People love to take advantage of the longer Labor Day holiday weekend by going on one last summer trip or spending time with family and friends. It's also a good time to explore some great new car deals.

The Labor Day holiday has always been one of the biggest in terms of car buying because people have extra free time to go shopping. At the same time, automakers look for ways to help their dealers sell any remaining 2017 vehicles in their inventories to make way for the 2018 models. Dealers are also incentivized to get things off on the right foot because it's the start of a new month, and Labor Day is the only holiday in September.

The end result is a bunch of low-APR financing, leasing and cash back rebate incentives that buyers can use to land a great deal on a new car. Let's take a closer look at what some automakers are offering for Labor Day weekend 2017.

2017 Labor Day Weekend New Car Deals

Here are some of the best incentives automakers are rolling out for Labor Day weekend. All offers listed are good up until Tuesday, September 5, unless otherwise specified.

  • Ford: This Labor Day, Ford is offering zero percent financing for up to 72 months and up to $1,000 trade-in cash on 10 models. These include the 2017 Focus, Mustang, Fusion, Escape, Flex, Explorer and F-150. However, keep in mind that you may be able to save more just by claiming existing, non-Labor-Day-related rebates currently being offered on some Fords, like those for 2017 Focus and Fusion models.
  • Mazda: Mazda is offering $500 Labor Day Customer Bonus Cash on all new 2017 Mazda3 and 2017 or 2018 CX-3 vehicles. Current Mazda owners can get another $500 in loyalty cash, too. Both of these come on top of most existing incentives. Meaning, for example, Mazda owners can save up to $3,000 on a 2017 Mazda3 sedan or hatchback thanks to a current $2,000 rebate.
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: FCA is rolling out Labor Day Bonus offers on certain Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat vehicles. The cash back offers range from $500 to up to $1,750 and can be added to existing incentives.
  • Volkswagen: VW is dishing out a $500 bonus on top of their existing incentives on the 2017 Passat, Jetta, Golf and Golf GTI. Right now, buyers can get zero percent financing for up to 60 months, plus $1,500 in available bonuses, on the 2017 Passat and Jetta.

In addition, we wanted to highlight three new car deals that represent great values:

  • 2017 Ford Focus

    2017 Ford Focus - Up until October 2, you can get $3,350 to $5,500 off of the 2017 Ford Focus, depending on which trim level and engine you choose. To get that whopping $5,500 rebate, you'll need to select a 2017 Focus SE with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

  • 2017 Hyundai Sonata

    2017 Hyundai Sonata - Hyundai continues to put huge amounts of cash on the hood of the 2017 Sonata sedan. You can get between $3,350 and $6,000 in retail bonus cash depending on the model, as well as an additional $750 if you finance through Hyundai Motor Finance.

  • 2017 Toyota Corolla

    2017 Toyota Corolla - You can unlock up to $2,500 cash back on the 2017 Corolla (depending on where you live), or finance it with zero percent interest for 72 months.

Military Appreciation Offers

Don't forget that many automakers show their appreciation to members of the armed forces by offering special military discounts. Active duty, reserved, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel (and often their spouses and children) can score even better deals by applying these bonus offers on top of existing incentives.

Here is a look at just a few of the manufacturer military appreciation programs:

  • Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Mazda each offer $500 in military bonus cash toward the purchase or lease of eligible new vehicles.
  • General Motors offers varying military discounts on all kinds of 2016, 2017 and 2018 Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Buick vehicles. The amount of the offer depends on which model you choose.
  • Kia offers $400 for their Military Specialty Incentive Program on certain new vehicles.
  • The Nissan Military Program allows you to save between $500 and $1,000 depending on your vehicle choice.

The Bottom Line

It appears that car shoppers will have little trouble finding a deal on a vehicle this Labor Day holiday weekend. If you're in the market for a car, make some time around your weekend trip, college football watching or barbecue to land a deal on a new vehicle.

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