The holidays are the best time of year to spoil friends and family but don’t forget about buying a little something for yourself – how does a new crossover SUV sound?

According to CNBC, early December is the best time of year to find an amazing deal on a crossover SUV, as many dealerships are trying to clear out their unsold 2018 crossover SUVs to make room for their new inventory.

With their rise in popularity, crossovers are more affordable than ever before – here’s how you could find yourself driving home in a shiny new vehicle before the year is up, let’s get shopping.

SUV vs Crossover: What’s the Difference?

Over the past couple of years, crossover SUVs have become a popular choice for families, not just because they’re stylish but because they offer both the versatility and people hauling capacity of a minivan. Now of days it’s very rare to find just an SUV – they’re more heavy duty than a crossover and are built more like a truck (they have a ladder frame and a body that’s bolted onto the frame).

And many drivers prefer crossover SUVs over SUVs because they offer the best of both worlds – they’re built tough but are more comfortable, spacious, and have more cargo room. Most drivers seem to like them because they sit higher than in most cars, getting a better view of traffic.  Also, crossover SUVs can maneuver through smaller spaces, stop more quickly, and are easier to park. And they’re considerably less expensive than an SUV. If you’re looking for a vehicle that handles like a car and has a better gas mileage, a crossover SUV is your best bet.

There’s plenty of choices when it comes to choosing a crossover SUV – they range from small to sporty to all-wheel drive – you can be certain to find one that matches your lifestyle.

Incentives and Rebates for 2018 Crossovers Are Happening Now

As the calendar year comes to an end – dealerships around the nation are trying to meet their end-of-year sales goals and want their 2018 models, including their 2018 crossover SUV models cleared out. The holidays are the perfect time of year to find financing and cash back deals on almost all 2018 models – there are already deals starting to appear.

According to Edmunds, right now Ford is offering eligible buyers up to $2,250 cash back on the 2018 Ford Escape. Buick is offering eligible customers up to $2,000 bonus cash back on the 2018 Buick Encore, Edmunds reports.  Eligible buyers can find themselves driving a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox for 0 percent APR financing for 36 months, Edmunds writes.  And buyers can even find deals on luxury crossover SUVs – right now Volvo is offering up to $1,000 cash back on the 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country.

Here’s How to Find the Best Deals This Holiday

Crossover SUVs have exploded in popularity and with this increase in demand the market for crossover SUVs is more affordable than ever before. You’ll find amazing lease offers, cash back, and affordable financing option on an array of 2018 models – just in time for the holidays.

In order to take advantage of these deals, you owe it to yourself to conduct your own research – you may even find even better deals. Auto manufacturers and dealerships want their 2018 crossover SUV inventory gone before the new year – and these prices and incentives won’t last long.

Year-end deals are happening now. Search online to see the holiday deals happening at your neighborhood dealership. It’s also a good idea to spend time comparing prices and offers so you know you’re getting the best deal possible – you could be driving a new 2018 crossover SUV before the year is up.

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