What would you buy for $ 40,573, the average price of a new car?
In December 2020, the average transaction price for new cars peaked at $ 40,000 for the very first time. According to Edmunds data, buyers paid an average of $ 40,573 for their new rides in December, pushing the fourth quarter average to an equally impressive $ 40,179. This is probably due to the ever increasing share of CUVs, luxury vehicles and more expensive loaded trucks.
That’s not really what we’re talking about, however. As car enthusiasts, we at Road & Track are constantly thinking about ways to stretch our dollars in the market. So, given that budget, almost all of us would end up with used cars that have already suffered a lot of damage. Sometimes, however, you need a warranty, modern features, and peace of mind. With that in mind, what new car would you take home for $ 40,573 or less?
I would probably end up with an ND Miata club. As unimaginative as it is, the ND2 is about as close to perfect as you’ll find on the market today. Certainly for less than $ 40,000. Editor-in-chief Kyle Kinard disagrees, however, noting that he would choose a Camaro V-6 with the 1LE package. It’s a left-field call, an example of an oft-overlooked performance car overlooked in part because of its more outgoing V-8-powered brethren in the Chevy lineup. In the FCA world, however, you can get a V-8 for our budget. So associate editor Bob Sorokanich would go down that route, throwing 40 big on a Dodge Challenger R / T Scat Pack. Aaron Brown would also grab a muscle car, hoping to find enough incentive money to bring a $ 42,000 Mustang Performance Pack 1 below our price cap.
John Krewson, our resident ruralist, would take a loaded Toyota Tacoma. And the rest, well, they’re just as predictable as I am. Editor Brian Silvestro and senior report Chris Perkins would also be hanging on to Miata clubs, leading to some confusion in the parking lot the next time we meet. So that leaves us with three Miata, three muscle cars, a truck and, shockingly, no hot hatches. And the others? Join the Miata Club or go for something a little more imaginative?
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