So far, 2016 is on track to become the best year for car sales of all time, beating out 2015. While automakers — except Volkswagen — are celebrating, Americans are projected to scoop up 17.8 million cars, propelled by cheap gas, a strong economy, and the growing demand for crossovers and SUVs of all sizes. Overall, engine displacement is getting smaller, cars are getting safer and more fuel efficient, and technology is transforming the way we drive. Simply put, cars are categorically better than they ever have been before, and customers want in.
But in the midst of all this success, it becomes clear that new cars aren’t created equal. There are still plenty of cars that gather dust in the corner of the lot while the latest roller skate-shaped family crossover sells out yet again. Demand for midsize sedans continues to shrink, and compact sedans aren’t far behind, as customers flock to more practical five-door hatchbacks.
But that doesn’t mean that the fastest-selling cars in the U.S. are a bunch of bland people movers. Website 24/7 Wall St. looked at data to determine the average time a new car sat on dealer lots, and the results are a bit surprising. Here are the five fastest-selling cars in America.
5. BMW i8
BMW’s mid-engined hybrid i8 is a technological marvel unlike anything else on the road. With a starting price over $140K, it isn’t exactly an impulse buy, and just 2,265 Americans put up the cash for one in 2015. But when one hits a dealership, it doesn’t say there for long; the average i8 sits on the lot for 19.3 days before finding a buyer.
4. Mercedes-AMG GT
Like the i8, the Mercedes-AMG GT is in near-supercar territory, and isn’t cheap, starting at a $129,000. But the sleek sports car is a bargain compared to its arch-rival, the $160,000 Porsche 911 Turbo. It’s a rarer sight too, with just 1,277 sold in 2015. But buyers know exactly what they want when they buy a GT, so if one shows up at a Mercedes dealership with an open dance card, it isn’t likely to stay there for long. The average GT finds a buyer in 18.7 days.
3. Toyota Highlander
The RAV4, Corolla, and Camry may outsell it, but when Toyota’s seven-seater hits the dealerships, it doesn’t stay there for long. The Highlander offers the comfort and convenience of a minivan without looking like one. As a result, families love it: The average Highlander finds a new home in 18.2 days.
2. Honda HR-V
Introduced in the U.S. for 2016, the Civic-based HR-V crossover has been a big hit for Honda. With its upright body, tall ride height, and small footprint, the HR-V is prime example of the ideal car Americans want in 2016. Honda dealers would likely agree; HR-Vs only take up space on their lots for an average 17.7 days.
1. Subaru Outback
As much as Americans have fallen for SUVs and crossovers, the fastest-selling car in the country is Subaru’s tall, all-wheel drive wagon, the Outback. Subaru had its best year ever in 2015, and it’s on track to smash that in 2016. When Outbacks are in stock — and that’s a big if for many Subaru dealers — they tend to find a buyer in just 16 days.