Not all cars can be the sales-chart-dominating Toyota Camry, but they also don’t have to be plain Jane, cookie-cutter cars either. Here are the seven best cars nobody buys… but they definitely should.
There are many reasons why some cars are sales flops from design to price to an inability to compete with rivals. The following cars fit none of these.
The good news is that if you’re in the market for such a forgotten car, it might be easier to haggle the price with the dealer.
The idea of a $50,000+ rear-drive sedan from Kia has apparently been a tough sell for luxury buyers, but don’t let the nameplate fool you. This big sedan has plenty to offer including a plush, tech-filled interior and an available 420-horsepower V8.
The only problem is that nobody knows this as fewer than 300 have been sold so far this year, and that’s down significantly from last year’s sales.
High-volume sedans like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord get most of the attention in the mid-size segment, but the fun and sporty Mazda6 is often overlooked.
The Mazda6 is easily one of the most enjoyable sedans in its class, but fewer than 22,000 have been sold so far this year; compared to more 30,000 sales per month for the Camry.
With the relatively small number of Scion and Subaru dealerships nationwide, it was understood why these sister sports cars didn’t light up the sales chart when they first went on sale.
Now that Scion is gone and the Scion FR-S is now the Toyota 86, that argument no longer stands. So far this year, the Scion/Toyota coupe has mustered less than 4,400 sales, which is about half of what the Mazda Miata has managed.
For years, enthusiasts wanted a small, sporty American luxury to go up against the venerable BMW 3 Series, and that finally came to fruition in 2013 with the entry-level Cadillac ATS.
Even with a coupe, sedan, and high-powered V-series model, Cadillac has only managed to sell about 8,000 units through the first half of the year at a time when small, luxury car vehicles are in high demand.
The third vehicle that Lexus ever launched was a coupe (the SC in 1991), but traditional (non-convertible) coupes have been sparse in the 30 years since.
That changed with the introduction of the sexy Lexus RC coupe in 2015. This is easily one of the best-looking luxury coupes on the market and is surprisingly affordable (with great performance, too), but it is a slow seller for Lexus racking up only about a third of the sales of the closely related IS sedan.
Since its introduction, the Ford Flex has managed an almost cult-like status as a wagony, crossover-like non-minivan, and this is still a great choice for large families looking for a cool, three-row vehicle.
Its boxy body gives it an old-school look, but its unconventional design has kept it out of the running in the high-volume CUV/minivan conversations.
Speaking of unconventional designs, the quirky Nissan Juke is another great vehicle that often gets overlooked in its segment.
Competing against subcompact crossovers, the Nissan Juke has a wacky styling, but adds to its uniqueness with two performance models; the NISMO and NISMO RS.