August's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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When you think about the hottest cars around, large luxury SUVs might not be the first to come to mind, but competitors from BMW and Mercedes-Benz were two of the fastest-selling vehicles in August. BMW’s venerable X5 sold in just seven days while it took the redesigned — and renamed — Mercedes-Benz GLE350 eight days to sell.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: August 2015

Perhaps having the two competitors atop the list is a surprise, but it shouldn’t be. In August 2014, the 2015 BMW X5 was the fastest-selling car and the Mercedes-Benz ML350, which the GLE350 replaces, was also on the fastest-selling list.

2016-model-year versions of mass-market cars — namely the Toyota Camry and Corolla along with the Subaru Legacy and Outback — also took little time to sell. Redesigned cars like the Hyundai Tucson and Mazda MX-5 Miata also sold briskly. But 15 out of the 20 fastest-sellers weren’t redesigned.

Most of August’s slowest sellers don’t have redesigns coming, so the fact that they’re languishing on dealer lots is not good news. The four-door version of the Toyota Yaris took 163 days to sell in August, which was considerably longer than the average time-to-sell rate of 63 days for all cars in August.

That average is significantly lower than August 2014’s 69 days and its below July 2015’s 64 days. That might mean that while overall sales numbers were down slightly last month, the cars themselves were selling faster.

If you’re looking for a bargain, we found several cars that dealers might want to make a deal on, from the thrifty Mitsubishi Mirage to the audacious Dodge SRT Viper.

August’s Fastest-Selling Cars

  • 2016 BMW X5: 7 days
  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350: 8 days
  • 2016 Subaru Legacy: 8 days
  • 2016 Subaru Outback: 8 days
  • 2016 Toyota Camry: 8 days
  • 2016 Toyota Corolla: 9 days
  • 2016 Chevrolet Colorado crew cab: 10 days
  • 2016 Hyundai Tucson: 10 days
  • 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan: 10 days
  • 2016 Honda Pilot: 11 days
  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL450: 11 days
  • 2016 Porsche Macan: 11 days
  • 2016 Subaru Forester: 11 days
  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: 12 days
  • 2015 Subaru Impreza sedan: 12 days
  • 2015 Toyota Highlander: 12 days
  • 2016 Chevrolet Corvette coupe: 13 days
  • 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe: 13 days
  • 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek: 13 days
  • 2016 Volvo XC90: 14 days

August’s Slowest-Selling Cars

  • 2015 Fiat 500 hatchback: 203 days
  • 2015 Toyota Yaris two-door hatchback: 185 days
  • 2015 Maserati GranTurismo: 184 days
  • 2015 BMW 750i: 171 days
  • 2015 Infiniti Q70L: 168 days
  • 2015 Toyota Yaris four-door hatchback: 163 days
  • 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan: 158 days
  • 2015 smart fortwo coupe: 154 days
  • 2015 Kia Forte Koup: 154 days
  • 2015 Fiat 500c: 147 days Picks

  • 2015 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback: 143 days
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage: 133 days
  • 2015 Dodge SRT Viper: 127 days
  • 2015 Kia Forte5 hatchback: 125 days
  • 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan: 118 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.

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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