In the car business, Labor Day is more than just the end of the summer selling season. It signals the beginning of what many bargain hunters eagerly await: the end-of-model-year clearance. In the eyes of these shoppers, the Labor Day holiday weekend sales time equals big-time savings. But as Edmunds data shows, this year's Labor Day weekend deals might not be as impressive as they were in the past.

Just five years ago, industry-wide incentives were deep, interest rates were low, and car sellers and makers alike seemed hot on moving then-current 2014 models to make room for the 2015s. Shoppers reaped the benefits of this car business sales strategy by way of the plentiful deals and significant offers. By the end of December 2014, only 24% of new vehicles sold were still 2014s.

But now the automotive climate has cooled. Carmakers aren't in the same rush to clear out current year inventory. For example, when 2018 came to a close, a much bigger chunk of vehicles of vehicles sold — 44% — were still 2018 models. Edmunds anticipates this trend of lingering vehicles to continue.

This seeming willingness of automakers to let vehicles linger on lots as opposed to liquidating inventory via end-of-summer clearances may put a damper on some shoppers' sales expectations.

Of course, it's not all bad news for a shopper hankering for a new vehicle. Interest rates, while higher than years past, are currently the lowest point they've been all year. Additionally, intriguing Labor Day deals still do exist, even if they aren't quite as prolific as in years past. Here are some notable examples. All starting prices include destination fees. Discounts are averaged across all Edmunds listings.

2019 Ford Fusion: Ford's midsize sedan is a little dated but continues to earns points for its quiet interior, handling, comfort, and available all-wheel drive. Starting price of $23,835; discounts average $3,614, ranging up to $9,500.

2019 Hyundai Kona: This SUV rich in technology and safety features is impressively sporty thanks to its quick acceleration and nimble handling. Starting price of $21,085; discounts average $1,462, ranging up to $5,300.

2019 Jeep Renegade: This is the rare subcompact SUV that's genuinely capable off-road. The cabin is a bit cramped, but it's nicely trimmed and has easy-to-use touchscreen interface. Starting price of $23,770; discounts average $4,670, ranging up to $10,000.

2019 Honda Pilot: Even among its all-star midsize SUV rivals, the Pilot got high marks for its spacious interior, V6 engine and clever storage solutions. Starting price of $32,645, discounts average $1,144, ranging up to $7,200.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas: One of the roomiest three-row crossover SUVs around. Power is lacking a bit, but that's a minor flaw in its on-road performance. Starting price of $31,890; discounts average $4,425, ranging up to $9,500.

2019 Ford Expedition: The Expedition is able to carry eight passengers and tow nearly as much as a full-size truck. There's little else that can match it for outright capability. Starting price: $53,525. Discounts average $6,645, ranging up to $16,000.