The Fastest-Selling New and Used Cars in January

By Julie Blackley

  • The top 20 list of fastest-selling new vehicles is led by the Chevrolet Corvette and consists of a mix of vehicle types with an average price of $41,982
  • SUVs make up 14 of the top 20 fastest-selling new vehicles 
  • The fastest-selling used car is the Hyundai Palisade, and the top 20 list is dominated by SUVs and luxury vehicles
  • Slowest-selling vehicles are lower-priced models such as compact cars and SUVs, vehicles that were discontinued for the 2021 model year

The latest iSeeCars analysis found that the fastest-selling new cars during the month of January were mainly SUVs split between luxury and mainstream models, while the fastest-selling used cars are mainly expensive cars including mainstream and luxury SUVs as well as sports cars. 

Analyzing over 1.2 million new and used cars sold in January 2021, found that overall, the average new car takes 46.2 days to sell and the average used car takes 38.9 days to sell. Some cars sell much faster than average, with the fastest-selling new car selling more than four times quicker and the fastest-selling used car selling almost 1.5 times faster. 

“Many of these fastest-selling vehicles are luxury vehicles and expensive SUVs, which suggests that most of the consumers who are buying new cars can afford these price points and aren’t experiencing a negative financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “Additionally, lower interest rates are making luxury cars more attainable to consumers who may not have been able to afford them otherwise.” 

Fastest-Selling New Cars

iSeeCars identified the top 20 fastest-selling new cars, which sell twice as fast to 4.5 times faster than the average new vehicle and average 20.4 days on dealers’ lots. The vehicles consist of a mix of vehicle types with an average price of $41,982. SUVs make up 14 of the cars on the list. “While the fastest-selling new cars span many price points from $24,241  to $100,643, the average for these 20 vehicles is $41,982, well above the $37,157 average price of all new cars,” said Brauer. 
Top 20 Fastest-Selling New Vehicles in January 2021 - iSeeCars Study
Rank Vehicle Days to Sell (Avg.) Average Price
1 Chevrolet Corvette 10.0 $84,689
2 Lexus IS 350 10.9 $48,013
3 Genesis GV80 14.4 $64,624
4 Lexus RX 450h 16.1 $58,271
5 Kia Telluride 17.2 $42,991
6 Mercedes-Benz GLS 18.3 $100,643
7 Lexus LX 570 18.7 $98,195
8 Toyota Sienna 19.1 $42,817
9 Toyota Tacoma 19.1 $37,129
10 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 19.3 $35,105
11 Lexus IS 300 19.3 $42,490
12 Genesis G80 20.3 $59,464
13 Lexus GX 460 20.9 $59,615
14 Ford Bronco Sport 21.7 $31,743
15 Toyota 4Runner 21.7 $44,564
16 Toyota RAV4 21.9 $30,729
17 Mercedes-Benz GLE 22.2 $75,830
18 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 22.2 $53,879
19 Toyota C-HR 23.3 $24,241
20 Subaru Forester 23.6 $31,673
Average for All New Vehicles 46.2 $37,157
The fastest-selling new vehicle is the Chevrolet Corvette, which takes on average 10 days to sell. “The new mid-engined Corvette debuted for the 2020 model year and its supply was disrupted by a union strike in 2019 and the pandemic, which led to supply shortages and unfulfilled orders,” said Brauer. “Production for the 2021 Corvette began in late December with the first orders reserved for those who didn’t receive their 2020 models, and dealer allocations can’t keep up with demand, resulting in long waiting lists for the vehicle.” 

Ranked second is the Lexus IS 350 small luxury sedan, which is the performance version of the eleventh-ranked Lexus IS 300. “The Lexus IS was updated for 2021, and the vehicle has had significant lease offers and finance incentives since it debuted,” said Brauer.

Three additional Lexus models make the list including the fourth-ranked Lexus RX 450h, the seventh-ranked Lexus LX 570, and the thirteenth-ranked Lexus GX 460. “The Lexus RX 450h midsize SUV is the hybrid version of the brand’s most popular model, and a limited number of models were released as part of the brand’s Black Line Special Edition series,” said Brauer. “The Lexus LX 570 full-size off-road vehicle, which has an average price of $98,195, saw an 18% increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to 2019 likely because the iconic vehicle is being discontinued at the end of the 2021 model year. Another off-road SUV, the Lexus GX 460 saw a 10 percent increase in sales in 2020 over 2019 due to its redesign, and that sales momentum has carried into 2021.”

