SUVs, Trucks Moving Faster Than Cars According to

SUVs, Trucks Fastest Movers in Dealer Inventory; Subcompacts and Vans Staying Put Longer

Dec 20, 2010, 08:50 ET from

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --, the authority for online new car pricing, trends and forecasts, has identified the vehicle categories that are the fastest and slowest movers in dealer inventory as we approach the end of the year.  This information, based on recent sales data culled by and presented in the December TrueTrends™ Report, can help consumers who are in market for a new car by letting them know how slowly or quickly a specific model is moving off car lots.


"Trucks and SUVs typically have stronger sales in December because of snowy and icy conditions," said Jesse Toprak, VP of Industry Trends and Insights for  "Consumers should know that since these vehicles are selling well at this time of year, getting their specific SUV or truck could be harder to find at this time."

SUVs dominate the category listings, with four of the top five rankings, all at 45 days or less.  The only non-SUV in the top 5 is the minivan category, which moves off lots at an average of 43 days.  

Shortest to Longest Days in Inventory, By Category

Vehicle Category

Average Days in Inventory

Midsize SUV

38 Days

Small SUV

39 Days

Luxury SUV

40 Days


43 Days

Large SUV

45 Days

Large Truck

48 Days

Midsize Car

50 Days

Luxury Sport Car

51 Days

Luxury Car

52 Days

Small Truck

58 Days

Large Car

58 Days

Small Car

60 Days

Sport Car

66 Days

Subcompact Car

76 Days


120 Days

Vehicles that spend the shortest amount of time on dealership lots tend to be in much more demand, giving consumers less leverage in negotiating price.  Conversely, vehicles in inventory for a long time provide consumers with the greatest amount of room for negotiation.

Among 2011 models, the Hyundai Elantra is the fastest mover at 4 days, while the Toyota Camry Hybrid typically lasts more than 100 days.  Among the 2010 models, the Ford Explorer is the fastest mover at 34 days, while buyers are certain to get a great deal on the Ford Mustang, which stays in inventory for more than 300 days.

2011 Shortest Days in Inventory

2011 Longest Days in Inventory

Toyota Camry Hybrid

102 Days


89 Days

Volvo C30

86 Days

Jaguar XF Premium

80 Days

Nissan Versa

66 Days

2010 Shortest Days in Inventory

Ford Explorer

34 Days

Honda Fit

40 Days

Ford F-150

43 Days

Toyota Prius

48 Days

Dodge Avenger

48 Days

2010 Longest Days in Inventory

Ford Mustang

312 Days

Lincoln MKS

236 Days

Cadillac CTS

227 Days

Ford F-250

213 Days

Hyundai Genesis

203 Days

Once consumers have identified the best vehicle for them,'s new Best Local Price tool, provides shoppers the Lowest Certified Price, a "no-haggle" upfront price from participating dealers.

For a more comprehensive list of 2010 and 2011 models and their days in inventory, please visit the TrueCar Blog.

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