2015 Year End U.S. Passenger Car Sales Rankings – Top 160 Best-Selling Cars In America – Every Car Ranked


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As overall U.S. new vehicle volume reached record highs of more than 17.4 million sales in calendar year 2015, year-over-year volume of the Toyota Camry-led passenger car sector slipped 2%.

Camry volume was flat. Sales of the second-ranked Toyota Corolla – the Camry’s little brother – were up 7%. But six of the 11 top-selling vehicles in America reported fewer U.S. sales in 2015 than in 2014, and the declines generated by some relatively popular cars were particularly harsh.

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The Chevrolet Cruze, Detroit’s top-selling compact, fell 17%. The Volkswagen Jetta and Volkswagen Passat both slid 19%. Chevrolet Impala volume plunged 17%. Toyota Prius sales fell 13%.

Numerous luxury cars were partly to blame for the passenger car market’s decline, as legions of consumers veered away from conventional premium sedans into small premium brand crossovers. The BMW 3-Series, Lexus ES, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus IS, BMW 5-Series – five of the eight best-selling premium brand cars in America – all recorded noteworthy decreases.

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On the flip side, besides the Toyota Corolla’s climb from third spot last year to second spot in 2015, many cars were more popular in 0215 than they were in 2014. The Chrysler 200, Ford Mustang, and Subaru Impreza were the three highest-volume cars with double-digit percentage improvements. 

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But automakers are beginning to catch on, and more and more new vehicle releases aren’t of the traditional car variety. Rather than replace the Mazda 2, Mazda USA discontinued the 2 and introduced the CX-3 crossover. The CX-3 was joined by a handful of other new subcompact CUV entries in 2015, too. But all-new cars, not just replacements but completely new-to-the-table dishes? They were rare last year. The Scion iA and Scion iM stand out. But the others are all niche market premium players: two Cross Country Volvos, a Mercedes-AMG GT supercar, and the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai. 

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Reminder: these are 2015 calendar year rankings, but you can sort cars by December volume by clicking the December 2015 column header, or you can rank cars by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Car column header.