Two Genesis vehicles make the list, the third-ranked Genesis GV80 midsize SUV and the Genesis G80 midsize car. “The Genesis GV80 is a brand new model that debuted to high praise, while the compelling Genesis G80 was redesigned for 2021,” said Brauer. “Genesis is the newest luxury brand and it is steadily gaining popularity in the marketplace due to its highly-acclaimed vehicles that offer competitive pricing.”

The Kia Telluride midsize SUV ranks fifth. “Kia has had trouble keeping up with the demand for this vehicle since it entered the market, and the supply constraints from the pandemic made it even more difficult for dealers to keep it in stock,” said Brauer. “The Telluride was named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the YearTM by the distinguished North American Car of the Year jury (NACTOY), and even with increased production to meet its growing demand it will continue to be a hot seller.” 

Ranked fourteenth is the Ford Bronco Sport, which is brand new for the 2021 model year. “The demand for the Ford Bronco Sport exceeded expectations, with many buyers choosing the vehicle because they don’t want to wait for the delayed and even more anticipated Ford Bronco that is set to debut this summer,” said Brauer. “Dealers are selling Bronco Sports soon after they are delivered, and there is a four-week delay for certain features like the power moonroof due to a supply chain issue.” 

Toyota accounts for the most vehicles on the list with six including the eighth-ranked Toyota Sienna minivan, the ninth-ranked Toyota Tacoma, the tenth-ranked Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, the fifteenth-ranked Toyota 4Runner, the sixteenth-ranked Toyota RAV4, and the nineteenth-ranked Toyota CH-R. “The Toyota Sienna minivan received a long-overdue update for 2021 including a hybrid powertrain and sleeker design. A second hybrid, the RAV4 Hybrid, was Toyota’s best-selling hybrid vehicle in 2020 and dealers have struggled to keep up with its demand since its debut,” said Brauer. “The Toyota Tacoma was hard to find in 2020 due to production constraints, which added to pent-up demand for the already-popular truck for 2021. Toyota practices lean inventory techniques and doesn’t produce excess inventory, which along with its popularity due to its reliability and strong resale value, contributes to the automaker’s rapid vehicle turnover.”

Three additional luxury SUVs make the list including sixth-ranked full-size Mercedes-Benz GLS, the seventeenth-ranked midsize Mercedes-Benz GLE, and the eighteenth-ranked subcompact Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. “These three luxury SUVs were fully redesigned in 2020 and represent the popularity of luxury SUVs.” 

Rounding out the list is the Subaru Forester. “The Forester is Subaru’s best-selling model, and similar to Toyota, Subaru keeps its inventory low, contributing to quick selling times,” said Brauer.

Fastest-Selling Used Cars

iSeeCars also analyzed the top 20 fastest-selling used vehicles. The average used vehicle takes 38.9 days to sell, and the top 20 fastest-selling vehicles average 29.6 days on dealers lots, more than 30% faster. Similar to new cars, SUVs dominate the list. 
Top 20 Fastest-Selling Used Vehicles in January 2021- iSeeCars Study
Rank Vehicle Days to Sell (Avg.) Average Price
1 Hyundai Palisade 26.2 $39,551
2 Lexus NX 300 26.5 $31,271
3 Chevrolet Corvette 26.6 $67,308
4 Lexus RX 450h 26.7 $41,520
5 Lexus LX 570 26.9 $70,987
6 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 27.3 $54,503
7 Kia Telluride 28.3 $39,685
8 Toyota 4Runner 28.7 $35,078
9 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 28.7 $137,073
10 Porsche 911 29.5 $126,892
11 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30.3 $21,408
12 Kia Stinger 30.4 $30,220
13 Jeep Compass 30.4 $19,127
14 Land Rover Range Rover Velar 30.4 $51,657
15 BMW X6 30.4 $43,795
16 BMW 4 Series 30.8 $37,434
17 Jeep Wrangler 31.0 $29,542
18 Lexus RX 350 31.1 $36,089
19 Honda Insight 31.5 $20,573
20 Tesla Model X 31.6 $66,361
Average for All Used Vehicles 38.9 $26,146
Earning the top spot is the Hyundai Palisade midsize SUV, which shares a platform with and is very similar to the seventh-ranked Kia Telluride. “Both of these popular vehicles debuted for the 2020 model year, during pandemic-constrained production, so there aren’t many in the used car marketplace,” said Brauer. A second Kia, the Stinger, is also new to the marketplace and ranks twelfth. “The Kia Stinger was introduced in 2018, and off-lease versions of the popular small car are entering the marketplace for the first time.”

