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Price Comparisons of Compact Cars

July 27, 2017

If you're in the market for a new compact car, now is a great time to be shopping because sales of these vehicles have taken a nosedive as consumers gravitate toward SUVs.

Take a look at the following table I compiled using TrueCar's average selling prices. These days, MSRP doesn't mean much since hardly anyone expects to pay that price. But it can be difficult to determine which competing models are actually cheapest without knowing what kind of average discount they're selling for.

The default view shows the biggest average discount you can expect for each model this week, with the 2016 Kia Forte Koup having the biggest discount (21.38% after incentives).

You can sort the table by clicking on any column. For examle, if you want to see the cheapest sedans, sort by "Avg" column and you'll see that the 2017 Kia Forte has the cheapest average selling price - at $15,829.

I hope you find these tables useful. As always, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to see the best deals being offered in your local area.

Midsize Cars with Biggest Discounts Off MSRP

Year Make Model MSRP Avg % Off
2016 Mazda MAZDA3 $21,826 $20,307 6.96%
2017 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door $22,011 $18,986 13.74%
2017 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door $23,674 $20,660 12.73%
2017 Kia Forte $19,710 $15,829 19.69%
2016 Kia Forte Koup $22,649 $17,807 21.38%
2017 Kia Forte5 $22,097 $18,056 18.29%
2017 Toyota Corolla iM $20,520 $17,957 12.49%
2017 Toyota Corolla $20,962 $18,122 13.55%
2017 Volkswagen Jetta $22,461 $18,903 15.84%
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen $25,906 $22,810 11.95%
2017 Volkswagen Golf R $39,260 $38,878 0.97%
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf $31,912 $26,574 16.73%
2017 Volkswagen Golf $23,441 $20,656 11.88%
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack $30,009 $27,001 10.02%
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI $29,952 $26,478 11.60%
2017 Subaru Impreza $23,866 $22,327 6.45%
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer $23,424 $18,652 20.37%
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer $20,992 $17,697 15.70%
2016 Nissan Sentra $19,398 $17,703 8.74%
2017 Nissan Sentra $20,759 $17,161 17.33%
2016 Buick Verano $25,459 $22,965 9.79%
2017 Buick Verano $27,278 $25,393 6.91%
2017 Chevrolet Cruze $22,614 $19,007 15.95%
2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited $21,799 $20,577 5.60%
2017 Acura ILX $30,797 $26,617 13.57%
2016 Honda Civic Coupe $21,885 $19,967 8.76%
2017 Honda Civic Coupe $23,102 $21,287 7.86%
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback $23,938 $22,483 6.08%
2016 Honda Civic Sedan $21,387 $19,581 8.45%
2017 Honda Civic Sedan $22,396 $20,665 7.73%
2017 Hyundai Elantra $20,866 $16,963 18.71%
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT $21,441 $19,977 6.83%
2017 Hyundai Elantra GT $22,079 $18,487 16.27%
2016 Dodge Dart $20,004 $16,026 19.89%
2017 Ford Focus $24,893 $20,607 17.22%

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, 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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