2010 Hyundai Sonata -- 209 days in inventory
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata has been the surprise of the automotive world, with its bold lines, ergonomic cabin and low price. The 2010 car it replaced doesn't get the headlines...but it's a car well-suited to the needs of almost any family, and right now, the value proposition on the 2010 Sonata is ridiculous. Known for its surprisingly upscale cabin, a pleasantly smooth four-cylinder or a strong V-6, and one of the longest warranties in the business, it's a very good car over the long haul. And right now, Hyundai dealers can't seem to give them away. Make them an offer and see what happens.
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2010 Ford Mustang -- 202 days in inventory
Here's another case of a nice 2010 car being overshadowed by a new 2011 edition. The 2011 Mustang has won accolades for its gorgeous retro-modern styling and the tremendous 5.0-liter V-8 Ford introduced with the new car. The 2010 model, on the other hand, only offered....well...gorgeous retro-modern styling and an impressive 4.6-liter V8. Ford put a lot of work into the interior for 2010, making the Mustang's cabin a nice place to spend time. And it's offered with Ford's impressive SYNC infotainment system. Yet it isn't selling well, and Ford dealers are pressed to get the 2010s off the lot.
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2010 Scion xD -- 196 days in inventory
In the economy car class, utility means everything. It's not easy to find a car for under $16,000 that will serve well as a daily commuter, hauler of stuff, and even a carpool ride when necessary, but won't blow your budget with costly repairs thanks to cheap build quality. The Scion xD, though, is a solid choice. It's boxy shape means it can handle a lot of cargo for its small size. Its Toyota genes mean it's not likely to drop transmission parts on a highway on-ramp two days after the warranty expires. And it has solid safety scores -- something we don't always see from cars of this size and price. But xDs are sitting on dealership lots for more than half a year on average, and some dealers might be willing to part with them for very little.
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2010 Ford F-250 -- 169 days in inventory
The last year has seen a little-noticed, but hotly-fought skirmish in the Heavy Duty truck market, and to some, the redesigned 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty is the winner. But we know a truck that would give it a run for its money -- the 2010 model it replaced. It somehow managed to combine a towing capacity of over 22,000 pounds with almost car-like handling. Ford even tweaked the axle ratios to boost its fuel economy -- a real consideration for a work vehicle like this. Before you get seduced by the hype about the 2011 version, see what you'd pay for the 2010.
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2010 Porsche 911 -- 155 days in inventory
"Wait a minute," you say. "You're telling me that the Porsche 911, of all cars, is hurting for sales and available cheap?" Well, we're telling you this -- Porsche dealers aren't exactly known for their willingness to negotiate on price. But the average 2010 911 is now sitting unsold for about five months. They're probably not desperate yet, but you could ask...