Like zombies, these dead cars still sell among the living
Car models come and go, but as revealed by monthly sales data, once a car is discontinued, it doesn't disappear instantly. And in the case of some models, vanishing into obscurity can be a slow, tedious process.
That's the case with the five cars we have here. All of them have been discontinued, but car companies keep racking up "new" sales with them. There are actually quite a few cars discontinued, but we decided to focus only on models with the fewest sales last month, hopefully indicating they will be at rest soon. But we've only included cars that have sold at least one unit this month.
Last updated October 2018
2017 Dodge Viper: 15 sales
We're starting our list out with a car we love. We don't think there are a bunch of unsold Dodge Viper coupes sitting on dealer lots all across America. Nevertheless, a total of 15 people have so far managed to bring a new Viper home this year.
At least we know those new buyers are out there having fun!
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2017 Lexus CT 200hThe Lexus CT 200h was officially discontinued after the 2017 model year, which means it's not quite as old as some of the vehicles on this list. So it's less surprising that there are still a few of these hybrid hatchbacks floating around on dealer lots. So far this year, Lexus has sold just four of them.
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2016 Honda CR-Z: 26 salesNext on our list is the poor maligned Honda CR-Z. It was supposed to herald the return of the CRX and show that hybrids can be cool. But lackluster performance and fuel economy left no one satisfied. Even a supercharger and suspension upgrades couldn't turn things around for the car, leading it to be discontinued after the 2016 model year. Still, so far this year, 26 CR-Zs have been sold.
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2016 Chrysler Town & Country: 4 salesThe Chrysler Town & Country was quite an old vehicle when it was officially killed off in 2016. The basic van was introduced for the 2008 model year, and saw only refreshes until its conclusion eight years later. Some of those updates were helpful and kept the car at least somewhat competitive. Still, we're thankful Chrysler replaced it with the Pacifica, a superb van that is arguably the best in the segment. In any case, Chrysler has managed to sell five of these minivans so far this year.
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2016 Cadillac SRX: 2 sales
The final generation of the SRX lasted from the 2010 model year to 2016. It was a significant departure from its CTS-based predecessor, especially with the switch from being rear- or all-wheel-drive to front- or all-wheel-drive. It also lost the V8 option. But that turned the SRX's sales slump around, and the XT5 successor continues to use the same layout as the old crossover.
General Motors decided earlier this year that it would no longer report monthly sales, switching instead to a quarterly report. But best we can tell, so far this year, Cadillac has sold a total of two SRX crossovers.
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2014 Dodge Avenger: 3 sales
The Dodge Avenger has a bonus fact that makes it stand out even among these zombies: It's been out of production longer than any other car on this list. The last model year for it was 2014. And shockingly, a total of three people managed to find a brand new Avenger near them for sale.
Just as shocking as someone finding an unsold Avenger is someone deciding to buy the mediocre sedan at all.