New Car Inventory Levels Decline in December 2021

December 8, 2021
Written by: Zach Shefska
Categories: New Cars
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Each month we have been tracking new car inventory levels. Traditionally the end of the year is the best time to buy a car. This is because automakers provide large incentives to their dealers to sell as many cars as possible before the year-end. 2021 is very different.

Current new car inventory levels declined to new lows in December. With a lack of inventory, there will be no incentives or bonus programs for dealers this year. Why would there be? There are not enough cars to sell!

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Below we breakdown the inventory levels of all of the major automakers we are able to source data on. You will see which cars have the highest inventory levels right now (an indicator that you may be able to negotiate the price of the car), and those that have the least inventory right now.

To view November’s new car inventory data, click here.

You can access all of the data here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sDB4ybm8F6VQotMS-HyjWv9n5IdQjTF6mbw8RwbbYXo/edit?usp=sharing

Days supply: Number of days needed to sell all vehicles in inventory, based on the previous month’s daily selling rate

Inventory: Unit count of vehicles on hand at dealerships, factory lots, ports of entry and in transit on a specific date

New Cars With The Most Inventory December 2021

Based on days supply, here are the top eight vehicles with the most inventory:

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
EcoSport12,1006,9006,5005,2001641339031
E-series van6,6007,3007,400-7005748579
Fusion8,5001001008,400558260-27
Mustang8,5005,9006,0002,6005452552
Transit9,7009,30011,90040051323019
Maverick5,3002,7003,9002,600491819331
60 series1,6001,7001,600-100424437-2
Expedition7,8006,9007,9009004133348
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Based on solely the number of units available, here are the top ten vehicles with the most inventory:

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)
Total Toyota97,900112,80083,200-14,900
F series84,30095,00094,200-10,700
Toyota trk73,00073,10066,600-100
Total Honda66,30060,90065,8005,400
Explorer26,50024,70023,4001,800
Toyota car24,90022,20016,6002,700
Total Kia Motors24,00023,00032,0001,000
Total Lexus18,30017,50024,900800
Total Hyundai17,10019,90026,700-2,800
Kia trk14,00015,00019,000-1,000

You can check the current inventory levels of a particular vehicle in your market by running a free market price report in your YAA account.

See your local inventory levels

New Cars With The Least Inventory December 2021

Based on days supply, here are the cars, trucks, and SUVs with the lease inventory right now:

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Subaru trk5,7004,5006,4001,2005451
SUBARU OF AMERICA7,4006,0008,1001,4005451
Subaru car1,7001,5001,7002006561
Mazda trk4,8006,00010,100-1,20071013-3
MAZDA NA6,0007,50012,400-1,50071013-3
Insight2007001,100-5008914-1
Hyundai car3,9006,20011,700-2,30099150
Hyundai trk13,20013,70015,000-50091011-1
Total Hyundai17,10019,90026,700-2,80091112-2
Mazda car1,2001,5002,300-30091013-1

While Subaru’s days supply of inventory increased (from 4 units to 5) this month, they still have an incredibly limited number of vehicles on dealer’s lots. Mazda’s day supply decreased considerably from 10 to 7 this month as well.

Based on the total number of available units, here are the cars with the least inventory:

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)
Clarity1001002000
90 series1001001000
Insight2007001,100-500
XC406008001,500-200
TLX8001,4002,000-600
Navigator1,0001,3001,400-300
ILX1000400100600
Mazda car1,2001,5002,300-300
Aviator1,6001,8001,800-200
60 series1,6001,7001,600-100

These are the vehicles with the lowest days supply of inventory right now, which means you shouldn’t expect to get a “deal” on any of these cars. The dealership knows they have very limited inventory and they likely won’t be getting new cars from the manufacturer anytime soon. Negotiating on these cars will likely yield frustration.

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Ford Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Fusion8,5001001008,400558260-27
Mustang8,5005,9006,0002,6005452552
Bronco7,8006,2005,0001,6002323370
Bronco Sport6,70015,40012,600-8,700144527-31
E-series van6,6007,3007,400-7005748579
EcoSport12,1006,9006,5005,2001641339031
Edge13,00016,90012,800-3,900334947-16
Escape10,40014,80014,500-4,400263032-4
Expedition7,8006,9007,9009004133348
Explorer26,50024,70023,4001,8003532293
F series84,30095,00094,200-10,700333837-5
Maverick5,3002,7003,9002,600491819331
Mustang Mach-E4,0005,6005,000-1,600315379-22
Ranger8,90010,50010,100-1,600273949-12
Transit9,7009,30011,90040051323019
Transit Connect3,2002,2001,5001,000294198-12
Continental1001790
Aviator1,6001,8001,800-2002323260
Corsair/MKC2,0002,2002,500-20034233111
Nautilus/MKX2,4004,1003,500-1,700254533-20
Navigator1,0001,3001,400-300252929-4
FORD MOTOR CO221,800239,800232,100-18,000343737-3

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Acura Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
ILX100040010060034465-12
NSX1610
RLX4567
TLX8001,4002,000-600172726-10
MDX2,2001,9001,100300151613-1
RDX2,5003,6004,000-1,100151821-3
Total Acura6,5007,3007,200-800171919-2

Honda Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Accord8,2009,5006,900-1,300131714-4
Civic10,8006,8008,2004,0002014136
Clarity1001002000203549-15
Fit7070
Insight2007001,100-5008914-1
CR-V11,6009,20014,8002,4001310213
HR-V11,70013,40013,900-1,700273128-4
Odyssey1,7001,3002,4004001813115
Passport3,7002,4004,5001,30032171915
Pilot8,7006,90011,1001,8002720237
Ridgeline3,1003,3002,700-200222725-5
Total Honda66,30060,90065,8005,4001917192

