In 2013, the average Acura TSX Sport Wagon spent close to half a year on the lot before being sold. This makes it the slowest-selling car in the United States.

Car site TrueCar provided 24/7 Wall St. with the average time a car spent on the lot before being sold through the first eight months of 2013. While the average days in inventory (DII) in the U.S. auto market in 2013 was just 62 days, each of these vehicles sat for well over 100 days on the dealer lot before it was sold. These are the cars Americans do not want to buy.

Days in inventory is widely considered to be a measure of the demand for a vehicle. Popular cars that sell in the hundreds of thousands each year tend to leave the lot quickly. The models with high DII, on the other hand, tend to have extremely low sales. Five of these models have sold less than 5,000 units through the first eight months of this year. The Acura TSX Sport Wagon, the car with the longest DII, has sold just 1,491 vehicles in 2013.

Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar, explained that the apparent low interest in these vehicles is because they are due for an upcoming design overhaul. “If your vehicle is towards the end of its product lifecycle, you typically see high days in inventory numbers for most of these models. Demand is low for them, and they’re effectively waiting for their replacement,” Toprak said. This is the case for high DII models like the Volvo XC90 and the Acura MDX, Toprak added, the latter of which normally sells relatively fast.

A disproportionate number of these vehicles are SUVs. “This is because of seasonality,” explained Toprak. “A lot of customers wait until fall before they buy a lot of these four-wheel drive vehicles. We will see this [DII] number drop as we get into November and December.”

In some cases, vehicles spend a long time on the dealer’s lot because they are struggling to compete in a difficult market. Several of these vehicles are in the luxury segment, which is a particularly difficult market to compete in, Toprak noted. “It’s getting hardest to stand out in the luxury market. And the models that are the freshest, the redesigns, the new models, are the ones that get the attention.”

To identify the cars that Americans will not buy, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed days in inventory data for models sold in the United States through August. Days in inventory measures the amount of time a car takes to sell from the first day the vehicle arrives at the dealer’s lot. We excluded the Ram Cargo Van because it is primarily a commercial vehicle. TrueCar also provided us with year-to-date U.S. sales. We reviewed car manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) and other model specifications from company websites.

These are the cars Americans do not want to buy

Click for galleryClick for gallery10. Volvo XC90
> Days in inventory: 119
> 2013 sales: 4,705
> Car type: SUV
> MSRP: $39,700

The XC90 is a mid-size seven-passenger SUV, the largest model in Volvo’s XC series. Volvo introduced the XC90 in 2002 and aims to begin production of the second generation in 2014. In the meantime, however, good safety scores are not giving the company the edge that it used to have. According to, most XC90 rivals score just as well on safety tests and tend to offer more-appealing designs. Since the beginning of this year, only 4,705 units have been sold in the United States. This is down more than 27% from the year before.

Click for galleryClick for gallery9. Land Rover LR2
> Days in inventory: 119
> 2013 sales: 2,070
> Car type: SUV
> MSRP: $37,295

The 2013 LR2 received a less-than-favorable review from, which recommended the model only for off-road driving. By comparison, its on-road performance was judged to be disappointing, partly because of Land Rover’s efforts to create a vehicle suited for both off- and on-road driving. Kelley Blue Book likewise noted the car was best suited for off-road driving. On average, the LR2 spent 119 days on dealers’ lots before being sold. This may be partially due to low production volume. Since the beginning of this year, only 2,070 LR2 cars have been sold.

8. Nissan Maxima
> Days in inventory: 125
> 2013 sales: 31,479
> Car type: Sedan
> MSRP: $31,000

The Nissan Maxima scores fairly well in some categories, but it is rated below average in overall mechanical quality and in fuel economy, according to J.D. Power. Another reviewer,, notes the Maxima was competitive in the 1990s, but that the current model may be too expensive. The Nissan Maxima carries a price-tag similar to many luxury sedans, but without the high-end brand name. Nissan sold more than 31,000 Maximas since the beginning of this year, well below last year’s pace of 40,000 units through August.

7. Nissan Murano
> Days in inventory: 127
> 2013 sales: 28,299
> Car type: SUV
> MSRP: $28,440

When the Nissan Murano debuted for the 2003 model year, it was one of the first mid-size crossovers launched in the nation. Nissan introduced a second generation in 2009. Still, the Murano is less competitive today than it was a decade ago. It is still rated well for performance and style by, but the 2013 model suffers from poor fuel economy and rearward blind spots. Nissan sold some 28,300 Muranos in 2013 through August. On average, a Murano remained on the dealer’s lot more than four months before it was sold. Further, sales of the Murano have declined more than 20% year-over-year through the first eight months of 2013.


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