America's Fastest Cars – Fastest Off The Lot, Vrooooom ...

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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This list, compiled by shows America’s 50 hottest and fastest cars. They are so fast that dealers can’t keep them on the lot. Off the truck, out of the door.

Says Michelle Krebs of Edmunds:

”The Prius C, the newest, smallest and least expensive member of the Toyota Prius hybrid family, barely has time to get its tires dirty because the Prius C, with a starting price of about $19,000, stays on the dealership lot only about eight days until a buyer drives it away. By comparison, the average vehicle across the U.S. industry sat on a dealership’s lot an average of 53 days in March, according to’s metric referred to as days-to-turn — the number of days between a vehicle being delivered to a dealership to it being purchased by a customer.”

America’s Fastest Selling Cars

RankMakeModelDTT1ToyotaPrius c82AudiQ7113MazdaCX-5114HyundaiElantra125PorscheCayenne136AudiQ5137SubaruImpreza148BMWX6149HondaCR-V1510LexusGS 3501511HyundaiVeloster1612VolkswagenJetta SportWagen1613ToyotaHighlander Hybrid1714ToyotaCamry Hybrid1815KiaSoul1816AudiA61917Land RoverRange Rover Evoque1918HyundaiAccent2019HondaPilot2020BMWX32121Mercedes-BenzCLS-Class2122ToyotaPrius v2123ChevroletExpress2324HyundaiTucson2325KiaRio2526Mercedes-BenzM-Class2527SubaruOutback2528LexusGX 4602529BMWX52630AudiA52631MINICooper Coupe2632Land RoverRange Rover Sport2733ScioniQ2734Toyota4Runner2835VolkswagenPassat2836VolvoXC602837LexusCT 200h2838FordE-Series Wagon2939MINICooper2940SubaruForester2941AudiA32942ToyotaHighlander3043ToyotaTacoma3044LexusRX 3503145VolkswagenBeetle3146HondaFit3147AcuraMDX3248BuickVerano3249AcuraTSX Sport Wagon3250ToyotaPrius33

The velocity of inventory is measured in DTT – Days To Turn. Inventories are a closely watched metric in the industry, and you should watch it too. Fast moving inventory can mean that the car is in high demand, in short supply, or both. It also tells you that your bargaining power is low – there is a customer right behind you. Cars that stick around much longer than the industry-standard two months attract incentives to move the metal. Those incentives may not be as generous as they used to be. Michelle Krebs explains:

“Since the recession and the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler, automakers have been much more disciplined about keeping production in line with customer demand. The industry’s average days-to-turn has been in 47 and 57 days since January 2010. If inventories begin to bloat, the manufacturer shuts down the factory until the marketplace sops up the inventory, as is the current case with GM’s extended-range plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt.

Stricter production discipline allows automakers to show restraint on incentives, which are at their lowest levels since 2008, according to’s Total Cost of Incentives (TCI) calculations. That’s bad news for consumers because low inventories and quick turn of vehicles equals little — if any — discounts and haggling room on the showroom floor for hot sellers.”

Brand new models tend to enter the list of hot sellers like shooting stars: Oooh, aaaah, burnout. Factories slowly and cautiously ramp up production to ensure there are no glitches. At the same time, certain consumers absolutely must have the latest, greatest vehicle on the market. According to Ms Krebs, shooting star candidates are the Lexus GS 350 sedan, Mazda CX-5 SUV, Porsche Cayenne SUV, the Subaru Impreza sedan and the Honda CR-V. Then there are the regulars of the list. Says Krebs:

“Some companies and certain of their models make the quickest-selling vehicles just about every month, indicating the strength of the brand and the product as well as the automaker’s capacity constraint. Two notable ones are Audi and Hyundai.”

Edmunds lists the 20 fastest-selling cars on its website. We asked Edmunds to give us the whole list, fast sellers and lot queens. We received a list of the top 50, but not more, due to “low sample sizes.” Mind you, the #50 on this list is still in an enviable position with a little less than double the industry-standard 2 month inventory velocity.

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  • Russycle Russycle on Apr 19, 2012

    I don't get why the CR-V is a shooting star. Were people really holding off on buying a 2011 to get the new model that in most respects is indistinguishable from the old one? Or has making the switch constrained production, so dealers aren't getting as many units as they did last year?

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    • EChid EChid on Apr 20, 2012

      @fvfvsix It has been since Gen 2 debuted as well. Tonnes of those things on the road...

  • Nick Nick on Apr 19, 2012

    A weighted average would be more useful.

  • MrIcky Its going to sell really well for a little bit, then everyone who wanted one will have one and it will sell almost nothing ever again-primarily well to do flower shop delivery vehicles after that first wave.
  • MaintenanceCosts It will have an initial period of, well, buzz because of the Type 2 nostalgia.Whether it has legs beyond that period will depend on whether VW can get competitive on two things: (1) electric powertrain efficiency, where their products have been laggards so far (hurting range badly), and (2) software. The packaging looks good and will help, but they need to get those other things right too.
  • Oberkanone Priced too high though not by much.
  • FreedMike Looks VERY niche to me. But that's not necessarily a bad thing - this might serve nicely as a kind of halo model for VW.
  • SPPPP Point: It's the only EV minivan around. Counterpoint: It's too expensive for a minivan, heavy, ugly, and has bad ergonomics. To me, a PHEV like the Sienna or Pacifica seems like a more sensible solution.