8. Nissan Sentra
> Average days supply: 46.9 days
> 2013 sales: 129,143
> 1 year change in sales: +21.4%
Spurred by a recent redesign, sales of the Nissan Sentra jumped in 2013. Nissan sold more than 129,000 Sentras in the U.S. last year, with an average of just 47 days supply in November. This marks a major improvement from 2012, when the company sold more than 106,000 cars, each taking an average of 55 days to sell. According to Reuters, Japan-based Nissan sees the Sentra as a key for its growth ambitions in the U.S., with one executive telling the news agency, “we simply can’t build enough Sentras.”
7. Hyundai Sonata
> Average days supply: 42.5 days
> 2013 sales: 203,648
> 1 year change in sales: -11.7%
Despite the fact that the Sonata has a four-cylinder engine, it puts out 190 horsepower, more than rivals Camry, Fusion, and Accord. The three rivals were all among the 20 best-selling models in the U.S. last year. While the Sonata still was one of the hottest-selling cars in 2013, its appeal may have cooled down a bit from the year before. While the company recently announced a redesigned Sonata, Reuters reported some experts consider the design conservative, which could be unappealing to U.S. consumers.
6. Ford Explorer
> Average days supply: 41.2 days
> 2013 sales: 192,397
> 1 year change in sales: +17.2%
The Explorer is the only Ford-produced top turnover model. Likely, the generous incentive dealers offered Explorer buyers helped boost sales. Explorer dealers offered a $3,283 incentive, $300 more than the average incentive manufacturers gave midsize utility car buyers. The company has struggled with a number of sales-related issues, including slowing sales in Europe, next-to no market presence in Japan, and a long-struggling luxury brand. Still, Ford is the single top-selling car brand in the U.S., and the Explorer is one of its top models.
5. Nissan Versa
> Average days supply: 38.6 days
> 2013 sales: 117,352
> 1 year change in sales: +3.6%
Nissan introduced the Versa sedan in 2007, a year after releasing the Versa hatchback. Named for its proclaimed versatility, the Versa is sold at a suggested price of $11,990, slightly less than the Sentra, Nissan’s other fast-selling model. In addition to updating the Versa sedan for the 2014 model year, Nissan revealed the 2014 Versa Note hatchback at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Note is a variation on the Versa model, designed and marketed to appeal to millennials, who will soon be among the most sought after consumers as their purchasing power increases.
4. Toyota Tacoma
> Average days supply: 38.5 days
> 2013 sales: 159,485
> 1 year change in sales: +12.8%
The Tacoma is so popular that, according to Toyota, as of September, it was “the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. market since 2005.” While Toyota may lead the compact pickup truck market, it is relatively weak in the full-size pickup market. Its offering, the Tundra, is no match for the Ford F-series, Chevrolet Silverado, and Dodge Ram — the three top selling light vehicles in the nation. Additionally, the company issued a recall of 4,000 Tacomas in November, citing defective engine valve springs.
3. Toyota RAV4
> Average days supply: 36.8 days
> 2013 sales: 218,249
> 1 year change in sales: +27.0%
Toyota’s major redesign of the 2013 RAV4 may have contributed to the car’s popularity last year. Sales of the RAV4 jumped by 27% in 2013, compared to an overall 7.6% increase in car and truck sales. As of November last year, the average days supply dropped by 30% to 36.8 days from 52.7 days the year before. In all, the RAV4 was one of the best-selling cars of 2013, with more than 218,000 units sold.
2. Toyota Camry
> Average days supply: 35.6 days
> 2013 sales: 408,484
> 1 year change in sales: +0.9%
In 1983, Toyota redesigned the Corona and introduced it as the Camry in the U.S. The car quickly became one of the country’s top sellers — and this year also one of the hottest. The 2013 model was the best-selling car in the U.S. for the 12th consecutive year, with more than 400,000 units sold last year. Only the Forester sold faster in November last year. However, dealers provided an average of $2,720 in incentives to Camry buyers, or more than $300 more than the incentives offered to other midsize car buyers.
1. Subaru Forester
> Average days supply: 26.7 days
> 2013 sales: 123,592
> 1 year change in sales: +61.9%
Japan-based Subaru redesigned the Forester for the current model year, introducing the car’s fourth generation. The new version won the prestigious Motor Trend SUV of the year award this year, which likely helped to boost the Forester’s popularity. As of November of last year, the average Forester spent 26.7 days from being shipped to being sold, the least time compared to other top-selling models. Subaru recently reported record annual sales in 2013 in the U.S., Canada and Australia markets. In all three countries, the Forester contributed the most to the strong sales.