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Mazda raises the price of all 2021 vehicles halfway through the model year

For the 2021 model year, the Mazda CX-5 already got an $800 price increase. These new numbers add to that.

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Mazda is raising the prices on the 2021 vehicles halfway through the model year. The move, which is uncommon in the industry, includes a starting price increase as well as a destination and delivery charge increase.

Many Mazda vehicles have been transformed for the new model year with design updates to make them more premium offerings. There's also a few new offerings. Mazda's turbocharged 2.5-liter engine is now available in the Mazda3 and will be coming to the CX-30.

Over the last year, the CX-5 compact SUV has continued to be Mazda's bread and butter. Surprisingly, the CX-30 has risen quickly to become the company second-best seller, ahead of the larger CX-9 and smaller CX-3.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Mazda's top-tier CX-5 Signature trim offers premium level appointments. Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Effective February 1, the new destination and handling price for cars is $995, up $50, and while the price for crossovers rises $75 to $1,175. Sales to Alaska are subject to a further increased fee of $1,040 for cars and $1,220 for SUVs. These charges affect vehicles being released from port after the effective date. Current vehicle inventory on dealership lots is not subject to the increase.

Updated starting MSRPs for the 2021 model year are as follows:

  • The 2021 Mazda3 starting MSRP increases from $20,500 to $20,650
  • The 2021 CX-3 starting MSRP increases from $20,640 to $20,790
  • The 2021 CX-30 starting MSRP increases from $21,900 to $22,050
  • The 2021 Mazda6 starting MSRP increases from $24,325 to $24,47
  • The 2021 CX-5 starting MSRP increases from $25,270 to $25,370
  • The 2021 CX-9 starting MSRP increases from $33,960 to $34,160

None of the MSRPs includes the destination and handling charge, taxes, title, or any additional fees.

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The car shows just 9,000 miles.

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If you’re in the market for a new and unique sports car, this may be your fix. The Mazda RX-8 is a much-maligned and somewhat unreliable vehicle, but the price on this auction may be just right. The 2005 RX-8 shows just 9,000 miles on its odometer and looks to be in wonderful shape.

2005 Mazda RX-8 Unsurprisingly, the RX-8 looks almost new.Bring a Trailer

The RX-8 was an interesting but problem-plagued car that many enthusiasts steer clear of these days. Numerous things can go wrong with the rotary engine that powers the car, including bad ignition coils, engine fuel flooding, catalytic converter issues, and starter problems. The engine’s unique design caused problems when drivers started and quickly shut down the car without letting it warm fully. The problem would prevent the car from starting until remedied but didn’t cause any permanent damage. Other issues could cause costly repairs and extended downtime for RX-8 owners.

While all of that could eventually become an issue for this car, it’s likely that its low mileage and great condition will help it stay in decent health for at least a while. The seller also provided compression test results that show a healthy and functioning engine without much to worry about at the moment.

The RX-8’s tiny 1.3-liter two-rotor engine produced 238 horsepower and 159 pound-feet of torque when new. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. The cars were, and still are, quick, thanks to their light weight. On the downside, the cars’ fuel economy and oil consumption are both prodigious.

2005 Mazda RX-8 The RX-8 was a quirky car with small doors that opened to access the back seat. Bring a Trailer

This 2005 RX-8 sits at just $12,000 at the time of this article, and there’s still almost five hours to go in the auction. Unless some brave soul gets excited at the last minute, it likely won’t climb much higher than that. At that price, the RX-8 is a less risky purchase and would mean that the new owner could use and abuse it without much worry. Could that be you?

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Insurance company Hagerty compiled a list of cars it thinks will climb in value and price.

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Vehicle prices have grown across the board this year, but collector car prices have been on the move for years. The world of online car auctions and car shows such as Radwood have driven attention to obscure and otherwise unknown cars, pushing their prices. Insurance and overall automotive lifestyle company Hagerty is stepping in to help. It complied a list of vehicles that it believes are currently a good value and have potential to climb. The Hagerty Bull Market List covers ten vehicles of all types.

Hagerty’s list is expansive, covering several vehicle types, prices, and time periods. The list features vehicles built between 1963 and 2012, and is designed to nudge people into buying cars before they become unattainable. This is especially important now, as online auction sites have moved the markets for some previously obscure cars well past the point of reason.

The Bull Market List isn’t intended to give you an inside track on car values so that you can flip them for quick profit. Instead, the list should give you the push you need if you’re already on the fence about buying a car to keep and drive a cool vehicle. Hagerty wants people to buy the cars and have the ability to pass them on to other enthusiasts without charging exorbitant prices.

The Bull Market List includes (with excellent condition pricing):

  • 1965-1970 Cadillac DeVille ($28,800)
  • 1969-1974 Ferrari 246 Dino ($365,800)
  • 1983-1997 Land Rover Defender ($61,400)
  • 1979-1985 Mazda RX-7 ($17,600)
  • 1962-1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL ($80,500)
  • 1963-1967 Pontiac GTO ($100,200)
  • 1992-1995 Porsche 968 ($38,000)
  • 1985-1995 Suzuki Samurai ($10,200)
  • 2008-2012 Tesla Roadster Sport ($97,000)
  • 1975-1993 Volvo 245 ($15,800)

If you’re considering one of the vehicles on the list and have the means, it’s a good idea to act in the near future. Vehicle prices are rising due to supply chain shortages to the point that even older cars are climbing. That, plus the effects of online car auctions, have made it hard to find a good value car.

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