Cars that flew, cars that sat and picks for deals – USA TODAY
An all-new Ford Mustang is a rare thing, indeed, and that’s why it’s no surprise the redesigned pony car was the fastest-selling car in the country last month. New looks and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine have made it a much-talked about commodity to be sure. But hold the phone.
The 2015 Mustang shares the fastest-selling title with something a bit more sedate with a much more subtle redesign: the 2015 Honda CR-V. It took just seven days to sell both the sports coupe and the sports ute.
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Other popular small SUVs also sold quickly, with the 2015 Nissan Rogue taking 15 days to sell and the 2015 Toyota RAV4 taking 16. But those two still weren’t fast enough to make the top list.
Porsche’s new small SUV, the 2015 Macan, moved up the charts a bit and has been a fast seller since it was introduced earlier this year. Likewise Land Rover’s Range Rover and Range Rover Sport (both 2014 models) remain exceptionally popular in terms of both sales pace and volume for the luxury maker.
Many of the sales of these luxury vehicles are due to shoppers having to order their cars months ahead of time, which makes the number of days we report quite short because we only tally the time from the car arriving at the dealer to getting the final paperwork signed. In reality, you could be waiting months for a new Range Rover.
There don’t seem to be a lot of people lining up for the wickedly fast and wickedly loud Dodge Viper, which moved from the second slowest-selling car last month to the “top” spot at 254 days to sell in October. That number actually worsened from September despite the company offering $15,000 off the price. There also aren’t a lot of Vipers to be had, with Cars.com’s national inventory showing just 255 of new 2014s for sale ranging in price $84,891 to $156,280.
In the Cars.com deal picks above we found some interesting cars lingering on lots that we’d suggest shoppers check out, too. Top among them is Infiniti’s Q50 sedan. It’s been dinged for its disconnected steering and convoluted multimedia system but still offers a lot of performance and luxury for a decent price. And its price may be easier to negotiate because of the slow sales.
And below are the full lists of the fastest and slowest sellers currently on dealer lots.
October’s Fastest-Selling Cars
October’s Slowest-Selling Cars
About the Cars.com 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, Cars.com looks 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.
The Cars.com Deal 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.