With the arrival of spring and warmer weather (for some parts of the country, anyway) new car sales have started to ramp up. Last month saw trucks and SUVs flying off the lots at dealerships across the country, but the numbers bring up some surprises. For instance, no popular sedans, hatchbacks, or wagons cracked the top ten. Instead, 16 of the top 20 fastest movers were trucks or SUVs. Sports cars were the other category holding strong in April.
Luxury SUVs make a particularly strong presence on the list, indicating America’s taste for large, powerful, and elegant vehicles has not faded. Also, with tax season wrapping up, it’s possible that shoppers have a few extra bucks to treat themselves with. Whatever the case may be, the focus of consumers appears not to be a focus on efficiency, but on power and cargo space.
Cars.com has assembled their list of the ten fastest selling cars in April, showcasing each model in detail. Read on to see the top ten vehicles that flew out of dealer inventories.
Editors’ Note: This version has been updated to reflect the accurate numerical ranking of the vehicles, which are now ranked from 10 to 1 in the correct order. We thank our diligent readers for pointing out the issue to us.
10. Chevrolet Corvette coupe, 14 Days
No list is complete without a classic sports car. Chevrolet brings its powerful Corvette Coupe to the table, with the newest models spending only 14 days on dealer lots before being sold. The Corvette has been around for years, and after a recent redesign, drivers are falling in love with it all over again. This is a driver’s dream, featuring a 7 speed transmission, a 460 horsepower engine, and a bold profile that will have onlookers gawking. The Corvette is the quintessential American sports car, and with fast and steady sales, it looks to be solidifying its place as a consumer favorite.
9. 2014 Audi Q5, 14 Days
Another impressive luxury SUV, the Audi Q5 lands in the ninth spot of April’s fast sellers. Selling after two weeks on average, the Q5 is a wildly popular choice for drivers looking for toughness and utility blended with the creature comforts of a luxury SUV. Loaded with advanced technologies like Audi connect and its own wi-fi hotspot, this is the perfect SUV for technophiles. Add in incredible fuel economy and a variety of engine options, and the Q5 becomes a solid choice for many shoppers.
8. Toyota Highlander, 13 Days
When it comes to reliable midsize crossover SUVs, the Toyota Highalnder is one of the most popular choices available. This proved true again in April when the Highlander moved fast from dealerships across the country, with an average of 13 days before sale. Drivers praise the Highlander for its reliability, fuel efficiency, and a price tag starting at under $30,000. The 2014 model also saw an exterior redesign, showcasing an athletic and sleeker body than before. It appears that shoppers were impressed with the new changes, as they kept the Highlander moving off of dealer lots in fast order.
7. Chevrolet Suburban 1500, 13 Days
A very familiar name to many, the Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Suburban has been a mainstay for American families for several decades now. The newest iteration spent an average of 13 days on lots before being sold, showing evidence that consumers have not ended their love affair with Chevy’s classic full-size SUV. With seating for up to nine passengers, available all-wheel drive, and a 320 horsepower V8 engine, the Suburban is a reliable and powerful choice for families or professionals alike. Now in its 80th year of production, appetites for the Suburban still haven’t been satisfied.
6. Mercedes-Benz GL450, 11 Days
Mercedes-Benz makes an appearance with the sixth fastest selling vehicle last month, its popular GL450 SUV. With a lot of power and a lot of room, the GL450 fits right in with the many other luxury SUVs making up the top ten list. Consumers love the GL450 for its available diesel V6 engine and seating for up to seven passengers. Following a redesign last year, this luxury SUV has been at the top of the prospects list for many shoppers, and with good reason. The GL450 spent only 11 days in dealer inventories on average last month, showcasing a high demand for Mercedes’ big and elegant SUV.
5. Lexus RX 350, 11 Days
The third luxury SUV in the top 5, the Lexus (TM:NYSE) RX 350 showed some serious ability to generate sales by spending an average of 11 days on the lot. The RX 350 takes luxury seriously, offering one of the roomiest and most comfortable interiors available. Behind a powerful V6 engine and 6 speed transmission, performance isn’t an issue with this SUV either. Lexus didn’t hold back in providing lots of cargo space, leg room, and entertainment features that make this vehicle a wildly popular choice for luxury SUV lovers.
4. Land Rover Range Rover Sport, 10 Days
Coming in slightly behind its sibling, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport spent an average of ten days in dealer inventories — another impressive figure for Land Rover, with its second model in the top four fastest selling vehicles last month. The Range Rover Sport walks a fine line between full-size luxury SUV and midsize luxury SUV, and also provides a bit more on the capability side than the Range Rover does. Giving customers the option between the classic and the capable Sport version seems to have paid off big for Land Rover.
3. Land Rover Range Rover, 8 Days
In addition to Subaru, Land Rover (NYSE:TTM) showed some impressive ability to move vehicles. Their Range Rover lasted slightly longer than the WRX and Forester, spending an average of 8 days at dealerships before being sold. The fastest moving luxury vehicle on our list, the Range Rover has been a favorite of city dwellers and suburbanites for years, thanks to its classy profile and ability to tackle tricky weather conditions. Now in its fourth generation, the Land Rover is still delivering for drivers all across the world.
2. Subaru WRX, 7 Days
Also spending an average of seven days in dealer inventories is Subaru’s WRX. The WRX is moving fast partially due to it’s redesign for the new model year. Cementing its place as a customer favorite for compact sports cars, the WRX is thrilling drivers with tight, precise handling and steering, all-wheel drive, and a shockingly fast acceleration rate. Known for its off-road capabilities, shoppers might be looking for a fun summertime vehicle that will allow them to hit the back country. Whatever the motive, the WRX is not lasting long in dealer stocks nationwide.
1. Subaru Forester, 7 Days
Subaru had an especially strong month in April, with two of their models spending an average of one week on dealership’s lots. As durable an SUV as you can find, the Subaru Forester ranked as the vehicle that flew out of inventories at the fastest rate. It’s slim exterior, along with excellent capability and efficiency help make this SUV a favorite of consumers. Since it’s inception in the late 1990s, the Forester has been a mainstay on list of fastest selling vehicles. As far as compact SUVs go, the Forester is a hot commodity that requires customers to get to their local dealer fast before they’re all gone.