Highlights:

  • The Honda CR-V is the fastest-selling new vehicle, taking an average 7.6 days to sell
  • Fastest-selling used vehicle is the Tesla Model X
  • Fuel-efficient cars and SUVs dominate the fastest-selling new car list
  • Toyota-Lexus vehicles account for 8 vehicles on the fastest-selling new vehicle list
  • Four Tesla models appear on the fastest-selling used car list

The latest iSeeCars.com analysis found the fastest-selling new car during the month of March was the Honda CR-V, while Toyota is the most-represented automaker on the list. The fastest-selling used car is the Tesla Model X, topping a list that is dominated by alternative-fuel vehicles.

Analyzing over 150,000 new and used cars sold in March 2022, iSeeCars.com found that overall, the average new car takes 35.5 days to sell and the average used car takes 52.9 days to sell. Both new and used cars took longer to sell in March compared to February, when new cars took 34 days to sell and used cars took 49.4 days.  

“While used car prices saw slight declines in March over February, they are still well above average, while other economic factors like inflation and high gasoline prices slowed the demand for used cars during what is typically a high-volume sales month,” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “Inventory constraints have persisted for new cars due to supply chain issues in Asia and Europe, and the new car market is struggling to keep up with pent-up demand.”

Fastest-Selling New Cars

iSeeCars identified the top 20 fastest-selling new cars, which sell 1.5 to 4.7 times faster than the average new vehicle and average 19.3 days on dealers’ lots. SUVs comprise the majority of the top 20 list, with 13 vehicles. The list includes 10 small SUVs, four sedans, and three hybrid vehicles. 

“The surge in gas prices has heightened the demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, which include small SUVs, sedans, and hybrids,” said Brauer.

Top 20 Fastest-Selling New Vehicles In March 2022 - iSeeCars Study
Rank Vehicle Average Days To Sell  Average Price
1 Honda CR-V 7.6 $33,073
2 Genesis GV70 12.2 $51,473
3 Lexus RX 350 13.0 $55,467
4 Toyota Highlander 13.6 $45,892
5 Toyota Camry 15.1 $31,713
6 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 15.3 $36,647
7 Ford Maverick(Hybrid) 15.5 $28,488
8 Subaru Forester 17.0 $34,107
9 Toyota Tacoma 17.6 $39,085
10 Subaru Crosstrek 17.7 $29,407
11 Toyota Corolla 18.4 $23,260
12 Toyota RAV4 18.4 $32,874
13 BMW X3 20.1 $52,771
14 Ford Bronco 20.4 $51,556
15 Subaru Outback 20.7 $37,371
16 Toyota Tundra 21.1 $57,118
17 BMW X5 22.3 $74,530
18 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid 23.2 $28,304
19 Hyundai Tucson 23.2 $33,190
20 Hyundai Elantra 23.3 $24,053
Average For All New Vehicles 35.5 $41,447

The fastest-selling new vehicle is the Honda CR-V compact SUV, which spends an average of 7.6 days on dealer lots. “Honda is among the automakers that have the tightest inventory, and sales of the CR-V in the first quarter decreased by 37.5 percent compared to the previous year due to supply constraints,” said Brauer. “The demand for the popular small crossover is likely exacerbated by high gas prices as demand outpaces supply.”

Seven Toyota vehicles and one from its Lexus luxury division make the list. The vehicles include the Lexus RX 350 midsize SUV, the Toyota Highlander midsize SUV, the Toyota Camry midsize sedan, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid compact SUV, the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup, the Toyota Corolla compact sedan, the Toyota RAV4 compact SUV, and the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup. “Despite having some of the lowest inventory of all automakers, Toyota sold the most vehicles in the first quarter, confirming that demand is still greatly outweighing supply,” said Brauer. “Demand has been high for Toyota’s fuel-efficient and hybrid vehicles, as well as for Toyota’s pickups, including the newly redesigned Tundra.”

Three Hyundai vehicles and one from its luxury Genesis division make the list, including the Genesis GV70 compact SUV, the Hyundai Tucson compact SUV, the Hyundai Elantra hybrid compact sedan, and its non-hybrid counterpart. “The Genesis GV70 is an all-new model for 2022, and its soaring demand has made it one of the new cars priced the highest over MSRP,” said Brauer. “Meanwhile, Hyundai reported a decrease in inventory for March over February while demand increased for these fuel-efficient models.”

