Best & Worst New Cars to Buy Now

As most of you already know, microchip shortages have resulted in the largest increase in car prices ever! These days it seems like you're getting a deal if you manage to pay MSRP (which is insane). You may realize that now is a terrible time to purchase, but many of you NEED to get a car and can't wait months (or maybe even a year or more) for prices to come back to normal.

This week I analyzed current selling prices of all new vehicles and compared them to what they were selling for at the beginning of the year when shortages were not a big problem. Chrysler and Jeep came out as the top brands you want to avoid purchasing right now, as they are selling for 11% more on average than at the beginning of the year. Surprisingly, there are some models that are actually selling for a lot less than they were before the chip shortages, so these are definitely models you may want to consider if you're forced to buy now. Hope you find the following tables useful.

If you do decide to buy a new car in this environment, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle, CarsDirect and NADAGuides to quickly see the lowest prices being offered in your local area.

Average Price Increase by Brand

This table shows the average extra cost you will pay today vs 6 months ago for each brand. Ranked from Worst to Best
Rank Make Extra Cost Today % Change
1 Chrysler $4,370 11%
2 Jeep $3,666 11%
3 GMC $3,419 8%
4 Chevrolet $3,332 8%
5 Subaru $1,817 6%
6 Dodge $2,414 6%
7 Honda $2,247 6%
8 Hyundai $1,713 6%
9 Nissan $2,370 6%
10 Toyota $2,364 6%
11 Ford $2,715 6%
12 Acura $2,266 5%
13 Kia $1,471 5%
14 Volkswagen $1,905 5%
15 MINI $1,467 4%
16 FIAT $1,134 4%
17 Ram $1,810 4%
18 INFINITI $1,618 3%
19 Mercedes $2,218 3%
20 Mazda $781 3%
21 Cadillac $1,491 3%
22 Lincoln $1,479 3%
23 BMW $1,723 3%
24 Volvo $930 2%
25 Lexus $984 2%
26 Jaguar $1,223 2%
27 Audi $1,071 2%
28 Buick $470 1%
30 Land Rover $121 0%
29 Porsche -$342 0%
31 Genesis -$485 -1%
32 Mitsubishi -$250 -1%
33 Alfa Romeo -$1,333 -3%
34 Maserati -$4,715 -6%

Top 50 Cars to Avoid

These are the new vehicles that have INCREASED in price the most since January (based on average selling prices)
Rank Vehicle Jan 21' Price Today's Price Extra Cost % Change
1
2020
Ford EcoSport
$18,958 $25,007 $5,051 20%
2
2021
Jeep Compass
$24,148 $28,871 $5,283 18%
3
2020
Jeep Renegade
$21,032 $25,075 $4,388 17%
4
2020
Chevrolet Trax
$20,194 $24,489 $3,943 16%
5
2021
Jeep Cherokee
$27,764 $32,236 $5,029 16%
6
2021
Chevrolet Colorado
$33,107 $34,032 $5,003 15%
7
2020
Ford Edge
$33,734 $37,464 $5,095 14%
8
2021
Chrysler Pacifica
$39,546 $44,807 $6,071 14%
9
2020
FIAT 500X
$23,004 $26,923 $3,742 14%
10
2021
GMC Canyon
$37,437 $36,635 $4,592 13%
11
2020
Chevrolet Malibu
$22,747 $26,144 $3,294 13%
12
2021
Ford EcoSport
$22,968 $25,978 $3,455 13%
13
2021
Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid
$39,610 $48,353 $6,431 13%
14
2020
Chrysler 300
$32,602 $36,600 $4,483 12%
15
2021
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
$38,336 $40,191 $4,441 11%
16
2021
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
$42,184 $45,493 $4,458 10%
17
2021
Ram 1500
$36,983 $44,509 $4,273 10%
18
2021
Nissan Altima
$26,826 $28,577 $2,743 10%
19
2020
Chrysler Voyager
$26,083 $28,996 $2,842 10%
20
2021
Ram ProMaster City Wagon
$24,909 $27,755 $2,748 10%
21
2021
Toyota Corolla Hybrid
$21,661 $24,169 $2,417 10%
22
2020
MINI Clubman
$28,344 $36,775 $3,714 10%
23
2021
Kia Forte
$19,034 $21,226 $2,144 10%
24
2020
Land Rover Discovery Sport Hybrid
$49,919 $55,492 $5,771 10%
25
2021
GMC Sierra 1500
$44,379 $43,334 $3,882 9%
26
2021
Nissan Titan
$45,543 $45,008 $3,871 9%
27
2021
Volkswagen Atlas
$37,617 $41,082 $3,636 9%
28
2021
Honda Pilot
$39,440 $43,621 $3,824 9%
29
2021
Nissan Sentra
$19,596 $21,570 $1,877 9%
30
2021
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
$28,859 $31,655 $2,754 9%
31
2020
Volvo V60
$39,137 $43,355 $4,119 9%
32
2021
Chevrolet Trailblazer
$21,814 $25,174 $1,951 8%
33
2021
Jeep Grand Cherokee
$47,369 $46,153 $3,485 8%
34
2021
Toyota Tundra
$48,668 $43,846 $3,654 8%
35
2021
Chevrolet Camaro
$41,482 $41,062 $3,429 8%
36
2021
Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
$42,286 $40,485 $3,168 8%
37
2021
GMC Savana Passenger
$34,151 $37,899 $2,918 8%
38
2021
GMC Savana Cargo
$30,932 $34,170 $2,631 8%
39
2021
Chrysler 300
$30,645 $34,103 $2,728 8%
40
2021
Chevrolet Spark
$15,245 $16,738 $1,289 8%
41
2021
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
$42,308 $45,303 $3,534 8%
42
2021
Chevrolet Traverse
$40,348 $42,212 $3,356 8%
43
2020
MINI Countryman
$26,919 $29,308 $2,315 8%
44
2021
Chevrolet Malibu
$23,414 $25,777 $2,088 8%
45
2021
Chevrolet Equinox
$23,738 $27,191 $2,284 8%
46
2020
Jaguar E-Pace
$42,002 $46,059 $3,823 8%
47
2021
Hyundai Sonata
$27,147 $29,812 $2,504 8%
48
2021
Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
$44,063 $45,651 $3,007 7%
49
2021
Ford F-150
$51,207 $43,483 $2,892 7%
50
2021
GMC Sierra 2500HD
$40,219 $48,437 $3,560 7%

