July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

By David Thomas  on July 31, 2014

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Want to buy a small luxury SUV? You're not alone. Two of the fastest-selling cars in the country last month were the all-new 2015 Porsche Macan and the pretty-much-unchanged 2015 Audi Q5.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: July 2014

The Macan regains the top spot it held back in May, taking just eight days from the day it arrived at a dealer until the day the keys were handed over to a lucky buyer. Ten of the 22 fastest-selling cars were luxury SUVs, while SUVs overall made up 14 of the 22.

While our top cars sold on average in just 12 days, the overall average for all cars in July was 68 days. That's up from 64 days in June and 62 days in July 2013.

The two top performers in our recent $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge rounded out the fastest-selling list, the 2015 Subaru WRX and the 2015 Volkswagen GTI. They were also on last month's list, so we can't take too much credit there.

The cars making up the slowest-selling list did change quite a bit this month. We don't include models in that list that have a model-year-newer version also currently on sale. A 2014 being sold at the same time as a 2015 is often harder to sell.

So while a few like the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander remain, Acura has two entries on the list, the soon-to-be-replaced TL and the all-new RLX, which has had a lukewarm reception since it was released.

Cadillac's own large luxury sedan, the XTS, may be a favorite of ours to drive but it too is selling at a slow rate, which is why it's one of our picks for shoppers to check for bargains.

The full lists are below.

 

July's Fastest-Selling Cars

  • 2015 Porsche Macan: 8 days
  • 2015 Audi Q5: 9 days
  • 2015 Subaru Legacy: 9 days
  • 2015 Subaru Outback: 9 days
  • 2014 Land Rover LR4: 9 days
  • 2014 Land Rover Range Rover: 9 days
  • 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: 10 days
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: 10 days
  • 2015 Subaru Forester: 12 days
  • 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek: 12 days
  • 2015 Ford Explorer: 13 days
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK350: 13 days
  • 2015 Nissan Leaf: 13 days
  • 2014 Toyota Highlander: 13 days
  • 2015 Acura MDX: 14 days
  • 2015 Lincoln MKC: 14 days
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade: 15 days
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV: 15 days
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata: 15 days
  • 2015 Scion tC: 15 days
  • 2015 Subaru WRX: 15 days
  • 2015 Volkswagen GTI: 15 days

 

July's Slowest-Selling Cars

  • 2014 Acura RLX: 184 days
  • 2014 Toyota Yaris two-door: 183 days
  • 2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe: 183 days
  • 2014 Infiniti Q60 convertible: 182 days
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander: 171 days
  • 2014 smart fortwo: 165 days
  • 2014 Mini Paceman: 162 days
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML63: 147 days
  • 2014 Acura TL: 146 days
  • 2014 Jaguar XJL Supercharged: 137 days

 

July's Cars.com Picks

  • 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: 120 days
  • 2014 Scion iQ: 128 days
  • 2014 Cadillac XTS: 131 days
  • 2014 Fiat 500L: 134 days
  • 2014 Kia Cadenza: 134 days

 

About the Lists

The Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars list reports the average number of days it takes to sell models from the day they arrive on the lot until the final paperwork is signed by a buyer. This is not a days-of-inventory list like you may find on other websites. With lots mostly clear of 2013 models, we look exclusively at 2014 and 2015 models.

For the fastest sellers, we only list vehicles that pass a certain threshold of sales in order to weed out limited editions, ultra-high-performance cars and others that might skew the numbers or otherwise inaccurately portray popularity. To highlight all slow sellers, slowest sellers have no such threshold.

Our Picks highlight cars that take a significant time before they're sold and might be overlooked by shoppers. Dealers could be more motivated to sell these cars.

Cars.com photo by Brian Wong

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Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David