September's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Sales were up in September for most automakers as the 2015 model year starts to become more prevalent throughout the country’s car dealerships. This is the time of year that many popular nameplates from BMW, Toyota and Honda, for example, switch to the new model year. This move definitely had an impact our list of the fastest-selling cars.

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As usual, the fastest-selling cars were made up of a lot of performance cars and luxury models. There also were a considerable number of new mainstream cars on the list, but almost all were Japanese models such as the Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4. Only seven of the top 25 fastest-selling cars were from domestic automakers and two of those seven were both Cadillac Escalades.

The average amount of time it took to sell a new car was 76 days in September. That’s up from 69 days in August as well as the 69 days it took in September 2013.

Boosting that number higher were super-slow sellers like the Infiniti Q60 coupe and convertible and the Dodge Viper. That supercar was selling so slowly that Dodge lowered the price of the upcoming 2015 by $15,000; it’s now offering that much off a 2014 Viper to shoppers as well.

We found some good picks for people that like space — Lincoln’s MKT and Nissan’s Quest minivan — and fuel efficiency in the Ford C-Max Hybrid. With discounts, you can likely find the C-Max for less than a Toyota Prius these days.


September’s Fastest-Selling Cars

  • 2015 Toyota 4Runner: 6 days
  • 2015 Nissan Rogue: 7 days
  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe: 8 days
  • 2015 Toyota RAV4: 8 days
  • 2015 BMW X5: 9 days
  • 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid: 9 days
  • 2015 Toyota Highlander: 9 days
  • 2015 Toyota Prius: 9 days
  • 2015 Toyota Tacoma crew cab: 9 days
  • 2015 Audi Q3: 10 days
  • 2015 Subaru Outback: 10 days
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger: 11 days
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL450: 11 days
  • 2015 Toyota Tacoma extended cab: 11 days
  • 2015 Acura TLX: 12 days
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade: 12 days
  • 2015 Honda Accord: 12 days
  • 2015 Porsche Macan: 12 days
  • 2015 Subaru WRX: 12 days
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV: 13 days
  • 2015 Dodge Dart: 13 days
  • 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 13 days
  • 2015 Jeep Wrangler: 13 days
  • 2015 Mazda3 hatchback: 13 days
  • 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: 13 days


September’s Slowest-Selling Cars

  • 2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe: 248 days
  • 2014 Dodge Viper: 240 days
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CL550: 234 days
  • 2014 Jaguar F-Type S convertible: 224 days
  • 2014 Jaguar XJ Supercharged: 219 days
  • 2014 Jaguar XK coupe: 181 days
  • 2014 Infiniti Q60 convertible: 179 days
  • 2014 Nissan 370Z convertible: 168 days
  • 2014 Fiat 500L: 162 days
  • 2015 Nissan GT-R: 162 days


September’s Picks

  • 2014 Lincoln MKT: 107 days
  • 2014 Nissan Quest: 106 days
  • 2014 Hyundai Azera: 99 days
  • 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid: 87 days
  • 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen: 84 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. photo by Evan Sears

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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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