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% 7429 9217 -19.4%
3816
4158 -8.2% 18,106 18,944 -4.4%
32,393
23,055 40.5% 119,330 100,818 18.4%
8644
7448 16.1% 30,742 38,512 -20.2%
23,683
27,186 -12.9% 94,690 111,641 -15.2%
36,089
30,268 19.2% 134,796 128,980 4.5%
21,867
25,090 -12.8% 95,329 104,081 -8.4%
7196
7177 0.3% 32,105 27,731 15.8%
10,682
8935 19.6% 43,324 45,135 -4.0%
1422
1626 -12.5% 7696 9418 -18.3%
21,932
12,504 75.4% 76,801 56,240 36.6%
8616
7048 22.2% 36,992 32,199 14.9%
2859 -100%
36,611
27,997 30.8% 143,409 132,514 8.2%
1793
3052 -41.3% 8941 14,182 -37.0%
13,915
15,910 -12.5% 64,217 66,483 -3.4%
Total
230,288
203,163 13.4% 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% 40,672 37,783 7.6%
7209
6693 7.7% 28,631 28,801 -0.6%
3485
4667 -25.3% 18,126 20,486 -11.5%
6117
5578 9.7% 28,544 24,222 17.8%
3929
5142 -23.6% 16,709 19,491 -14.3%
1294
791 63.6% 5854 4851 20.7%
11,243
8614 30.5% 56,327 55,056 2.3%
4590
3782 21.4% 16,992 17,133 -0.8%
1616
1778 -9.1% 7210 11,179 -35.5%
Total
48,267
46,569 3.6% 219,065 219,004 0.1%

City Car
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
5177
2581 101% 18,591 14,484 28.4%
1700
6816
241
526 -54.2% 1028 1919 -46.4%
689
818 -15.8% 3974 3678 8.0%
Total
7807
3925 98.9% 30,409 20,081 51.4%

Sporty Hatchbacks
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
3337
4051 -17.6% 14,851 15,762 -15.4%
2971
2826 5.1% 12,416 12,303 0.9%
3244
4033 -19.6% 9366 16,907 -44.6%
1921
1576 21.9% 7854 7116 10.4%
2729
3718 -26.6% 13,543 17,407 -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
2103 113% 19,515 9972 95.7%
2 -100%
45 -100%
1434
5643
15,606
11,420 36.7% 62,677 51,744 21.1%
2315
1771 30.7% 8665 8474 2.3%
170
140 21.4% 745 404 84.4%
2820
2266 24.4% 12,889 9813 31.3%
354
459 -22.9% 1958 2878 -32.0%
3825
2867 33.4% 23,202 14,418 60.9%
1532
1740 -12.0% 7000 7875 -11.1%
823
807 2.0% 3608 3544 1.8%
5778
5295 9.1% 28,331 20,438 38.6%
Total
39,132
28,868 35.6% 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.