The Worst Deals on New Cars Right Now

Some models are so hard to come by that consumers are paying well above sticker price for them

2022 Kia Telluride Photo: Kia

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, parts shortages, and a recovering economy have all thrown a socket wrench into the auto industry, putting a severe strain on the new-car market. So forget about getting a good deal on certain popular cars, SUVs, and trucks. Some are so hard to come by that consumers are paying well above sticker price for them. That includes must-have models or those essential for business, such as heavy-duty pickup trucks. 

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In some cases, you may feel it’s worth the extra money for your dream vehicle, even if it means greater depreciation over time. For other vehicles, it may be better to seek a suitable, more plentiful alternative. 

Below we present the 10 cars and SUVs that are selling the most over sticker price, starting with the highest and using specific trims as examples. This month, Hyundai and Kia dominate the list. Many highlighted models are from the 2022 model year, but their 2021 equivalents are typically right there as well. For the 2022s, the ratings are shown for the 2021s, as we haven’t rated the new models yet.

CR members will see ratings highlights and detailed pricing on specific trims and configurations. Keep in mind that this list doesn’t factor in Consumer Reports recommendations, nor do we endorse paying such premiums on a new car. 

Just beyond these 10 models, there are several others transacting at 14 percent or more over MSRP, including (in rank order) the Cadillac Escalade, Ford Bronco Sport, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan NV cargo van, Nissan Rogue Sport, Nissan Sentra, and Ram 2500.

Of course, local pricing may differ. You can see the transaction prices for these and every other mainstream vehicle from the model pages at CR.org/cars.

Also see the best deals on new cars and new SUVs now, and browse the list of the most discounted cars.

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Kia Telluride: 20% Over MSRP

Hyundai Venue: 19% Over MSRP

Kia K5: 18% Over MSRP

Kia Seltos: 18% Over MSRP

Hyundai Santa Cruz: 17% Over MSRP

Kia Carnival: 17% Over MSRP

Kia Sorento: 17% Over MSRP

Hyundai Kona: 16% Over MSRP

Hyundai Palisade: 16% Over MSRP

Hyundai Veloster: 16% Over MSRP


Jeff S. Bartlett

A New England native, I have piloted a wide variety of vehicles, from a Segway to an aircraft carrier. All told, I have driven thousands of vehicles—many on race tracks across the globe. Today, that experience and passion are harnessed at the CR Auto Test Center to empower consumers. And if some tires must be sacrificed in the pursuit of truth, so be it. Follow me on Twitter (@JeffSBartlett).