September 2014 U.S. Passenger Car Sales Rankings – Top 155 Best-Selling Cars In America – Every Car Ranked


2013 Nissan Sentra

Honda Accord sales in the United States accelerated at a rapid rate for the second consecutive month, enabling Honda to knock off the Toyota Camry as America’s best-selling car in September 2014.

Through the first nine months of 2014, the Camry leads the Accord by 30,596 units, an insurmountable lead for the Honda to overcome.

• U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – September 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – October 2014 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – August 2014 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – September 2013 YTD

Overall Honda car sales were only up 11% in September 2014, however, as the Accord’s 31% improvement was degraded by the Civic’s 3% decline. Fit sales jumped 66% as a third-generation model begins to take over.

At Toyota, the Camry’s 11% decline – not unanticipated as Toyota prepares to launch a heavily refreshed 2015 Camry – was only one part of unfortunate passenger car news. Prius sales continue to slide, the Yaris was down 76%, and Corolla sales fell 12%. 

At Toyota’s premium Lexus division, car sales were up 16% in September as the CT, ES, GS, and IS posted notable gains. Meanwhile, Honda’s upmarket Acura division reported a 41% increase in passenger car sales: the TLX’s arrival is more than making up for the loss of sales from the defunct TL and TSX. Acura sold 3884 TLXs in September. Not since April 2012 has Acura sold more than 3000 TSXs in a single month; not since March 2011 has the TL’s total been as high as the TLX’s was last month. Acura still gleaned more than half (59%) of its sales from the MDX and RDX, but that was way down from 65% in September 2013.

Top 13 Best-Selling Pickup Trucks In America – September 2014 YTD
Commercial Van Sales In America – September 2014 YTD
Minivan Sales In America – September 2014 YTD

Much further upmarket, Porsche USA sold another 13 918 Spyders in September 2014. 911 sales jumped 19%. Overall Porsche car sales were up less than 1%, but the brand jumped 17% as total Cayenne/Macan volume rose 36%, a gain of 502 units.

Porsche may only be an extreme example, but it’s nevertheless an easy-to-spot trend. U.S. passenger car sales were up just 1% over the first nine months of 2014 in an industry that helped itself to 5.5% more buyers. SUV and crossover sales, on the other hand, have risen 12% in 2014.

2014 Kia Soul green

There are cars that are expanding their share of a stagnant market, however. Among the 20 top sellers, the Nissan Sentra’s 43.7% jump and the Kia Soul’s 27.5% stand out as the most improved models. At this point last year, the Sentra was America’s 17th-best-selling car; it ranks 12th this year. The Soul is now America’s 14th-best-selling car, up five spots from its placement a year ago.

U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – September 2014 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – September 2014 YTD
• U.S. SUV Sales Rankings By Model – September 2014 YTD

Reminder: these are 2014 year-to-date rankings, but you can sort vehicles by September volume by clicking the September 2014 column header, or you can rank vehicles by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Cars column header. At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.

As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.

