No surprise here, but the Ford F-150 pickup truck was the most popular vehicle of any kind sold in the U.S. during 2013. With a total calendar-year volume of 763,402, according to Autodata, that’s about 1.5 F-150s sold every minute.
Our friends at Autoblog recently scoured automakers’ year-end sales reports and compiled a rogue’s gallery of the 10 absolute worst selling cars of the year. How bad were they? Their 12-month combined sales volume (13,118 units) wouldn’t fill a big-city stadium parking lot.
Autoblog limited the field to model lines that were on sale for all of 2013, and those having a sticker price under $100,000, with the latter caveat excluding big-ticket supercars from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. There are, however, a few arguably desirable lower-volume high-performance models on the list that sneak in under the $100K threshold, including the Nissan GT-R, Jaguar XK and Volkswagen Golf R.
The rest, we’re afraid, are the cars you’ll find parked along the boulevard of broken dreams. On the positive side – at least for bargain hunters – those that are still gathering dust (not to mention racking up financing charges) sitting on dealers’ lots will likely be subject to both deep discounts and steep factory incentives. We’re featuring the full list of 2013’s 10 worst losers with our own commentary in the accompanying slide show.
What went wrong? To be sure any of them will start up without quarrel on a cold winter’s day, and get a full complement of passengers from point A to point B without much fuss. Still, the Island of Misfit Cars is populated by the likes of the aforementioned ZDX. Wrapped in curiously fish-like fastback styling, it’s essentially a sleeker version of Acura’s MDX crossover, but with most of the “utility” sucked out of it thanks to oddly shaped rear doors that make ingress and egress painful (if at all possible) and a too-short and narrow cargo hold. It met a merciful end with the passing of the 2013 model year and could well be regarded moving forward as the spiritual successor to the vilified Pontiac Aztek from the early 2000s.
Others on Autoblog’s list of automotive underachievers, like the largely forgettable Subaru Tribeca midsize crossover SUV and the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback four-door compact, tend to fall under buyers’ proverbial radar in what are the industry’s most cutthroat segments. Likewise, the Volvo S80 full-size luxury sedan has long had problems keeping pace with top models from Europe and Japan in terms of its performance, poshness or sophistication, and it’s languished for far too long in its current generation without undergoing a major makeover. And the pure-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV subcompact is just too small and looks too odd to be a mainstream car, regardless of its cost or means of propulsion. Mitsubishi dropped the price on an i-MiEV by around $6,000 for 2014 to help boost sales above its sad 1,029 tally last year.
The least-popular list also includes a few vehicles that seemed like dubious concepts even when they were fresh on the market. These include the just-discontinued Cadillac Escalade EXT, which is essentially a huge chrome-laden full-size luxury SUV with a small pickup bed affixed behind the second-row seats. Most found their way into music videos with blinged-out singers and assorted scantily clad hangers-on cavorting in said cargo hold.
And what can be said about the Volvo C30, a two-door hatchback that was pitched to the press as a passably sporty compact car that affluent parents would feel safe giving their kids as a first car. It still looked like an eccentrically styled version of mommy’s car, and we doubt the C30 found many takers among either generation Y or Z motorists. It likewise was sent to pasture at year’s end.