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Movers and Losers: May Top 10

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May’s numbers are in, and the Top 10 fastest selling models in the country looks familiar, but with even more of an emphasis on fuel-efficient gasoline and hybrid models, interspersed with brand-new SUVs. It’s a surprising combination. The new Honda Pilot seems to be immune to high gas prices in its first month on sale. The Honda Fit and Scion xB forced cars like the 2009 Subaru Forester and Jaguar XF out of the top 10, but both are still going strong, taking 18 and 23 days to sell, respectively. 

After the jump, we discuss the losers and how we calculate the charts. May’s average amount of time to sell a car from the moment it hit the lot to the keys being handed over to a new owner was 62 days.

Top 10 Movers

  • 2009 Honda Pilot: 6 days
  • 2009 Scion xB: 6 days
  • 2008 Lexus LX 570: 8 days
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL550: 9 days
  • 2008 BMW 135i coupe and convertible: 10 days
  • 2008 Toyota Prius: 11 days
  • 2008 Honda Fit: 14 days
  • 2009 Acura TSX: 15 days
  • 2008 BMW 528 xi: 16 days
  • 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid: 17 days

There are two Losers lists. The first one includes models that are either being phased out completely or are leftover 2008 models whose 2009 versions are already reaching dealerships. That may show a true “loser,” but readers asked to see a list of supposedly competitive new models as well, so we broke that out, too.

Top 10 Losers

  • 2008 Mitsubishi Galant: 218 days
  • 2008 Toyota Matrix: 186 days
  • 2008 Chrysler Pacifica: 178 days
  • 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor: 164 days
  • 2008 Subaru Forester: 164 days
  • 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix 162 days
  • 2008 Isuzu I-290: 159 days
  • 2008 Hyundai Sonata: 149 days
  • 2008 Toyota Corolla: 148 days
  • 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder: 146 days

Top 10 Losers (Current Models)

  • 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse: 169 days
  • 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor: 164 days
  • 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible: 146 days
  • 2008 Nissan Titan ext. cab: 133 days
  • 2008 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG: 129 days
  • 2008 Saab 9-7X: 127 days
  • 2008 Acura RL: 123 days
  • 2008 Hummer H3: 122 days
  • 2008 Dodge Durango: 121 days
  • 2008 Infiniti FX45: 120 days

About the Lists

For Movers, we only list vehicles that pass a certain threshold of sales in order to weed out limited editions, models that are being phased out, or other factors that might skew the numbers or otherwise inaccurately portray popularity. For the Top 10 Losers, we lower that threshold greatly because low sales bolster the Loser claim, though they could also indicate other factors, like a model being phased out.

Movers and Losers: April Top 10

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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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