Discontinued Cars of 2020 You Can Get a Deal On

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Unlike the half-remembered “Auld Lang Syne” you have in store for your New Year’s 2021, automakers rarely give a rousing send-off to the cars they discontinue for a new model year. A call comes down from on high, typically after a shift in strategy or lag in sales, and a vehicle sees out its current generation or production run. It’s no different for 2020: We’ll lose several nameplates as the calendar year turns over — but the good news for shoppers is that some such models carry discounts to help usher them into the next life, that being a place in your driveway.

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For simplicity’s sake, we’ve broken down model-year 2020 cars that are being discontinued by what kind of deals are on offer, with the cars offering cash-back incentives detailed the way our monthly deals stories are.

Cars With No Deals

First, the most straightforward bucket: Here are the cars where you won’t find any advertised deals if you’re interested in buying before they disappear:

Cars With Leasing, Finance, Loyalty or Conquest Deals

Below are vehicles that may not have advertised cash-back incentives for all shoppers, but do offer some form of discount financing or incentive if you already own a car by the same brand and are looking to stick with them:

Cars With Cash-Back Deals

Finally, here are the vehicles for which deals apply to most shoppers. With the caveat of always checking the fine print to be sure, here are the offers we found:

Chevrolet Impala

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  • Factory discount: $3,000-$5,717
  • Approximate price after discounts: $29,500-$37,000
  • Approximate factory savings: 9-14%
  • Offer ends: Jan. 4

Chevrolet’s big Impala sedan is a long-running nameplate that will end (for now, at least) with discounts available on both of its two available trims. The lower grade, LT, can net you $3,000 off list price, but Chevy is currently advertising employee pricing for most of its lineup, which it claims can get shoppers as much as $5,717 off Premier trims. As of this writing, we found no discount financing offers.

Chevrolet Sonic

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  • Factory discount: $2,000-$3,354
  • Approximate price after discounts: $16,000-$24,000
  • Approximate factory savings: 11-15%
  • Offer ends: Jan. 4

Chevy is also killing off the Sonic subcompact sedan and hatchback for 2021, but not before it offers up similar employee pricing and discounts across trim levels to what it’s doing with its other vehicles. In the Sonic’s case, that means the brand is advertising as much as 15% off for the top trim, called Premier. Note that while Chevy’s deals page says you can get $2,000 off the hatch only, we found the discount also applies to the sedan in the brand’s vehicle configurator.

Dodge Grand Caravan

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  • Factory discount: $2,250-$4,250
  • Approximate price after discounts: $25,000-$34,000
  • Approximate factory savings: 6-15%
  • Offer ends: Jan. 4

With minivans giving way to large three-row SUVs and its marketing generally geared toward performance models, Dodge has finally opted to phase out the steadfast Grand Caravan minivan. Savings are modest for the people mover in most regions we surveyed, though we did see as much as 15% off a base (SE) trim, with an additional $1,000 off if you finance through Dodge parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Alternately, discount financing as low as 0% for 36 months with up to $3,500 in bonus cash is available for qualified shoppers. A major caveat: There are “registration and availability limitations” for the Grand Caravan in 13 states, so be sure to check that you’re eligible to buy this — or your dealer is eligible to sell it — before you commit.

Dodge Journey

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  • Factory discount: $1,250 to roughly $8,000
  • Approximate price after discounts: $21,500-$31,000
  • Approximate factory savings: 4-25%
  • Offer ends: Jan. 4

Like the Grand Caravan, there are also eligibility restrictions on which states you can buy and register the Journey in. That aside, however, the three-row SUV is eligible for some potentially lucrative savings even if you opt for a fully loaded Crossroad trim, the higher of two available (the other is the SE Value) — as much as 25% in certain markets we surveyed. Alternately, creditworthy shoppers can get discount financing of 0% for 36 months with additional cash back available on top of that.

Ford Fusion

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  • Factory discount: $2,500-$4,500
  • Approximate price after discounts: $20,000-$36,000
  • Approximate factory savings: 7-19%
  • Offer ends: Jan. 4

Ford’s Fusion family sedan has been on the chopping block for a while as car sales drop and the automaker moves to a lineup centered on SUVs and trucks. Frequently discounted in an effort to clear out inventory, discounts ranged from $2,500 to $4,500 in the markets we surveyed, with additional cash back available in some regions if you’re trading in a car, financing with the automaker or buying a Fusion that’s been sitting on dealer lots for especially long. Alternately, eligible buyers can get discount financing of as little as 0% for 66 to 84 months, with some regions throwing in trade-in assistance, bonus cash or both. Meanwhile, separate deals exist on the related Fusion Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid variants. 

Hyundai Elantra GT

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  • Factory discount: $1,500
  • Approximate price after discounts: $20,000-28,000
  • Approximate factory savings: 5-7%
  • Offer ends: Jan. 4

While Hyundai may have just redesigned the Elantra sedan for 2021, it has also quietly axed the Elantra GT four-door hatchback, perhaps expecting shoppers to drift to the more SUV-styled Venue instead. Still, a discount of $1,500 is available on all trims of the Elantra GT through early January, which can net you a modest 5-7% off, trim level depending. Alternately, creditworthy buyers can find discount financing of 0% for 60 months with an additional $500 off for those who finance through the automaker.

Lexus GS F

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  • Factory discount: $6,500
  • Approximate price after discounts: $80,000-$83,000
  • Approximate factory savings: 7-8%
  • Offer ends: Jan. 4

The Lexus GS family of sedans is being scuttled for 2021, but while the standard GS 350 doesn’t have any cash deals in its deathroes, the performance-oriented GS F offers savings of $6,500 off in the regions we surveyed. Even for an $85,000-plus sedan, that’s still at least 7% off a fully loaded GS F. Alternately, shoppers in select states can get financing of 0% for 60 months.

Toyota Yaris

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  • Factory discount: $0-1,500
  • Approximate price after discounts: $15,000-$19,500
  • Approximate factory savings: 0-10%
  • Offer ends: Jan. 4

Like its fellow subcompact cars, the Chevy Sonic and Honda Fit, the Toyota Yaris will also be seeing its final model year in 2020 as the class gradually gets replaced by SUV counterparts. For now, Toyota is offering as much as 10% off both the sedan and hatchback iterations, trim level and region depending. In most regions surveyed, there were no financing offers, though that it’s worth checking where you live to be sure.

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How We Look for Discontinued Deals

To look for deals on discontinued model-year 2020 cars, we focused on cash deals available to shoppers at large. Remember, our numbers are current as of publication for the markets we survey (generally Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and New York). They reflect advertised customer discounts, not unadvertised factory-to-dealer cash or deals that require special qualifications, such as financing with the automaker or being a recent college graduate. Discount financing typically requires qualifying credit, too, and incentives may vary by region and trim level; automakers may also change them later in the month. In sum: Your discounts may vary, so check with your local dealer for specifics.

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