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Real Prices of Compact Cars

February 25, 2021

If you're in the market for a new compact car, sales of these vehicles had taken a nosedive even before the pandemic, as consumers gravitated toward SUVs. In general, this category offers really good deals.

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 2020 Hyundai Elantra having the biggest discount (13.9% after incentives).

You can sort the table by clicking on any column. For examle, if you want to see the cheapest cars, sort by "Avg" column and you'll see that the 2020 Nissan Sentra has the cheapest average selling price - at $18,769.

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

Compact Cars with Biggest Discounts Off MSRP

Year Make Model MSRP Avg % Off
2020 Hyundai Elantra $22,983 $19,816 13.9%
2020 Hyundai Ioniq $30,835 $26,837 13.3%
2021 INFINITI Q50 $47,438 $41,521 12.7%
2021 Kia Forte $21,828 $19,147 12.3%
2020 Nissan Sentra $21,393 $18,769 12.3%
2020 Volkswagen Golf $24,515 $21,540 12.1%
2020 Volkswagen Jetta $25,906 $22,797 12.0%
2021 Volvo S60 $48,530 $43,378 11.0%
2020 Acura ILX $30,069 $26,916 10.6%
2021 Toyota Corolla $24,479 $21,974 10.3%
2020 Volvo S60 $49,084 $44,746 9.5%
2021 Toyota Prius $29,291 $26,583 9.3%
2020 Hyundai Veloster $24,788 $22,617 9.0%
2020 Honda Insight $26,188 $23,865 8.9%
2021 Volkswagen Golf $24,590 $22,489 8.6%
2021 Volkswagen Jetta $26,235 $24,013 8.6%
2020 Kia Niro $33,705 $30,992 8.6%
2021 Nissan Sentra $21,543 $19,814 8.1%
2021 Acura ILX $30,100 $27,705 8.0%
2020 Genesis G70 $41,565 $38,281 7.9%
2020 Subaru Impreza $23,222 $21,443 7.6%
2021 INFINITI Q60 $52,008 $48,604 6.6%
2021 Honda Insight $26,722 $24,964 6.6%
2021 Subaru Impreza $23,347 $21,837 6.5%
2021 Mazda Mazda3 $27,613 $25,929 6.2%
2020 Toyota Prius $28,836 $27,136 5.9%
2020 Honda Civic $25,653 $24,228 5.8%
2020 Kia Forte $21,555 $20,372 5.6%
2021 Hyundai Veloster $26,699 $25,520 4.8%
2021 Genesis G70 $42,425 $40,431 4.8%
2021 Acura TLX $44,413 $42,433 4.4%
2021 Honda Civic $28,440 $27,786 2.6%

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, RydeShopper, and CarsDirect are the best 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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