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Real Prices of Compact Cars

March 14, 2019

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 2018 Ford Focus having the biggest discount (18% 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 2018 Elantra has the cheapest average selling price - at $17,735.

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
2018 Ford Focus $25,458 $21,361 18.0%
2018 Hyundai Elantra $21,573 $17,735 17.8%
2018 Chevrolet Cruze $23,538 $19,969 15.3%
2019 Nissan Sentra $22,548 $19,095 15.1%
2018 Mazda Mazda3 $22,322 $19,077 14.6%
2019 Hyundai Elantra $22,156 $19,057 14.2%
2019 INFINITI Q50 $45,258 $39,528 12.6%
2019 Acura TLX $41,724 $36,654 12.2%
2019 Toyota Corolla $21,979 $19,616 10.9%
2018 Volkswagen Golf $23,728 $21,406 9.8%
2019 Volkswagen Golf $24,440 $22,087 9.7%
2019 Chevrolet Cruze $23,608 $21,424 9.4%
2019 Hyundai Veloster $24,764 $22,538 9.2%
2019 Kia Forte $20,515 $18,726 8.8%
2019 Acura ILX $29,855 $27,709 7.3%
2019 Volkswagen Jetta $24,254 $22,561 7.0%
2018 Nissan Sentra $22,513 $20,927 6.9%
2019 INFINITI Q60 $48,845 $45,454 6.9%
2018 Volkswagen Beetle $26,715 $25,053 6.2%
2019 Subaru Impreza $22,829 $21,438 6.1%
2018 Honda Civic $24,260 $22,857 5.9%
2019 Hyundai Ioniq $29,167 $27,648 5.4%
2019 Honda Civic $24,872 $23,604 5.4%
2018 Acura ILX $31,966 $30,279 5.3%
2019 Volvo S60 $46,558 $44,205 5.1%
2018 INFINITI Q60 $47,405 $45,255 4.5%
2018 Toyota Prius $27,848 $26,825 3.7%
2019 Kia Niro $29,825 $28,880 3.3%
2018 Kia Forte $21,683 $21,056 3.0%
2018 Kia Niro $29,374 $28,694 2.5%
2019 Volkswagen Beetle $26,646 $26,054 2.3%
2019 Toyota Prius $28,258 $27,767 1.7%
2019 Genesis G70 $45,573 $45,202 0.8%

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.
- 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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