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
Car
2015
2014
%
Change
Dec.
2015
Dec.
2014
% Change
#1 Toyota Camry 429,355 428,606 0.2% 37,299 31,618 18.0%
#2 Toyota Corolla 363,332 339,498 7.0% 32,445 30,125 7.7%
#3 Honda Accord 355,557 388,374 -8.5% 35,056 31,589 11.0%
#4 Honda Civic 335,384 325,981 2.9% 32,796 25,337 29.4%
#5 Nissan Altima 333,398 335,644 -0.7% 29,462 32,331 -8.9%
#6 Ford Fusion 300,170 306,860 -2.2% 25,576 23,166 10.4%
#7 Hyundai Elantra 241,706 222,023 8.9% 14,242 18,860 -24.5%
#8 Chevrolet Cruze 226,602 273,060 -17.0% 16,849 17,800 -5.3%
#9 Hyundai Sonata 213,303 216,936 -1.7% 22,820 17,924 27.3%
#10 Nissan Sentra 203,509 183,268 11.0% 19,760 15,393 28.4%
#11 Ford Focus 202,478 219,634 -7.8% 11,005 14,883 -26.1%
#12 Chevrolet Malibu 194,854 188,519 3.4% 12,155 16,817 -27.7%
#13 Chrysler 200 177,889 117,363 51.6% 8,579 16,229 -47.1%
#14 Kia Optima 159,414 159,020 0.2% 13,682 11,827 15.7%
#15 Subaru Outback 152,294 138,790 9.7% 16,067 14,772 8.8%
#16 Kia Soul 147,133 145,316 1.3% 12,159 9,906 22.7%
#17 Nissan Versa 144,528 139,781 3.4% 11,058 9,129 21.1%
#18 Volkswagen Jetta 131,109 160,873 -18.5% 14,073 15,578 -9.7%
#18.1 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan * 128,438 141,354 -9.1% 14,073 14,572 -3.4%
#18.2 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen * 2,671 19,519 -86.3% 1,006 -100%
#19 Ford Mustang 122,349 82,635 48.1% 8,742 9,511 -8.1%
#20 Toyota Prius 118,020 136,040 -13.2% 10,175 9,291 9.5%
#20.1 Toyota Prius * 113,829 122,776 -7.3% 10,153 8,799 15.4%
#20.2 Toyota Prius Plug-In * 4,191 13,264 -68.4% 22 492 -95.5%
#21 Chevrolet Impala 116,825 140,280 -16.7% 9,060 13,088 -30.8%
#22 Mazda 3 107,885 104,985 2.8% 9,838 9,719 1.2%
#23 Subaru Impreza 100,519 83,488 20.4% 9,148 8,624 6.1%
#23.1 Subaru Impreza * 66,785 57,996 15.2% 6,059 5,808 4.3%
#23.2 Subaru Impreza WRX/STI 33,734 25,492 32.3% 3,089 2,816 9.7%
#24 Dodge Charger 94,725 94,099 0.7% 8,667 8,422 2.9%
#25 BMW 3-Series 94,527 100,970 -6.2% 5,262 13,339 -60.6%
#26 Subaru XV Crosstrek 88,927 70,956 25.3% 8,090 5,482 47.6%
#27 Dodge Dart 87,392 83,858 4.2% 6,731 6,881 -2.2%
#28 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 86,080 75,065 14.7% 7,023 8,224 -14.6%
#29 Kia Forte 78,919 69,336 13.8% 5,411 5,306 2.0%
#30 Volkswagen Passat 78,207 96,649 -19.1% 3,596 8,257 -56.4%
#31 Chevrolet Camaro 77,502 86,297 -10.2% 5,366 6,628 -19.0%
#32 Dodge Challenger 66,365 51,611 28.6% 4,744 4,938 -3.9%
#33 Volkswagen Golf 65,308 33,675 93.9% 5,715 4,405 29.7%
#33.1 Volkswagen Golf GTI * 23,669 17,362 36.3% 2,369 1,789 32.4%
#33.2 Volkswagen Golf * 19,257 15,941 20.8% 1,191 2,379 -49.9%
#33.3 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen * 14,009 897
#33.4 Volkswagen e-Golf * 4,232 357 1,085% 609 237 157%
#33.5 Volkswagen Golf R * 4,141 15 27,507% 649
