The sun is shining in many parts of the country that were gripped by cold for another long winter, and many folks in those areas are running out to buy cars at a fast pace. But no matter the weather, SUVs and pickup trucks are what they’re buying.
Eighteen of the 23 fastest-selling cars in April were SUVs or pickups, but most surprising was the vehicle that took the top spot.
Wagons have mostly disappeared from the automotive landscape thanks to the popularity of SUVs during the past 25 years, but Volkswagen’s new Golf SportWagen was in demand, selling in just nine days.
Subaru’s Outback wagon, which is more of a crossover these days, also sold quickly at 12 days. Both wagons far outpace the average of 53 days to sell a new car. While that average is up from last month’s 50 days it is down versus last April when it took 56 days. That says April was a good month for car sales.
It was not a good month for big BMWs. Five of the 10 slowest-selling cars were the largest convertibles and sedans the brand sells. Kia also continues to see its flagship sedan, the K900, struggle despite massive exposure during the NBA playoffs as Kia spokesman LeBron James takes the Cleveland Cavaliers to the second round.
How slow is the K900 selling?
It took 172 days to sell a new Kia K900, or nearly six months. The 2014-2015 NBA season was 169 days.
Our picks this month feature some familiar names we’ve suggested for deal-seekers. The Buick LaCrosse received some decent updates this year and could be the right fit for shoppers looking for comfort and size over trendy design.
April’s Fastest-Selling Cars
- 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen: 9 days
- 2015 Ford Edge: 11 days
- 2015 Porsche Macan: 11 days
- 2015 Chevrolet Colorado crew cab: 12 days
- 2015 Subaru Outback: 12 days
- 2015 Jeep Renegade: 13 days
- 2015 Toyota Highlander: 13 days
- 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV: 15 days
- 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek: 15 days
- 2015 Toyota 4Runner: 15 days
- 2016 Audi A6: 16 days
- 2015 Land Rover Range Rover: 17 days
- 2015 Audi Q7: 18 days
- 2015 Subaru Impreza sedan: 18 days
- 2015 Audi Q3: 19 days
- 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab: 19 days
- 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: 19 days
- 2015 Lexus NX 200T: 19 days
- 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL450: 19 days
- 2015 Porsche Cayenne: 19 days
- 2015 Subaru Legacy: 19 days
- 2015 Subaru WRX: 19 days
- 2015 Toyota RAV4: 19 days
April’s Slowest-Selling Cars
- 2015 BMW 650i xDrive convertible: 180 days
- 2015 BMW 640i xDrive convertible: 175 days
- 2015 Kia K900: 172 days
- 2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive: 154 days
- 2015 Kia Rio 5-door: 143 days
- 2015 Chevrolet Sonic sedan: 139 days
- 2015 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Coupe: 139 days
- 2015 BMW 650i Gran Coupe: 137 days
- 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 132 days
- 2015 Kia Forte: 130 days
- 2015 Nissan Versa Note: 115 days
- 2015 Buick LaCrosse: 102 days
- 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander: 101 days
- 2015 Cadillac CTS: 96 days
- 2015 Volvo V60: 91 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 2014 models, we look exclusively at 2015s and 2016s.
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.