Eight luxury SUVs make the list including the second-ranked Lexus NX 300, the fourth-ranked Lexus RX 450h, the fifth-ranked Lexus LX570, the ninth-ranked Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the fourteenth-ranked Land Rover Range Rover Velar, the fifteenth-ranked BMW X6, the eighteenth-ranked Lexus RX 350, and the twentieth-ranked Tesla Model X. “Luxury SUVs are a popular vehicle segment as people who aren’t financially impacted by the pandemic are making big-ticket purchases with the money they’re saving from reduced travel and entertainment,” said Brauer.  

The Tesla Model X stands out as the only electric luxury SUV on the list. “The Tesla Model X has seen solid demand since it was released in 2015, and its over-the-air updates keep it up-to-date, making used versions attractive buys,” said Brauer. 

Three sports cars make the list including the third-ranked Chevrolet Corvette, the tenth-ranked Porsche 911, and the eleventh-ranked Mazda MX-5 Miata. “While the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the more affordable sports cars in the segment with an average used car price of $21,408, the Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911 are more expensive with average prices of $67,308 and $126,892 respectively,” said Brauer. “These are aspirational cars for many, and consumers are purchasing these vehicles as a source of joy in the midst of the pandemic, further adding to the demand of these already popular used vehicles.”

Two German luxury cars make the list, including the sixth-ranked midsize Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the sixteenth-ranked compact BMW 4 Series, which are convertibles. “More consumers are opting for luxury vehicles like luxury SUVs and sports cars, and convertibles are yet another example of this trend,” said Brauer. 

The Honda Insight hybrid ranks nineteenth. “The Honda Insight entered the marketplace in 2019 after a five-year hiatus, so there aren’t yet many used versions in the marketplace, which could drive up demand,” said Brauer.

Two Jeeps make the list including the thirteenth-ranked Jeep Compass and the seventeenth-ranked Jeep Wrangler. “The Compass is the cheapest car in the Jeep lineup, which appeals to buyers who want to own a Jeep for the first time, while the iconic Wrangler continues to be an in-demand vehicle,” said Brauer.

Rounding out the list is the eighth-ranked Toyota 4Runner. “The truck-based Toyota 4Runner appeals to SUV buyers who want a rugged SUV,” said Brauer.

Analysis of Best-Selling Cars

Absent from the overall lists of fastest-selling new and used vehicles are many of the nation’s most popular vehicles. 

Most Popular Cars: New Vehicles

The average days to sell for the nation’s most popular cars ranges from 19.1 days to 72.1 days.

America’s Most Popular New Vehicles: Days to Sell (January 2021) -iSeeCars
Rank New Car Days to Sell (Avg.) Average Price
1 Toyota Tacoma 19.1 $37,129
2 Toyota 4Runner 21.7 $44,564
3 Toyota RAV4 21.9 $30,729
4 Subaru Forester 23.6 $31,673
5 Jeep Wrangler 30.1 $38,633
6 GMC Sierra 1500 31.7 $54,097
7 Subaru Outback 32.5 $35,662
8 Ram Pickup 1500 34.4 $49,544
9 Toyota Highlander 36.5 $43,167
10 Jeep Grand Cherokee 41.9 $42,345
11 Toyota Camry 42.5 $28,864
12 Toyota Corolla 44.6 $21,795
13 Nissan Rogue 44.9 $30,077
14 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 46.0 $45,879
Average New Car 46.2 $37,157
15 Jeep Cherokee 49.0 $30,738
16 Ford Explorer 53.0 $44,348
17 Mazda CX-5 54.0 $31,006
18 Ford F-150 57.4 $50,324
19 Honda CR-V 57.7 $30,921
20 Honda Accord 58.2 $28,745
21 Chevrolet Equinox 59.7 $28,072
22 Honda Civic 63.5 $23,036
23 Ford Escape 64.2 $27,488
24 Nissan Altima 72.1 $25,540
Of the most popular vehicles, the fastest seller is the Toyota Tacoma at 19.1 days. Toyota has the highest number of popular vehicles that sell above the 46.2-day average for all new vehicles. “Toyota vehicles are fast sellers because of their tight inventory and popularity due to their proven reliability,” said Brauer. “This is not just true for its trucks and SUVs, but also for its passenger cars that remain hot sellers despite the decline of the sedan segment.” 

