Cars That Cost More Used Than New

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New cars lose value right after they’re driven off the lot, making buying used a wise choice in the eyes of most personal-finance gurus. But the pandemic has upended its fair share of conventional wisdom, and lingering supply issues mean that used cars are selling for more — and in some cases, even more than their new counterparts. An iSeeCars analysis of sales data from November found that in 15 cases, lightly used cars from model years 2020-2021 sold for more than their brand-new versions. Here’s a list of models where buying used may not provide the usual budgetary boost.

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2021 Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

New: $23,677

Used: $24,776 (4.6% more)

Pandemic or no pandemic, Toyotas rarely gather dust on dealers’ lots, and the Corolla remains in demand for buyers who want a small sedan with bulletproof reliability. But Toyota was forced to whittle production in 2021 thanks to both the chip shortage and COVID-19, which meant its popular vehicles have been even more in demand.

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Hyundai Palisade

New: $46,706

Used: $49,038 (5% more)

The practical Palisade appears to be a victim of its relative newness, immense popularity, and relative value compared with others in the crowded midsize SUV segment. “The new-for-2020 Palisade is relatively scarce in the used car marketplace and has sustained its popularity since its debut,” says Karl Brauer, executive analyst with iSeeCars.

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Honda Civic

Honda Civic (Sedan)

New: $24,223

Used: $25,499 (5.3% more)

The Honda Civic has been a bestseller for decades, and plenty of buyers are still drawn to this no-nonsense compact with legendary reliability. But it was among the vehicles affected by a production shutdown in the U.S. and Canada in early 2021 that Honda blamed on several factors, including severe weather and crowded shipping ports. 

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Subaru WRX
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Subaru WRX

New: $34,166

Used: $36,029 (5.5% more)

If you’re a Subaru lover, beware: The automaker has been hit hard by a global microchip shortage that has slowed the production of new vehicles. The WRX is among the models most reliant on those chips, according to TorqueNews.

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Silver Chevy Tahoe

Chevrolet Tahoe

New: $65,518

Used: $69,277 (5.7% more)

The Tahoe got a redesign for 2021, and Chevy made production of this full-size SUV a priority — but it just wasn’t enough, Brauer says. “Inventory has still remained tight.”

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GMC Yukon

New: $72,870

Used: $78,352 (7.5% more)

Like the Tahoe, the Yukon got priority treatment from Chevy amid the year’s production woes, but it still commands a hefty chunk of change, even used. “Buyers are willing to pay a premium for these vehicles in the used marketplace, especially amid reports that 2022 versions will be losing features like heated seats and steering wheels,” Brauer says.

Kia Telluride

Kia Telluride

New: $46,429 

Used: $50,295 (8.3% more)

If you’ve heard good things about the family-friendly Kia Telluride, a vehicle Car and Driver lauds as “comprehensively excellent,” you aren’t the only one — and that’s the problem. “The Kia Telluride has been a red-hot seller since its debut in the spring of 2019, and dealers have been charging over MSRP because it’s in such high demand,” Brauer says. “The price hikes have trickled down to the used car market, where used Tellurides aren’t yet abundant and buyers may be willing to overpay for a used version that is likely the only one available.”

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Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

New: $31,492

Used: $34,373 (9.1% more)

The RAV4 retains its popularity as a practical pick for compact-SUV buyers. Together with the Corolla, “demand for these popular models has outpaced supply” thanks to Toyota’s plant shutdowns, Brauer says.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

New: $49,652

Used: $54,215 (9.2% more)

The Tesla Model 3 has maintained its appeal thanks to its combination of technology and affordability. But it has also endured several recent price hikes thanks to the chip shortage, and buying new still involves a decent amount of waiting — which means impatient buyers may pay more for a readily available used model.

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Honda Civic (Hatchback)

New: $27,089

Used: $29,735 (9.8% more)

The Civic is on this list not once but twice, which doesn’t surprise Brauer. “Honda’s October sales were down 23.5% compared to last year due to limited new car inventory,” he says. “Demand for the popular Civic has outpaced supply in both the new and used market, which has led to elevated used car prices.”

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

New: $38,587

Used: $42,375 (9.8% more)

Beefy muscle cars such as the Charger have a devoted following, and fans are left paying more for used vehicles in this niche, Brauer says. “Trade-in values for popular sports cars have soared given the shortage of new inventory and the popularity of the segment amid the pandemic.”

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Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra

New: $47,322

Used: $52,850 (11.7% more)

It’s rough out there for would-be owners of Toyota pickups. “Toyota has halted incentives on its new trucks due to lowered supply, and buyers interested in a redesigned 2022 Tundra will have to join a nine- to 18-month waitlist,” Brauer says.

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Toyota Tacoma
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Toyota Tacoma

New: $37,339

Used: $41,905 (12.2% more)

The midsize Toyota Tacoma, though smaller than its sibling, the Tundra, is beset by the same supply issues that are driving up the price of used models. 

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Tesla Model Y

New: $56,685

Used: $64,930 (14.5% more)

The Tesla Model Y suffers from long delivery times just like the ones that have driven up the price of used Model 3s. “Waitlists for new versions of both vehicles have grown,” Brauer says. “Interested buyers would rather pay a premium for lightly used versions than wait for the delivery times of new versions, which are currently mid-to-late 2022 depending on the model.”