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Rank
Vehicle
September
2014
YTD
September
2013
YTD
%
Change
September
2014
September
2013
% Change
#1 Toyota Camry 334,978 318,990 5.0% 28,507 31,871 -10.6%
#2 Honda Accord 304,382 282,102 7.9% 32,956 25,176 30.9%
#3 Toyota Corolla/Matrix 258,805 233,547 10.8% 20,530 23,251 -11.7%
#4 Nissan Altima 256,935 249,518 3.0% 21,675 21,221 2.1%
#5 Honda Civic 253,430 253,561 -0.1% 22,263 22,983 -3.1%
#6 Ford Fusion 240,585 226,293 6.3% 21,693 19,972 8.6%
#7 Chevrolet Cruze 208,114 195,775 6.3% 18,415 12,730 44.7%
#8 Hyundai Elantra 176,403 194,593 -9.3% 18,848 19,691 -4.3%
#9 Ford Focus 176,156 188,654 -6.6% 15,397 16,733 -8.0%
#10 Hyundai Sonata 164,934 152,702 8.0% 14,918 13,872 7.5%
#11 Chevrolet Malibu 148,574 154,950 -4.1% 15,186 14,487 4.8%
#12 Nissan Sentra 141,216 98,281 43.7% 12,557 7,798 61.0%
#13 Kia Optima 122,646 124,056 -1.1% 10,908 11,647 -6.3%
#14 Kia Soul 115,579 90,624 27.5% 10,802 7,416 45.7%
#15 Volkswagen Jetta 115,055 124,273 -7.4% 10,245 13,309 -23.0%
15.1 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan * 99,142 106,551 -7.0% 8,980 11,454 -21.6%
#15.2 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen * 15,913 17,722 -10.2% 1,265 1,855 -31.8%
#16 Toyota Prius ² 110,455 125,225 -11.8% 8,339 10,185 -18.1%
#16.1 Toyota Prius Sedan * 98,613 117,251 -15.9% 7,986 9,033 -11.6%
#16.2 Toyota Prius Plug-In * 11,842 7,974 48.5% 353 1,152 -69.4%
#17 Nissan Versa 110,272 91,535 20.5% 12,072 8,776 37.6%
#18 Chevrolet Impala 107,162 121,033 -11.5% 9,225 11,462 -19.5%
#19 Subaru Outback 97,266 90,073 8.0% 11,315 8,143 39.0%
#20 BMW 3-Series & 4-Series ³ 94,445 77,921 21.2% 12,814 8,512 50.5%
#21 Mazda 3 80,259 81,614 -1.7% 7,859 8,646 -9.1%
#22 Chevrolet Sonic 77,947 69,649 11.9% 8,328 7,335 13.5%
#23 Chrysler 200 75,142 102,859 -26.9% 10,995 9,583 14.7%
#24 Volkswagen Passat 74,913 84,264 -11.1% 7,280 7,900 -7.8%
#25 Dodge Charger 72,141 73,342 -1.6% 8,624 8,713 -1.0%
#26 Chevrolet Camaro 69,878 64,815 7.8% 5,111 5,659 -9.7%
#27 Subaru Impreza 64,329 59,999 7.2% 5,210 5,789 -10.0%
#27.1 Subaru Impreza * 46,445 46,573 -0.3% 4,040 4,622 -12.6%
#27.2 Subaru Impreza WRX/STi * 17,884 13,426 33.2% 1,170 1,167 0.3%
#28 Dodge Dart 60,763 65,836 -7.7% 6,923 7,922 -12.6%
#29 Ford Mustang 59,831 59,165 1.1% 3,158 4,420 -28.6%
#30 Subaru XV Crosstrek 54,303 38,019 42.8% 5,691 3,536 60.9%
#31 Kia Forte 53,793 52,715 2.0% 4,517 4,618 -2.2%
#32 Lexus ES 52,910 52,076 1.6% 5,722 4,866 17.6%
#33 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 52,608 46,006 14.4% 4,883 5,647 -13.5%
#34 Ford Fiesta 52,403 57,618 -9.1% 4,185 5,043 -17.0%
#35 Ford Taurus 51,694 63,621 -18.7% 4,757 5,578 -14.7%
#35.1 Ford Taurus * 43,582 54,935 -20.7% 3,893 4,279 -9.0%
#35.2 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor * 8,112 8,686 -6.6% 864 1,299 -33.5%
#36 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 50,170 66,596 -24.7% 6,285 6,389 -1.6%
