New deals on older models.
Kia Forte Koup / Forte5
Lexus IS C / IS F
Chevrolet Avalanche / Cadillac Escalade EXT
BMW E9x, M3
The Mazda3 has always been a pretty popular compact for Canadians. While there is already a new model on the market with Mazda’s KODO styling in effect, you can still get your hands on a 2013 model, which we were fans of. Sure, it may not be as stylish, but you can get up to $6,000 off, and that’s before you even begin to negotiate.
The new Kia Forte is a pretty well equipped and affordable compact sedan that recently started it’s second generation on the market. Unfortunately the two-door Koup and the five-door Forte5 haven’t quite followed suit just yet. Being near the end of its lifetime, the Koup and the Forte5 get the benefit of all the little tweaks and updates done to the 1st-gen Forte.
Oddly enough, Nissan is advertising both the 2013 and 2014 Rogue models on their website. Even more strange, the older Rogue has a higher base price. Walk into a dealership and that’ll certainly be a different story.
You’ll have to wait until springtime for this one, but mark it on your calendar if you’ve always been eyeing a Mini Cooper. The new model is scheduled to be released in the spring and it’s actually a bit heavier than the current outgoing model so think of it like a Mini-kind-of-legerra that will soon have a nice discount.
Don’t cry for the ZDX. It’s already gone. But you can still get one. 2013 was the last year for the luxury crossover as, according to Honda, “the Acura brand sharpens its focus on new models and core products.” That’s market speak for not being a strong seller. Though it’s hard to call the crossover pretty, it’s no doubt well equipped. A hand-stitched leather interior, bluetooth, power tailgate, panoramic roof and Acura’s SH-AWD are all standard.
The little 1 is not long for this market. For the time being, BMW have opted not to continue its sales in North America. We suspect it’ll stay that way until the new 2-series is finalized. Many have compared this “entry level” BMW to the legendary E30 3-series. They’re not the prettiest BMW’s but if you’re looking for a compact, fairly efficient, fun and luxurious car, the 1-series makes a strong case. We particularly liked the 135i.
You’ve probably already seen Lexus’ new IS on the road. If, like a lot of people, you want in on it, but you cannot stand the front grille (or you’re looking for a cool bargain), you can still get your hands on the IS C and IS F models from the last generation. The future of the IS F is uncertain right now. Some say it’ll get softer with a smaller engine while others say this will be the last one.
Ever wanted to own a Nissan Skyline but don’t feel like buying a 20-year-old import with the steering on the other side? Infiniti’s G (now Q50) is sold as a Skyline overseas, so go ahead and rebadge it. The Q50 is already out and about on the roads but there’s still a number of G37’s up for grabs. If the thought of a luxury sports coupe/sedan is appealing but the Q50’s drive-by-wire steering scares you, give the G37 a thought.
The practicality of a pickup when you need it and the usability of an SUV when you don’t. That was the idea behind the Chevy Avalanche and the Cadillac Escalade EXT. It worked by utilizing what GM called a “midgate.” The back seat area could be folded away and the rear window removed. GM ceased production of the PUV/Sickup truck due to dwindling sales, but you can still get your hands on them.
The last naturally aspirated M3, and the last coupe to carry an M3 or 3-series badge. Though BMW already have the new 3-series and 4-series on the market, there’s still quite a few of the last-generation 3-series models kicking around dealerships. These will all have gone through their mid-life facelift so don’t expect them to look or feel dated. And who knows, maybe a two door 3-series might be something of a collector’s item in 50 years. Maybe.