Edmunds: Labor Day's best bets for car shoppers

Labor Day is the last three-day weekend of summer, so as we go into the end of August and early September, you can expect to see some fairly aggressive deals from car dealerships as they try to wrap up the summer selling season.

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The combination of end-of-model-year clearance prices on outgoing models and relatively high levels of inventory means you can find a close-out bargain before pickings get slim.

To help with the hunt, Edmunds selected five of the best deals: two sedans, an SUV, a minivan and a truck. Its picks are based on a combination of good availability, good reviews and good discounts.

Cash-back offers, rebates and incentives can vary by region. Be sure to check that these offers apply in your area. To do this, click the car's link shown and make sure your ZIP code, located just under the car's photo, is correct. These deals are good now and should be available through September 5.


2017 Honda Accord

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Starting MSRP: $24,030

Edmunds is seeing discounts in the $5,700 range, depending on package and region.

The 2017 Honda Accord is arguably Honda at its finest. It scores highly in just about every category and is a genuine pleasure to drive. The Accord's quiet, comfort and overall refinement are standouts in the segment and may even give a few entry-level luxury cars a run for their money.


— Cabin is roomy and filled with stylish, soft-touch materials

— Ride is comfortable on bumpy roads and on the highway

— Handling is fun and sporty


— The interface of the optional touchscreen interface can be frustrating

— Driver aids are sensitive, especially the front collision warning

— Fewer available luxury features than some competitors

2017 Toyota Camry

Starting MSRP: $23,965

Edmunds is seeing discounts in the $6,500 range, depending on package and region.

The Camry has a solid reputation of durability and longevity. Combine that reputation with its comfortable ride, easy-to-use features and good looks and it's easy to understand why the Camry has been one of the best-selling cars in America.


— Interior is comfortable and spacious; all seats are roomy

— Outward visibility is better than average

— Trim levels have distinct luxury and sport characteristics


— Middling four-cylinder fuel economy

— Not as sporty as some of its competitors

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