#37 Toyota Avalon 50,025 53,795 -7.0% 4,862 4,514 7.7%
#38 Dodge Avenger 49,363 78,599 -37.2% 1,677 5,099 -67.1%
#39 Hyundai Accent 46,405 45,112 2.9% 3,662 4,999 -26.7%
#40 Mazda 6 41,861 32,532 28.7% 4,263 3,168 34.6%
#41 Nissan Maxima 39,749 36,196 9.8% 4,398 4,717 -6.8%
#42 Honda Fit 39,618 41,021 -3.4% 6,628 3,981 66.5%
#43 Chrysler 300 39,584 44,186 -10.4% 4,757 5,036 -5.5%
#44 BMW 5-Series 39,168 38,681 1.3% 1,407 3,574 -60.6%
#45 Dodge Challenger 38,376 42,577 -9.9% 3,619 3,932 -8.0%
#46 Buick LaCrosse 37,280 38,845 -4.0% 3,626 3,952 -8.2%
#47 Lexus IS 37,038 22,060 67.9% 3,611 3,201 12.8%
#48 Subaru Legacy 34,718 33,351 4.1% 6,198 2,847 118%
#49 Buick Verano 34,327 36,568 -6.1% 3,913 3,688 6.1%
#50 Toyota Prius C ² 31,564 33,133 -4.7% 3,192 3,283 -2.8%
#51 Chevrolet Spark 30,937 28,324 9.2% 2,027 2,355 -13.9%
#52 Kia Rio 29,387 33,238 -11.6% 2,240 2,695 -16.9%
#53 Audi A4 29,304 31,113 -5.8% 2,994 3,813 -21.5%
#53.1 Audi A4 Sedan/Avant * 25,829 26,992 -4.3% 2,480 3,357 -26.1%
#53.2 Audi A4 Allroad * 3,475 4,121 -15.7% 514 456 12.7%
#54 Lincoln MKZ 26,769 23,775 12.6% 2,176 2,874 -24.3%
#55 Fiat 500 26,616 28,994 -8.2% 2,737 2,126 28.7%
#56 Chevrolet Corvette 25,950 7,830 231% 2,467 831 197%
#57 Infiniti Q50 †  25,864 4,801 439% 2,742 2,367 15.8%
#58 Toyota Prius V ² 23,471 28,398 -17.3% 2,746 2,422 13.4%
#59 Toyota Venza 23,445 29,187 -19.7% 1,858 2,193 -15.3%
#60 Volkswagen Beetle 23,306 34,918 -33.3% 1,821 3,554 -48.8%
#60.1 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe * 13,335 20,099 -33.7% 1,070 1,980 -46.0%
#60.2 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible * 9,971 14,819 -32.7% 751 1,574 -52.3%
#61 Hyundai Veloster 22,965 23,273 -1.3% 2,777 2,268 22.4%
#62 Cadillac CTS 22,921 24,410 -6.1% 2,282 2,408 -5.2%
#63 Cadillac ATS 22,535 28,207 -20.1% 2,239 2,739 -18.3%
#64 Hyundai Genesis 22,313 25,117 -11.2% 2,248 2,926 -23.2%
#65 Nissan Leaf 21,822 16,076 35.7% 2,881 1,953 47.5%
#66 Ford C-Max 21,731 28,254 -23.1% 1,786 2,182 -18.1%
#67 Volkswagen Golf 21,201 24,587 -13.8% 3,487 2,127 63.9%
#67.1 Volkswagen Golf GTI * 12,124 10,255 18.2% 1,600 1,084 47.6%
#67.2 Volkswagen Golf * 9,062 12,844 -29.4% 1,887 977 93.1%
#67.3 Volkswagen Golf R * 15 1,488 -99.0% 66 -100%
#68 Mini Cooper 20,565 32,374 -36.5% 2,116 3,636 -41.8%
#68.1 Mini Cooper Hardtop * 13,052 20,553 -36.5% 1,118 1,789 -37.5%
#68.2 Mini Cooper Convertible * 2875 3663 -21.5% 416 486 -14.4%
#68.3 Mini Cooper Clubman * 2589 3499 -26.0% 220 338 -34.9%
#68.4 Mini Cooper Roadster * 1202 2418 -50.3% 205 363 -43.5%
#68.5 Mini Cooper Coupe * 847 2241 -62.2% 157 660 -76.2%
#69 Cadillac XTS 18,386 23,722 -22.5% 1,979 2,565 -22.8%
#70 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 18,207 2,310 688% 2,531 2,310 9.6%
#71 Audi A6 17,167 15,792 8.7% 1,510 1,682 -10.2%
#72 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 16,915 7,625 122% 1,909 387 393%
