Auto buyers are a fickle bunch. Sometimes a new model is released to fanfare, positive press reviews, and a strong response from buyers. Two years later, dealers are complaining about them taking up space on their lots. Or sometimes, a car is a can’t-miss hit on paper, and flops terribly. Take the infamous Pontiac Aztek for instance. It was a tall five-seat crossover with optional all-wheel drive that had as much space inside as a minivan. But its design by committee styling was hideous, and its awful build quality doomed it (and ultimately Pontiac) from the start.
But that’s an extreme case. More often than not, buyers flock to what’s popular, leaving less-than-popular segments to wither and disappear; the station wagon begat the minivan, which begat the crossover, and so forth. With gas prices low and the economy strong, dealers are having a hard time keeping crossovers and SUVs in stock, but buyers are leaving midsize sedans and EVs in the lurch. And its even worse for smaller niche models.
Using data collected by Good Car Bad Car from March 2016, we looked at the 20 worst-selling cars in America. While many of the offenders were late model vehicles that dealers still can’t unload, we found quite a few current models that have completely fallen off the sales cliff. Ranked in order of sales decline, here are the five cars no one wants to buy anymore.