Three small Subaru SUVs make the list, including the Forester compact SUV, the Crosstrek subcompact SUV and the Outback compact sports wagon. “Limited inventory of Subaru models led to a 34.1 percent reduction in sales in March compared to 2021,” said Brauer. “Both the Crosstrek and Forester were refreshed for 2022, and dealers have limited inventory of these popular models, forcing them to pause orders of the Forester to help stabilize inventory.”

Two recently-released Ford vehicles make the list including the hybrid version of the Ford Maverick compact pickup truck and the Ford Bronco compact off-road SUV. “The Ford Maverick and the Ford Bronco are in such high demand that dealerships stopped taking retail orders for the vehicles for the 2022 model year, and the limited versions on dealer lots are commanding a premium over MSRP,” said Brauer. “The demand for the Maverick represents the public’s fervor for the newly created compact pickup truck segment, which provides the function of pickup at a more affordable price, while offering excellent fuel efficiency.”

Two BMW SUVs round out the list: the compact BMW X3 and the midsize BMW X5. “BMW’s sales rose by 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2022, while overall luxury vehicle sales declined by 10 percent,” said Brauer. “BMWs X model SUVs comprise more than half of the brand’s sales, and demand for these vehicles soared while inventory remained lean.”

Fastest-Selling Used Vehicles

iSeeCars also analyzed the top 20 fastest-selling used vehicles. The average used car takes 52.9 days to sell, while the top 20 fastest-selling vehicles average 35.0 days and sell 1.4 to 1.9 times faster than the average used vehicle. The list of fastest-selling used vehicles is dominated by alternative-fuel vehicles and includes eight hybrids and five fully-electric vehicles.
Top 20 Fastest-Selling Used Vehicles in March 2022 - iSeeCars Study
Rank Vehicle Average Days to Sell  Average Price
1 Tesla Model X 28.0 $90,406
2 Honda Insight 28.9 $26,853
3 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 29.4 $24,098
4 Tesla Model Y 29.5 $65,949
5 Toyota Prius Prime 32.8 $29,163
6 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan 34.3 $25,157
7 Tesla Model S 34.4 $85,103
8 Tesla Model 3 34.7 $49,394
9 Chevrolet Volt 35.0 $23,026
10 Ford Mustang Mach-E 35.1 $58,984
11 Kia K5 35.4 $32,153
12 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 35.7 $45,416
13 Toyota Sienna 35.8 $50,398
14 Toyota RAV Hybrid 36.9 $37,596
15 Audi Q7 37.2 $48,040
16 Genesis G70 37.7 $38,937
17 Jaguar XE 37.9 $30,581
18 Audi Q3 37.9 $33,863
19 Toyota Prius 38.0 $26,980
20 Audi A6 38.1 $38,411
Average for All Used Vehicles 52.9 $35,297

The fastest-selling used vehicle is the Tesla Model X electric crossover, which takes an average 28.0 days to sell. It’s joined by three additional Tesla Models, the Model Y, the Model S, and the Model 3. “The earliest delivery time for a new Tesla Model X is December 2022 for the base model and August 2022 for the high-performance Plaid version, which is further elevating the demand for the used versions,” said Brauer. “All Tesla vehicles have long waitlists for their new versions, and used versions of the highly-anticipated Tesla Model Y are just entering the used car marketplace,” said Brauer.

An additional electric vehicle, the Ford Mustang Mach-E also makes the list. “The Ford Mustang Mach-E has been in high demand since it debuted in 2021, and Ford recently stopped taking orders for new versions of the Mach-E after wait times exceeded 32 weeks,” said Brauer.  

Eight hybrid vehicles make the list including the Honda Insight, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Toyota Sienna, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and the Toyota Prius. “Just as in the new car marketplace, hybrid and plug-in hybrids are hot sellers as fuel prices reached record highs in March,” said Brauer. “Many of these hybrid vehicles like the Honda Insight, Hyundai Ioniq, and the Toyota Prius cost considerably less than the average used car, which helps them appeal to price-conscious consumers.”

