Worst Deals on New Cars Right Now
Some models are so hard to come by that consumers are paying well above the sticker price for them
If you have your heart set on buying a new car this year, be prepared to pay significantly more for some models—or choose one that isn’t in high demand.
Inflation and parts shortages have thrown a wrench into the auto industry, putting a severe strain on the new-car market. So forget about saving money off the sticker price on many popular cars, SUVs, and trucks. Some are so hard to come by that consumers are paying well above the sticker price for them. That includes must-have models like entry-level vehicles, hybrids and electrics, and those essential for business, such as heavy-duty pickup trucks.
In fact, the average price for new cars has climbed nearly $5,354 in the past year, reaching $46,526 in April 2022, according to Kelley Blue Book.
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Kia Soul: 21% Over MSRP
Kia Forte: 21% Over MSRP
Kia Sorento: 21% Over MSRP
Kia Sportage: 19% Over MSRP
Kia Niro: 19% Over MSRP
Kia Seltos: 19% Over MSRP
Hyundai Kona Electric: 19% Over MSRP
Kia EV6: 19% Over MSRP
Nissan Kicks: 18% Over MSRP
Kia Telluride: 18% Over MSRP
Tips for Buying a New Car
There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new car. On the “Consumer 101” TV show, Consumer Reports expert Kelly Funkhouser explains to host Jack Rico what to look for before taking a test drive.