Car shoppers commonly believe they can save money by purchasing the previous year’s model when a new one arrives on dealership lots. We sifted through those 2018 and 2019 models with at least 2,000 vehicles in inventory on CarGurus, calculated the median price of each model year, and found that with certain select models, the opposite is actually true.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette: Save $7,857
Most of the Corvette lineup carries over from 2018. What’s new for 2019 is a speedier version, the 2019 ZR1. The ZR1 delivers 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, up from the 650 hp and lb-ft of the Z06. It also features a new front fascia, Brembo brakes, and a retuned suspension.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro: Save $6,534
The Chevy Camaro got a bunch of new features for 2018, including the performance-focused ZLE trim and the 1LE Track Package, which included special lightweight 19-inch wheels and a carbon-fiber rear wing. If you opt for the 2019, you’ll also get access to these, along with another features package, the Turbo 1LE Package. The Turbo 1LE Package includes a track-tuned suspension, upgraded wheels, and a Track mode.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Save $5,962
Our reviewer found that the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover has a futuristic exterior along with a modern and practical interior in his Test Drive Review. From 2018 to 2019, the Hyundai Santa Fe added a few new standard features, like blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and lane-keeping assist, along with two additional trim levels. Importantly, the 2019 Santa Fe is now just a two-row crossover. If you need the extra row, look to the Hyundai Santa Fe XL.
2019 Chevrolet Traverse: Save $4,886
The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse gave shoppers plenty of options. Our contributor noted its intuitive tech, hefty amounts of cargo space, and eye-catching design, giving it an 8/10 overall score. The 2019 Traverse gets a few updates. It offers a new package, the LT Premium Package, which includes 20-inch wheels, an 8-inch infotainment screen with navigation, and Bose speakers. It also now offers all-wheel drive (AWD) for its RS trim.
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe: Save $4,760
The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe carries over with no major changes from 2018. Our contributor gave the 2018 Tahoe a 10/10 for Look and Feel and a 9/10 for Safety, so you can’t go wrong with the 2019 version.
2019 Kia Sedona: Save $4,632
The 2019 Kia Sedona gets a new look compared to the 2018 version, complete with a new grille, updated taillights, and a new 8-speed automatic. It also gets a new trim, the SXL, which gets 19-inch chrome wheels, LED headlights, and a unique front bumper. Shoppers can get the rear-entertainment system with 10.1-inch touchscreens behind each of the front seats, upgraded from a single drop-down screen found in the 2018 Sedona. And this minivan gets additional safety features, including a driver-monitoring system.
2019 Subaru Impreza: Save $3,873
The 2019 Subaru Impreza has a lot in common with the 2018 model, as it carried over. That means you’ll still get the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine making 152 horsepower and all-wheel drive (AWD). New for 2019 is Subaru’s Eyesight Driver Assist Technology, which is available on the 2.0i CVT trim.
2019 Chrysler 300: Save $3,653
While many sedans are going the way of the dodo, the Chrysler 300 is hanging on. It checks a lot of boxes: a V8 engine and AWD for enthusiasts, 30 mpg combined for fuel-conscious shoppers, and a choice of 16 interior leather options for those who want custom luxury.
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan: Save $3,231
The Volkswagen Tiguan got a redesign for 2018, offering more space for an optional third row. The 2019 version offers more standard features for each trim. The SE trim now gets an alarm system standard, and the SEL trim now gets park-distance control and a digital cockpit standard.
2019 Toyota Camry: Save $3,188
It was the 2018 Toyota Camry that introduced the world to the sedan’s sportier look. For 2019, it carries over the same design and offers standard features like Apple CarPlay. As our Preview notes of the 2019 model, “Toyota still has the Camry’s priorities in order.”
The takeaway? If you’re car shopping, widening your model-year search can help you save.