Hidden Gems: The Best Cars That Nobody Buys
We’ll let you in on a little secret. These cars and SUVs might go overlooked at dealerships, but they’re all great choices.
Not every great car is a hit with buyers. Despite their excellent performance, reassuring reliability, and high owner satisfaction, some of the top-rated vehicles Consumer Reports recommends are duds at the dealership. Whether it’s due to style, size, vehicle type, or even age, these great vehicles tend to sit at showrooms.
We think some of them are worth a second look, so we searched for CR-recommended vehicles that sold fewer than 20,000 units in 2020, based on information available from the Automotive News Data Center. By comparison, Ford sold more than 787,000 F-Series pickups—the top-selling vehicle in the U.S.—last year. Overall, 16 models sold more than 200,000 units each in 2020.
Nearly all of the vehicles on this list are sedans, a body style that’s falling out of style as drivers gravitate toward SUVs and pickup trucks. Many of these vehicles are also older models. For instance, the Chrysler 300 hasn’t had a meaningful update since 2011, the Infiniti Q50 hasn’t been revamped since 2013, and the Nissan Maxima was last redesigned in 2016.