15 Cars That Fly Out of the Dealerships Because Everyone Wants Them

Updated January 30, 2017

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Owners and managers of car dealerships are all smiles when the cars in stock are sold quickly. Of course, they are making money as new owners start purchasing. However, there is another reason. Dealers have to pay for those cars that remain on those lots. So, the faster they can sell them, the less it costs to them. Moreover, dealerships markup the price of the great selling models, although car manufacturers discourage the practice.

So what cars are flying off dealers’ lots in 2016? 24/7 Wall Street studied data from the Kelley Blue Book and determined the 15 models that sell the quickest based on the average number of days each car is on the lot. Perhaps your new car is one that’s on the list? Click Next to view them:

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15) Audi Q3
According to 24/7 Wall Street’s investigation, the Audi Q3 is on dealerships lots for an average of 24.8 days. It’s probably not due to the gas mileage. The EPA rates it as 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Maybe it’s because the trim that costs extra money previously is now standard. The additional goodies include full LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, and the S line exterior package. Perhaps it’s the new colors. Buyers have a choice of Hainan blue, utopia blue, misan red, and cuvee silver. Car journalists like the high-quality materials that appear throughout the interior including knurled aluminum knobs, comfortable seats and a well-designed infotainment center.

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14) Scion iA
This car is on the dealerships lots an average of 24.5 days. It could be winning over customers quickly because it is the first sedan in the Scion fleet and is considered an entry-level model. If the company is right, then what it predicts to be the fuel economy of this car could be another reason for success. According to Scion, the automatic is rated at 33 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway and the manual has a rating of 31-mpg city and 41-mpg highway. It also includes features not often found on entry-level subcompacts.

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13) Subaru Legacy
If you want this car you better get to your local dealerships within 24 days of the car first appearing on the dealer’s lot. Customers may be going for the newly recalibrated suspension system that is resulting in a smoother ride and a better steering feel. There’s a new Starlink infotainment system with such features as vehicle diagnostics, automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, and maintenance notifications. Moreover, there are more safety features on its Subaru EyeSight system with driver assistance features including lane keeping assist, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.


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12) Audi TT
This car is off the Audi dealerships lots within an average of 23.1 days. Customers may like this 2+2 coupe because it is sporty without actually being a sports car. Other attractive features are that the car is about 100 pounds lighter than the previous model, 25 percent stiffer that the previous model and more powerful than the previous model. The exterior panels are made of aluminum and the dashboard is more streamlined with climate and heated seat controls relocated to the air vents.

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11) Volvo XC90
The average amount of time on dealerships lots for this car is 22.7 days. It is a plug-in hybrid. Customers may like this model because it is slightly larger and lighter than the previous model. Or maybe it’s the option of getting one of two Drive-E supercharged and turbocharged engines. The base engine generates 316 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque and is connected to a Volvo eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. There is also an electric motor on the rear axle with an output of 395 horsepower and 472 lb.-ft. of torque. An engine option called the T8 can run as a pure electric, pure gasoline, or as a hybrid and are all-wheel drive. Or customers are attracted by the luxury, high-end leather, real wood and metal interior. The driver can control the car’s functions from a tablet-like Sensus center touchscreen display. The software used to control functions is either the Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto.

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10) Land Rover Range Rover Sport
This car has a short visit to dealerships lots of 22.4 days on average. It may be flying off the lot because of the new all-terrain progress control and automatic access height, which is standard on all models. Maybe customers are turned on by the hands-free tailgate that opens with a gesture. The four-wheel drive SUV can accommodate up to seven passengers.

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9) Porsche Macan
If you want a Porsche Macan you better get to the dealerships within 21.6 days of the car’s first appearance on the lot. Customers may like that the Macan comes with two choices of engines. The standard 3.0 liter V6 generates 340-horsepower with 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that can run from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds or 5.0-seconds if power is coming from the optional Chrono package. This set up includes a tighter transmission that helps the car reach a top speed of 156 mph. The other engine option is a turbocharged 3.6-liter that produces 400 horsepower and runs from 0 to 60 in 4.6-seconds or 4.4-seconds if it includes the Sport Chrono package, which gives the car a top speed of 164 mph. Customers probably like the quick, tight and stable handling.

