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Ranked: 15 worst-selling new vehicles in the U.S. in 2020

The Alfa Romeo 4C is perennially one of the worst-selling new cars in the U.S.

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Some cars, like the Toyota Camry and Honda CR-V, sell well. It seems like you see them everywhere. Occasionally, on dealer lots you'll see a leftover model from the previous year waiting to be sold, but it's likely to be snatched up quickly. The vehicles on this list are the opposite.

Most of these models are the equivalent of the leftovers you forgot about in the back of the fridge for months after Thanksgiving. The majority of them aren't even made anymore.

One thing you will notice; super luxury models aren't on the list. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Rolls-Royces, among others, get a pass because of their scarcity.

All tallies are based on the latest sales results made publicly available by automakers. Note that Volkswagen has decided to tally all models outside the current model year in an "other" column on their sales sheets so AutomotiveMap is unable to track the weak sales of their older new models that still remain on dealer lots.

Click here to see the worst-selling vehicles of 2019.

Audi TT (277 sold)

2020 Audi TT

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The Audi TT sports coupe has not sold well in the U.S. for a number of years. Could it be that though it's zippy and sporty, there's just other models that come to mind first? You have to admit that it's $45,000-ish starting price is pretty good.

Fiat 500L (254 sold)

2020 Fiat 500L

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The Fiat 500L seems to not be near the top of anyone's must-buy list. The two-row car is longer than the 500, but not much. Though it's one of the worst-selling models in the U.S., its fellow stablemates aren't too far behind.

BMW i3 (252 sold)

BMW i3

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​The i3 is BMW's all-electric compact car. The i3 delivers a zippy ride but is held back by its hefty price tag, tight seatings and only two traditional doors.

Toyota Mirai (236 sold)

2021 Toyota MiraiPhoto courtesy of Toyota

The Toyota Mirai has been redesigned for the 2021 model year but due to the lack of hydrogen infrastructure build out, its appeal remains limited, despite how good looking it is.

Buick LaCrosse (209 sold)

2019 Buick LaCrossePhoto courtesy of Buick

More than a few Buick LaCrosses languish on dealer lots despite the model being cut from the Buick lineup in favor of new SUVs.

Kia K900 (150 sold)

Kia K900

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Kia not only still makes the K900, it's just been through a generational redesign. The model gets high marks from reviewers but it's never really caught on here in the U.S. It is more popular in Kia's native Korea.

Infiniti QX30 (133 sold)

2018 Infiniti QX30

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The Infiniti QX30 was co-developed alongside the Mercedes-Benz GLA. It quickly came and went from the bulk of the U.S. market but 133 people have still taken one home this year.

Lincoln MKT (129 sold)

2017 Lincoln MKT

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The last Lincoln MKT has rolled off the line but a few buyers are still getting theirs. The model, perhaps best known as the chariot of choice for car service drivers in the Motor City is highly regarded for its cabin and cargo space.

Infiniti QX70 (129 sold)

Infiniti QX70

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Infiniti sold 954 QX70s in 2018 but just six were sold in 2019. The model was discontinued in 2017. Infinit's QX50 has picked up much of the slack from the hole the QX70 left and the model's body style will see a bit of a resurgence when the QX55 debuts in November.

BMW 6 Series (118 sold)

BMW 6 Series

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Cadillac ATS (93 sold)

Cadillac ATS

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The last model year for the Cadillac ATS was 2019. Like its big brother the CTS, the ATS delivered a connected drive experience and a robust engine lineup. Cadillac sold just 1,134 ATS models in 2019, down from the model's high of 63,049 global sales in 2015.

Hyundai Nexo (92 sold)

Hyundai Nexo

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The Nexo is Hyundai's hydrogen-powered SUV. It's only sold in a few markets due to the lack of widespread hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The model features premium appointments and delivers a quiet ride.

