This Week's Top Car Deals & Analysis - October 29, 2021

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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 - October 29, 2021

Sport is the new base trim for the 2022 Honda Pilot. According to a recent order guide, the Honda Pilot Sport will replace the discontinued LX as the model's new base trim, and it starts at over $4,200 more. Reportedly aimed at younger buyers, the new Hondo Pilot Sport comes surprisingly well-equipped and doesn't feel like a base model.

2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport costs nearly $45k. Honda introduced a TrailSport badge for the 2022 Pilot to the tune of a $44,785 MSRP, after destination. We speculate that this is an attempt to compete with other brands' off-road capable SUVs.

Corvette dealer tells buyers to stop calling. Self-described as the "world's largest Corvette dealership," Ciocca Corvette in Atlantic City, NJ emailed customers asking them not to call with questions hours before the reveal of the all-new C8 Z06, as they were occupied filling a backlog of Stingray orders.

2023 Chevy Corvette Z06

The first round of BMW i4 deliveries is sold out. Not even available but already so popular. While the i4 won't have the same performance as the Tesla Model S, it is part of a rich history of luxury vehicles, and much more affordable. If you missed the window for the first round of deliveries scheduled for June 2022, not to worry, as BMW has scheduled the next round for "Summer 2022."

2023 Corvette Z06 reservation details emerge. Dealers around the country are starting to set expectations on reservations for the highly anticipated C8 Z06. With the arrival scheduled for Summer 2022, we're anticipating long wait times past the Summer for actually getting your hands on one.

2022 Acura TLX Type S price increase. Despite an ongoing inventory shortage and higher than average prices, Acura reportedly managed to sell 500 units this past August. It's no surprise that this model, popular among consumers, is getting a price increase for 2022.

2021 Acura TLX

2022 Ford F-150 getting a price hike. Most 2022 F-150 trims will see a modest price increase ranging from $215 to $350, but the higher-end Limited trims will see a significant $2,280 increase, all before any optional equipment add-ons.

You can lease a Toyota Corolla Cross for less than a Corolla. Manufacturer lease examples for Southeast states show a better deal when leasing the new 2022 Corolla Cross versus the 2022 Corolla SE Hatchback, in spite of higher MSRP on the Corolla Cross.

Automakers are paying car buyers to wait. In an effort to delay customers from getting into a new car amid an inventory shortage, more and more manufacturers are pushing incentive deals that may come in the form of rate-lock offers, price protection, discounts, lease extensions, and more.

2022 Ford Lightning invoice pricing has us scratching our heads. A blended invoice structure based on a complex calculation is the basis for the 2022 Ford F-150's pricing. This could result in the invoice price being unknowable to customers and salespeople alike.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Hyundai clears the way for riskier 84-month loans. Hyundai Motor Finance now offers an "advance rate" of up to 130% on 84-month loans potentially making it easier to finance add-ons, but could also encourage customers to roll over negative equity from a current vehicle, adding more risk.

Ford F-150 Lightning excluded from X-Plan pricing. X-Plan pricing — the ability to pay a certain percentage below invoice in exchange for a program fee — will not be available for the Ford F-150 Lightning due to a "system calculation formula" that may make the X-Plan price higher than MSRP. However, other types of Plan Pricing are available for current and former Ford employees, and plug-in rebates may still be available.

Ford Reveals F-150 Lightning plan pricing calculation. Ford employees can anticipate a discount of 2.25% under MSRP plus a $275 admin fee when purchasing the new F-150 Lightning. Ford Dealer employees can expect the same discount, but with an additional $100 fee.

, 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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