The 10 Most Overlooked Cars in America Last Year

In a few years, preferences will shift again, but for now, these are 10 of the slowest-selling cars in America last year.


When the tastes of the average car buyer evolve, entire segments and styles of cars can take a hit while others swell in popularity. America’s current obsession: large SUVs and mid-sized crossovers, far removed from the years that saw sedans and wagons flying off dealership lots.

According to a report from USA Today that lists the slowest selling cars of last year based on data from Kelley Blue Book, it’s clear just how unpopular some cars are, especially sedans.

When manufacturers determine the number of cars to allocate to specific dealerships, they factor in the regions’ preferences, the assumed popularity of the car and how quickly they think the dealership can sell them. If all goes well, some vehicles will only be on the lot for a few days, maybe a couple of weeks, with the average car only staying put for around a month.

If manufacturers guess wrong, months can go by — or in the case of the Mitsubishi Lancer in the number one spot, possibly years — it was discontinued in 2017 and dealers are still trying to get rid of them. Looking at the rest of the list, however, it doesn’t look good for luxury sedans and small cars. Maybe, in a few years, preferences will shift again, but for now, these are 10 of the slowest selling cars in America last year

10. Audi A7


Average time spent the lot: 143.6 days
Sales in 2018: 3,852

9. Fiat 500L


Average time spent the lot: 146.2 days
Sales in 2018: 1,413

8. Jaguar XJ


Average time spent the lot: 146.3 days
Sales in 2018: 1,579

7. Chevrolet Impala


Average time spent the lot: 147.7 days
Sales in 2018: 56,556

6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class


Average time spent the lot: 156.1 days
Sales in 2018: 47,936

5. Chrysler 200


Average time spent the lot: 157.6 days
Sales in 2018: 1,043

4. Fiat 500


Average time spent the lot: 160.3 days
Sales in 2018: 5,370

3. Volvo 60 Series


Average time spent the lot: 177.9 days
Sales in 2018: 11,876

2. Volkswagen Touareg


Average time spent the lot: 194.1 days
Sales in 2018: 2,022

1. Mitsubishi Lancer


Average time spent the lot: 195.3
Sales in 2018: 3,351

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