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The 25 Cars Disappearing the Fastest

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COVID-19 dealt a serious blow to the U.S. auto industry last year. Americans bought 14.7 million vehicles in 2020, the fewest in a decade and a 16% decline from the previous year. The pandemic, however, was likely not entirely to blame for the decline. U.S. auto sales have declined in two of the previous three years, after seven straight years of growth

The decline in sales in 2020 was led by steep drops in sales of certain car models as American drivers continued to shift to crossovers and SUVs from sedans and compacts. Almost all of the slowest selling cars todayare in one of those two categories. 

To determine the cars disappearing the fastest, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed information from auto sales data companyGoodCarBadCar, which sources data directly from manufacturers, on the vehicles that had the largest percentage sales decline from 2015 to 2020. We excluded vehicles that reported fewer than 1,000 sales in the U.S. in 2020. Sales of dozens of vehicles were down by more than 50% in the last five years, with a handful falling by more than 80%.

A decline in sales for a particular vehicle doesnot necessarily mean Americanshave lost interest in it. In some cases, 2020 was the last year of the current generation of a model, and buyers loyal to the brand were waiting for the new generation. In many cases, sales of the vehicles on this list declined because the model has been discontinued. 

In a few cases, a model is discontinuedbecause the automaker plans to release a more modern vehicle in the same class, but usually cars are discontinued because people have lost interest in the model.

Many of the vehicles on this list are being slowly phased out after failing to catch on with American car buyers, likely due in part to poor reviews. In fact, two of the cars on this list were among the worst-reviewed in recent memory.These are some of the worst cars introduced in the last 10 years.

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25. Kia Sedona
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -64.1%
> Total 2015 sales: 36,755
> Total 2020 sales: 13,190
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group

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Source: www.vw.com

24. Volkswagen Golf
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -66.4%
> Total 2015 sales: 65,308
> Total 2020 sales: 21,927
> Parent company: Volkswagen Group

Source: www.nissanusa.com

23. Nissan Versa
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -66.6%
> Total 2015 sales: 144,528
> Total 2020 sales: 48,272
> Parent company: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

Source: Tramino / iStock Unreleased via Getty Images

22. Subaru Impreza *
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -68.3%
> Total 2015 sales: 66,785
> Total 2020 sales: 21,178
> Parent company: Subaru Corp.

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Source: toyota.com

21. Toyota Sienna
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -68.8%
> Total 2015 sales: 137,497
> Total 2020 sales: 42,885
> Parent company: Toyota Motor Corp.

Source: contrastaddict / iStock Unreleased via Getty Images

20. Chrysler 300
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -69.0%
> Total 2015 sales: 53,109
> Total 2020 sales: 16,473
> Parent company: Stellantis

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19. Jaguar XJ
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -69.0%
> Total 2015 sales: 3,611
> Total 2020 sales: 1,118
> Parent company: Tata Motors

Source: toyota.com

18. Toyota Avalon
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -69.3%
> Total 2015 sales: 60,063
> Total 2020 sales: 18,421
> Parent company: Toyota Motor Corp.

17. Kia Optima
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -69.6%
> Total 2015 sales: 159,414
> Total 2020 sales: 48,484
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group

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Source: vw.com

16. Volkswagen Passat
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -70.6%
> Total 2015 sales: 78,207
> Total 2020 sales: 22,964
> Parent company: Volkswagen Group

Source: Courtesy of Lexus

15. Lexus IS
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -70.7%
> Total 2015 sales: 46,430
> Total 2020 sales: 13,600
> Parent company: Toyota Motor Corp.

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14. Mazda 6
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -72.0%
> Total 2015 sales: 57,897
> Total 2020 sales: 16,204
> Parent company: Mazda Motor Corp.

Source: tomeng / iStock Unreleased via Getty Images

13. Audi A3
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -72.4%
> Total 2015 sales: 35,984
> Total 2020 sales: 9,938
> Parent company: Volkswagen Group

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12. Nissan 370Z
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -73.5%
> Total 2015 sales: 7,391
> Total 2020 sales: 1,955
> Parent company: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

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11. Hyundai Accent
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -74.0%
> Total 2015 sales: 61,486
> Total 2020 sales: 15,975
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group

Source: Robert Hradil / Getty Images

10. Lexus RC
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -74.2%
> Total 2015 sales: 14,784
> Total 2020 sales: 3,808
> Parent company: Toyota Motor Corp.

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9. BMW 6-Series
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -75.9%
> Total 2015 sales: 8,146
> Total 2020 sales: 1,960
> Parent company: BMW Group

Source: tomeng / iStock Unreleased via Getty Images

8. Chevrolet Sonic
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -79.9%
> Total 2015 sales: 64,775
> Total 2020 sales: 13,007
> Parent company: General Motors

Source: kia.com

7. Kia Cadenza
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -82.8%
> Total 2015 sales: 7,343
> Total 2020 sales: 1,265
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group

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6. Fiat 500X
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -84.7%
> Total 2015 sales: 9,463
> Total 2020 sales: 1,444
> Parent company: Stellantis

Source: joel-t / iStock Editorial via Getty Images

5. BMW i3
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -86.4%
> Total 2015 sales: 11,024
> Total 2020 sales: 1,502
> Parent company: BMW Group

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4. Buick Regal
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -87.2%
> Total 2015 sales: 19,504
> Total 2020 sales: 2,493
> Parent company: General Motors

Source: Koichi Kamoshida / Getty Images

3. Lexus GS
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -88.9%
> Total 2015 sales: 23,117
> Total 2020 sales: 2,560
> Parent company: Toyota Motor Corp.

Source: Chevrolet

2. Chevrolet Impala
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -91.5%
> Total 2015 sales: 116,825
> Total 2020 sales: 9,943
> Parent company: General Motors

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Source: cadillac.com

1. Cadillac XTS
> Pct. sales decline from 2015-2020 -94.8%
> Total 2015 sales: 23,112
> Total 2020 sales: 1,200
> Parent company: General Motors

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