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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

USA, Washington DC, Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol building


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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

View of N State street with the sign of the Chicago Theatre

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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

Raleigh North Carolina skyline city lights

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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

Arch Bridge Over River By Buildings Against Sky Minneapolis Minnesota

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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

Dallas Arlington Fort Worth

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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

Lake Eola view in Orlando Florida

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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

Aerial view of Miami Beach.

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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 Nissan GT-R probably isn't the first supercar that comes to mind, but it's worthy of consideration if you're not all about being seen.

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You put the pedal down. A confident growl busts out the back end. The wheels may squeal, and you might too. It's not all about the power, though it has plenty. The 2021 Nissan GT-R delivers the type of drive experience that you're never going to get from an electric vehicle - and it's magnificent.

Godzilla has been in production since 2007 with nips and tucks and add-ons here and there along the way. It's not as sleek or stylish as the Audi E-Tron GT or even Audi's R8. There's no giant wing out back à la McLaren and certainly nothing Italian about it. The GT-R is it's own man.

Even areas of the country that are supercar-heavy, aren't heavy with GT-Rs. A Ferrari or Lamborghini is a bigger status symbol for adoring eyes. It's the real drivers out there who know that a GT-R is perhaps the better investment for someone who wants a supercar to drive, not just to be seen in. Its unique looks are subtle but properly athletic.

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium The car is capable as a daily driver but it can also push the limits during a track day.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

The reason for that starts but doesn't end with Nissan's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. It rests below the hood, not behind your ears, and delivers 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque creating a visceral acceleration experience. It's enough to satisfy you, bring a smile to your face, impress those around you, and make you realize that Godzilla really is a beast.

The six-speed dual-clutch transmission in the GT-R Premium ($113,540 base price) manages the power nicely and shifts relatively smoothly - it's no Ford 10-speed automatic and that's okay. If you want a GT-R with a manual transmission, you'll have to upgrade to the NISMO model. Don't "save the manuals" me. So few people are buying them that they're becoming extinct despite your bumper sticker saying and hashtag. Most supercars don't have them. Nissan is just simply following an industry trend and the DCT is perfectly fine for drivers not spending the majority of their time on a track.

All wheel drive is standard on the model, meaning that the GT-R sticks to the road as you put it through its paces. That also means that you don't need to head home every time there's rainfall or snow in the forecast, and you can take corners a little faster than the local constabulary may prefer.

The car has athletic looks despite not conforming to the typical supercar design language.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

Proper engineering has made the GT-R a great daily driver. It's fun to push it around the twisties on a winding road in the country during a long weekend, but it's also not a bad car to commute or run errands in (it has a real trunk!). Like any good supercar, the GT-R goes right where you want, when you want it, whether you're doing slow speed maneuvering around a neighborhood or putting the throttle down on the highway. The speed-sensitive steering calibration is spot-on.

Parts of the interior are dated, especially when compared to other vehicles in its price point. But none of those parts are enough to make the GT-R even the least bit undesirable. The seats are surprisingly comfortable and the ride isn't too harsh. Analog dials are a nice break for the eyes.

But the real reason you're in the GT-R isn't because of the the amenities. It's because you love to drive. Because you're confident enough to go with Godzilla rather than a flashy Italian or German. Because you understand that the car nicknamed after a fictional monster, and its gasoline-powered ilk, are in danger of going extinct as carbon neutral priorities seem keen on removing the type of visceral fun that internal combustion engines provide.

The car has analog dials in front of the driver.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If we're going to have to make concessions to make the air and water cleaner, it would be nice if, on the other end of the spectrum, the powers that be let us keep having the muscle of the GT-R.

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The Jeep Wrangler Islander is now aviallable to order.

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Jeep is bringing back its popular Islander special edition SUV for the 2021 model year, but with a twist. This year, the Wrangler and Renegade are getting the treatment. This is the first time the Jeep Renegade has been available with this special edition treatment.

"Our Jeep enthusiasts expect legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, and they also embrace the Jeep brand's fun 'go anywhere, do anything' adventure lifestyle," said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. "With Surf Blue accent stitching, Islander-embroidered front seats and available white three-piece hardtop on the Wrangler, you can't help but think summer and the beach life when you see these new Islander special editions."

2021 The Jeep Renegade Islander beings the spirit of coastal communities to the off-roading family hauler.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

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The Wrangler Islander has been gone for 11 years after being first introduced as a special edition in 1988. The new model is based on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sport S with either two- or four-doors. It comes standard with the following features and equipment:

  • Jeep Command-Trac 4x4 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio
  • 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels in Silver Finish with all-terrain tires
  • Rubicon Rock Rails
  • Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Dual-zone temperature control
  • Exterior details include a Tiki Bob hood decal; interior details include a Ceramic White mid-bolster and black cloth seats with an embroidered Islander logo and Surf Blue accent stitching
  • Available white three-piece hardtop
  • Optional Islander Plus Package by Mopar adds front/rear grab handles, cargo tub liner, solid sunbonnet top and Tiki Bob soft spare-tire cover

The Jeep Wrangler Islander is available in Billet Silver, Black, Chief, Granite Crystal, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Hellayella, Sarge Green, Snazzberry and Sting-Gray.

Each Islander model receives unique interior appointments.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The Renegade Islander is based on the 2021 Jeep Renegade Latitude. Its list of standard and available features and equipment includes:

  • Available Jeep Active Drive full-time 4x4 system
  • 19-inch Silver Alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof for ultimate open-air freedom
  • Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Exterior details include a Tiki Bob hood decal; interior details include premium black cloth seats with an embroidered Islander logo and Surf Blue accent stitching
  • Keyless Entry with panic alarm
  • Remote start system
  • Available Alpine White painted roof

The Jeep Renegade Islander is available in Bikini, Jetset Blue, Glacier and Omaha Orange paint jobs.

The two models serve up a unique look.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

All 2021 Jeep vehicles get the Jeep Wave premium owner loyalty program with purchase. It gives access to benefits and exclusive perks like three years of worry-free maintenance at Jeep dealerships, including oil changes and tire rotations; 24/7 support via phone or chat; 24/7 roadside assistance and first-day loaner coverage; access to select Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Islander has a starting U.S. MSRP of $33,370 for two-door models and $36,870 for four-door models (all prices exclude $1,495 destination). The starting price for the 2021 Jeep Renegade Islander is $27,430.

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