These Are The 10 Slowest Selling Used Vehicles Right Now

Sep 10, 2018 at 5:01pm

From luxury SUVs to sedans, these rides usually sit for two months before finding a home.

In 2018 America, we know that SUVs and crossovers are sales champions. That doesn’t automatically mean every model is a smashing success, and it definitely doesn’t mean they always sell like hotcakes. That's especially true in the used car market, and a recent study from is rather eye-opening in that respect. The study lists the top 10 used cars that sit on dealer lots the longest, and despite current market trends, the majority are SUVs and crossovers with sedans filling in the rest.

How much time are we talking about? The study analyzed over four million used vehicles up to three years old, and found the average time-to-sale was 46.4 days. By comparison, every vehicle on this slow-selling list takes over 60 days to find a new home, with the slowest of the slow needing almost 70 days to garner a sold sticker.

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10. Lincoln MKX: 62.2 Days

These days, Lincoln’s luxury crossover is called the Nautilus. The company’s previous twin-grille design language wasn’t extremely popular, which is likely part of the reason why used examples sit on dealer lots for 62.2 days on average.

9. Ford Taurus: 62.6 Days

The big Blue Oval sedan won’t be around much longer, at least as new-car inventory. There are plenty in the used market though, and they generally take just a bit longer to sell than the MKX we saw previously. Chalk it up to a rather dated design and sales trends that are seeing sedan popularity drop like the proverbial stone in water.

8. Mazda CX-9: 62.9 Days

As far as three-row SUVs are concerned, the CX-9 is a fun machine. Unfortunately, most shoppers in the three-row segment are more interested in practicality and capability, which Mazda sacrifices to a degree for its trademark zoom-zoominess. That could be why most examples go unsold for nearly 63 days in the used market.

7. Cadillac XT5: 64.2 Days

In a sea of cookie-cutter crossovers, the XT5 does an admirable job of standing out. We think most people like the Caddy’s style, but our time behind the wheel was a bit disappointing compared to its luxury competitors. We can easily see why it’s a slow mover on dealer lots, especially if sales managers are stubborn when it comes to pricing. In short, there are better options unless you can get the XT5 at a deep discount.

6. Ford Flex: 64.3 Days

There’s no question that the Flex is a love-it-hate-it vehicle, and that likely contributes to its 64.3 average days spent on sale. That's too bad, because the boxy shape that some people hate makes it a terrifically spacious people mover. It is a dated platform, however, and it can also be quite pricey in certain trims.

5. Land Rover Discovery Sport: 66.1 Days

The posh SUV isn’t lacking in looks and capability, but its price point keeps it rather high compared to similar-sized luxury competition. And we must be honest – there’s the Land Rover reputation for sketchy reliability that befalls the Discovery Sport, which likely keeps potential buyers at bay as well.

4. Porsche 911: 67.5 Days

One of the world’s best sports cars is number four on the list? The problem here isn’t quality or capability, but price. Buyers in the market for such a machine might have trouble justifying a used 911 when other brand-spanking-new performance cars are available for the same price.

3. Buick LaCrosse: 67.5 Days

Tied with the Porsche 911 at nearly 70 days, the Buick LaCrosse isn’t competing with new cars at a high price point. Rather, it’s a sedate sedan simply trying to compete in an SUV-dominated market, and the LaCrosse just doesn’t have much to offer potential buyers that can't be found in better packages.

2. Buick Regal: 67.6 Days

Going by the numbers, we reckon a Buick Regal will sell approximately 54 minutes after the LaCrosse it was parked next to for 67 days. Like the LaCrosse, the Regal is simply a sedan struggling to compete in the SUV world. That's unfortunate because it’s a fabulous car, but Buick languished as GM’s retirement division for so long that potential younger buyers may not give the Regal a chance before pulling the trigger on something else.

1. Porsche Cayenne: 67.8 Days

Is it a funny coincidence that the slowest-selling used car on this list also happens to be one of the fastest SUVs in the world? Perhaps, but the Cayenne suffers the same high-price problem shared by the 911. It might be hard to justify a used Cayenne when new luxury SUVs with similar options and amenities are available. A secondary factor might be the Cayenne's styling which, though not as polarizing as the Ford Flex, still has plenty of critics.