This Week's Top Car Deals & Analysis - January 14, 2022

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Cristyn is a member of CarsDirect's Socal-based team of pricing and incentive experts helping uncover must-know insights for car shoppers. A native of Bakersfield, California, Cristyn has a degree in Liberal Arts from Santa Monica College, with over 10 years of experience in the areas of research and data analysis.


, Automotive Contributor - January 14, 2022

The first lease deal on the Honda Passport TrailSport will cost nearly $600/mo. A combination of lease cash and a lower money factor (interest rate) makes the lease of a Honda Pilot more economical than the new Passport, even though the Pilot has a higher MSRP.

Honda quietly raises prices on most 2022s in January. We found that Honda raised prices across most of their 2022 lineup. Price increases range from $450 to $750 depending on the model. Some of the brand's cheapest cars are affected.

Expect to pay more for a 2022 Acura in January. Acura raised the price by $800 on nearly all of their 2022 models. The increase affects models ILX, RDX, and MDX.

Acura ILX

The real cost of a fully-loaded F-150 Lightning. MSRP on the top-of-the-line Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum starts in the low $90k with destination, but that's not the whole picture. Depending on multiple factors you could easily pay 6-figures when you take interest rates into consideration, and before realizing any federal tax credit savings or state plug-in incentives.

We explain why there's a car inventory shortage. The COVID-19 pandemic is the culprit, resulting in canceled semiconductor chip orders and wrecking the global supply chain. Dwindling inventory has caused car manufacturers to mark up new and used vehicles while we wait for inventory levels to pick back up.

Volkswagen does away with special lease deals in January. Leases on VW cars and SUVs are still available, but instead of a special lease rate, Volkswagen is only offering leases at their standard rate, with is equivalent to 3.6% APR for top-tier credit.

We broke down what F-150 Lightning monthly payments may look like. Ford debuts the new 2022 F-150 Lightning EV pickup without any promotional finance rates. Depending on your loan term, the monthly payment can range from $672/month to $1,829/month, before taxes and fees, on a Lightning with a $41,669 MSRP (including destination).

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Our picks for the best (and worst) brands to lease starting out 2022. We compared hundreds of incentives and promotional lease deals across most brands and have compiled a list of the best and the worst lease deals to start the New Year. Find out why Hyundai, Kia, and Buick rank among the best.

Is Presidents' Day A Good Time To Buy A Car? Traditionally, yes. However, this year may be a little different with the current inventory shortage. Incentives are down across the industry, so deals will likely not be as good as in the past. That said, we expect that there will still be decent offers available.

We found the best truck deals in January. We looked at promotional financing and lease deals around the country and our top picks for best deals on full-size and midsize pickups include the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the 2022 GMC Canyon.

, Automotive Contributor

Cristyn is a member of CarsDirect's Socal-based team of pricing and incentive experts helping uncover must-know insights for car shoppers. A native of Bakersfield, California, Cristyn has a degree in Liberal Arts from Santa Monica College, with over 10 years of experience in the areas of research and data analysis.


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