safety System and a current days-supply of 53 make the Tacoma a great value. Plus the Tacoma comes standard with the Toyota Care program, which includes complimentary maintenance and roadside assistance for two years.

The Acura TL was chosen based on the luxury car's first-year depreciation rate of 19%, 22 mpg combined fuel efficiency, great customer financing incentives and an abundance of safety and comfort features, NADAguides said in its report. Acura offers 1.9 percent financing for 36 months and there is a 62 days-supply of inventory. It has a starting price of $35,305.

Dodge Challenger R/T financing rates are 1.9% on 36 months, 2.9% on 48 months, 3.9% on 60 months and 5.9% on 72 months. It has an 8% first-year depreciation rate and a base price of $29,895. Dodge offers $1,000 bonus cash to Challenger buyers. In addition, the Challenger delivers 20 mpg and 375 horsepower.

The GMC Terrain SLE-2 starts at $26,300 MSRP with a first-year depreciation rate of 16%. It has a 46-days supply of inventory and delivers 27 mpg combined, with six months of complimentary OnStar services.

The Hyundai Azera Limited has a 21% first-year depreciation rate, offers a $30,095 base price and comes with Hyundai’s Trade-in Value Guarantee. This guarantees, today, exactly how much a new Hyundai will be worth two to four years from the time of purchase. It has a 103-days inventory supply, a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty and gets 23 mpg in combined driving.

The NADAguides Car Buyers Market Report is the compilation of hundreds of thousands of new car data points and market information. To determine the Top Recommended Current Buys, the NADAguides’ market analytics team develops a list of the top new cars in consideration based on first-year ownership depreciation value of 21 percent or less, competitive MSRP, manufacturer warranty, current financing incentives, safety ratings, additional product features and days-supply product availability. It is an ongoing study, tracking and reporting on the best current new car buys for the consumer marketplace to help with the new car buying process.

Hawke Fracassa reports on the auto industry from Detroit for You can reach him at [email protected].

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