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8) Mercedes-Benz GLE
Off the dealerships lots within 21.5 days, this car runs on every fuel source available – diesel, gas, and electric hybrid. There are more options available for this model than the model it replaces, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Customers may also like the interior that features high-gloss wood trim, stitched leather and well-crafted elements. The display pad from which the driver can control functions looks like an iPad sitting between two vents. The COMMAND controller is within easy reach of the driver on the center console so that he or she can click through the different screens of the computer system. The control for the choice of driving mode called Mercedes Dynamic Select features a smaller wheel for easier use. This system can be used to adjust steering, transmission shift points, and suspension settings. There are an abundance of safety features including brake and pedestrian detection, blind spot assist, and active lane keeping assist that gently vibrates the steering wheel when the car crosses over lane lines.

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7) Toyota 4Runner
Off the dealerships lots no later than 20.8 days after it first appears, the Toyota 4Runner features such customer favorites as great off-road capability, strong V6 engine, good cargo capacity and an optional third-row seat. It permits the integration of the driver’s cell phone to provide navigation and an upgraded audio system. Or maybe it’s the 47-cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats that turn customers on. Cargo space becomes an impressive 89.7-cubic feet when all rear seats are folded down.

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6) Mercedes-Benz Metris
Off dealerships lots within 20.2 days, this is a new midsize commercial vehicle that comes in a cargo or passenger variants. It can accommodate eight passengers in the passenger alternative. Customers may like that, if properly equipped, the vehicle can hold up to 4,960 pounds of payload. Maybe it’s the cargo space that they like. It has 186-cubic feet of volume and payload capacity of up to 2,502 pounds in the commercial version and 38-cubic feet of cargo volume and a maximum payload capacity of 1,874 pounds in the passenger variety. Safety features may also be attracting customers including crosswind assist and attention assist that monitors the driver’s driving patterns. Available as an option are blind spot warning, collision prevention assist and lane keeping assist.

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5) BMW i8
A typical stay on dealerships lot for this vehicle is 19.3 days. Customers may like its 100 percent renewable energy construction or its optional laser headlights. They may also be attracted by the E-drive mode that allows the car to cruise up to 15 miles on electric power at speeds up to 75 mph. Then again maybe they like that the cabin is quiet or that the 3-cylinder turbocharged engine runs from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. The vehicle is lightweight due to its carbon fiber reinforced plastic body. It is supposed to be as strong as steel, but weigh half as much. The all-wheel drive system routes all power to the rear wheels, the front wheels, or anywhere in between depending on traction needs. Other reasons why its stay on dealers’ lots is not a long one is because it has full-color head-up display, 360-degree camera system with bird’s eye view and pre-collision system.

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4) Mercedes-AMG GT
This rear-wheel drive two-seat sports coupe has an average stay on dealerships lots of 18.7 days. Customers may like the 12.3-cubic feet of cargo space or the engine that produces 456-horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque or an engine that generates 503-horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque on the S model.

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3) Toyota Highlander
Its stay on dealerships lots doesn’t exceed 18.2 days. Customers may be buying because the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates it as a Top Safety Pick+.

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2) Honda HR-V
This small crossover with two-rolls of seats and available in front or all-wheel drive sits on the dealerships lots for no more than 17.7 days. Customers probably like its fuel efficiency ratings of 28-mpg city and 35-mpg highway for the front-wheel drive model with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or 25-mpg city and 34-mpg highway with the manual transmission. HR-Vs with all-wheel drive rate at 27-mpg city and 32 mpg highway. Buyers probably also like the cargo space. Front-drive models feature cargo space of 24.3-cubic feet with split-folding rear seats up and 58.8-cubic feet with them down. All-wheel drive has cargo space of 23.2-cubic feet with the second row up. LX models with all-wheel drive have cargo space of 57.6-cubic feet.

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1) Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback spends no more than 16 days on dealerships lots. No doubt customers like the fuel economy –- four-cylinder engine gets 25-mpg city and 33-mpg highway and the flat-six engine is rated at 20-mpg city and 27-mpg highway. They probably like that there are two engines available – a 2.5-liter flat-four that produces 175-horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque and a 3.6-liter flat six that generates 256-horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. They also like the roomy interior that accommodates five adult passengers and has 35.5-cubic feet of cargo space behind the split folding rear seats and 73.3-cubic feet when the second row of seats are not in use.

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