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Post-coronavirus, used car prices in these 10 U.S. cities have dropped the most

Minneapolis has seen its used car prices slump significantly in the last few months.

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New and used car sales fell steeply as the nation closed up shop in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau found that retail used car sales plummeted more than 20 percent year-over-year in March, the most since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008.

New analysis from CoPilot, which aggregates car listings data in real-time across 46,000 U.S. dealers, found that retail prices for pre-owned vehicles only fell 3.9 percent nationwide between January and May 2020. Utah, Delaware, and Florida were hit the hardest, experiencing the steepest declines.

Certain metropolitan areas were hit harder than others. According to a release by CoPilot, "To identify these locations, researchers from CoPilot, a car shopping app that helps guide users through the buying process, analyzed its proprietary dataset of more than 6 million auto listings in the United States and created a ranking based on each location's change in average listing price between January and May 2020. To improve relevance, only metros with at least one million residents were included in the analysis."

Here are the 10 cities that experienced the steepest used car sales declines.

No. 10 - Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

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Average change in used car prices: -4.77%
Most impacted models: Jeep Patriot, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Dodge Charger, Volkswagen Atlas, Cadillac Escalade

No. 9 - Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

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Average change in used car prices: -4.82%
Most impacted models: Lexus IS, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Ford Taurus, Nissan Versa, Jeep Patriot, Audi Q7

No. 8 - Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

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Average change in used car prices: -4.92%
Models with the biggest price drops: Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Porsche Macan, Volvo XC90, Cadillac XT5, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Acura TLX

No. 7 - Raleigh, NC

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Average change in used car prices: -4.93%
Models with the biggest price drops: Volkswagen Jetta, Kia Sorento, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jeep Compass, Ford Escape

No. 6 - Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

City Skyline with Old and New Architecture, Louisville, Kentucky

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Average change in used car prices: -5.07%
Models with the biggest price drops: Toyota Camry, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500, Ford Edge, Nissan Altima

No. 5 - Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

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Average change in used car prices: -5.12%
Models with the biggest price drops: Infiniti Q50, BMW 3 Series, Subaru Legacy, Volvo XC90, GMC Terrain, Acura RDX

No. 4 - Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

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Average change in used car prices: -5.19%
Models with the biggest price drops: Jeep Patriot, Volvo XC60, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Ram 3500 HD

No. 3 - Salt Lake City, UT

Scenic View Of Buildings In City Against Sky

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Average change in used car prices: -5.20%
Models with the biggest price drops: Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Cruze

No. 2 - Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

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Average change in used car prices: -5.85%
Models with the biggest price drops: Dodge Charger, Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Durango, and Kia Forte

No. 1 - Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

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Average change in used car prices: -6.59%
Models with the biggest price drops: Kia Forte, Dodge Charger, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Chevrolet Colorado, Land Rover Range Rover, BMW 3 Series

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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

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The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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