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Real Prices of Compact Cars

June 27, 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 2019 Volkswagen Golf having the biggest discount (9.7% 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 2019 Kia Forte has the cheapest average selling price - at $19,757.

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
2019 Volkswagen Golf $24,440 $22,078 9.7%
2018 Volkswagen Golf $23,728 $21,886 7.8%
2019 Honda Insight $26,013 $24,129 7.2%
2019 Volkswagen Jetta $26,302 $24,467 7.0%
2019 Subaru Impreza $22,829 $21,301 6.7%
2018 Chevrolet Cruze $23,538 $22,068 6.2%
2019 Honda Civic $24,872 $23,386 6.2%
2019 Toyota Corolla $22,029 $20,707 6.1%
2020 Toyota Corolla $23,273 $21,983 5.6%
2018 Hyundai Elantra $21,573 $20,456 5.5%
2019 Volkswagen Beetle $26,646 $25,200 5.4%
2018 Mazda Mazda3 $22,322 $21,103 5.4%
2019 Hyundai Elantra $22,156 $21,078 4.9%
2018 Honda Civic $24,260 $23,105 4.8%
2019 Hyundai Ioniq $29,167 $27,871 4.4%
2019 Chevrolet Cruze $23,608 $22,658 4.1%
2019 Mazda Mazda3 $26,356 $25,333 3.9%
2019 Nissan Sentra $22,648 $21,802 3.9%
2019 Kia Forte $20,515 $19,757 3.7%
2019 Toyota Prius $28,258 $27,236 3.6%
2018 Ford Focus $25,458 $24,704 3.2%
2019 Kia Niro $32,309 $31,489 2.8%
2019 Hyundai Veloster $24,764 $24,118 2.5%
2020 Hyundai Elantra $22,103 $21,958 0.6%

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar and Edmunds 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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