With summer in full swing, U.S. auto consumers have been lusting after SUVs with four-wheel drive even more than usual. The result is a rush on some vehicles as soon as they land in dealerships, with some unable to stay on the lot for a calendar week.
Also complicating matters is the trickling-out of the 2016 editions of popular cars. If you’re shopping for a brand-new, loaded crossover, do you really want the 2015 model now that the first half of the year is behind us? American consumers are saying no, according to the list of vehicles that are exiting the dealership faster than any other automobiles available.
Here are the seven most wanted vehicles of summer 2015 according to data published by Cars.com. Vehicles are listed with the country’s hottest seller in first place. In the case where three vehicles were tied, we placed the higher-volume sellers in higher positions.
7. 2015 Ford Flex
While the Ford Flex is not selling in volume (only 1,591 units moved in June), this boxy number is a hot ticket at dealerships, lasting only 13 days on average before finding a home. Sales of the Flex ($29,100) are declining every year, but significant demand in California and its overall profitability are keeping the seven-seater alive in the Ford lineup. It may not last forever, as Flex was the automaker’s worst seller in 2015. Get ‘em while they’re hot.
6. 2016 Acura RDX
Demand for the Acura RDX was up 45% in June (year over year), making the 2016 edition one of the summer’s most wanted in America. Even with an average of just 13 days on the lot, Acura moved 5,056 units of the SUV that starts at $35,270. Those buyers are snatching up one of the most American cars with a foreign automaker’s badge. RDX is assembled at assembled at Honda’s East Liberty Plant (Ohio) with parts sourced mainly in America.
5. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Midsize crossovers with a 2016 model-year badge are hot this summer, and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is only lasting 13 days before a buyer takes one home. At $24,950, it’s an affordable five-seat model that can get 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Santa Fe sales jumped 17% in June, with Hyundai moving 10,446 models of the nameplate. Sport editions, including a 2.0T model ($31,250), are not hanging around for long.
4. 2015 Subaru Outback
If all-wheel drive is what you need, the Subaru dealership has to be one of your first stops, and the automaker’s utility vehicles took up several spots on America’s most wanted list in June. The 2015 Subaru Outback ($24,895) topped them all, lasting only 11 days on U.S. dealer lots before finding a buyer. Standard AWD and 33 miles per gallon economy on the highway continue making this ride irresistible to Americans. Outback sales are up 14% in 2015.
3. 2016 Ford Explorer
Whether you go by demand or gains this summer, the 2016 Ford Explorer ($30,700) could be called the hottest vehicle in America. A new model will only last nine days on a dealer’s lot, and Ford moved 22,549 models in June alone, a 30% increase over last year. By year’s end, the crew from Dearborn will probably move a quarter-million of its full-size SUV. For now, supply limitations would seem to be the only drawback.
2. 2016 Nissan Maxima
Now to the vehicles that can’t even last a week at a U.S. dealership. The 2016 Nissan Maxima ($32,410) has been a hot ticket since its Super Bowl debut, and now that it’s available buyers are pouncing as soon as they can (an average of six days). Sales jumped 14% in June, so expect the slick-looking, fastback redesign of the 2016 Maxima (featuring standard 300 horsepower) to continue flying off the lots through the summer.
1. 2016 Honda Pilot
In summer 2015, the hottest vehicle in America is the 2016 Honda Pilot ($29,995), redesigned and just finding its way to U.S. dealerships. This big boy can seat eight and is only lasting five days before finding a new home somewhere in America. Sales are up 37% in 2015 with over 69,000 models sold this year, putting it ahead of the Ford Mustang (notably, this also includes 2015 models, given the limited availability of 2016s). Every model has a standard V6 (280 horsepower) and all-wheel drive available. Call ahead if you need one this summer.