Genesis Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Genesis car2,9003,5004,100-600394968-10
Genesis trk2,6003,0003,700-400192428-5
Total Genesis5,5006,5007,800-1,000263340-7

Hyundai Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Hyundai car3,9006,20011,700-2,30099150
Hyundai trk13,20013,70015,000-50091011-1
Total Hyundai17,10019,90026,700-2,80091112-2

Kia Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Kia car10,0008,00013,0002,000129133
Kia trk14,00015,00019,000-1,000141517-1
Total Kia Motors24,00023,00032,0001,0001312151

Mazda Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Mazda car1,2001,5002,300-30091013-1
Mazda trk4,8006,00010,100-1,20071013-3
MAZDA NA6,0007,50012,400-1,50071013-3

Subaru Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1
Subaru car1,7001,5001,700200656
Subaru trk5,7004,5006,4001,200545
SUBARU OF AMERICA7,4006,0008,1001,400545

Lexus Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Lexus car5,2004,7005,9005003129292
Lexus trk13,10012,80019,0003002119272
Total Lexus18,30017,50024,9008002321272

Toyota Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Toyota car24,90022,20016,6002,700192011-1
Toyota trk73,00073,10066,600-100172118-4
Total Toyota97,900112,80083,200-14,900172118-4

Volvo Inventory Levels

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
60 series1,6001,7001,600-100424437-2
90 series1001001000284234-14
XC406008001,500-2001210182
XC603,7004,1004,200-400293733-8
XC902,0002,0002,7000202123-1
VOLVO CAR USA8,0008,70010,100-700252727-2
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The Full Data Set

Inventory Units (December)Inventory Units (November)Inventory Units (October)Inventory Change (November to December)Days Supply on Dec 1Days Supply on Nov 1Days Supply on Oct 1Days Supply Change (November to December)
Fusion8,5001001008,400558260-27
Mustang8,5005,9006,0002,6005452552
Bronco7,8006,2005,0001,6002323370
Bronco Sport6,70015,40012,600-8,700144527-31
E-series van6,6007,3007,400-7005748579
EcoSport12,1006,9006,5005,2001641339031
Edge13,00016,90012,800-3,900334947-16
Escape10,40014,80014,500-4,400263032-4
Expedition7,8006,9007,9009004133348
Explorer26,50024,70023,4001,8003532293
F series84,30095,00094,200-10,700333837-5
Maverick5,3002,7003,9002,600491819331
Mustang Mach-E4,0005,6005,000-1,600315379-22
Ranger8,90010,50010,100-1,600273949-12
Transit9,7009,30011,90040051323019
Transit Connect3,2002,2001,5001,000294198-12
Continental1001790
Aviator1,6001,8001,800-2002323260
Corsair/MKC2,0002,2002,500-20034233111
Nautilus/MKX2,4004,1003,500-1,700254533-20
Navigator1,0001,3001,400-300252929-4
FORD MOTOR CO221,800239,800232,100-18,000343737-3
ILX100040010060034465-12
NSX1610
RLX4567
TLX8001,4002,000-600172726-10
MDX2,2001,9001,100300151613-1
RDX2,5003,6004,000-1,100151821-3
Total Acura6,5007,3007,200-800171919-2
Accord8,2009,5006,900-1,300131714-4
Civic10,8006,8008,2004,0002014136
Clarity1001002000203549-15
Fit7070
Insight2007001,100-5008914-1
CR-V11,6009,20014,8002,4001310213
HR-V11,70013,40013,900-1,700273128-4
Odyssey1,7001,3002,4004001813115
Passport3,7002,4004,5001,30032171915
Pilot8,7006,90011,1001,8002720237
Ridgeline3,1003,3002,700-200222725-5
Total Honda66,30060,90065,8005,4001917192
Genesis car2,9003,5004,100-600394968-10
Genesis trk2,6003,0003,700-400192428-5
Total Genesis5,5006,5007,800-1,000263340-7
Hyundai car3,9006,20011,700-2,30099150
Hyundai trk13,20013,70015,000-50091011-1
Total Hyundai17,10019,90026,700-2,80091112-2
Kia car10,0008,00013,0002,000129133
Kia trk14,00015,00019,000-1,000141517-1
Total Kia Motors24,00023,00032,0001,0001312151
Mazda car1,2001,5002,300-30091013-1
Mazda trk4,8006,00010,100-1,20071013-3
MAZDA NA6,0007,50012,400-1,50071013-3
Subaru car1,7001,5001,7002006561
Subaru trk5,7004,5006,4001,2005451
SUBARU OF AMERICA7,4006,0008,1001,4005451
Lexus car5,2004,7005,9005003129292
Lexus trk13,10012,80019,0003002119272
Total Lexus18,30017,50024,9008002321272
Toyota car24,90022,20016,6002,700192011-1
Toyota trk73,00073,10066,600-100172118-4
Total Toyota97,900112,80083,200-14,900172118-4
60 series1,6001,7001,600-100424437-2
90 series1001001000284234-14
XC406008001,500-2001210182
XC603,7004,1004,200-400293733-8
XC902,0002,0002,7000202123-1
VOLVO CAR USA8,0008,70010,100-700252727-2
TOTAL478,800490,000483,600-11,200171820-1

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