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Buying a new family car? Here are some deals

February 19, 2009 |  3:23 pm

Civichybrid500Yes, used car sales are up, but some people still want to buy new.

Of the hundreds of national incentives being offered from manufacturers, the editors of Kelley Blue Book have identified what they consider the top five deals of the week.

Jason Allen, senior editor at Kelley Blue Book's, mentioned that many of these same cars made it to their "top 10 best family cars" list. So, if you go shopping for a new car this week, here are some "spifs" -- industry lingo for lease discounts, rebates, financing deals and other incentives -- you might want to check out. 

2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid -- Lease for $289 a month
This is one way to appease your social conscience while finding a family car with room and relative comfort.
Detail: $1,500 cash back OR reduced APR financing OR lease for $289 a month, $2,589 down (last verified end date: 3/2/09).

2009 Honda Odyssey LX Auto -- Lease for $259 a month
Yes, it's an Odyssey, one of the most popular minivans around, but note that the MSRP on this vehicle is $27,025.00 and the spiff is on a bare-bones trim with manual sliding doors.
Detail: Lease for $259.00 a month on a new '09 Odyssey (last verified end date: 3/2/09).

2009 Chevy Traverse -- 0% financing on five-year loan
A good deal with many "if's" attached: If you're looking for a big family vehicle with excellent safety ratings; if you require the ability to tow 5,200 pounds; and if you're happy with reasonably good fuel economy (around 24/hwy 17/city) -- your GM crossover awaits you.
Detail: 0%, 60-month financing (5-year loan) (last verified end date: 3/2/09).

2009 Honda Civic Sedan VP -- Lease for $169 a month
Yes, it's a three-year lease and it's on a very stripped down trim level of Civic, but that's recession pricing if we've ever seen it . . . There's also a $229/month lease on the Civic Hybrid if you'd prefer to go green.
Detail: Lease for $169 a month, for 39 months (3 years) $1,999 due at signing (last verified end date: 3/2/09).

2009 Chevy Malibu -- 0% financing on five-year loan
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, a major marketing focus for GM, is touted for its stylish interior and quiet ride. Now you can own it without paying a finance charge.
Detail: 0%, 60-month financing (last verified end date: 3/2/09).

-- Joni Gray

Photo credit: Honda Motor