Average New-Vehicle Prices Up Only 1% Year-Over-Year on Growing Discounts and Incentives, According to Kelley Blue Book

Vehicles Spending More Time on Dealer Lots, Hitting Highest Level Since 2017

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $38,393 in November 2019. New-vehicle prices increased $387 (up 1%) from November 2018, while climbing $106 (up 0.3%) from last month.   

"Transaction prices rose only 1% as dealer discounts grew to move older inventory," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "As retail sales slowed by more than 2% this year, vehicles are spending more time on dealer lots, about 80 days on average, which is five days longer than a year ago and the highest level seen since 2017. As a result, there are more discounts and incentives, especially now that the year's end is approaching."

Manufacturer

November
2019
Transaction
Price (Avg.)*

October
2019
Transaction
Price (Avg.)*

November
2018
Transaction
Price (Avg.)*

Percent
Change
October
2019 to
November
2019*

Percent
Change
November
2018 to
November
2019*

American Honda (Acura, Honda)

$29,008

$28,735

$29,587

0.9%

-2.0%

Fiat Chrysler (Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, RAM)

$40,760

$41,099

$39,810

-0.8%

2.4%

Ford Motor Company (Ford, Lincoln)

$43,676

$43,913

$40,967

-0.5%

6.6%

General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC)

$42,547

$42,467

$41,388

0.2%

2.8%

Hyundai Kia

$27,128

$27,508

$24,681

-1.4%

9.9%

Nissan North America (Nissan, INFINITI)

$31,330

$30,937

$30,848

1.3%

1.6%

Subaru

$30,467

$30,325

$29,854

0.5%

2.1%

Toyota Motor Company (Lexus, Toyota)

$34,692

$34,250

$33,971

1.3%

2.1%

Volkswagen Group (Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche)

$45,208

$44,777

$45,355

1.0%

-0.3%

Industry

$38,393

$38,287

$38,006

0.3%

1.0%

*Kelley Blue Book average transaction prices do not include applied consumer incentives

Once again, Hyundai Kia showed the greatest improvement of all manufacturers, as its prices grew 10%. Interestingly, new three-row SUV models and electric vehicles helped the brands most. The Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride SUVs both transacted at more than $40,000 on average, while the Hyundai Kona EV and Kia Niro EV helped boost these models' average transaction prices by 8%.

American Honda prices fell by 2%, with Acura down 5% and Honda dropping 1%. The Acura MDX had the biggest decline for Acura at 7%, and the RDX, Acura's top seller, dropped 2%. The Honda Clarity fell the most for the brand at 6%, while the Ridgeline also trended down by 6%. On a positive note, the Honda Civic was the automaker's top performer, up 3%.

Segment

 

 

November
2019
Transaction Price
(Avg.)*

October
2019
Transaction
Price
(Avg.)*

November
2018
Transaction
Price
(Avg.)*

Percent
Change
October
2019 to
November
2019*

Percent
Change
November
2018 to
November
2019*

Compact Car

$21,037

$20,948

$20,513

0.4%

2.6%

Compact SUV/Crossover

$29,617

$29,675

$28,979

-0.2%

2.2%

Electric Vehicle

$54,626

$54,400

$67,506

0.4%

-19.1%

Entry-level Luxury Car

$41,686

$42,204

$42,429

-1.2%

-1.8%

Full-size Car

$35,330

$35,218

$34,895

0.3%

1.2%

Full-size Pickup Truck

$51,140

$50,984

$49,506

0.3%

3.3%

Full-size SUV/Crossover

$62,962

$63,400

$63,579

-0.7%

-1.0%

High Performance Car

$122,316

$124,426

$121,611

-1.7%

0.6%

High-end Luxury Car

$97,087

$97,392

$99,613

-0.3%

-2.5%

Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car

$27,841

$27,372

$28,516

1.7%

-2.4%

Luxury Car

$58,771

$59,795

$60,305

-1.7%

-2.5%

Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover

$46,781

$46,676

$46,610

0.2%

0.4%

Luxury Full-size SUV/Crossover

$86,890

$87,739

$87,458

-1.0%

-0.6%

Luxury Mid-size SUV/Crossover

$58,900

$59,690

$57,699

-1.3%

2.1%

Luxury Subcompact SUV/Crossover

$39,915

$39,509

$39,865

1.0%

0.1%

Mid-size Car

$28,250

$28,318

$26,783

-0.2%

5.5%

Mid-size Pickup Truck

$35,900

$35,835

$33,774

0.2%

6.3%

Mid-size SUV/Crossover

$40,027

$39,892

$39,045

0.3%

2.5%

Minivan

$35,270

$35,431

$35,514

-0.5%

-0.7%

Sports Car

$36,926

$36,848

$35,628

0.2%

3.6%

Subcompact Car

$16,887

$16,815

$16,454

0.4%

2.6%

Subcompact SUV/Crossover

$24,860

$24,832

$24,560

0.1%

1.2%

Van

$36,327

$36,124

$34,905

0.6%

4.1%

Grand Total

$38,393

$38,287

$38,006

0.3%

1.0%

*Kelley Blue Book average transaction prices do not include applied consumer incentives

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