Summer fun is just around the corner! With the weather heating up, it’s time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Whether it’s a car, truck, or SUV, there’s a ride to suit every driving style. Here are several picks that are bound to put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel. To top it off, they also have great savings to go along with them.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette
Stingray 2LT Coupe
For those seeking performance on a budget, the Chevrolet Corvette has been the go-to vehicle for decades. It offers supercar levels of performance at a fraction of the cost, boasting a legendary small block pushrod V8 engine that pumps out 455 hp and 460 lb.-ft of torque. This is sufficient to propel the Corvette from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Despite its considerable performance, the Corvette employs cylinder deactivation to achieve an EPA-rated 25 mpg combined.
MSRP/TruePrice Avg.*: $56,995/$51,911
Potential savings off MSRP: 8.9%
Fuel Economy MPG (City/Hwy): 16/25
Estimated monthly payment**: $774
Trim Pictured: 1LT with Z51 Performance Package; Not Pictured: Stingray 2LT Coupe
2019 Ford EcoSport
The Ford EcoSport is a welcome addition to the growing subcompact crossover segment. With its efficient engine choices and nimble chassis, it seems the EcoSport lives up to its name. Power comes from a 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine producing 123 hp; however, opting for all-wheel drive requires a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 166 hp. The EcoSport is even available with a plethora of infotainment and tech options such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
MSRP/TruePrice Avg.*: $25,745/$24,546
Potential savings off MSRP: 4.7%
Fuel Economy MPG (City/Hwy): 23/29
Estimated monthly payment**: $366
2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD
SLT Crew Cab Standard Box 4WD
Heavy-duty pick-up trucks have sprung up in popularity in recent years, no longer just the territory of construction companies. Modern heavy-duty pick-ups like the GMC Sierra 2500HD pack unbelievable capabilities and lots of modern conveniences into one polished truck. The Sierra 2500HD has an available 14,500 lb. towing capacity and Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbodiesel. The interior is quiet and comfortable, with plenty of storage nooks, user-friendly infotainment, and—in Denali guise—downright luxury.
MSRP/TruePrice Avg.*: $55,095/$50,976
Potential savings off MSRP: 7.5%
Estimated monthly payment**: $760
2019 Honda Civic
LX Coupe CVT
Compact cars have long been hard to beat as affordable and fuel-efficient transportation, but they’ve also been branded as compromising excitement and comfort in the name of value. The Honda Civic accepts no such trade-offs, with spirited handling, a spacious and refined interior, and a range of sporty and upmarket trims. The Civic also comes standard with a full raft of advanced safety features like lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
MSRP/TruePrice Avg.*: $21,570/$19,844
Potential savings off MSRP: 8.0%
Fuel Economy MPG (City/Hwy): 30/39
Estimated monthly payment**: $296
2019 INFINITI QX30
Drivers in search of a fun experience in a compact package should take a look at the INFINITI QX30, a crossover that shares much of its platform with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, thanks to a partnership between the two luxury brands. The QX30 has quick handling and acceleration, as well as excellent braking and available all-wheel drive. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, proximity keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, and forward emergency braking.
MSRP/TruePrice Avg.*: $33,995/$28,722
Potential savings off MSRP: 15.5%
Fuel Economy MPG (City/Hwy): 24/33
Estimated monthly payment**: $428
2019 Jeep Compass
High Altitude FWD
The Jeep Compass is the compact crossover with a familiar flair for off-roading. Redesigned in 2017, the second-generation Compass looks quite similar to the iconic Grand Cherokee, but it has plenty of capabilities in its own right, especially in Trailhawk trim. The available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management allows drivers to input the kind of terrain they are encountering and the vehicle will adjust on the fly. The Compass also benefits from good fuel economy, a refined cabin, and an intuitive infotainment system.
MSRP/TruePrice Avg.*: $29,690/$27,968
Potential savings off MSRP: 5.8%
Fuel Economy MPG (City/Hwy): 22/31
Estimated monthly payment**: $417
Customer cash incentive♦: $1,000
Trim Pictured: Altitude trim; Not Pictured: High Altitude FWD
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
C 300 Sedan RWD
When it comes to compact luxury cars, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class stands out as one of the segment leaders. Whether it’s a coupe, convertible, or sedan, the elegantly designed C-Class continues to impress thanks its standout styling and superb interior fit and finish. In case the C-Class isn’t enough as is, the AMG models are serious powerhouses when it comes time to putting the pedal to the metal.
MSRP/TruePrice Avg.*: $42,395/$37,618
Potential savings off MSRP: 11.3%
Fuel Economy MPG (City/Hwy): 23/34
Estimated monthly payment**: $561
2019 Toyota Avalon
As Toyota’s flagship full-size sedan, the Avalon is always on the cutting edge of technology and comfort. For 2019, Toyota has launched an all-new redesign, which features sleek bodywork paired with a finely tuned suspension for superior ride quality. While the Avalon’s 3.5-liter V6 has 301 healthy horses on tap, fuel-conscious drivers have the choice to opt for the hybrid models with an EPA-rated 43 mpg combined.
MSRP/TruePrice Avg.*: $39,980/$36,634
Potential savings off MSRP: 8.4%
Fuel Economy MPG (City/Hwy): 40/39
Estimated monthly payment**: $546
Customer cash incentive♦: $3,000 (varies by region)
2019 Volkswagen Passat
2.0T SE R-Line Auto
While the crossover SUV has become popular on today’s roads, the traditional four-door sedan is always a tried-and-true option. The Volkswagen Passat is an excellent choice for those who want a smooth ride, spacious interior, and a peppy turbocharged engine. Toss in plenty of standard onboard tech and a substantial warranty, and the Passat is a well-rounded package for just about any driver.
MSRP/TruePrice Avg.*: $30,890/$27,059
Potential savings off MSRP: 12.4%
Fuel Economy MPG (City/Hwy): 25/36
Estimated monthly payment**: $404
*The TruePrice Average for each of the vehicles in this article is based on what others have paid for a similar vehicle, based data available to TrueCar as of May 3rd, 2019 data. TruePrice is the discounted up-front price you get from a TrueCar Certified Dealer when you use TrueCar.
**Estimated monthly payments are based on a 4.5% APR for 60 Months with 20% down on the TruePrice Average and exclude sales tax and other fees and charges that may vary by region or state. Actual APR may vary based on individual credit rating, local market conditions, and other factors. These examples are for informational purposes only and are not an offer to lend. Must qualify for credit from dealer or lender. See dealer or lender for details, including actual available offers.
♦National incentives will be shown when available and are subject to change. See local dealer for details. Other incentives may be available through the manufacturer’s website and may not be reflected here.