• Jan 5, 2012
Where there are winners, there are inevitably losers. Last year was exceedingly kind to big pickups, sprawling family sedans and SUVs, but not every model came out of 2011 with big sales figures. We took the time to dig through the low-selling models of the past 12 months to find out which vehicles produced throughout the year were the biggest duds. Since we aren't interested in how few Lamborghini Aventador models rolled off of dealer lots in the U.S. in 2011, we kept the MSRP under $100,000.

Our criteria immediately nixed vehicles like the Mazda RX-8, Volvo V50, Ram Cargo Van and everything in the Saab stable due to the fact that those models weren't manufactured through all 12 months of 2011. High-end metal like the Mercdes-Benz SL, CL and G classes were also kicked to the curb due to our price ceiling. Which was the worst of them all? We'll give you a hint. It wasn't the Acura ZDX. Hit the jump to check out our list of the worst-selling vehicles of 2011.
Top 10 Worst-Selling Vehicles of 2011

10. Subaru Tribeca
MSRP: $30,595
Units Sold: 2,791

9. Mazda Tribute
MSRP: $20,555
Units Sold: 2,696

8. Mercedes-Benz R-Class
MSRP: $52,690
Units Sold: 2,385

7. Suzuki Equator
MSRP: $17,899
Units Sold: 2,127

6. Cadillac Escalade EXT*
MSRP: $63,060
Units Sold: 2,036

5. Toyota Land Cruiser
MSRP: $68,920
Units Sold: 1,662

4. Acura ZDX
MSRP: $46,020
Units Sold: 1,564

3. Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback*
MSRP: $18,395
Units Sold: 1,548

2. Hyundai Azera
MSRP: $25,495
Units Sold: 1,524

1. Acura RL
MSRP: $47,700
Units Sold: 1,096

*There was some contention over whether these vehicles classify as truly separate models from their line. After much debate, it was decided we would adhere to the same standards of model differentiation manufacturers use when reporting sales figures.


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      SeeonX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone else wait for that damn blurry picture to update.. o.o ****.. >,<
        MTN RANGER
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SeeonX
        Man, it threw me for a loop. I thought my retinas were going out on me.
      3ziko
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's the biggest wonder of them all: Same exact car just different badge... Mazda Tribute - 2,696 vs. Ford Escape - 254,293
        Boost Retard
        • 3 Years Ago
        @3ziko
        Mazda buyers know it's not really a Mazda.
        Chris Bangle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @3ziko
        Fleet companies were finally ready to start buying cars this year. The Japanese weren't able to fill orders after the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. The large increase in Escape sells is directly related to fleet orders.
          Hal Jordan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris Bangle
          The Tribute is not made in Japan. This is also the one that stuck out for me, for the same reason that 3ziko mentioned. However, Mazda is pulling away from Ford. I'm a Mazda fan and always check the lot of my nearest dealer. I have never noticed a Tribute at this dealer, but I'm sure there are a few there somewhere beyond the sea of Mazda3s.
      mkM3
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think BMW breaks the 5 series GT out from the rest of the 5 series range, but if they did, I have to believe it would have made this list.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mkM3
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        • 3 Years Ago
        @mkM3
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      willyk52
      • 3 Years Ago
      i saw a suzuki equator once....
      AE86
      • 3 Years Ago
      smh two Acuras. . .
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AE86
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      MiddleClassMotoring
      • 3 Years Ago
      It took me awhile to remember what a Suzuki Equator is. I completely forgot that existed....
      swimdude1978
      • 3 Years Ago
      This doesn't surprise me. Many of the cars on the list are 50 K to 70 K. How many people are in the market for cars in that Price range? Also, figure there are a number of choices in that market. People willing to plunk that much money down for a Vehicle can be choosy on what they purchase.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @swimdude1978
        There seems to be an almost endless number of people willing to buy or lease $70k vehicles. I'm amazed as you are. When you consider depreciation, taxes, insurance, it is no surprise that Americans chronically have no savings.
      Donny
      • 3 Years Ago
      Notice that 90% of the cars on this list are NOT American cars??? Should tell us something. When we first started importing cars from Japan, it was because they were cheaper and in some cases better gas mileage. I drive Trucks, and the last time I bought a new truck, I looked at the Toyota Tundra.... WOW I could have bought one, at 10K MORE than I paid for my Ford F150, which actually gets better mileage than the Tundra. AND The Tundra is UGLY!
      Mondrell
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. Acura RL MSRP: $47,700 Units Sold: 1,096 Least surprising secret of the day. This car bombed from the get-go, and its placement at the head of this year's class of futility is the result of Acura failing to do anything about it other than obsoleting it with the current TL.
      J
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mholli4308, you may want to check your stats on the Volt again. I found the article you probably used and if you actually read it, it says Chevy sold 125 Volts in the month of July, not all year. Try using a resource that has no political agenda.
      69usmc73
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wouldn't own any of them either...
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, seems like GM is on the ball: their only entry on this list (Escalade EXT) is going out of production soon.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danaon
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