#73 Buick Regal 16,803 12,767 31.6% 1,366 1,300 5.1%
#74 Volvo S60 16,447 18,732 -12.2% 1,763 1,545 14.1%
#75 Lexus GS 16,252 14,255 14.0% 1,592 1,231 29.3%
#76 Audi A3 14,669 856 1,614% 2,340 7 33,329%
#77 Chevrolet Volt 14,540 16,760 -13.2% 1,394 1,766 -21.1%
#78 Scion tC 14,460 15,006 -3.6% 1,404 1,659 -15.4%
#79 Lexus CT200h 13,585 11,440 18.8% 1,078 798 35.1%
#80 Audi A5 13,165 14,488 -9.1% 1,204 1,511 -20.3%
#81 Mitsubishi Mirage 12,866 20 64,230% 1,340 20 6,600%
#82 Acura ILX 12,854 15,270 -15.8% 1,464 1,363 7.4%
#83 Mazda 2 12,697 9,069 40.0% 1,585 1,916 -17.3%
#84 Scion xB 12,444 13,992 -11.1% 1,190 1,252 -5.0%
#85 Infiniti G37 †  12,208 26,043 -53.1% 881 1,777 -50.4%
#86 Mitsubishi Lancer 12,094 15,420 -21.6% 971 1,090 -10.9%
#87 Scion FR-S 11,182 14,767 -24.3% 920 1,230 -25.2%
#88 Acura TL 10,357 19,762 -47.6% 142 1,102 -87.1%
#89 Toyota Yaris 10,339 19,254 -46.3% 598 2,465 -75.7%
#90 Honda Crosstour 9,032 12,907 -30.0% 763 1,235 -38.2%
#91 Fiat 500L 8,885 3,748 137% 623 1,031 -39.6%
#92 Volkswagen CC 8,157 12,426 -34.4% 627 1,437 -56.4%
#93 Smart Fortwo 8,080 6,937 16.5% 748 625 19.7%
#94 Porsche 911 7,758 7,498 3.5% 726 609 19.2%
#95 Kia Cadenza 7,629 5,758 32.5% 1,105 926 19.3%
#96 BMW 6-Series 6,635 7,034 -5.7% 450 643 -30.0%
#97 Audi A7 6,386 6,027 6.0% 588 623 -5.6%
#98 Scion xD 6,265 6,960 -10.0% 508 703 -27.7%
#99 BMW 7-Series 6,264 8,573 -26.9% 480 1,723 -72.1%
#100 Lincoln MKS 6,260 8,066 -22.4% 457 782 -41.6%
#101 Subaru BRZ 6,245 6,346 -1.6% 506 704 -28.1%
#102 Acura TSX 6,202 14,183 -56.3% 58 1,294 -95.5%
#102.1 Acura TSX Sedan * 5,572 12,551 -55.6% 52 1,153 -95.5%
#102.2 Acura TSX SportWagon * 630 1,632 -61.4% 6 141 -95.7%
#103 Acura TLX 6,170 3,884
#104 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 6,149 5,921 3.9% 1,100 906 21.4%
#105 Hyundai Azera 5,976 9,105 -34.4% 762 1,487 -48.8%
#106 Nissan 370Z 5,938 5,111 16.2% 497 551 -9.8%
#107 Lexus LS 5,904 7,569 -22.0% 568 761 -25.4%
#108 Infiniti Q60 †  5,758 8,159 -29.4% 454 844 -46.2%
#109 BMW 1-Series & 2-Series ³ 5,303 4,894 8.4% 740 468 58.1%
#110 Porsche Panamera 4,395 3,948 11.3% 450 475 -5.3%
#111 Jaguar XF 4,225 5,850 -27.8% 258 632 -59.2%
#112 Audi A8 4,060 4,634 -12.4% 487 544 -10.5%
#113 Volvo V60 3,993 383
#114 Mazda MX-5 Miata 3,855 4,790 -19.5% 414 400 3.5%
#115 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 3,758 5,570 -32.5% 584 535 9.2%
#116 Volvo XC70 3,748 3,639 3.0% 559 361 54.8%
#117 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 3,595 3,569 0.7% 489 404 21.0%
#118 Jaguar XJ 3,468 4,066 -14.7% 456 442 3.2%
#119 Infiniti Q70/M 3,377 4,178 -19.2% 206 370 -44.3%
#120 Nissan Cube 3,203 4,422 -27.6% 238 283 -15.9%
#121 Honda Insight 3,154 3,519 -10.4% 240 299 -19.7%
#122 BMW i3 3,104 1,022
#123 Porsche Boxster 3,024 3,759 -19.6% 275 302 -8.9%
#124 Honda CR-Z 2,945 3,546 -16.9% 248 264 -6.1%
#125 Jaguar F-Type 2,945 1,490 97.7% 329 172 91.3%
