Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Toughest Cars To Negotiate: July 2013

Shopping for a new car doesn't have to be a stressful and frustrating experience. Here at AOL Autos, we're working hard to make car shopping as easy and affordable as possible. That's why we pore over data every week to find out which cars are the best value for consumers.

With help from CarWoo.com, we've come up with a list of 10 of the most difficult cars to negotiate on right now. Our list features vehicles that are selling at or very near their sticker price. Because these cars are either in high demand or very new to the market, dealers are much less inclined to sell them for a discounted price.

This doesn't mean they are bad cars. Quite the contrary. Most of these vehicles are selling for higher prices because they are such good vehicles. For example, the Subaru Outback, Mazda CX-5 and BMW 3-Series are vehicles on the "no-bargain" list this month, and are among some of our favorite cars.

But if you're looking for a big discount on your new car, you'll be better off either waiting to buy one of these 10 cars or skipping them all together. Click through to see which ones we think you should avoid.

(Tie) 10. Subaru Outback

Sticker Price: $23,495 - $32,095
Invoice Price: $22,123 - $30,034
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway

Average Discount Off Of MSRP: 5%

 The Subaru Outback www.sosvm.com is a highly versatile wagon that people love for its utility, comfort, great all-wheel drive system and safety. The Outback is one of those vehicles that can handle almost anything you can throw at it. Unfortunately, it's hard to negotiate a low price. Our data shows the Outback is selling at a measly 1.84% under its sticker price.



(Tie) 10. Toyota Prius

MSRP: $24,200 - $30,005
Invoice: $22,748 - $27,930
Fuel Economy: 51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway

Average Discount Off MSRP: 5%

 The Toyota Prius www.wheelertoyota.com continues to dominate the hybrid vehicle market. And understandably so. It's super fuel efficient, comes with lots of cargo room and has a starting price under $25,000. Its popularity makes it difficult to score a deal, however.



(Tie) 8. Acura MDX

Sticker Price: $42,290 - $56,505
Invoice Price: $39,186 - $52,195
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway

Average Discount Off MSRP: 4%

 With a new, more fuel efficient powertrain and new looks on the inside and out, the Acura MDX www.butleracura.com brings the goods for the 2014 model year. Since it's such a fresh model, it's selling at just 4 percent under its sticker price on average.



(Tie) 8. Acura RDX

Sticker Price: $34,320 - $35,720
Invoice Price: $32,245 - $33,541
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway

Average Discount Off MSRP: 4%

 The Acura RDX www.butleracura.com is the younger sibling to the MDX. Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, the RDX is enjoying some popularity, causing it to sell at just 4 percent under sticker price this month.



6. BMW 3 Series

Sticker Price: $36,850 - $47,600
Invoice Price: $33,900 - $43,790
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway

Average Discount Off MSRP: 3%

 The BMW 3-Series is arguably the best sports sedan on the market right now. With superb driving dynamics and a luxurious interior, it's coveted by auto enthusiasts and casual car fans worldwide. It's pricey, though, and with an average discount of just 3 percent, it's going to be hard to get a deal on one.

 

(Tie) 5. Subaru Forester

Sticker Price: $21,995 - $32,995
Invoice Price: $20,811 - $30,836
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway

Average Discount Off MSRP: 2%

The Subaru Forester www.sosvm.com is respected for its highly capable all-wheel drive system and its good looks. Demand is much higher than the supply of this car this summer, so discounts are going to be very hard to find.


Tie) 5. Toyota RAV4

Sticker Price: $23,300 - $28,410
Invoice Price: $21,786 - $26,563
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway

Average Discount Off MSRP: 2%

 The Toyota RAV4 www.wheelertoyota.com was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year. Now with a bold new look, sharper driving dynamics and an updated interior, the popular crossover has become even more tantalizing for the car shopper.



(Tie) 1. Honda Fit

Sticker Price: $15,425 - $17,160
Invoice Price: $15,023 - $16,704
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway

Average Discount Off MSRP: 1%

 One of the best small cars available right now, the Honda Fit is surprisingly roomy, fuel efficient and reliable. It's also one of three cars selling at just a 1 percent discount on average this month.



(Tie) 1. Mazda CX-5

Sticker Price: $21,195 - $28,870
Invoice Price: $20,589 - $28,039
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway

Average Discount Off MSRP: 1%


The Mazda CX-5, which is one of our favorite crossovers, is becoming something of a regular on this list. It's great looking, fuel efficient and comes with Mazda's legendary sporty driving dynamics. It's not overly surprising to see this selling at just a 1 percent discount.



(Tie) 1. Honda Civic

Sticker Price: $17,965 - $26,465
Invoice Price: $16,707 - $25,095
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway

Average Discount Off MSRP: 1%

After a disastrous 2012, the 2013 Honda Civic is back as one of the best small cars on the planet. With legendary reliability and an affordable price tag, it's a highly logical choice. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get one at a big discount.

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