Midsize Sedan Price Comparisons
My friend Michael Karesh, who runs the site TrueDelta.com (great car buying site, check it out), put out a blog post this week comparing the real price-to-value factor between cars in the "mid-size family sedan" segment.
The "price-to-value" factor basically compares cars based on the equipment that comes with each model and trim level. Some vehicles are better equipped than others, and if you simply compare the MSRP, you're not getting the full picture.
The mid-size family sedan is the most competitive segment in the market which includes the best-selling car, the Toyota Camry. That's the vehicle he used as the default vehicle to compare all others. Check out the results below and be sure to use CarWoo to get the best deals on these vehicles.
Lightly Equipped Midsize Sedans
|Toyota Camry LE||178hp 2.5L I4||$23,360||$23,360|
|Volkswagen Passat 2.5L S||170hp 2.5L I5||$24,335||($155)||$24,180||$820 more|
|Nissan Altima 2.5 S||175hp 2.5L I4||$23,280||$35||$23,315||$45 less|
|Honda Accord LX||185hp 2.4L I4||$23,270||($720)||$22,550||$780 less|
|Ford Fusion S||168hp 2.5L I4||$22,495||($85)||$22,410||$950 less|
|Chevrolet Malibu LS||197hp 2.5L I4||$23,150||($1,030)||$22,120||$1,240 less|
|Hyundai Sonata GLS||198hp 2.4L I4||$21,670||($530)||$21,140||$2,220 less|
Heavily Equipped Midsize Sedans
|Toyota Camry SE V6||268hp 3.5L V6||$31,180||$31,180|
|VW Passat V6 SEL Premium||280hp 3.6L V6||$34,320||$185||$34,505||$3,325 more|
|Honda Accord EX-L V6||278hp 3.5L V6||$32,860||$160||$33,020||$1,840 more|
|Nissan Altima 3.5 SL||270hp 3.5L V6||$31,950||$35||$31,985||$805 more|
|Chevrolet Malibu LT||259hp 2.0L I4 turbo||$32,075||($715)||$31,360||$180 more|
|Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T||274hp 2.0L I4 turbo||$31,270||$75||$31,345||$165 more|
|Ford Fusion Titanium||237hp 2.0L I4 turbo||$32,685||($1,705)||$30,980||$200 less|
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
California Residents - Important:There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.
- 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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