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Average New-Vehicle Prices Hit All-Time High, According to Kelley Blue Book

IRVINE, Calif., July 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The estimated average transaction price (ATP) for a light vehicle in the United States was $42,258 in June 2021, according to the analysts at Kelley Blue Book. New-vehicle prices increased $2,527 (up 6.4%) from June 2020, while increasing $928 (up 2.2%) from May 2021.   

"Despite unprecedented low incentives and inventory levels in June, last month showcased more historically high average transaction prices, reaching an all-new record," said Kayla Reynolds, industry intelligence analyst at Cox Automotive. "New-vehicle affordability continues to decline as the income required to purchase the average new vehicle continues to climb. In June, for the first time in a decade, vehicle buyers were essentially paying sticker price – the manufacturer's suggested retail price – for new vehicles."

Manufacturer

June

2021

Transaction Price (Avg.)*

May

2021

Transaction Price (Avg.)*

June

2020 Transaction Price (Avg.)*

Percent Change

May 2021 to

June 2021*

Percent Change June

2020 to June 2021*

American Honda (Acura, Honda)

$33,064

$32,591

$30,216

1.50%

9.40%

BMW Group

$58,838

$57,879

$57,137

1.70%

3.00%

Daimler

$63,194

$65,312

$60,673

-3.20%

4.20%

Stellantis (Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat,
Jeep, Ram)

$49,762

$48,149

$42,960

3.30%

15.80%

Ford Motor Company (Ford, Lincoln)

$50,412

$45,831

$46,005

10.00%

9.60%

General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC)

$48,700

$48,555

$42,749

0.30%

13.90%

Hyundai Kia

$31,793

$31,115

$29,099

2.20%

9.30%

Mazda

$31,563

$30,892

$29,858

2.20%

5.70%

Mitsubishi

$26,609

$25,225

$22,487

5.50%

18.30%

Nissan North America (Nissan, INFINITI)

$32,735

$32,536

$32,193

0.60%

1.70%

Subaru

$35,219

$33,507

$31,522

5.10%

11.70%

Tesla Motors**

$47,772

$52,553

$55,541

-9.10%

-14.00%

Toyota Motor Company (Lexus, Toyota)

$38,467

$37,259

$36,466

3.20%

5.50%

Volkswagen Group (Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche)

$53,188

$52,170

$48,715

2.00%

9.20%

Volvo North America

$49,059

$47,529

$45,659

3.20%

7.40%

Industry

$42,258

$41,330

$39,731

2.24%

6.36%

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

**Tesla Motors did not report price numbers for two of its models (Model S and Model X). This heavily skewed the manufacturer's average transaction price comparisons year-over-year and month-over-month.

According to Kelley Blue Book, the record-high ATP of $42,258 in June was 99.9% of the average MSRP of $42,290. For comparison, in January of this year, ATP was 95.9% of MSRP; one year ago, it was 95.4%.

Every vehicle manufacturer except Tesla—see note above—showed year-over-year growth in average transaction prices in June, with Stellantis seeing the second-largest increase (up 15.8%), just behind Mitsubishi, which climbed 18.3%. The majority of the models in Stellantis' lineup saw increases from this time last year. The Jeep Wrangler and RAM Pickup, two of the automaker's best-selling models, saw double-digit increases compared to June 2020. Despite inventory concerns, the RAM Pickup outsold many of its counterparts last month with a 13.8% price increase from last year.

At the segment level, non-luxury models continue to make significant gains compared to luxury models, up 7% versus 2.9% respectively. The availability and price increase of the mid-size and full-size car categories attributed to the non-luxury segment's growth in average transaction prices. The Honda Accord saw its average transaction price increase substantially above the industry and segment average at 14%. Still, even with the substantial price increase, Honda Accord sales increased  35% compared to June 2020.

Segment

June

2021

Transaction Price (Avg.)*

May

2021

Transaction Price (Avg.)*

June

2020 Transaction Price (Avg.)*

Percent Change

May 2021 to

June 2021*

Percent Change June

2020 to June 2021*

Compact Car

$23,903

$23,411

$22,466

2.10%

6.40%

Compact SUV/Crossover

$32,258

$31,592

$30,594

2.10%

5.40%

Electric Vehicle

$49,766

$52,732

$57,480

-5.60%

-13.40%

Entry-level Luxury Car

$47,684

$47,436

$44,719

0.50%

6.60%

Full-size Car

$42,617

$40,795

$38,581

4.50%

10.50%

Full-size Pickup Truck

$57,267

$56,261

$52,691

1.80%

8.70%

Full-size SUV/Crossover

$68,173

$68,929

$63,625

-1.10%

7.10%

High Performance Car

$103,300

$101,211

$114,000

2.10%

-9.40%

High-end Luxury Car

$106,341

$105,146

$101,139

1.10%

5.10%

Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car

$30,589

$30,790

$28,055

-0.70%

9.00%

Luxury Car

$66,370

$67,949

$62,686

-2.30%

5.90%

Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover

$49,019

$48,133

$46,621

1.80%

5.10%

Luxury Full-size SUV/Crossover

$99,700

$98,202

$90,375

1.50%

10.30%

Luxury Mid-size SUV/Crossover

$65,874

$65,331

$63,534

0.80%

3.70%

Luxury Subcompact SUV/Crossover

$42,505

$42,044

$39,475

1.10%

7.70%

Mid-size Car

$30,281

$29,510

$27,214

2.60%

11.30%

Mid-size Pickup Truck

$41,105

$40,314

$38,361

2.00%

7.20%

Mid-size SUV/Crossover

$43,623

$43,107

$40,845

1.20%

6.80%

Minivan

$43,033

$42,138

$36,531

2.10%

17.80%

Sports Car

$43,464

$42,457

$40,399

2.40%

7.60%

Subcompact Car

$20,646

$19,920

$19,059

3.60%

8.30%

Subcompact SUV/Crossover

$27,453

$27,338

$25,574

0.40%

7.30%

Van

$41,800

$41,867

$42,244

-0.20%

-1.10%

Industry

$42,258

$41,330

$39,731

2.24%

6.36%

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

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SOURCE Kelley Blue Book

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