The Best Cars Nobody Bought in 2017

Some of our favorite cars were the least popular models on dealership lots in 2017.

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We know enthusiast cars aren't going to set sales records. SUVs and crossovers are king in the US market. But some of the cars we love had a particularly tough 2017. Using , we've compiled a list of the great (or at least, interesting) cars nobody bought in 2017.

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Cadillac
Cadillac ATS - 13,100 Sold

The Cadillac ATS is a great sports sedan with all the right ingredients: A lightweight chassis, rear-wheel drive, and an available manual transmission. But the ATS was out-sold by the Fiat 500 in 2017, and that means even fewer people got to enjoy the fire-breathing ATS-V shown here.

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<p>Do you love the idea of driving <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/a29245/bmw-2-series-comparison-test/" target="_blank">the best 2 Series on the market</a> but wish it came with a soft top? Well, you're in luck, because the 228i offers a convertible version. And at a base price of $38,650, you can add the Track Handling Package without breaking the bank.</p>
BMW
BMW 2-series - 11,737 Sold

Two-door coupes and convertibles are never huge sellers in the US, and the fate of BMW's 2-series proves that. Similar in overall size and driving dynamics to a 4-series coupe, the 2-series found just under 12,000 homes in 2017.

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<p>The NC-generation Mazda Miata was far from a bad car. It was actually incredibly fun. But the new <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/car-technology/a25857/testing-the-2016-mazda-miata-less-is-more-quantified/">ND-generation Miata</a> somehow makes the NC look like a mistake. This could be the most fun new car on the market. The NC is still a great car, but the ND is a great Miata.</p>
Mazda
Mazda MX-5 Miata - 11,294 Sold

The Miata actually enjoyed a slight uptick in sales for 2017, and any year over 10,000 is a good one for our favorite affordable roadster. But Kia sold 10 Souls for every Mazda Miata in 2017.

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Jaguar
Jaguar XE - 9278 Sold

We really like the Jaguar XE. It's a stylish, sporty alternative to the BMW 3-series that gives you a taste of the big-Jag lifestyle. But sedans in general are a hard sell in the US market, and Jaguar's smallest four-door proves it.

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Porsche 911 - 8970 Sold

The Porsche 911 is one of the world's most quintessential sports cars, and 2017 was a decent sales year for the model in the US. But the automaker sold more than 21,000 Macan crossovers in 2017. As for the 911 R shown here? It was limited to 991 examples worldwide, all of which sold immediately.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia - 8903 Sold

2017 was the first full year of Giulia sales in the US—the automaker sold just 36 examples in 2016. That makes the 2017 sales number impressive, especially for a company that has just begun making inroads back into the US market. But Alfa execs are hoping for an even bigger presence in coming years, and the Stelvio SUV will likely play a major role in that.

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Volvo
Volvo S90 - 7823 Sold

We're smitten with the S90. It's undeniably stylish and luxurious, a distinct alternative to the German and Japanese luxury offerings. While 2017 was Volvo's best year for US sales in a long while, the automaker has a long road ahead if it wants to match its luxury competitors.

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Toyota 86 - 6846 Sold

Toyota's taking an interesting approach to broadening sales of the rear-drive 86—recently, the automaker began advertising the coupe as a "limited production" model, with just 8600 slated for US sales. As of the end of 2017, they didn't quite hit that mark. That's more than its near-identical twin, the Subaru BR-Z, which sold just 4131 examples in the US in 2017.

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Nissan
Nissan 370Z - 4614 Sold

The 370Z soldiers on as one of the last affordable front-engine, rear-drive sports coupes. That's a compelling recipe for us, but the aging model is far off its peak, when it sold over 30,000 examples a year.

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Jaguar
Jaguar F-Type - 4108 Sold

The F-Type has classic Jaguar style, clearly influenced by the 1960s E-Type and bolstered by outrageous performance and a "Loud Button" for the exhaust. 2017 was actually one of its better sales years in the US, with just over 4000 sold.

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Porsche
Porsche 718 Cayman - 2800 Sold

Porsche updated its most affordable coupe and convertible with a turbocharged flat-four and a new designation: 718. The Cayman sold 2800 examples in 2017, certainly not setting the world on fire. But that number outstrips the 2287 drop-top Boxsters that found new homes in the same timeframe.

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Mercedes
Mercedes-AMG GT - 1608 Sold

Naturally, a six-figure sports coupe isn't intended to be a major seller—2017 was actually the AMG GT line's best sales year yet. But with so few sold, it means the average American has precious little chance of hearing the animal roar of the GT R, shown here.

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Nissan
Nissan GT-R - 578 Sold

Godzilla may be getting long-in-the-tooth—this model has been around so long, it's gone from one of the most computerized sports cars on the market to a charmingly analog example of the old school. But we still love its all-wheel-drive, turbocharged charms.

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<em>Photo: Alfa Romeo</em>
Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo 4C - 407 Sold

If you want a miniature supercar—with a midship-mounted turbo engine, dual-clutch paddle-shift transmission, and a body made almost entirely out of carbon-fiber—you've really got no other choice than the Alfa Romeo 4C. At its best, it's never crested 1000 sales a year in the US, but we're still glad it's here.

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