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Deals of the week: Acura TSX, Santa Fe, Genesis, Mazda5 Add to ...

Consumer Reports may have named the Honda Fit as the small car with the best overall value in its 2011 Annual Auto Issue, but there are far better deals out there.

That's because Honda Canada doesn't have a decent deal of any sort on the 2011. Nothing. Nada. You pay full price, unless you can swing some sort of dealer discount. That's not a deal.

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Sure, CR says the Fit is the best overall value among some 200 different vehicles analyzed. So what? (And for the record, CR also said the Jeep Wrangler is the overall worst value.)

CR's scores are calculated based on the five-year owner cost for each vehicle (shown as cost per mile and reflecting U.S. ownership) along with CR's road-test score and the publication's own predicted-reliability. Such things as depreciation, fuel costs, insurance premiums, interest on financing, maintenance and repairs, and sales tax and were key factors.

Deals of the Week started with CR's list of best and worst values, tossed out the worst ones and then went digging for deals among the best values.

And there they were: $7,000 in cash on the Acura TSX; $3,500 on the Hyundai Santa Fe; and, $4,000 on the Hyundai Genesis. The fourth vehicle, the Mazda5 van, made the list of deals because it's all new for 2012 and a very good vehicle. However, if you can find an old 2010 Mazda5, Mazda Canada had a $5,000 factory-to-dealer rebate that officially expired on Jan. 31, though a deal may be had for the savvy shopper.

Deals of the Week has more details about this quartet of values. Before we go there, here's a look at the best and worst values in each of eight vehicle segments analyzed by CR:

Best Value Small Car: Honda Fit

Worst Value Small Car: Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT

Best Value Family Car: Toyota Prius IV

Worst Value Family Car: Chevrolet Impala LT (3.5)

Best Value Upscale Sedan: Acura TSX (4-cyl.)

Worst Value Upscale Sedan: Buick Lucerne (V8)

Best Value Luxury Sedan: Hyundai Genesis 4.6

Worst Value Luxury Sedan: BMW 750Li

Best Value Sporty Car: Mini Cooper (base)

Worst Value Sporty Car: Porsche 911 Carrera S

Best Value Wagons/Minivans: Mazda5 Grand Touring

Worst Value Wagons/Minivans: Kia Sedona EX

Best Value Small SUVs: Toyota RAV4 (base, 4-cyl.)

Worst Value Small SUVs: Jeep Liberty Sport

Best Value Mid-sized SUVs: Hyundai Santa Fe GLS (4-cyl.)

Worst Value Mid-sized SUVs: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

As usual, Deals of the Week obtained pricing information from www.carcostcanada.com. Here are the numbers.

2010 Acura TSX

2010 Acura TSX I4

Manual transmission

MSRP: $32,990

Freight, dealer prep, air conditioning tax: $1,995

Dealer discount (estimated): $1,300

Factory discount: $7,000 (factory-to-consumer rebate cash purchases)

Taxable subtotal: $26,685

Total price with 13% HST: $30,154.05

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GL

Premium four-cylinder AWD

MSRP: $29,699

Freight, dealer prep: $1,860

Dealer discount: $900

Factory rebate: $3,500 (factory-to-dealer; can be combined with special finance rate)

Taxable subtotal: $27,159

Total price with 13% HST: $30,689.67

Factory rebate: $500 (Clean Air Cash)

Government rebate: $300 (Retire Your Ride)

Final price: $29,889.67

Note: Cash can be combined with 3.99 per cent special finance rate

2011 Hyundai Genesis

2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 sedan

MSRP: $49,999

Freight, dealer prep and air conditioning tax: $1,860

Dealer discount (estimated): $2,000

Factory discount: $4,000 (factory-to-dealer; can be combined with special finance rate)

Taxable subtotal: $45,859

Total price with 13% HST: $51,820.67

Factory discount: $1,000 (Clean Air Cash)

Government discount: $300 (Retire Your Ride)

Final price: $50,520.67

Note: Cash can be combined with 3.99 per cent special finance rate

2011 Mazda5 that goes on sale in January is first example of the Nagare design philosopy to hit the market

2012 Mazda5 GT

MSRP: $25,595

Freight, dealer prep and air conditioning tax: $1,695

Dealer discount (estimated): $700

Taxable subtotal: $26,590

Total price with 13% HST: $30,046.70

Factory rebate: $250 (Owner Loyalty factory-to-customer)

Final price: $27,796.70

Note: 0.9 per cent finance rate

Buy a vehicle that retains its resale value well

Subaru tops ALG’s 2011 prediction list for future residual values. The 2011 Subaru Legacy, above, should retain 44.3 per cent of its value.
If you really want to save money on your next car purchase, appreciate a slow depreciation

Pricing information source: www.carcostcanada.com. Calculations based on Ontario customers. Please note that while the information above is accurate at the time of publication, incentives are given at the discretion of individual dealers, and may be changed or discontinued at any time. Dealer discounts are negotiated with the customer on a case-by-case basis.

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