• Sep 7, 2009
2010 Audi Q5 - click above for high-res gallery

With many automakers scaling back production to better balance supply with demand, it's not surprising there are several hard-to-find models right now. Forbes Magazine made some calls and did a little research and turned up what they say is the top 12 most difficult to find cars. After the run on high-mileage cars recently, you'd expect to see hybrid models like the Toyota Prius at No. 2 on the list. Tied for second is a car on the other extreme, the Chevrolet Camaro. Both model are spending an average of 18.5 days on dealer lots.

But Forbes says the hardest to find new car recently is actually the Audi Q5. The Four-Ringed crossover sat around in showrooms an average of only 16.8 days in June and July. Audi had another hit on the list with its S5, which tied for 12th place with the Mini Cooper.

Only one other American nameplate showed up as a hot seller, and that was Ford's Escape and Escape Hybrid, slipping in at No. 10. Toyota had a whopping five vehicles on the list, including the Prius and the Lexus RX 350/RX Hybrid. The Matrix was No. 4, the FJ Cruiser No. 8, and the RAV4 was No. 9. Said another way, "Thanks, Cash for Clunkers!"

Oddly, the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI didn't show up on Forbes' list. From our personal experience and reports from readers, the car is almost impossible to find due to production issues and demand –presumably that's because the study calculated days on lots for the entire Jetta lineup, not just specific models therein.



[Source: Forbes]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why isn't the Toyota Venza on this list? I waited three months for mine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I haven't seen any Q5s around, but the Q7 is such a behemoth I have to imagine the Q5 is preferable.

      I'm baffled as to why Autoblog needs to keep the Jetta TDI thing going.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can't find a Q5? Get a Tiguan. Aren't they the same car?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Not the same, the Q5 is larger. IF they end up making an Audi version of the Tiguan, it will be called the Q3.

        The Q5 is built on the same modular platform that underpins numerous Audi models including the new A4, the A5, and next-gen version of other Audi cars. The Tiguan is built on a platform shared with other VW and Audi vehicles like the Golf, Jetta, Audi A3, Audi TT, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only seen one so far...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Try going to a BMW dealership and saying "show me a 3 series touring". Very few if any are on dealer lots, most are sold before arriving on the lot, then immediately they are gone. That is ZERO days supply. They should have included cars that don't even stay on dealer lots, not just the ones with the lowest number of days on the lot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Problem is that "on the lot", I believe, implies it's in a dealer's inventory, which mean it has left the port, but not yet on the lot. If it take a week to ship across country, then that is 7 days. Add more time for prep and delivery and a "sold" car may technically be "on the lot" for 14-16 days yet no dealer has one "in stock". This is at least how Toyota works.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe the count the 3 touring models as part of the 3 family.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For some reason the 3 Touring is an unloved stepchild at BMW. A colleague of mine inquired about one at the local BMW dealer and got a "you'd like an X3 better" kind of response. He persisted, and they said they didn't have any and didn't know when one would be in. He asked about ordering one and they couldn't be bothered.

        Oh, and because of that he drives an A4 Avant and refused to get another MINI to replace his wife's when she wanted a new car, because it's the same dealership. Smart move, BMW of San Antonio.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come to paramus Chevy in North Jersey. I pass it every single week and the same black and silver Camaros have been sitting outside for months now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This list seems to be slightly more relevant than the Time magazine one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about a Chrysler w/ good interior? That's hard...no wait, IMPOSSIBLE to find.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Camaros would probably be number one if dealers weren't marking them up $5000 over msrp.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hmmm... shouldn't the G8 be on that list? especially the G8 GT? it's out of production and almost sold out all over north america... I know u can't get it in canada no more...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Q5? That can't be true. I live in West L.A. I see them all the time here. Hell, I was in a parking garage the other day, and there were two within the 8 spaces directly adjacent to my car.


      • 5 Years Ago
      What a stupid metric. This just caters to the dealer game of artificially limiting inventory for nice mark ups.

      Case in point, the S5. Sure it's hot, sure it's decently zippy. But thanks to the so called production shortage, they have a reason not to 'go below invoice'. This thing over the M3? Are you mad?
      • 5 Years Ago
      After driving a TDI Jetta wagon, I can see why they're a tough car to find. I certainly wouldn't kick one out of my driveway. Even the garden-variety Jetta is nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You should read Jeremy Clarkson's review of the Jetta. Just for fun.
        Then drive one.
        I think you'll agree with him...
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