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Real Prices of Compact Cars

February 22, 2018

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 2017 Kia Forte having the biggest discount (20.40% 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 also has the cheapest average selling price - at $15,679.

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.

Compact Cars with Biggest Discounts Off MSRP

Year Make Model MSRP Avg % Off
2017 Kia Forte $19,698 $15,679 20.40%
2017 Nissan Sentra $20,750 $16,625 19.88%
2017 Kia Forte5 $21,317 $17,126 19.66%
2018 Kia Forte $19,530 $15,873 18.72%
2018 Hyundai Elantra $20,777 $17,039 17.99%
2017 Volkswagen Jetta $23,783 $19,625 17.48%
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer $21,686 $17,899 17.46%
2017 Acura ILX $31,171 $25,832 17.13%
2017 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door $21,650 $18,054 16.61%
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI $30,467 $25,510 16.27%
2018 Kia Forte5 $22,920 $19,226 16.12%
2017 Ford Focus $26,634 $22,415 15.84%
2018 Ford Focus $24,538 $20,670 15.76%
2018 Nissan Sentra $19,674 $16,596 15.64%
2017 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door $22,937 $19,452 15.19%
2017 Chevrolet Cruze $22,920 $19,484 14.99%
2018 Chevrolet Cruze $22,627 $19,261 14.88%
2017 Volkswagen Golf $23,793 $20,326 14.57%
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack $31,631 $27,158 14.14%
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen $26,298 $22,623 13.97%
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT $22,597 $19,767 12.52%
2018 Acura ILX $30,547 $26,806 12.25%
2018 Volkswagen Jetta $22,415 $19,844 11.47%
2018 Toyota Corolla $20,514 $18,276 10.91%
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf $35,215 $31,419 10.78%
2017 Honda Civic Coupe $22,418 $20,438 8.83%
2018 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door $22,092 $20,145 8.81%
2018 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door $23,966 $21,865 8.77%
2017 Honda Civic Sedan $22,525 $20,570 8.68%
2018 Toyota Corolla iM $20,402 $18,670 8.49%
2017 Hyundai Elantra $21,174 $19,464 8.07%
2016 Dodge Dart $20,790 $19,185 7.72%
2016 Mazda MAZDA3 $21,485 $19,827 7.72%
2017 Subaru Impreza $23,409 $21,629 7.61%
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI $31,928 $29,640 7.17%
2018 Honda Civic Sedan $22,444 $20,976 6.54%
2018 Honda Civic Coupe $22,530 $21,066 6.50%
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback $23,702 $22,222 6.25%
2018 Subaru Impreza $23,177 $21,794 5.96%
2017 Toyota Corolla $21,245 $20,012 5.81%
2018 Honda Civic Hatchback $23,809 $22,610 5.04%
2017 Toyota Corolla iM $20,628 $19,739 4.31%
2017 Buick Verano $23,433 $22,447 4.21%
2017 Volkswagen Golf R $39,145 $37,966 3.01%
2016 Buick Verano $23,823 $23,278 2.29%

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, 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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