The slowest-selling popular car is the Nissan Altima, which takes 72.1 days to sell. “Although it’s still a top seller, the Nissan Altima isn’t in as high demand as the more popular Toyota Camry,” said Brauer. 

Most-Popular Cars: Used Vehicles

The average days to sell for the nation’s most popular cars ranges from 28.7 days to 50.5 days.

America’s Most Popular Used Vehicles: Days to Sell (January 2021) -iSeeCars
Rank New Car Days to Sell (Avg.) Average Price
1 Toyota 4Runner 28.7 $35,078
2 Jeep Wrangler 31.0 $29,542
3 Toyota RAV4 32.6 $21,775
4 Mazda CX-5 32.6 $21,006
5 Toyota Corolla 33.0 $14,392
6 Toyota Camry 33.9 $18,724
7 Jeep Cherokee 34.4 $20,193
8 Jeep Grand Cherokee 34.5 $29,633
9 Nissan Altima 34.8 $16,451
10 Subaru Forester 35.1 $22,269
11 Ram Pickup 1500 35.2 $33,756
12 Toyota Tacoma 35.2 $31,643
13 Nissan Rogue 35.3 $17,681
14 Honda Civic 35.7 $16,582
15 Toyota Highlander 35.8 $29,387
16 Honda CR-V 36.6 $22,394
17 Subaru Outback 37.9 $24,215
18 Honda Accord 38.8 $20,001
Used Car Average 38.9 $26,146
19 GMC Sierra 1500 42.5 $40,094
20 Chevrolet Equinox 46.1 $18,281
21 Ford Explorer 46.9 $28,067
22 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 47.0 $34,790
23 Ford F-150 48.9 $35,896
24 Ford Escape 50.5 $17,381
Of the most popular cars, the fastest-selling used car is the Toyota 4Runner, which sells after 28.7 days on average. Of all the most popular cars, all but six sell faster than the average used vehicle. 

The popular cars that sell slower than average are all American vehicles and include three pickup trucks and two SUVs. “The Chevrolet Equinox and the Ford Escape are among the more affordable SUVs in their segments, which suggests that buyers are opting for more upscale alternatives,” said Brauer.

Slowest-Selling New Vehicles

iSeeCars also analyzed the new cars that remain on dealer lots the longest. The top 10 slowest-selling new cars remain on dealer lots for at least two to nearly four times longer than the average vehicle. "Many of the slowest-selling vehicles are lower-priced models such as compact cars and SUVs as well as vehicles that were discontinued for the 2021 model year,” said Brauer. “While the demand for higher-priced vehicles is growing, the demand for more economical models is declining, which shows that buyers with higher disposable incomes are more likely to purchase a new vehicle amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Top 10 Slowest-Selling New Vehicles for January 2021 - iSeeCars Study
Rank Vehicle Days to Sell (Avg.) Average Price
1 Ford Fusion Hybrid 179.7 $26,490
2 Ford Fusion 157.7 $22,942
3 Honda Fit 113.1 $18,680
4 Kia Sedona 102.9 $32,039
5 Chevrolet Trax 102.1 $21,499
6 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 97.1 $16,210
7 Ford EcoSport 96.7 $22,023
8 Kia Rio 96.5 $15,918
9 Hyundai Elantra GT 94.9 $21,820
10 Nissan Versa 94.4 $17,203
Average for All New Vehicles 46.2
The slowest-selling new vehicle is the Ford Fusion Hybrid, while the non-hybrid variant ranks second. “Both versions of the Ford Fusion were discontinued for the 2021 model year due to the vehicles’ declining popularity as well as the lowered demand for the sedan segment,” said Brauer. 

Also making the list are four subcompact cars including the third-ranked Honda Fit, the sixth-ranked Mitsubishi Mirage G4, the eighth-ranked Kia Rio, and the tenth-ranked Nissan Versa, and one compact car, the ninth-ranked Hyundai Elantra GT. “The Honda Fit and the Hyundai Elantra GT were discontinued for the 2021 model year,” said Brauer. “The Kia Rio, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4, and the Nissan Versa are three of the lowest-priced cars on the market, appealing to an audience segment that is likely hard-hit by the pandemic.” 

Two subcompact SUVs also make the list including the fifth-ranked Chevrolet Trax and the seventh-ranked Ford EcoSport. “Chevrolet is cutting production of the Trax to keep up with demand for the new Trailblazer, while the Ford EcoSport does not measure up to its competition,” said Brauer. “Just as there isn’t a high demand for economy cars, lower-priced SUVs are also slow sellers.” 

