Small Car Sales In America - May 2014 YTD

With a slim 522-unit victory in May 2014, the Toyota Corolla expanded its year-to-date lead over the Honda Civic to 8613 units. Heading into June 2013, the Corolla (including its dying Matrix sibling) led the Civic by 3543 units. The Civic ended 2013 as America's best-selling small car.


All 258 Autos Ranked By May 2014 & YTD U.S. Sales
All 150 Cars Ranked By May 2014 & YTD U.S. Sales


USA small car sales chart May 2014
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Together with the third-ranked Chevrolet Cruze, the top three compacts generated 45.6% of the category's May 2014 U.S. sales volume, up from 40% in May 2013. Sales were stolen from the Ford Focus (down 13%, or 3503 units), the Hyundai Elantra (down 13%, or 3223 units), and the Volkswagen Jetta (down 13%, or 1995 units). 

The Nissan Sentra surged forward, as well, rising 75% to 21,932 sales, enough to make it the ninth-best-selling car in America last month, up seven spots from its position one year ago.

Among subcompacts, the (big inside) Nissan Versa continues to be the top seller. Segment-wide subcompact volume was up less than 4% in May, however, even as compact car sales grew 13% and the passenger car market improved by 9%. 

Of note: GCBC has made a change to the way we tally subcompacts by moving the Mitsubishi Mirage to the city car group with the Chevrolet Spark, Scion iQ, and Smart Fortwo. We've also moved the mostly irrelevant Mitsubishi i MiEV to the hybrids/electrics section of the midsize post. Jointly, Mirage/Spark volume was up 166% in the U.S. in May. Of course, the Mirage wasn't on sale a year ago. 

You'll notice Volkswagen Golf volume remains low. Don't expect it to become a top seller in the U.S., but seventh-gen Golfs are arriving, and we expect much larger numbers soon. Also remember that non-conventional small cars are displayed in the table at the bottom of this post. This is where you'll see, for example, that the Kia Soul outsells all subcompacts and all but six compacts.


• Small Car Sales In America - May 2015 YTD
• Small Car Sales In America - June 2014 YTD
• Small Car Sales In America - April 2014 YTD
• Small Car Sales In America - May 2013 YTD
• Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - May 2014
• U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - May 2014 YTD
• Midsize Car Sales In America - May 2014 YTD


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 small cars of all kinds 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 • May 2015 • June 2014 • April 2014May 2013
Compact
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD

Change
1629
1709-4.7%74299217-19.4%
3816
4158-8.2%18,10618,944-4.4%
32,393
23,05540.5%119,330100,81818.4%
8644
744816.1%30,74238,512-20.2%
23,683
27,186-12.9%94,690111,641-15.2%
36,089
30,26819.2%134,796 128,9804.5%
21,867
25,090-12.8%95,329104,081-8.4%
7196
71770.3%32,10527,73115.8%
10,682
893519.6%43,324 45,135-4.0%
1422
1626-12.5%7696 9418-18.3%
21,932
12,50475.4%76,801 56,24036.6%
8616
704822.2%36,99232,19914.9%
---
---------2859-100%
36,611
27,99730.8%143,409132,5148.2%
1793
3052-41.3%894114,182-37.0%
13,915
15,910-12.5%64,21766,483-3.4%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
230,288
203,16313.4%913,907 898,954 1.7%

Subcompact
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
---
1-100%---2-100%
8784
9523-7.8%40,67237,7837.6%
7209
66937.7%28,63128,801-0.6%
3485
4667-25.3%18,12620,486-11.5%
6117
55789.7%28,54424,22217.8%
3929
5142-23.6%16,70919,491-14.3%
1294
79163.6%5854 485120.7%
11,243
861430.5%56,32755,0562.3%
4590
378221.4%16,99217,133-0.8%
1616
1778-9.1%721011,179-35.5%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
48,267
46,5693.6%219,065 219,004 0.1%

City Car
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
5177
2581101%18,59114,48428.4%
1700
------6816------
241
526-54.2%10281919-46.4%
689
818-15.8%397436788.0%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
7807
392598.9%30,409 20,081 51.4%

Sporty Hatchbacks
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
3337
4051-17.6%14,85115,762 -15.4%
2971
28265.1%12,41612,303 0.9%
3244
4033-19.6%936616,907 -44.6%
1921
157621.9%7854 7116 10.4%
2729
3718-26.6%13,54317,407 -22.2%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
14,202
16,204-12.4%58,030 69,495 -16.5%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
4475
2103113%19,515997295.7%
---
---------2-100%
---
--------- 45-100%
1434
------5643 ------
15,606
11,42036.7%62,677 51,74421.1%
2315
177130.7%8665 84742.3%
170
14021.4%74540484.4%
2820
226624.4%12,889981331.3%
354
459-22.9%19582878-32.0%
3825
286733.4%23,20214,41860.9%
1532
1740-12.0%70007875-11.1%
823
8072.0%360835441.8%
5778
52959.1%28,33120,43838.6%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
39,132
28,86835.6%174,233 129,607 34.4%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
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. This explains why you'll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small SUVs, too, and the Acura ILX shown with mainstream cars is also displayed with luxury cars... 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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