#34 Lexus ES 64,969 72,508 -10.4% 7,856 7,782 1.0%
#35 Chevrolet Sonic 64,775 93,518 -30.7% 7,293 5,456 33.7%
#36 Ford Fiesta 64,458 63,192 2.0% 3,550 3,724 -4.7%
#37 Hyundai Accent 61,486 63,309 -2.9% 2,718 8,566 -68.3%
#38 Subaru Legacy 60,447 52,270 15.6% 5,759 5,457 5.5%
#39 Toyota Avalon 60,063 67,183 -10.6% 5,816 6,501 -10.5%
#40 Mazda 6 57,897 53,224 8.8% 4,168 4,323 -3.6%
#41 Chrysler 300 53,109 53,382 -0.5% 4,856 3,992 21.6%
#42 Honda Fit 52,724 59,340 -11.1% 4,197 6,450 -34.9%
#43 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 49,736 66,401 -25.1% 4,999 5,119 -2.3%
#44 Ford Taurus 48,816 62,629 -22.1% 4,022 3,748 7.3%
#44.1 Ford Taurus * 39,051 52,395 -25.5% 3,250 3,061 6.2%
#44.2 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor * 9,765 10,234 -4.6% 772 687 12.4%
#45 Acura TLX 47,080 19,127 146% 3,508 3,834 -8.5%
#46 Lexus IS 46,430 51,358 -9.6% 5,028 5,939 -15.3%
#47 BMW 4-Series 46,082 41,442 11.2% 5,601 5,859 -4.4%
#48 BMW 5-Series 44,162 52,704 -16.2% 2,985 5,517 -45.9%
#49 Infiniti Q50 43,874 36,899 18.9% 4,678 3,855 21.3%
#50 Buick LaCrosse 42,035 51,468 -18.3% 3,158 5,034 -37.3%
#51 Nissan Maxima 40,359 50,401 -19.9% 4,771 3,180 50.0%
#52 Mini Cooper 40,120 31,385 27.8% 2,823 4,545 -37.9%
#52.1 Mini Cooper 2-Door * 19,778 21,495 -8.0% 956 3,063 -68.8%
#52.2 Mini Cooper 4-Door * 15,189 1,348 1,027% 1,247 1,113 12.0%
#52.3 Mini Cooper Convertible * 3,098 3,536 -12.4% 147 219 -32.9%
#52.4 Mini Cooper Roadster * 1,103 1,437 -23.2% 4 95 -95.8%
#52.5 Mini Cooper Clubman * 492 2,613 -81.2% 464 4 11,500%
#52.6 Mini Cooper Coupe * 460 956 -51.9% 5 51 -90.2%
#53 Toyota Prius C 38,469 40,570 -5.2% 2,846 2,839 0.2%
#54 Audi A3 35,984 22,250 61.7% 3,252 2,690 20.9%
#55 Chevrolet Corvette 33,329 34,839 -4.3% 2,453 3,552 -30.9%
#56 Chevrolet Spark 32,853 39,159 -16.1% 1,384 3,007 -54.0%
#57 Buick Verano 31,886 43,743 -27.1% 2,545 3,017 -15.6%
#58 Audi A4 31,831 38,679 -17.7% 3,426 3,599 -4.8%
#58.1 Audi A4 Sedan * 29,013 33,993 -14.7% 3,172 3,197 -0.8%
#58.2 Audi A4 Allroad * 2,818 4,686 -39.9% 254 402 -36.8%
#59 Hyundai Genesis 31,374 29,992 4.6% 3,094 2,923 5.9%
#60 Lincoln MKZ 30,901 34,009 -9.1% 3,207 2,636 21.7%
#61 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 29,643 27,365 8.3% 1,912 2,664 -28.2%
#62 Toyota Prius V 28,290 30,762 -8.0% 2,040 2,284 -10.7%
#63 Cadillac ATS 26,873 29,890 -10.1% 3,451 2,465 40.0%
#64 Fiat 500 25,084 33,708 -25.6% 1,501 2,302 -34.8%
#65 Hyundai Veloster 24,245 27,598 -12.1% 2,246 1,685 33.3%
#66 Kia Rio 23,742 35,933 -33.9% 997 1,924 -48.2%
#67 Lexus GS 23,117 22,198 4.1% 3,423 2,745 24.7%
#68 Cadillac XTS 23,112 24,335 -5.0% 3,070 2,276 34.9%
#69 Audi A6 22,850 23,941 -4.6% 2,456 2,945 -16.6%
#70 Volkswagen Beetle 22,667 29,182 -22.3% 1,311 2,270 -42.2%
#70.1 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe * 13,025 17,414 -25.2% 958 1,600 -40.1%