Rounding out the list is the Kia Sedona minivan. “The Kia Sedona saw a sharp decrease in sales for 2020, and the aging minivan will see a redesign in 2022,” said Brauer.

Slowest-Selling Used Vehicles

iSeeCars also analyzed the slowest-selling used vehicles, which remain on lots from 1.3 to 2.75 times longer than the average used vehicle. Eight of the 10 vehicles are SUVs, with luxury SUVs comprising the majority of the list with six. Additionally, domestic brands account for seven out of 10 vehicles.
Top 10 Slowest-Selling Used Vehicles for January 2021 - iSeeCars Study
Rank Vehicle Days to Sell (Avg.) Average Price
1 Buick Encore GX 107.1 $24,305
2 Cadillac XT6 81.9 $52,222
3 Chevrolet Blazer 65.5 $32,745
4 Chevrolet Trax 62.4 $15,238
5 Chevrolet Bolt EV 60.5 $17,616
6 Lincoln Nautilus 60.0 $43,014
7 Buick Envision 58.9 $23,558
8 Volvo XC40 56.9 $35,562
9 BMW X2 56.2 $33,000
10 Volvo S60 52.2 $24,768
Average for All Used Vehicles 38.9
The slowest-selling used vehicle is the Buick Encore GX, which debuted for the 2020 model year. “The Buick Encore GX was one of the brand’s top sellers in 2020, but demand for the 2020 model likely dropped quicker than production toward the end of that vehicle’s run, and now new 2021 versions are comparable in price when new car incentives are taken into account.” 

Three additional American luxury SUVs make the list including the second-ranked Cadillac XT6, the sixth-ranked Lincoln Nautilus, and the seventh-ranked Buick Envision. “The Cadillac XT6 debuted in 2020, while the Lincoln Nautilus debuted in 2019,” said Brauer. “Both SUVs had typical ‘new model’ excitement when they debuted, yet that demand has waned since their launch as additional competitive models have entered the market .” 

Two Chevrolet SUVs make the list including the third-ranked Chevrolet Blazer midsize SUV and the fourth-ranked Chevrolet Trax subcompact SUV. “The Chevrolet Blazer tried to leverage a famous Chevy nameplate, but the current vehicle doesn’t live up to the Blazer’s iconic history, and the Chevrolet Trax has been upstaged by the newer, more appealing Chevrolet Trailblazer,” said Brauer.

Two luxury subcompact SUVs make the list including the eighth-ranked Volvo XC40 and the ninth-ranked BMW X2. “Although foreign luxury SUVs are fast-sellers in the new and used market, this suggests today’s buyers are more interested in larger SUVs,” said Brauer. 

Rounding out the list are the fifth-ranked Chevrolet Bolt EV and the tenth-ranked Volvo S60. “The Chevrolet Bolt has sold relatively well since it debuted in 2017, but supply has easily kept up with demand, allowing a percentage of used Bolts to languish on dealer lots,” said Brauer. “Meanwhile, the Volvo S60 is a quality luxury car, but cars, in general, are struggling for demand, and on the luxury side crossovers and SUVs are seeing much higher demand.” 

