With so many factors affecting negatively the production of new cars globally, it’s not a surprise that used car prices keep going up. Brexit, coronavirus, the chip shortage, and the war in Ukraine all created supply chain disruptions, and this resulted in an avalanche effect on the market. A brand new car now costs more than before and you have to wait longer until you receive it, which drives the prices of used cars towards new records every month.

The numbers for February 2022 on the US used car market come to prove that. New data published by iSeeCars and based on 1.8 million used car sales in February shows used car prices were up by 35 percent last month compared to February 2021. While slightly down from January’s increase of 36.9 percent, February was another month of record-high jump in used car prices.

The list of the Top 10 cars with the greatest price increase includes mainly mainstream, small, and relatively affordable cars, plus efficient electrified machines. With fuel prices also going up in the last few weeks, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that electric and hybrid vehicles are among the models with the greatest price increase on the used car market. Below is the Top 10 list:

Top 10 cars with the greatest price increases (YoY)
Rank Vehicle Average Used Car Price (February 2022) $ Price Change from February 2021  % Price Change from February 2021 
1 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid $24,913 $9,457 61.2%
2 Chevrolet Spark $16,949 $5,980 54.5%
3 Nissan LEAF $24,393 $8,579 54.3%
4 Mercedes-Benz G-Class $215,946 $73,963 52.1%
5 Kia Forte $19,657 $6,711 51.8%
6 Kia Rio $17,772 $6,035 51.4%
7 Kia Soul $19,824 $6,442 48.1%
8 Tesla Model S $80,299 $25,825 47.4%
9 Toyota Corolla $21,435 $6,849 47.0%
10 Toyota Prius $26,058 $8,298 46.7%

As you can see, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid saw the highest increase in its price compared to February last year. With almost $10,000 added to its price on the used car market, the South Korean hybrid sedan is more than 60 percent more expensive than a year ago. The first six models in the list saw an increase of 50 percent or more with the next four on the list close behind.

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