#70.2 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible * 9,642 11,768 -18.1% 353 670 -47.3%
#71 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 21,934 25,276 -13.2% 2,163 2,832 -23.6%
#72 Ford C-Max 21,768 27,595 -21.1% 1,416 1,962 -27.8%
#73 Mitsubishi Mirage 21,515 16,708 28.8% 1,262 1,135 11.2%
#74 Toyota Venza 21,351 29,991 -28.8% 401 2,419 -83.4%
#75 Buick Regal 19,504 22,560 -13.5% 2,571 1,811 42.0%
#76 Cadillac CTS 19,485 31,115 -37.4% 2,441 2,652 -8.0%
#77 Acura ILX 18,531 17,854 3.8% 1,960 1,730 13.3%
#78 Mitsubishi Lancer 17,691 16,495 7.3% 1,324 1,547 -14.4%
#79 Nissan Leaf 17,269 30,200 -42.8% 1,347 3,102 -56.6%
#80 Toyota Yaris 16,779 13,274 26.4% 377 1,605 -76.5%
#81 Volvo S60 16,706 20,457 -18.3% 1,486 1,866 -20.4%
#82 Scion tC 16,459 17,947 -8.3% 976 1,128 -13.5%
#83 Chevrolet Volt 15,393 18,805 -18.1% 2,114 1,490 41.9%
#84 Scion xB 15,223 16,583 -8.2% 886 1,480 -40.1%
#85 Lexus RC 14,784 1,922 669% 1,711 1,042 64.2%
#86 Lexus CT200h 14,657 17,673 -17.1% 1,464 1,608 -9.0%
#87 BMW 2-Series 13,020 7,345 77.3% 2,143 724 196%
#88 Audi A5 12,934 16,620 -22.2% 1,000 1,292 -22.6%
#89 BMW i3 11,024 6,092 81.0% 1,422 1,013 40.4%
#90 Scion FR-S 10,507 14,062 -25.3% 588 834 -29.5%
#91 Porsche 911 9,898 10,433 -5.1% 654 776 -15.7%
#92 BMW 7-Series 9,292 9,744 -4.6% 1,266 1,096 15.5%
#93 Honda Crosstour 9,104 11,802 -22.9% 613 863 -29.0%
#94 Infiniti Q40 8,605 15,590 -44.8% 31 1,184 -97.4%
#95 Mazda MX-5 Miata 8,591 4,745 81.1% 706 378 86.8%
#96 Infiniti Q70 8,449 5,034 67.8% 786 656 19.8%
#97 BMW 6-Series 8,146 8,647 -5.8% 1,461 890 64.2%
#98 Fiat 500L 7,863 12,413 -36.7% 308 1,482 -79.2%
#99 Audi A7 7,721 8,133 -5.1% 841 524 60.5%
#100 Scion iA 7,605 1,808
#101 Smart Fortwo 7,484 10,453 -28.4% 669 973 -31.2%
#102 Nissan 370Z 7,391 7,199 2.7% 481 446 7.8%
#103 Kia Cadenza 7,343 9,267 -20.8% 598 548 9.1%
#104 Lexus LS 7,165 8,559 -16.3% 854 1,020 -16.3%
#105 Lincoln MKS 6,877 8,160 -15.7% 471 927 -49.2%
#106 Volkswagen CC 6,276 9,995 -37.2% 633 623 1.6%
#107 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 6,152 6,981 -11.9% 581 575 1.0%
#108 Jaguar XF 5,933 5,880 0.9% 559 772 -27.6%
#109 Hyundai Azera 5,539 7,232 -23.4% 358 697 -48.6%
#110 Subaru BRZ 5,296 7,504 -29.4% 413 416 -0.7%
#111 Volvo XC70 5,118 5,093 0.5% 432 470 -8.1%
#112 Scion iM 5,097 1,245
#113 Audi A8 4,990 5,904 -15.5% 424 732 -42.1%
#114 Porsche Panamera 4,985 5,740 -13.2% 256 320 -20.0%
#115 Jaguar F-Type 4,629 4,112 12.6% 430 448 -4.0%
#116 Volvo V60 4,362 4,990 -12.6% 296 357 -17.1%
#117 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 4,182 4,737 -11.7% 290 384 -24.5%
#118 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 4,060 5,030 -19.3% 380 539 -29.5%
#119 Infiniti Q60 3,949 7,740 -49.0% 290 658 -55.9%
#120 Jaguar XJ 3,611 4,329 -16.6% 207 375 -44.8%
