Buying a new car right now is more difficult than it has been in the past. Even with the semiconductor chip shortage, the fastest-selling cars in America are selling pretty dang fast. It’s hard to read the car market these days. The two fastest-selling cars right now are surprisingly not pickup trucks or compact sedans, but instead the C8 Corvette and the new hybrid Jeep Wrangler 4xe.
The C8 Corvette is the fastest-selling car in America
The C8 Corvette has had a bit of a rough launch. This model has been plagued with recalls, stop-sale orders, and delays. However, this does not seem to be slowing down Corvette fans from buying the C8.
According to Gear Patrol, the C8 Corvette is the fastest-selling car in the U.S. right now. The average time it takes a C8 to sell is a mere 9.2 days. That is pretty impressive. The big question here – and with any fast-selling car – is how long Chevy can continue to make the C8 at the rate? The supply chain issues are quickly dismantling automotive production for nearly every manufacturer.
The hybrid Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the second fastest-selling car in America
With the 2021 Ford Bronco commanding all 4×4 attention, Jeep had to make a serious play to remain a major player in the 4×4 SUV world. The hybrid Jeep Wrangler 4xe completely changed the game for Jeep. It was a gamble to see if Jeep fans would go for a Wrangler as different from the norm, but the gamble paid off.
Jeep is selling one Wrangler 4xe every 10.5 days on average. That sales frequency earns the Wrangler 4xe the second fastest-selling car in the country. Jeep is really swinging for the fences with the new Wrangler lineup. For the longest time, the only changes that came to the Wrangler lineup were cool names and decals.
In the past few years, Jeep has added turbocharged four-cylinders, a new V6, a diesel engine, a V8, the 4xe hybrid, and even announced the fully-electric Jeep Wrangler Magneto. This is more innovation and variety than Jeeps have seen since the change from CJ to Wrangler.
Don’t forget about the Kia Telluride
Even though the C8 Corvette and the Jeep Wrangler 4xe are the two main movers, Gear Patrol shows the top 10 fastest-selling cars on the market. The Kia Telluride has commanded the three-row SUV segment since its debut in 2020. There are almost no complaints about this solid three-row. It should come as no surprise that Kia sells a Telluride every 12.6 days.
The Koreans keep their grouping tight with the Hyundai Santa Fe hybrid selling 12.8 days, earning it fourth place on the top 10 fastest-selling cars list. The Lexus IS 350 brings up the middle with 13.4 days on the lot before one sells.
The Toyota Rav4 Prime, Cadillac Escalade, and the Kia Carnival hold down 6th-8th place. Penultimately, the Toyota Tacoma had to be somewhere on this list of fastest-selling cars. It holds down 9th place selling one Tacoma every 15 days on average. Lastly, the GMC Yukon in 10th place sells one unit every 15.5 days on average.
How long until we run out of new cars?
The semiconductor industry should keep making enough chips for new cars to keep coming, but the delays and halts in production will likely keep the flow of new models in dealerships down to a trickle for a while. It will be interesting to see how quickly new models can continue to sell if production doesn’t pick up.
This list of fastest-selling cars feels a bit surprising, but if the more desirable models aren’t being made due to the shortage, the list will likely continue to be surprising.