Midsize Car Sales In America – February 2014 YTD


2015 Subaru Legacy

Through the first one-sixth of 2014, typically the slowest time of the year for auto sales in America, the Nissan Altima is the best-selling midsize car, and the best-selling car overall. Altima sales are up 8.5%, having risen 11.3% to nearly 31,000 in February 2014.

That’s nearly as many sales as Toyota USA managed with the Camry in February 2013, but then Camry volume slid 7% in February 2014. Camry volume is down by 10,837 units leading into March.

USA midsize car sales chart February 2014
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Volkswagen’s Passat exemplifies the issues we’re currently seeing at VW of America. It’s a product that’s still fresh, it was much ballyhooed leading up to its arrival, it offers a diesel configuration that’s not seen in its rivals, but it doesn’t sell that well. Comparisons with the leading trio are difficult. 

Toyota, Honda, and Nissan sell an average of 91,000 Camrys, Accords, and Altimas every month, put together. But Volkswagen has only crested the 10K monthly mark eleven times since the Passat went on sale some 30 months ago. In each of the last six months, Passat sales have decreased on a year-over-year basis.

The problem for Volkswagen isn’t the Passat’s inability to sell like an Altima, Camry, or Accord – that was never the short-term goal. It’s that the Passat can’t sell like a Malibu, Sonata, or Optima, let alone a Ford Fusion. To crack the 150K annual mark, Volkswagen would likely need a month or two above 15K and nothing below 10K. This Passat, admirable though it is in our eyes, has never sold more than 11,000 copies in the United States in a single month. 

The Passat ranked tenth among conventional midsize cars in America in February 2014.

Among continuing nameplates, no midsize car suffered a year-over-year decline worse than the Subaru Legacy. The Legacy is about to be replaced by a new model, but as you can see in the image above, it doesn’t exactly shout, “This is a new thing!”

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank midsize cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • February 2015 • March 2014 • January 2014February 2013

Midsize Car
February
2014
February
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2200
1474 49.3% 3634 2479 46.6%
17,448
14,817 17.8% 29,270 30,640 -4.5%
12,046
11,446 5.2% 22,958 20,292 13.1%
8189
9980 -17.9% 12,984 19,608 -33.8%
23,898
27,875 -14.3% 44,615 50,274 -11.3%
24,622
27,999 -12.1% 45,226 51,923 -12.9%
11,190
16,007 -30.1% 21,005 29,254 -28.2%
11,226
13,195 -14.9% 21,205 24,447 -13.3%
3945
2702 46.0% 7117 4849 46.8%
25
209 -88.0% 42 433 -90.3%
30,849
27,725 11.3% 53,364 49,189 8.5%
2575
3745 -31.2% 5310 6929 -23.4%
446 -100% 732 -100%
28,998
31,270 -7.3% 52,330 63,167 -17.2%
6997
7532 -7.1% 13,233 16,388 -19.3%
964
1123 -14.2% 1845 2315 -20.3%
Total
185,172
197,545 -6.3% 334,138 372,919 -10.4%

Midsize Hybrids & Electrics
February
2014
February
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
1210
1626 -25.6% 2128 2766 -23.1%
1853
3183 -41.8% 3271 5908 -44.6%
339
388 -12.6% 656 707 -7.2%
1425
653 118% 2677 1303 105%
8437
12,121 -30.4% 16,445 22,680 -27.5%
7396
11,428 -35.3% 14,601 21,113 -30.8%
1041
693 50.2% 1844 1567 17.7%
1743
2543 -31.5% 3473 5065 -31.4%
Total
15,007
20,514 -26.8% 28,650 38,429 -25.4%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
February
2014
February
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
1125
1234 -8.8% 2301 2507 -8.2%
8967
9016 -0.5% 17,197 17,648 -2.6%
2472
3745 -34.0% 4465 7116 -37.3%
Total
12,564
13,995 -10.2% 23,963 27,271 -12.1%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ Prius breakdown by variant
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better, right? This explains why you’ll see the Outback and Venza listed with midsize SUVs, too… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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