Special Report

Cars So Hot They Are Out of Stock 2014

10. Kia Soul
> Days to turn: 37.7
> Year-to-date sales: 74,999
> Avg. transaction price: $19,147

Few cars take less time to turn over than the Kia Soul, which spent an average of just 37.7 days on dealer lots before being sold. The new generation Soul provided a major boost to Kia’s sales in the first half of 2014. The number of Souls sold rose by 19%, from 63,031 in the first six months of 2013 to 74,999 in the first half of this year. Due in part to the Soul’s strong sales, Kia recorded its best first half in terms of U.S. volume sales in company history. This was despite the fact that sales of the Optima, Kia’s most popular model, were effectively flat. Dealers also benefited from the Soul’s strong sales, as the average Soul transaction price rose by 3.5% from the first six months of 2013, to $19,147.

9. Ford Explorer
> Days to turn: 36.2
> Year-to-date sales: 104,460
> Avg. transaction price: $37,615

Ford Motor Co.’s (NYSE: F) Explorer is not just one of the nation’s best-selling cars with 104,460 units sold through the first six months of the year, but it is also one of the fastest sellers on the market. The average Explorer spent just over five weeks at a dealer’s lot before being sold. Compared to other models with a low number of days to turn, Explorer customers received a large average sales incentive recently of $3,635 per car. Explorers are popular not only with households but also with U.S. police departments. Sales of the police version of the Explorer, the Police Interceptor Utility, totaled nearly 9,500 in the first six months of 2014, up 59% from the same time period in 2013.

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8. Honda Odyssey
> Days to turn: 33.4
> Year-to-date sales: 63,297
> Avg. transaction price: $34,429

Although sales of the Honda Odyssey have declined somewhat this year compared to the first six months of 2013, few cars sold as quickly during the period. The Odyssey sold quickly despite the current generation being already a few years old, having been first introduced in 2011. Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE: HMC) currently sells the Odyssey in five trims, ranging in MSRP from $28,825 for the LX trim to $44,450 for the Touring Elite trim. The 2014 Touring Elite has one truly novel feature: a built-in vacuum cleaner that stretches 16.5 feet, enough to reach anywhere in the car’s interior, according to Car and Driver.