Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – September 2015


2016 Nissan Altima

Having built up a 47,588-unit lead through the first three quarters of 2015, the Toyota Camry is securely ensconced in its position as America’s best-selling car and will not surrender that title at year’s end. 

The Camry began its current reign as America’s most popular passenger car in 2002.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – August 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – September 2015 YTD

Like the Camry, its 12 closest followers all posted year-over-year U.S. sales increases in September 2015. This is an exceptional achievement, as car volume has struggled to match the growth rate of the overall U.S. auto industry in 2015. The evidence of that can be found in the year-to-date year-over-year change of September’s most popular cars. Through three quarters of 2015, 13 are selling less often this year than last.

September was intended to be a higher-than-normal month, of course. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Labour Day weekend sales were actually included in the industry’s August totals. In 2015, that’s not the case. Thus, not only was September 2015 longer, on a daily sales rate basis, than September 2014, it also included a high-volume weekend, which September 2014 did not.

Nevertheless, much of the growth seen among the top sellers, including the Camry’s 21% leap forward, has much more to do with a healthy market than a simple statistical anomaly. Toyota added 5980 Camry sales in September, for example, and the Camry’s DSR was up 16%.

Will 2016 be a sure thing for the Camry once again? Nissan has already revealed an updated, more efficient, more eye-catching Altima. Sales of the Altima are up 2% this year, an achievement many of its rivals can’t come close to matching.

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Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these best-selling cars can always be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats page, and for those not viewing the mobile version of this site, near the top right of this page, as well. GoodCarBadCar has already published the list of America’s best-selling trucks and best-selling SUVs in September.

September 2016 • October 2015 • August 2015September 2014

Rank
Best-Selling Car
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
#1
Toyota Camry
34,487 28,507 21.0% 326,330 334,978 -2.6%
#2
Honda Accord
33,641 32,956 2.1% 264,814 304,382 -13.0%
#3
Honda Civic
28,278 22,263 27.0% 249,749 253,430 -1.5%
#4
Toyota Corolla
26,636 20,530 29.7% 278,742 258,805 7.7%
#5
Ford Fusion
24,942 21,693 15.0% 231,475 240,585 -3.8%
#6
Nissan Altima
24,224 21,675 11.8% 262,424 256,935 2.1%
#7
Hyundai Elantra
20,724 18,848 10.0% 193,962 176,403 10.0%
#8
Nissan Versa
18,053 12,072 49.5% 109,832 110,272 -0.4%
#9
Chevrolet Malibu
17,066 15,186 12.4% 147,161 148,574 -1.0%
#10
Hyundai Sonata
16,124 14,918 8.1% 157,680 164,934 -4.4%
#11
Subaru Outback
15,126 11,315 33.7% 108,419 97,266 11.5%
#12
Nissan Sentra
14,196 12,557 13.1% 154,270 141,216 9.2%
#13
Chevrolet Cruze
14,032 18,415 -23.8% 177,970 208,114 -14.5%
#14
Kia Soul
13,614 10,802 26.0% 112,683 115,579 -2.5%
#15
Ford Focus
13,437 15,397 -12.7% 163,864 176,156 -7.0%
#16
Kia Optima
11,719 10,908 7.4% 118,301 122,646 -3.5%
#17
Chrysler 200
11,364 10,995 3.4% 147,073 75,142 95.7%
#18
Toyota Prius
10,168 8339 21.9% 89,812 110,455 -18.7%

Toyota Prius Liftback ^
9952 7986 24.6% 85,778 98,613 -13.0%

Toyota Prius Plug-In ^
216 353 -38.8% 4034 11,842 -65.9%
#19
Ford Mustang
9456 3158 199% 96,225 59,831 60.8%
#20
Chevrolet Impala
9359 9225 1.5% 85,466 107,162 -20.2%

Source: Automakers 
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, formerly chose to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series but now separates the two.
^ Prius breakdown by variant

Prefer to think of the Outback as an SUV/crossover? It would’ve ranked 11th in that group in September.

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