There is no better month than January to remind you just how nice it can be to own an SUV (especially if you live in the northern climates). Being stuck in over a foot of snow in a compact sedan gives you a chance to reflect on the conveniences of the four-wheeled sport utility vehicle that just drove by and flung snow up to your driver’s side mirror. In that instance, it is truly better to give than to receive. If you’re in the market to sling slush on the little guys, here are some of the best SUV lease and purchase deals of January 2012.

GM

GM’s 2012 line is offering low APR and some decent cash back:

2012 Chevy Traverse                          0% APR for 60 months or $1,500 Consumer Cash

2012 Chevy Tahoe                              3.9% APR for 60 months or $1,000 Consumer Cash

2012 Chevy Suburban                                    3.9% APR for 60 months or $1,000 Consumer Cash

2012 Chevy Equinox                                      2.9% APR for 36 months

The remaining 2011 models may well be the best place to start looking for great SUV deals this year:

2011 Chevy Traverse                          0% APR for 72 months or $2,000 Consumer Cash

2011 Chevy Tahoe                              0% APR for 72 months or $3,500 Consumer Cash

2011 Chevy Suburban                                    0% APR for 72 months or $3,500 Consumer Cash

Ford

Ford’s 0% APR is going to be tough for competitors to beat, but the monster cash back is going to be hard for consumers to pass up:

2012 Ford Flex                       0% APR for 60 months + $1,000 Bonus Cash or up to $3,000 cash back

2012 Ford Escape                   0% APR for 60 months + $1,000 Bonus Cash or up to $3,000 cash back

2011 Ford Expedition             0% APR for 60 months or up to $3,000 Customer Cash

2012 Ford Edge                                              Up to $2,500 Cash Back

2012 Ford Explorer                                         Up to $1,500 Cash Back

The earlier models still available will garner the following deals:

2011 Ford Edge                      3.9% APR for 60 months + $1,500 Customer Cash or up to $3,000 Customer Cash

2011 Ford Escape                   0% APR for 60 months + $1,000 Customer Cash or up to $3,000 Customer Cash

2011 Ford Expedition             0% APR for 60 months + $2,500 Customer Cash or up to $5,500 Customer Cash

2011 Ford Flex                       0% APR for 60 months + $1,000 Customer Cash or up to $3,000 Customer Cash

Chrysler

The Chrysler Corporation is going with an APR deal and lease deals, but they don’t offer a lot in the way of diversity or reliability:

2012 Dodge Durango                                     0% APR for up to 60 months

2012 Dodge Nitro                                           0% APR for up to 60 months

Lease deals include:

2012 Dodge Journey                           $249/mo. for 36 months with $2,499 due at signing

2012 Dodge Durango                         $319/mo. for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing

Honda

The family-friendly CR-V tops the list of deals from Honda:

2011 Honda CR-V                             $270/mo. for 35 months with $0 due at signing

2012 Honda Pilot                                $340/mo. for 35 months with $0 due at signing

Or, take advantage of the low APR being offered on the Pilot:

2012 Honda Pilot                                0.9% for 36 months or 1.9% APR for up to 60 months

Hyundai

The monthly payments for the Hyundai leases are spectacular when compared to competitors, but there is a nice chunk due at signing:

2012 Hyundai Tucson                         $259/mo. for 36 months with $2,699 due at signing

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe                      $269/mo. for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing

2012 Hyundai Veracruz                      $299/mo. for 36 months with $3,199 due at signing

Of course, if leasing isn’t your thing, there are also some nice purchase incentives:

2012 Hyundai Veracruz                      0.9% for 36 months or 1.9% APR for up to 48 months + $1,000 Bonus Cash

2011 & 2012 Hyundai Tucson            1.9% for 36 months or 2.9% APR for up to 60 months

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe                      1.9% for 36 months or 2.9% APR for up to 60 months + $1,000 Bonus Cash

Toyota

Whether you’re buying for reliability or leasing for a testing phase, Toyota has offers to suit you:

2012 Toyota Highlander                     1.9% APR for 60 months or $500 cash back

2012 Toyota Venza                             0% APR for 36 months or $1,000 cash back

Lease deals for the reliability leader are also available:

2012 Toyota Highlander                     $269/mo. for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing

2012 Toyota Venza                             $269/mo. for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing

Nissan

Nissan comes out of the gate hard in the New Year, lowering APR percentages to the basement:

2011 Nissan Rogue                             0% APR for up to 60 months or $1,500 cash back

2012 Nissan Quest                              0% APR for up to 36 months or $2,250 cash back

2011 Nissan Murano                           0% APR for up to 60 months or $2,500 cash back

2012 Nissan Xterra                             0% APR for up to 60 months or $2,000 cash back

Nissan’s lease deals include the following offer worth taking a look at:

2011 Nissan Juke                                $269/mo. for 39 months with $2,999 due at signing

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