#121 Porsche Cayman 3,561 3,417 4.2% 200 198 1.0%
#122 Porsche Boxster 3,102 3,875 -19.9% 214 144 48.6%
#123 Honda CR-Z 3,073 3,562 -13.7% 316 224 41.1%
#124 Volkswagen Eos 2,993 3,411 -12.3% 242 204 18.6%
#125 Chevrolet SS 2,895 2,479 16.8% 134 93 44.1%
#126 Volvo V60 Cross Country 2,769 202
#127 Kia K900 2,524 1,330 89.8% 162 93 74.2%
#128 Hyundai Equus 2,332 3,415 -31.7% 201 343 -41.4%
#129 BMW i8 2,265 555 308% 656 158 315%
#130 Acura RLX 2,195 3,413 -35.7% 159 233 -31.8%
#131 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 1,906 776 146% 97 326 -70.2%
#132 Volvo S80 1,887 1,753 7.6% 176 79 123%
#133 Chevrolet Caprice PPV 1,845 3,727 -50.5% 220 288 -23.6%
#134 BMW Z4 1,829 2,151 -15.0% 253 168 50.6%
#135 Honda Insight 1,458 3,965 -63.2% 22 311 -92.9%
#136 Mercedes-AMG GT 1,277 162
#137 Dodge Avenger 1,268 51,705 -97.5% 75 455 -83.5%
#138 Audi TT 1,167 1,158 0.8% 238 12 1,883%
#139 Nissan GT-R 1,105 1,436 -23.1% 84 156 -46.2%
#140 Cadillac ELR 1,024 1,310 -21.8% 135 118 14.4%
#141 Nissan Cube 943 3,785 -75.1% 13 186 -93.0%
#142 Scion xD 794 7,377 -89.2% 8 288 -97.2%
#143 Dodge Viper 676 760 -11.1% 63 89 -29.2%
#144 Alfa Romeo 4C 663 91 629% 57 67 -14.9%
#145 Audi R8 495 735 -32.7% 15 64 -76.6%
#146 Scion iQ 482 2,040 -76.4% 2 87 -97.7%
#147 Mazda 2 297 13,615 -97.8% 1 159 -99.4%
#148 Jaguar XK 293 1,452 -79.8% 1 88 -98.9%
#149 Volvo S60 Cross Country 287 104
#150 Porsche 918 Spyder 203 96 111% 39 -100%
#151 Mitsubishi i MiEV 115 196 -41.3% 9 12 -25.0%
#152 Acura TL 88 10,616 -99.2% 76 -100%
#153 Toyota Mirai 72 15
#154 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class 54 221 -75.6% 14 -100%
#155 Acura TSX 35 6,287 -99.4% 17 -100%
#156 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 29 232 -87.5% 6 -100%
#157 Lexus LFA 9 17 -47.1% 1 1 0.0%
#158 Volvo C70 7 779 -99.1% 1 -100%
#159 Mercedes-Benz R-Class 4 8 -50.0% 1 -100%
#160 Honda FCX 2 2 0.0% 2 1 100%
#161 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class 2 -100%
#162 Mitsubishi Galant 122 -100%
#163 Volvo C30 66 -100%

Total
7,780,707 7,935,340 -1.9% 656,6830 679,303 -3.3%

Source: Automakers & ANDC & WSJ
* 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 10.9% to 184,794 in 2015; up 4.6% to 15,076.
³ BMW has traditionally 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. Now, since July, we have a 3-Series/4-Series breakdown. (Hyundai does the same with the Genesis and Genesis Coupe.)
Total 3-Series/4-Series sales: down 1.1% to 140,609 in 2015; down 43.4% to 10,863 in December.
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 Aston Martin and Lotus in 2015 were 1020 and 80, respectively. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but we source estimates from HybridCars.com. Model S sales estimate: up 59.5% to 26,400, up 84% to 3500 in December.