Special Report

Cars So Hot They Are Out of Stock 2014

7. Toyota Tacoma
> Days to turn: 20.1
> Year-to-date sales: 75,149
> Avg. transaction price: $29,148

The Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) Tacoma has been a relatively strong seller in the compact truck market for years. However, competition in the sector is strong, with General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) about to release the next generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Nissan, too, has made progress in the sector, with sales of the Nissan Frontier in the first six months of 2014 up by more than 6,000 vehicles, or 22.6%, to nearly 36,000. By comparison, sales of the Tacoma in that time have fallen by about 6,000 units, or 7.4%, to just over 75,000. Yet, the Tacoma remains one of the fastest-selling cars in the United States, taking less than three weeks to turn on average.

6. Audi Q5
> Days to turn: 17.5
> Year-to-date sales: 19,928
> Avg. transaction price: $46,572

Sales of the Audi Q5 crossover SUV in the first half of 2014 are up 8.8% compared to the same period last year. Additionally, no other Audi model sold more vehicles in the country than the Q5, with 19,928 units sold in the year through June. The Q5’s strong performance also helped Audi set a new company record for first half sales in the United States, with 84,349 vehicles sold. The Q5 starts at an MSRP of $38,900, although base prices can run as high as $60,200 for the Prestige trim of the SQ5, the high-end version of the vehicle. The average transaction price for an Audi Q5 in the first half of the year was $46,572, according to TrueCar.

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5. Mercedes Benz GL Class
> Days to turn: 17.1
> Year-to-date sales: 11,726
> Avg. transaction price: $80,890

Although sales are down 21.5% in the first six months of 2014 versus the same time last year, fewer cars sold as quickly as the Mercedes Benz GL Class. Even the high price of a GL Class model did not appear to deter buyers from quickly grabbing up cars. Mercedes sells four GL Class trims, at MSRPs ranging from $63,000 for the GL350 to $118,160 for the GL63 AMG — part of Mercedes Benz’s high-performance AMG line. The GL Class competes with Cadillac’s Escalade and a range of other cars in the full-size luxury SUV segment.