Ranked: These are the best vehicles to buy new (versus used)

The Model 3 depreciates little when it leaves the boutique lot.

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The latest survey from iSeeCars.com indicates that vehicles that are one year old cost 20.1 percent less on average than new models. Some models fare better, depreciating as little as 5.2 percent while others fare far worse losing 43.4 percent of their value after 365 days.

iSeeCars.com analyzed prices from over 6 million new and used cars sold from August 2019 to January 2020 to determine which cars were best to buy new and which were best to buy used. It identified the top ten cars that have the lowest price differences from their one-year-old used versions of the same vehicle and the cars with the greatest price differences.

No. 5 - Honda Fit

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The small Honda Fit depreciates just $2,111 or 12.5 percent.

No. 4 - Honda Civic Hatchback

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Honda's second car on the list is sold as a sedan and hatchback. The one-year old Civic hatchback model is priced just 11.9 percent less than a new one, discounted just $2,704.

No. 3 - Chevrolet Traverse

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Chevy's three-row crossover is discounted $4,198 when purchased with the wear and tear of a year-old vehicle. That's just an 11.7 percent discount.

No. 2 - Ford Ranger

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The Ford Ranger is in demand and its price decreases little when purchased. A one-year old model is $3,716 less than a new Ranger, 11.4 percent less.

No. 1 - Tesla Model 3

2020 Tesla Model 3

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The Model 3 depreciates half as quickly as the Ranger, with just a 5.5 percent difference in cost between a new model and a year-old one. That's just $2,529.

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Tesla quietly released the "toy" today.


Tesla is known for being unpredictable, so today’s news is not totally shocking, despite being extremely cool. The automaker released a new vehicle today, but not for use on the road, and not for use by grownups. The Cyberquad for Kids landed today with a sophisticated feature set and a very adult price tag of $1,900.

The Cyberquad for Kids checks in at 122 pounds and can carry a person that weighs as much as 150 pounds. Two forward speeds include 5 and 10 mph settings, and reverse can reach 5 mph. Depending on the rider’s weight and speed, the Cyberquad for Kids can travel up to 15+ miles on a charge. Tesla says that an empty battery can take up to five hours to fully recharge.

A full steel frame underpins the quad, and though it’s being pitched for kids, the ATV features adjustable suspension, rear disk brakes, LED light bars, and a cushioned seat. The futuristic EV looks almost identical to the larger Cyberquad we saw during the initial Cybertruck demonstration.

A thorough set of assembly and troubleshooting directions are available on Tesla’s site, but despite the Cyberquad for Kids’ complexity, don’t get any ideas about using it on the street. Tesla recommends using it on sidewalks and for stunts, but I think we’re all looking forward to the eventual tidal wave of YouTube videos this thing is going to generate.

Tesla Cyberquad for Kids Kids 8 years and older, and up to 150 pounds can ride. Tesla

If you’re hoping to get a Cyberquad for Kids, you might be out of luck. Though it only launched today, it’s already out of stock. There’s no word on if more will become available. Those that were lucky enough to snag one should start receiving them in early 2022.

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Hyundai announces pricing for 2022 Kona N

The Kona N is price right at $35,425.


Hyundai is hard at work developing new electric vehicles, and has released some truly interesting electric concepts in recent months. However, the automaker’s efforts in the electric world haven’t stopped it from rolling out fun-to-drive and affordable performance vehicles under its N brand. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the latest vehicle in the series. The Kona N will go on sale soon with a reasonable starting price of $35,425, which includes a $1,225 destination charge.

2022 Hyundai Kona N One well-equipped model will be available.Hyundai

The Kona N joins Hyundai’s high-performance stable that also includes the Veloster N and Elantra N, though the latter hasn’t yet hit the streets. The hot crossover gets the same output numbers from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the Elantra N: 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. The Veloster gets 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That rowdy four-banger is paired with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

Hyundai’s full-on N cars get plenty of other go-fast bits to keep them planted in corners and stable at higher speeds. The Kona N gets an electronic limited-slip differential, an active sport exhaust system, electronically controlled suspension, and 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Aggressive wheels and tires help keep the Kona N planted in corners.Hyundai

Hyundai generally knocks it out of the park with value, and the Kona N is no exception. Its modest price tag buys a generous helping of advanced driver aids in addition to its exciting specs. Standard features include forward collision warnings, lane keep assist, lane following assist, driver attention warnings, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a safe exit warning system.

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