Small Car Sales In America - January 2016

2016 Honda Civic touring grey
The Honda Civic's 43% surge to 26,741 U.S. sales in January 2016 wasn't just enough to lead the small car sales race; it was enough for the Civic to end January as the second-best-selling car in the country; only 108 sales out of first place overall.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016


The Civic and second-ranked Toyota Corolla garnered one-third of all U.S. compact car sales in January. In January 2015, Civic sales dropped to what now stands out as, at the very least, a 37-month low. One year later, Civic volume – propped up by the clearing out of ninth-gen MY2015 cars and the launch of the new tenth-gen Civics – grew by 8000 units.

Large Car Sales In America - January 2016

2016 Nissan Maxima
Compared with January 2015, U.S. sales of full-size volume brand cars actually increased 20% in January 2016. The daily selling rate achieved by these cars increased 30% in January 2016. 


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016


January 2016 was an abbreviated sales month for the U.S. auto industry. Quirks of the calendar meant January 2016 had only 24 selling days, down from 26 in January 2015.

Midsize Car Sales In America - January 2016

2015 Chrysler 200 blue
During the abbreviated sales month of January 2016, U.S. sales of midsize cars slid nearly 7% to fewer than 150,000 units. The Toyota Camry led the category, as per the routine, thanks to a 0.3% uptick to 26,848 units, equal to 18% market share.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016


In 2016, January only had 24 selling days, down two from 26 in January 2015. Thus, on a daily selling rate basis, U.S. sales of midsize cars actually increased 1%, a modest increase but a sign that demand didn't shrink as much as the year-over-year volume tally leads us to believe.

January 2016 U.S. Passenger Car Sales Rankings - Top 148 Best-Selling Cars In America - Every Car Ranked

2016 Buick Cascada roof operation
The Toyota Camry ended 2016 right where it left off in 2015: as America's best-selling car.

There were differences at the top of the passenger car leaderboard in January 2016, however. Rather than the Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, or Nissan Altima challenging the Camry for top-selling status, the surging Honda Civic (up 43%) came within 107 sales of catching the Camry.


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The U.S. auto industry failed to match January 2015's volume success because of three key reasons in October. The auto sales season was shorter, December was very strong and may have pulled some sales forward, and there was a massive winter storm on the east coast. 

January 2016 U.S. SUV And Crossover Sales Rankings - Top 97 Best-Selling SUVs In America - Every SUV Ranked

U.S. auto sales volume dipped slightly in January 2016, a modest decline during an abbreviated month. Sales of SUVs and crossovers, of course, jumped 6% to nearly 440,000 units.

The Toyota RAV4 was America's top-selling utility vehicle for a third consecutive month. After four years of Honda CR-V leadership – and with the CR-V getting off to 2015 on the wrong foot – is 2016 the year the RAV4 grabs the SUV/crossover sales victory for the first time?


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There's no doubt 2016 began with a tight race for top spot. The RAV4 led the second-ranked Nissan Rogue by only 1792 units. The Ford Escape finished January only 543 sales back of the Rogue. The CR-V trailed the Escape by only 11 sales. Chevrolet's Equinox was only 634 sales back of the CR-V.

The Lexus RX was America's best-selling premium utility vehicle, finishing January as the 21st-best-selling utility vehicle overall, 2178 sales ahead of the Cadillac SRX.