#126 Chevrolet Caprice PPV 2,850 2,966 -3.9% 334 514 -35.0%
#127 Volkswagen Eos 2,819 3,457 -18.5% 216 297 -27.3%
#128 Acura RLX/RL  2,695 2,950 -8.6% 187 311 -39.9%
#129 Hyundai Equus 2,596 2,506 3.6% 261 371 -29.6%
#130 Porsche Cayman 2,568 2,431 5.6% 245 311 -21.2%
#131 Chevrolet SS 2,166 111
#132 Scion iQ 1,752 3,365 -47.9% 132 287 -54.0%
#133 BMW Z4 1,617 1,953 -17.2% 170 163 4.3%
#134 Volvo S80 1,393 1,401 -0.6% 182 152 19.7%
#135 Jaguar XK 1,192 1,041 14.5% 99 67 47.8%
#136 Kia K900 1,106 56
#137 Audi TT 1,098 1,530 -28.2% 42 178 -76.4%
#138 Nissan GT-R 1,018 952 6.9% 159 76 109%
#139 Cadillac ELR 885 111
#140 Volvo C70 774 2,550 -69.6% 5 240 -97.9%
#141 Audi R8 580 600 -3.3% 55 53 3.8%
#142 Dodge Viper 546 426 28.2% 108 45 140%
#143 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 212 324 -34.6% 8 23 -65.2%
#144 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class 178 361 -50.7% 7 42 -83.3%
#145 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 159 14 1,036% 65 2 3,150%
#146 Mitsubishi i MiEV 149 978 -84.8% 15 20 -25.0%
#147 Mitsubishi Galant 122 1,329 -90.8% 51 -100%
#148 BMW i8 67 58
#149 Volvo C30 65 1,269 -94.9% 1 79 -98.7%
#150 Porsche 918 Spyder 32 13
#151 Lexus LFA 15 18 -16.7% 1 -100%
#152 Mercedes-Benz R-Class 7 29 -75.9% 1 -100%
#153 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class 3 1
T154 Honda FCX 1 6 -83.3%
T154 Mazda RX-8 1 1 0.0%
#277 Suzuki SX4 2,859 -100%
#278 Suzuki Kizashi 1,602 -100%
#281 Mitsubishi Eclipse 109 -100%
#282 Dodge Caliber 45 -100%
#284 Cadillac DTS 19 -100%
#285 Buick Lucerne 9 -100%
#286 Cadillac STS 7 -100%
#287 Lexus HS 5 -100%
#288 Chevrolet HHR 3 -100%
#290 Chevrolet Aveo 2 -100%
#291 Honda S2000 2 -100%
Total
6,058,802 5,990,103 1.1% 581,714 567,434 2.5%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total.
² Total Prius Family sales: down 10.2% to 14,277 in September; down 11.4% to 165,490 YTD.
³ BMW has chosen to include sales of the 4-Series within figures for the 3-Series, presumably for year-over-year consistency’s sake, while also combining the 1-Series and 2-Series. Hyundai does the same with the Genesis and Genesis Coupe.
† Total Infiniti G/Q50/Q60 sales: down 18.3% to 4077 in September; up 12.4% to 43,830 YTD. Total G Sedan and Q50 sales: down 12.6% to 3623 in September; up 23.4% to 38,072 YTD.
‡ Acura has chosen to combine sales figures for the RLX and its predecessor, the RL.
Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. ANDC estimates say sales for those brands in the first three-quarters of 2014 were 918, 1575, 531, 127, and 675, respectively. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but Automotive News now issues estimates for the brand, and those estimates say Tesla sold 1300 cars in September; 18,130 YTD.  HybridCars.com, however, has typically estimated much lower Model S sales, 1300 in September but only 11,900 YTD.