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Real Prices of Compact Cars

October 4, 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 2018 Nissan Sentra having the biggest discount (19.58% 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 Sentra also has the cheapest average selling price - at $16,769.

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 Nissan Sentra $20,853 $16,769 19.58%
2018 Ford Focus $25,746 $20,862 18.97%
2018 Kia Forte $20,327 $16,511 18.77%
2018 Hyundai Elantra $20,760 $16,940 18.40%
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT $23,452 $19,350 17.49%
2018 Kia Forte5 $22,226 $18,385 17.28%
2018 Chevrolet Cruze $22,499 $18,840 16.26%
2018 Volkswagen Jetta $23,556 $20,207 14.22%
2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack $31,696 $27,499 13.24%
2018 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door $22,890 $20,044 12.44%
2018 Acura ILX $30,727 $27,009 12.10%
2018 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door $23,984 $21,142 11.85%
2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen $25,808 $22,875 11.36%
2018 Volkswagen Golf $24,059 $21,549 10.43%
2019 Volkswagen Jetta $23,540 $21,171 10.06%
2019 Chevrolet Cruze $21,096 $19,030 9.79%
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI $31,346 $28,424 9.32%
2019 Nissan Sentra $19,647 $17,919 8.80%
2018 Honda Civic Coupe $22,968 $21,027 8.45%
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer $20,185 $18,483 8.43%
2018 Toyota Corolla $20,727 $19,002 8.32%
2018 Toyota Corolla iM $20,539 $18,965 7.66%
2018 Subaru Impreza $23,522 $21,767 7.46%
2018 Honda Civic Sedan $22,401 $20,821 7.05%
2019 Toyota Corolla $20,776 $19,316 7.03%
2018 Honda Civic Hatchback $24,033 $22,455 6.57%
2017 Ford Focus $33,610 $31,436 6.47%
2019 Kia Forte $21,920 $20,576 6.13%
2019 Subaru Impreza $22,336 $21,421 4.10%
2018 Volkswagen Golf R $41,467 $41,223 0.59%

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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