Cadillac Tops's 'Cars Americans Don't Want to Buy' List

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
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American luxury car shoppers are driving right past Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac dealerships it seems, according to

The website collected a list of best- and worst-selling vehicles based on time spent on dealer lots, and all Cadillac’s cars — save the CT6 — are in the top 15 worst sellers based on that metric.

At the very top of the list is the Honda Insight, a hybrid that Honda discontinued (for the second time) in mid-2014. The Insight now boasts a 231.7 “days to turn” average.

Immediately behind the Insight is another electrified vehicle, the Cadillac ELR Coupe, which has a 208.6 days to turn average. Part of the ELR’s long time spent on dealer lots is the company’s decision to forgo the 2015 model year for the vehicle.

Another discontinued vehicle, the Dodge Avenger, places third at 194.4 days, followed by the Cadillac ATS (153.3 days) and Fiat 500L (145.0 days) to round out the top five.

Cadillac’s other sedan, the CTS (141.3 days), places eighth behind the canceled Honda Crosstour (sixth, 145.0 days) and Chevrolet Sonic (seventh, 142.0 days).

On the opposite end of the spectrum are happy Subaru stores. The Outback is the quickest vehicle on and off dealer lots with a 16.0 days to turn average, easily putting it at the top of the best-performers list. The Honda HR-V (17.7 days), Toyota Highlander (18.2 days), Mercedes-AMG GT (18.7 days), and BMW i8 (19.3 days) round out the top five.

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  • Brett Woods Brett Woods on May 02, 2016

    With regard to the Insight and the ELR, I haven't seen any of these at the local lots where I am an occasional but regular window shopper, ever. Never seen them. An opinion article this mornning relates a Toronto buyer's experience. I'm in the West but I can relate. *** From 30-1-16 "From personal research, I can reveal now that in April, the vast majority of Canadian new car buyers were shelling out for vehicles powered by the fossil-fuel burning internal combustion engines that were a brilliant modern invention about 160 years ago. A trip to my nearest car lot, a Toronto GM dealership, shows that there is really nothing else being sold. Literally. In fact at my local car dealership, despite explaining that I was looking for a really high efficiency car to replace the VW, and that I was not buying till autumn, the very agreeable salesman directed me exclusively to gas-burners. But I asked for something with even better fuel economy and hinted I wasn't worried about the price. Only after I asked directly after the Chevy Volt did he tell me about GM's gas-electric hybrid that offers 75 kilometres of range before the gasoline motor kicks in. But they were hard to get, he said. The 2016s had all been snapped up and there were none on the lot. Despite rave reviews, salesman said he had never sold a Volt. Besides, he said, they were very expensive. There's little wonder that electrics are so far behind in sales if there are none available and salesmen don't mention they exist. Of course GM is not alone. For all the hype, getting your hands on the hottest electrics and hybrids isn't easy. You don't see them on sale in your auto flyers...."

  • Brett Woods Brett Woods on May 02, 2016

    "...the top 15 worst sellers.... At the very top of the list is the Honda Insight.... The Insight now boasts a 231.7 “days to turn” average." *** A Honda Insight. Sitting on a Honda showroom floor for 33 weeks. I call bullshit.

  • Bd2 Bd2 on May 03, 2016

    Wouldn't take 247WallSt. too seriously. They are using outdated data which wouldn't be the 1st time. They recently listed the universities with the richest endowments and they evidently were using old data as figures were off by the billions for some schools (so not just one year old, but 3-4 years old).

  • Jmiller417 Jmiller417 on May 03, 2016

    I own an ATS and sometimes after reading these threads I get into the backseat just to remind myself what all the hubbub is about. I must say it never seems as bad as all that. It's comparable to the last-gen C-class, which the ATS overlapped in the market for a couple of years. (And I can't imagine the Jag XE is any better after sitting in one at the NY show. The website didn't mention interior dimensions last I looked.) I also never thought to complain about the gauges until I read the online commentary; however, I can see why they're a problem, albeit a minor one to my eye. But the ATS's big problems are the baggage of the Cadillac name and the fact its advantages become apparent only after you get in and drive.