The Toyota Camry is the 2010 vehicle spending the most days on dealer lots before being sold. Specifically, the 2010 Camry spends 238 days in a dealer's inventory, according to TrueCar.
Combine that knowledge with the fact that the 2011 Honda Accord has the least number of days in inventory of any new 2011 model, at six days, and we can't help but think the Accord may have a chance at approaching Camry sales by the end of the year. The Camry Hybrid tops the list of 2011 vehicles spending the most time on dealer lots, at 73 days, followed by the Volvo C70 hardtop convertible and Mercedes-Benz SL550 at 69 and 61 days, respectively.
Through the first eight months of the year, Camry sales totaled 220,061 units, with Accord sales numbered 211,504 over the same period. That's a sizable difference to overcome in four months, but the Accord has been refreshed for 2011, which gives it an additional edge. Consumers looking for a good deal might find one if they seek out a 2010 Camry.
"Knowing how long a car has been sitting on the dealership lot is valuable information for new car shoppers," said Jesse Toprak, VP of Industry Trends and Insights for TrueCar.com. "The dealer may be more apt to move a car that has been sitting for six months than he is a model he can't keep in stock."
The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain top the list of shortest number of inventory days for a 2010 model, at 15 and 16 days respectively. The Toyota 4Runner isn't far behind, taking just 18 days to sell.
The 2010 Hyundai Sonata is the second slowest seller of 2010 models, going by inventory days. No doubt due to the hot-selling 2011 model, the 2010 Sonata takes 209 days in inventory. A 2010 Ford Mustang is next on the list, taking 202 days to sell, again, not surprising considering the 2011 Mustang is hitting dealers.
Tying the 2011 Honda Accord on the shortest number of days in inventory list is the Ford Escape Hybrid and newly redesigned Ford Edge.
Back to the Camry vs. Accord fight for the status of the best-selling car in the U.S., do you think the high demand for the refreshed Accord will propel it above the Camry? Tell us in the comments section below.