Simply put, this is an incredible time to buy a car. The economy is strong, gas is cheap, and most importantly, cars are generally safer, faster, and more fuel efficient than ever before. There are sports cars, capable trucks, stylish sedans, and capable family haulers available for almost every budget. People are buying more premium cars than ever before, and in an attempt to grab more market share, brands like Audi and Mercedes are introducing even more affordable models. Add the rapidly growing number of hybrids and pure EVs into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for serious success.
As a result, most automakers are in the midst of a boom that would’ve been unimaginable during the recession six or seven years ago. March 2016 was the 27th consecutive month of expansion in the auto market. April will likely be the 28th. But in a market as big and competitive as this, some cars slip through the cracks. And once they do, it’s a long way to the bottom.
Websites like Good Car Bad Car track monthly auto sales in the U.S. and Canada, making it an invaluable resource for determining the state of the auto industry. And while it mostly focuses on what’s working, it also keeps track of what doesn’t. Looking at last month’s collected data (for February 2015), we found 9 cars that are current production models that are slipping dangerously in this boom market. With so many cars finding eager new owners, here are 9 that people seem to go out of their way to avoid.