Fastest-Selling New and Used Cars By City 

iSeeCars analyzed the data geographically to find the fastest-selling new cars in the top 50 populous metro areas.
Fastest-Selling New and Used Cars by City
City New Vehicle Days to Sell(Average) Used Vehicle Days to Sell (Average)
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM Ram Ram Pickup 1500 Classic 11.8 Toyota Corolla 18.8
Atlanta, GA Chevrolet Tahoe 10.7 Lexus IS 300 22.9
Austin, TX Toyota Tacoma 16.2 Chrysler Pacifica 15.3
Baltimore, MD Toyota Tundra 10.0 Kia Sorento 21.9
Birmingham, AL Mitsubishi Mirage G4 14.8 Hyundai Tucson 23.8
Boston, MA-Manchester, NH Genesis GV80 12.8 Honda Odyssey 26.8
Charlotte, NC GMC Yukon 15.9 Mercedes-Benz GLE 15.1
Chicago, IL Kia Telluride 15.8 Chevrolet Corvette 21.0
Cincinnati, OH Kia Telluride 13.3 Jeep Cherokee 25.8
Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH Subaru Forester 14.2 Subaru Crosstrek 25.1
Columbus, OH Kia Telluride 6.7 Nissan Rogue Sport 23.9
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX Kia Telluride 6.9 Toyota Prius Prime 15.3
Denver, CO Lexus GX 460 9.0 Lexus NX 300 19.8
Detroit, MI Cadillac Escalade 14.5 Toyota 4Runner 16.6
Fresno-Visalia, CA Ford F-150 10.0 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 22.2
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI Hyundai Venue 9.4 Chrysler 300 24.4
Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC Toyota RAV4 15.8 Infiniti Q50 18.6
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC Toyota RAV4 15.3 Lexus RX 350 17.5
Harrisburg-Lancaster-York, PA Toyota Tacoma 20.8 Lexus RX 350 17.0
Hartford & New Haven, CT Volvo XC60 14.8 Jeep Compass 25.0
Houston, TX Toyota C-HR 10.4 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 19.8
Indianapolis, IN Toyota Sienna 16.6 Volkswagen Passat 24.0
Jacksonville, FL Genesis Gv80 8.2 Ram Ram Pickup 1500 23.6
Kansas City, MO Kia Telluride 10.6 Toyota Tundra 27.2
Las Vegas, NV Toyota Tacoma 9.8 Cadillac XT5 18.2
Los Angeles, CA Lexus IS 350 9.6 Lexus LX 570 12.6
Memphis, TN Kia Telluride 9.9 Subaru Outback 17.9
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL Lexus IS 350 5.6 Toyota Prius 18.9
Milwaukee, WI Hyundai Palisade 12.4 Subaru Impreza 13.4
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN Mitsubishi Outlander 10.0 GMC Yukon XL 24.5
Nashville, TN Toyota Tacoma 14.7 Mazda CX-5 19.0
New York, NY Cadillac Escalade ESV 11.6 Tesla Model 3 17.6
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News,VA Toyota Highlander 11.4 Mazda CX-5 21.8
Oklahoma City, OK Ram Pickup 1500 Classic 13.1 Jeep Compass 22.6
Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 6.5 Ford Expedition Max 16.2
Philadelphia, PA Lexus RX 350 10.8 Lexus NX 300 29.5
Phoenix, AZ Mercedes-Benz Gle 10.7 Nissan Leaf 17.5
Pittsburgh, PA Toyota Sienna 12.2 Dodge Durango 26.8
Portland, OR Subaru Outback 10.8 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 20.9
Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC Lexus GX 460 8.0 Audi Q5 17.6
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA Toyota Tacoma 13.2 GMC Yukon XL 18.5
Salt Lake City, UT Chevrolet Colorado 19.5 GMC Yukon XL 24.0
San Antonio, TX Land Rover Discovery Sport 13.3 Lexus GX 460 18.8
San Diego, CA Chevrolet Tahoe 7.1 Subaru Outback 17.6
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 7.6 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 19.0
Seattle-Tacoma, WA Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 15.6 Mazda CX-3 20.9
St. Louis, MO Dodge Charger 17.6 Hyundai Elantra 29.3
Tampa-St Petersburg (Sarasota), FL Toyota RAV4 8.8 Dodge Durango 21.7
Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD) Mercedes-Benz E-Class 9.0 Toyota 4Runner 20.1
West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL Toyota RAV4 5.8 Lexus NX 300 16.2
The fastest-selling new vehicle in most cities is the Kia Telluride in six, followed by the Toyota Tacoma in five, and the Toyota RAV4 in four. “The list of the most popular new vehicles across the country mirrors national trends with the in-demand Kia Telluride leading the list,” said Brauer. “Additionally, the list is largely made up of SUVs and trucks that are more expensive than the average new vehicle.”

The fastest-selling used car is a tie between the GMC Yukon XL and the Lexus NX 300, which are both the most popular used vehicle in three cities. “The Lexus NX 300 is a compact luxury SUV, while the GMC Yukon XL is a full-size SUV priced like a luxury vehicle, which further shows that expensive vehicles are currently the hottest sellers,” said Brauer.

“Car buyers who are interested in making a new or used car purchase might have difficulty finding the most in-demand vehicles, and may end up paying a premium for them in the used car marketplace,” said Brauer. “Many of these fastest-selling vehicles are popular cars that are hard to find for reasons such as the effect of the pandemic on supply chains, limited  production, or because they are new models that aren’t yet abundant in the used car marketplace.”

Methodology analyzed over 1.2 million new and used car sales (model years 2016-2020 for used cars) from January 2021. The number of days that each car was listed for sale on was aggregated at the model level, and the average days on market for each was mathematically modeled. Heavy-duty vehicles, models no longer in production prior to the 2021 model year, and low-volume models were excluded from further analysis.

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