2012 Hyundai Elantra fastest selling car on the market

Ten Fastest Selling Cars List Topped by 2011 Hyundai Elantra

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One of the best metrics for determining a car's popularity is how long it sits on a dealer's lot and based on that statistic, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is the fastest selling car on the U.S. market.

That is the result of research compiled by 24/7Wall Street.com based on information supplied by Edmunds.com. It shows the 2011 Hyundai Elantra only sits on dealer lots for 12 days. The next most popular vehicles are the 2011 Audi Q5 and the Kia Soul at 13 days. None of the vehicles take more than 16 days to sell, which means you can't be expecting to find deals on any of these vehicles.

One aspect of the list that is overlooked, which is surprising considering its from a financial website, is the low days to turn sometimes reflects just-in-time manufacturing practices. The Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Ala., for example is turning out cars as fast as it can but it's not turning out more than it needs.

Here is the list as compiled by 24/7WallStreet.com author Douglas McIntyre. The numbers are compiled by 24/7WallStreet. The commentary is all TorqueNews, but would you expect anything less?

One quick note if you happen to read the article. McIntyre refers to the Nissan Maxima as being competition for the Hyundai Elantra. He most likely meant the Nissan Altima. Also, his list goes from 10 to 1, which makes no sense because the Elantra is ranked 10th when it's obviously in the number one spot.

1. Hyundai Elantra
Days to Turn: 12
Price: $16,445
Configuration: 4 Cyl, 4 Door
The Hyundai Elantra is still selling well in spite of hype about it not really getting 40 mpg as claimed by the EPA. This is a solid compact car that is stylish, fun to drive, and relatively affordable. You're not going to be disappointed by its fuel economy either.

2. Audi Q5
Days to Turn: 13
Price: $35,600
Configuration: Turbo 4 Cyl, 5 Door
This is the right-sized version of the Audi Q7, a massive SUV that soaks up gasoline like a thirsty camel after a long desert's march. The Audi Q5, though, is powered by four-cylinder turbo engine that sips fuel in comparison.

3. Kia Soul
Days to Turn: 13
Price: $13,900
Configuration: 4 Cyl — 16 Valve, 5 Door
It's good to see quality, even in the funky styling of the Kia Soul, get rewarded. This is a comfortable, compact crossover utility vehicle that you would be happy to have in your driveway, especially if it came with those Gangsta Hampsters.

4. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Days to Turn: 14
Price: $38,140
Configuration: 6-Cyl Hybrid, AWD 5-Door
The popularity of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid demonstrates that Americans are basically lemmings. Tell them it's a Toyota and a hybrid and their irrational minds kick in. Buying a Highlander Hybrid does not save you money because it takes 9 years – yes, 9 years – to recoup the additional cost of the standard Highlander over the hybrid version.


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