What gives? In a word, gas. Despite concerns of military action in Syria, fuel prices in August rode a slow decline, and shoppers headed for SUVs. Compare that to August 2012, when oil refinery issues and Hurricane Isaac drove a gallon of regular unleaded to an average of $3.75 nationally heading into Labor Day — 21 cents more expensive than August 2013's average.
Cars a year or more into their current generation — not new or redesigned — also topped the charts; just three of August's 18 movers were new or redesigned. That's what happens when the first 2014s hit showrooms. In August 2012, four of 16 cars were new or redesigned.
Cars in August averaged 62 days to turn. That's the same as July, and it's a bit slower than August 2012's 57-day pace.
Here are August's fastest- and slowest-selling cars:
- 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: 3 days (redesigned)
- 2014 Land Rover Range Rover: 6 days
- 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 7 days
- 2014 Honda CR-V: 7 days
- 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec: 7 days
- 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL450: 7 days
- 2014 Ford Fusion: 9 days
- 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: 9 days
- 2014 Jeep Wrangler: 10 days
- 2014 Subaru Forester: 10 days (redesigned)
- 2014 Chevrolet Camaro coupe: 11 days
- 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML350: 11 days
- 2014 Volkswagen Passat: 11 days
- 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK350: 12 days
- 2014 Acura MDX: 13 days (redesigned)
- 2014 Audi Q5: 13 days
- 2014 Ford Focus hatchback: 13 days
- 2014 Ford Focus sedan: 13 days
- 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid: 244 days
- 2013 Chevrolet Corvette coupe: 206 days
- 2013 Volkswagen Golf R: 189 days
- 2013 Volvo C30: 188 days
- 2013 Chevrolet Corvette convertible: 185 days
- 2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid: 166 days
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG convertible: 160 days
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL550 coupe: 155 days
- 2013 Volkswagen Golf two-door: 149 days
- 2013 Volkswagen GTI two-door: 141 days
- 2013 Chevrolet Traverse: 100 days
- 2013 Mazda3 sedan: 105 days
- 2013 Cadillac XTS: 112 days
- 2013 Subaru Legacy: 130 days
- 2013 Volvo XC60: 134 days
About the Lists
The Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars list reports the average number of days it takes to sell models from the day they arrive on the lot until the final paperwork is signed by a buyer. This is not a days-of-inventory list like you may find on other websites. We look at 2013 and a number of 2014s now, calling the fastest sellers Movers and the slowest ones Losers.
For Movers, we only list vehicles that pass a certain threshold of sales in order to weed out limited editions, ultra-high-performance cars and others that might skew the numbers or otherwise inaccurately portray popularity. To highlight all slow sellers, losers have no such threshold.
Our Picks highlight cars that take a significant time before they're sold and might be overlooked by shoppers. Dealers could be more motivated to sell these cars.