Top 50 Cars to Consider

These are the new vehicles that have DECREASED in price the most since January (based on average selling prices).
Rank Vehicle Jan 21' Price Today's Price Extra Savings % Change
1
2021
Chevrolet Bolt Electric
$34,417 $29,078 $3,809 -13%
2
2021
Maserati Ghibli
$83,218 $77,527 $5,078 -7%
3
2021
Land Rover Discovery Sport
$48,075 $44,733 $3,266 -7%
4
2021
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
$51,657 $48,784 $2,878 -6%
5
2021
Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
$134,388 $124,691 $7,419 -6%
6
2021
FIAT 500X
$26,433 $25,818 $1,368 -5%
7
2021
Alfa Romeo Giulia
$41,244 $43,545 $1,524 -4%
8
2021
Maserati Levante
$95,382 $91,657 $3,758 -4%
9
2021
Porsche Taycan Electric
$152,683 $145,577 $5,969 -4%
10
2021
Buick Envision
$36,480 $35,995 $1,422 -4%
11
2020
Mitsubishi Mirage
$16,533 $15,504 $597 -4%
12
2021
Chevrolet Express Passenger
$33,238 $32,808 $919 -3%
13
2021
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
$38,788 $44,595 $1,137 -3%
14
2020
Land Rover Discovery Sport
$39,781 $38,857 $699 -2%
15
2021
Audi RS 7
$117,057 $114,743 $2,410 -2%
16
2021
Genesis G70
$42,191 $40,082 $661 -2%
17
2021
Ram 1500 Classic
$27,031 $32,509 $595 -2%
18
2021
Audi S6
$73,446 $72,815 $583 -1%
19
2021
Mitsubishi Mirage
$16,623 $16,932 $144 -1%
20
2021
MINI Hardtop
$27,594 $27,245 $300 -1%
21
2021
Audi A8 Plug-in Hybrid
$94,868 $93,831 $1,032 -1%
22
2020
Porsche Taycan Electric
$142,465 $141,748 $1,701 -1%
23
2021
Genesis G80
$54,486 $55,073 $716 -1%
24
2021
Lexus LC
$103,593 $97,912 $881 -1%
25
2021
BMW 7 Series
$78,540 $97,317 $730 -1%
26
2021
Volkswagen Arteon
$37,562 $39,159 $548 -1%
27
2021
BMW 8 Series
$96,614 $91,061 $850 -1%
28
2021
Land Rover Defender
$64,860 $64,975 $-325 0%
29
2021
Land Rover Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid
$87,607 $87,927 $-352 0%
30
2021
Land Rover Range Rover Sport Diesel
$80,387 $80,657 $-323 0%
31
2021
Audi S7
$83,107 $83,416 $-250 0%
32
2021
Audi RS 5
$75,415 $75,633 $-227 0%
33
2021
Volvo S90
$50,763 $51,018 $-153 0%
34
2021
Volvo V60 Cross Country
$43,200 $43,433 $-130 0%
35
2021
Genesis G90
$76,720 $75,949 $-304 0%
36
2021
Volvo V90
$50,616 $53,720 $-107 0%
37
2021
Audi RS Q8
$118,820 $118,963 $-119 0%
38
2021
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
$66,216 $66,435 $-66 0%
39
2021
Mazda CX-3
$22,219 $21,761 $-76 0%
40
2021
Land Rover Range Rover Sport Hybrid
$78,443 $78,406 $78 0%
41
2021
Cadillac XT5
$47,853 $46,060 $-138 0%
42
2021
Audi A7
$70,373 $70,167 $140 0%
43
2020
Lincoln Corsair
$36,802 $37,702 $38 0%
44
2021
Jaguar F-Type
$60,768 $71,581 $-161 0%
45
2021
Audi S8
$126,023 $127,961 $-1,919 1%
46
2021
Lexus LC Hybrid
$97,048 $98,575 $-1,479 1%
47
2020
Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid
$32,768 $33,268 $-432 1%
48
2021
Lexus UX
$34,885 $35,449 $-461 1%
49
2021
Mazda Mazda6
$29,220 $29,790 $-357 1%
50
2021
Porsche 718 Boxster
$78,881 $79,881 $-959 1%





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Gregg Fidan 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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