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New Cars with the Largest Price Drops From Last Year

June 28, 2012

Good news for car buyers. According to Kelley Blue Book, new car prices are an average of $500 more affordable today compared to the same time last year.

Low inventory levels are not as big a problem as they were this time last year, meaning there's more supply of popular vehicles overall. The average Honda today is selling for nearly $1,200 less than last year while the Toyota Prius is $2,500 more affordable.

Whereas consumers were paying close to MSRP on some of these models last year, you can now get them deeply discounted. Here are the vehicles that have seen the greatest year-over-year price drop.

To ensure the maximum discount, I recommend you use the CarWoo Deal Finder

MakeModelTrimMSRP June 2011 June 2012Price Change
ToyotaPriusOne Hatchback $23,775 $25,150 $22,650 ($2,500)
ToyotaHighlanderSport Utility $31,655 $31,500 $29,500 ($2,000)
HondaCivicLX Sedan $18,795 $18,800 $17,250 ($1,550)
HondaAccordLX Sedan $23,050 $21,800 $20,350 ($1,450)
ToyotaCorollaLE Sedan $18,670 $18,600 $17,200 ($1,400)
NissanSentraSedan $17,210 $17,250 $16,000 ($1,250)
MazdaMAZDA3i Sport Sedan $17,640 $17,300 $16,100 ($1,200)
MazdaMAZDA6i Sport Sedan $22,275 $21,000 $19,950 ($1,050)
NissanMaximaS Sedan$33,200 $31,700 $30,650 ($1,050)

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- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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