Top 10 Cars Americans Aren't Buying

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Shopping for a new car? Then chances are you’re not in the market for one of these ten vehicles. Unless, of course, you put a lot of value on the individuality of your vehicle.

The following list, compiled by TrueCar for 247WallSt details the Top 10 cars that sat on dealership lots the longest before being sold.

Coming in at tenth place is the Volvo XC90 which spends an average of 119 days in inventory, and has seen 4,705 units move off dealership lots so far this year. The XC90 starts at $40,615 and is a mid-size seven-passenger SUV and is the largest model in the Swedish automaker’s XC lineup. It might also be one of the safest SUVs on the market, but its traditional Volvo styling might be turning off buyers. The XC90 is powered by a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine with 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and gets an estimated 16 MPG city, 25 MPG highway rating in front-wheel drive form.

The Land Rover LR2 has been sitting an average of 119 days in inventory this year, and so far the British automaker has sold 2,070 of these SUVs in America year-to-date. With an MSRP of $37,295 the luxury SUV isn’t actually poorly priced, it’s just not a great vehicle for on-road performance. It’s worth mentioning that the LR2 also isn’t a heavily produced model. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine with 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. It’s good for 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Surprised that the Nissan Maxima is on this list? Well don’t be, considering the current model has a starting price of $31,810. While Nissan likes to bill it as a luxury sedan, the Maxima’s price and what you get doesn’t always add up. The sedan is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 290 hp and gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, but it’s pricey for its segment. The average Maxima sits in inventory for 125 days before being sold, but that’s not to say they’re not selling at all. So far this year, 31,749 units have moved, but that’s almost 25 percent less than last year’s numbers.

With 28,299 sales so far this year, the Nissan Murano is spending an average of 127 days in inventory. The Murano features a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 260 hp and has been rated at 18 MPG city, 24 MPG highway. Priced from $29,300, it really does sit oddly in the segment. You can go cheaper and get something with more options, or pay a little more and get something more luxurious. Even Nissan’s larger Pathfinder has a lower starting price.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Nissan Murano Review

Not even the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can help sell the Acura MDX. The luxury SUV starts at $43,185, a major reason why it is spending 132 days in inventory before finding a new home. So far in 2013, Acura has moved 30,264 units which is respectable for the model and sales are expected to pick up now that a redesigned version has landed at dealerships.

Powering the MDX is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque and it’s good for 20 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway in front-wheel drive form.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Acura MDX Review

The baby Infiniti EX crossover is simply not gaining ground on the market. Now known as the QX50, it has a starting price of $35,395 with a 3.7-liter V6 engine under the hood that’s good for 325 hp. The powerplant is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that helps it get an EPA rating of 17 MPG city, 25 MPG highway.

So far this year, only 1,189 EX models have left dealership lots, with the average one spending 137 baking in the sun before finding a buyer.

Acura’s experiment into an entry-level luxury sedan has been strange. Introduced last year, sales of the ILX were poor to start and criticism was heavy. The car takes average of 142 days to sell, though the ILX has actually seen its sales improve in 2013.

So far this year, 13,907 ILX vehicles have been sold, up from over 4,000 in the first eight months of 2012. The ILX can be had with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (150 hp, 140 lb-ft of torque) or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder (manual only with 201 hp, 170 lb-ft of torque) or in Hybrid form. The Hybrid model is good for 39 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway, while the automatic ILX nets 24 MPG city, 35 MPG highway. The more powerful 2.4-liter available with a six-speed manual only gets 22 MPG city, 31 MPG highway.

The sedan has a starting price of $27,795.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Acura ILX Review

Not quite the Lancer Evolution model that automotive enthusiasts adore, the standard Mitsubishi Lancer is more like the brand’s red-headed stepchild. Spending 143 days in inventory, the Lancer is simply a boring, compact sedan that has little to offer. Pair that up with the fact that the Japanese automaker has done few changes to it over the last few years, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Still, 14,330 units have been sold so far this year and it’s starting price of $17,990 will always remain attractive in the marketplace.

Another Volvo on the list, the C30 spends an average of 146 days in inventory and so far this year, it has only sold 1,190 units in the U.S. So it’s no real surprise that Volvo is killing off the compact hatchback.

Priced from $26,415 and featuring a 30 MPG highway turbocharged engine, the C30’s funky styling and compact interior just didn’t garner the attention it needed during its lifetime. It’s also hard to pair Volvo with the word “sporty” considering it has built its reputation off safety, and well, being boring.

Last and least (least attractive to consumers that is), Acura is proving why automakers refuse to bring wagon variants to the U.S. market.

The Acura TSX Sport Wagon spends 158 days in inventory and a mere 1,491 units have been sold this year. The irony of it all is that the TSX sedan is actually one of the brand’s best-selling models, if not the best. Priced from $32,880, the TSX is no longer the entry-level for Acura’s lineup now that the ILX exists.

Under the hood is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque that nets 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Whturner Whturner on Oct 10, 2013

    Or one of the few remaining "Big Wagons" After looking for a year I found a 1996 Buick Roadmaster Wagon with 27K miles on it. With the "Corvette" engine in it it will haul my Car Trailer. I am always stopped in parking lots by people who tell me they would buy one in a flash if someone started making them again. For a smaller Wagon (to add to your suggestions) my Saab 9-5 Aero wagon, or the simiilar VW is pretty good! too.

  • Alex Kozovski Alex Kozovski on Nov 02, 2013

    The ILX is so misunderstood.