Alfa Romeo 4C (71 sold)

Alfa Romeo 4C

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The Alfa Romeo 4C coupe is one of the few models on this list still in production. Though Alfa doesn't produce or sell many of the cars, they're considered one of the more fun vehicles you can get behind the wheel of. That assessment doesn't take into account their aging infotainment system, shoddy interior, and harsh ride.

Chevrolet Volt (62 sold)

Chevrolet Volt

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The Chevrolet Volt ended its model year run in 2019. Drivers liked that you could travel over 1,000 miles between fill ups, but Chevy's evolving product plan meant that the Volt's run had to come to an end.

Buick Cascada (11 sold)

2018 Buick CascadaPhoto courtesy of Buick

For a very limited time, Buick sold the Cascada, a comfortable cruiser convertible for those that don't require the latest technology and aren't wholly concerned about fuel efficiency.

Dodge Dart (5 sold)

Dodge Dart

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In September 2016, production of the Dodge Dart ended. And yet, despite no new ones being made in three years, 15 new Darts were sold to customers. In 2014, Fiat Chrysler's then-CEO Sergio Marchionne said that Dart customers who wanted a hatchback could be served by the Jeep Renegade or the Fiat 500X, two models that remain on U.S. lots today.

Chrysler 200 (3 sold)

Chrysler 200

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The Chrysler 200 fell out of favor at FCA right around the same time as the Dodge Dart. Despite this, 48 people still bought the model in 2019.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class (1 sold)

Mercedes-Benz B-ClassPhoto courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Head to the Mercedes-Benz website and you won't even find the B-Class listed for sale. The second generation, which was produced from 2011-2018, was sold in the U.S., though it wouldn't be considered a popular model by any stretch of the imagination. In 2018, the luxury automaker sold 135 of the models in the U.S.

Honda CR-Z (1 sold)

2013 Honda CR-Z

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Honda only sold two new CR-Zs in 2019, down from the 28 they sold in 2018. The hybrid coupe was last made in 2016. It was discontinued to make room for Honda Accord Hybrid and Clarity production.

Jeep Patriot (1 sold)

2017 Jeep Patriot

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In the words of Led Zeppelin, "I just can't quit you baby." Despite the new Jeep Compass and upgraded Jeep Renegade being suitable alternatives to the Patriot, one buyers still purchased the Patriot in 2020. That's down from the 621 FCA sold in 2018 and 27 that were sold last year.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The Hyundai Palisade got a mild refresh for 2023.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai announced changes to the Palisade for 2023. The list includes a new front fascia, an updated grille with new headlights and daytime running lights, a 12-inch touchscreen with navigation, and more. A new XRT trim joined the lineup as well, bringing brawny off-road styling and dar exterior trim. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the SUV, which starts at a little more than $32,000.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeA new XRT trim adds rugged styling. Hyundai

The Palisade's powertrain carries over from 2022, which includes a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside, the SUV got several new and updated technology features, including a more powerful wireless device charging pad, an updated digital key system, and a larger infotainment display.

As Hyundai's flagship SUV, the Palisade edges on luxury territory, with plush leather upholstery and a serene cabin that offers excellent noise cancellation and comfort. Captain's chairs and seven-passenger seating are available, but a second-row bench comes standard and brings eight-passenger capacity to the SUV.

Muscular SUVs are more popular than ever before, so Hyundai gave the posh Palisade an outdoorsy treatment with its XRT trim. The new Palisade XRT builds on the SEL trim with 20-inch wheels, a more rugged bumper and lower body cladding, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. To be clear, XRT is an appearance package that does not improve off-road capability to a large degree.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeTop trims border on the quality and design of some luxury brands. Hyundai

Standard safety equipment is generous, and includes forward collision warnings with avoidance, lane keep assist, lane following assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention warnings, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the base Palisade SE starts at $36,245, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The top Calligraphy AWD model starts at $52,095 after destination. All-wheel drive is available for all trims as an added-cost option.

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