Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – March 2016


2016 Nissan Altima SR

March 2016 was the seventh consecutive month in which the Toyota Camry led all passenger cars in U.S. sales. 

The Camry, also America’s best-selling car in each of the last 14 years, tumbled 9% in March 2016 as the industry performed well below expectations. Year-over-year, with a longer auto sales month in 2016, the Camry’s daily selling rate was actually down 16%.

U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – March 2016 YTD
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – March 2016 YTD

Yet the midsize Toyota’s closest challenger, the Nissan Altima, was more than 2100 sales behind, even as Altima volume jumped 9% compared with March 2015.

The Honda Civic led all small cars with a 22% jump to 32,855 units. The Toyota Corolla trailed by only 299 units but slid 8%. 

No premium automaker landed a car amongst the 20 top-selling cars in America in March 2016. The (Mexican-made) Volkswagen Jetta was, as is often the case, the only European model among the top sellers. Hyundai-Kia positioned five cars in the top 20. Chevrolet, Ford, and Nissan each had three.

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 March 2016.

March 2017 • April 2016 • February 2016March 2015

Rank
Best-Selling Car
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Toyota Camry
36,991 40,800 -9.3% 96,244 100,505 -4.2%
#2
Nissan Altima
34,856 31,993 8.9% 85,332 86,875 -1.8%
#3
Honda Civic
32,855 26,985 21.8% 87,303 66,722 30.8%
#4
Toyota Corolla
32,556 35,532 -8.4% 84,260 90,728 -7.1%
#5
Honda Accord
30,523 26,018 17.3% 77,073 68,645 12.3%
#6
Ford Fusion
29,675 29,044 2.2% 74,994 71,470 4.9%
#7
Hyundai Sonata
28,778 18,340 56.9% 61,457 44,690 37.5%
#8
Nissan Sentra
26,201 21,277 23.1% 62,944 51,026 23.4%
#9
Chevrolet Malibu
22,058 16,552 33.3% 58,222 42,401 37.3%
#10
Ford Focus
18,618 20,497 -9.2% 50,215 52,994 -5.2%
#11
Hyundai Elantra
17,505 28,794 -39.2% 39,363 56,742 -30.6%
#12
Nissan Versa
16,244 14,543 11.7% 36,499 36,998 -1.3%
#13
Ford Mustang
12,563 12,663 -0.8% 30,136 29,811 1.1%
#14
Kia Soul
12,043 12,731 -5.4% 33,076 30,838 7.3%
#15
Kia Optima
11,725 15,485 -24.3% 29,768 36,463 -18.4%
#16
Chevrolet Impala
11,465 8942 28.2% 30,554 27,221 12.2%
#17
Volkswagen Jetta
10,471 11,583 -9.6% 28,023 31,363 -10.6%
#18
Kia Forte
10,406 7537 38.1% 23,922 19,508 22.6%
#19
Chevrolet Cruze
9881 23,598 -58.1% 37,241 60,592 -38.5%
#20
Dodge Charger
9817 8828 11.2% 27,746 26,218 5.8%

Source: Automakers 
^ Prius breakdown by variant
The Subaru Outback and Subaru XV Crosstrek, formerly listed among cars at GCBC, are now ranked with SUVs/crossovers.

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