Four luxury vehicles make the list including the Audi Q7 midsize SUV, the Jaguar XE compact car, the Audi Q3 subcompact SUV, and the Audi A6 midsize car. “Demand for small luxury SUVs and luxury sedans has increased in the wake of high gas prices, which has increased the demand for these vehicles,” said Brauer. 

Two sedans round out the list: the Kia K5 midsize sedan and the Mazda MAZDA3 compact car. “The Kia K5 was new for the 2021 model year, and demand for new versions has steadily risen, causing new models to be consistently priced above MSRP,” said Brauer. “With an average price of $25,157 the Mazda Mazda3 is popular with shoppers who want a relatively affordable and fuel-efficient used car amid current used car price hikes.”

Fastest-Selling Cars By City 

iSeeCars analyzed the data geographically to find the fastest-selling used cars in the top 50 most populous metro areas. 
Fastest-Selling Used Cars in March By City
City Used Vehicle Days to Sell (Average)
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 39.9
Atlanta, GA Jeep Compass 27.2
Austin, TX Ford Explorer 26.2
Baltimore, MD Honda Accord 22.9
Birmingham, AL Hyundai Elantra 24.2
Boston, MA-Manchester, NH Mazda CX-5 24.8
Charlotte, NC Toyota Corolla 24.5
Chicago, IL Tesla Model 3 26.2
Cincinnati, OH Hyundai Sonata 12.0
Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH Ram 1500 29.9
Columbus, OH Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 26.2
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX Ford Mustang 19.2
Denver, CO Tesla Model 3 20.3
Detroit, MI Jeep Grand Cherokee 34.0
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI Jeep Cherokee 50.8
Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC Jeep Compass 16.6
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC Honda CR-V 21.9
Harrisburg-Lancaster-York, PA Ram 1500 35.5
Hartford & New Haven, CT Nissan Rogue Sport 35.3
Houston, TX Mercedes-Benz E-Class 22.1
Indianapolis, IN Toyota Corolla 25.7
Jacksonville, FL GMC Sierra 1500 29.1
Kansas City, MO Dodge Charger 21.2
Las Vegas, NV Toyota RAV4 14.5
Los Angeles, CA Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 10.1
Louisville, KY Ford Mustang 44.2
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL Nissan Pathfinder 19.6
Milwaukee, WI Honda Civic (sedan) 23.8
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN Hyundai Palisade 27.0
Nashville, TN Toyota Camry 24.7
New Orleans, LA Nissan Altima 32.2
New York, NY Mercedes-Benz G-Class 25.8
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News,VA Ford Explorer 25.0
Oklahoma City, OK Jeep Cherokee 24.5
Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL Honda Civic (sedan) 19.0
Philadelphia, PA Honda Pilot 30.3
Phoenix, AZ Ram 1500 28.5
Pittsburgh, PA Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 34.1
Portland, OR Honda CR-V 20.4
Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC Honda Civic (sedan) 24.6
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA Tesla Model 3 14.4
Salt Lake City, UT Hyundai TUCSON 28.6
San Antonio, TX Toyota Camry 21.8
San Diego, CA Toyota Highlander 13.2
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA Chevrolet Camaro (coupe) 12.8
Seattle-Tacoma, WA Tesla Model 3 18.1
St. Louis, MO Ford Escape 57.1
Tampa-St Petersburg (Sarasota), FL Nissan Rogue 27.9
Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD) Chevrolet Traverse 16.1
West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL Volkswagen Tiguan 25.8
The fastest-selling used vehicle in the most cities is the Tesla Model 3 in four. 

“New car inventory is expected to remain tight for at least the beginning of 2022 as automakers struggle to meet pent-up demand, especially with popular vehicles,” said Brauer. “New and used car shoppers should act quickly if they see their desired vehicle for sale, and buyers will likely need to be flexible on color and trim options for in-demand models.” 

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Methodology

iSeeCars.com analyzed over 150,000 new and used car sales (model years 2016-2020 for used cars) from March 2022. The number of days that each car was listed for sale on iSeeCars.com was aggregated at the model level, and the average days on market for each was mathematically modeled. Heavy-duty vehicles, models not in production prior to the 2021 model year, and low-volume models were excluded from further analysis.

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