Midsize Car Sales In America - March 2016 YTD

2016 Chevrolet Malibu white
Camry aside, U.S. sales of midsize cars increased marginally in March 2016 despite a sharp decrease in demand for passenger cars. Car volume took a 6% dive in March, marking the end of a quarter in which U.S. car sales slid 5%.

There's no denying that legions of car buyers are no longer car buyers – they're small crossover buyers. Toyota lost 4261 Camry buyers in 2016's first-quarter but added 9112 RAV4 buyers, for example.


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


But because of the Camry's noteworthy March decline and double-digit percentage losses from the Chrysler 200, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, and Volkswagen Passat, midsize car sales were down slightly more than 1% in March 2016. 

First-quarter volume, worsened by the Chrysler 200's 63% drop, the new Kia Optima's 18% loss, a 37% decrease in Mazda 6 sales, a 31% Volkswagen Passat loss, and the Camry's 4% decline, slid 2%.


USA midsize car sales chart March 2016
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It could be worse. But in March, Hyundai reported its best U.S. sales month for the Sonata ever. Chevrolet Malibu sales jumped by a third. The Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima reported 2% and 9% gains, respectively. 

And the Honda Accord, on track for its best sales year since 2003 at the current rate of growth, jumped 17% in March. 

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 sortable, so you can rank midsize cars 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 • April 2016 • February 2016March 2015
Midsize Car
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1276
1901-32.9%5537438226.4%
22,058
16,55233.3%58,22242,40137.3%
6176
19,190-67.8%17,973 49,152-63.4%
---
186-100%---647-100%
29,675
29,0442.2%74,994 71,4704.9%
30,523
26,01817.3%77,07368,64512.3%
28,778
18,34056.9%61,457 44,69037.5%
11,725
15,485-24.3%29,76836,463-18.4%
4094
7568-45.9%10,28316,398-37.3%
34,856
31,9938.9%85,332 86,875-1.8%
5551
6148-9.7%14,478 14,3710.7%
36,991
40,800-9.3%96,244100,505-4.2%
6097
7794-21.8%14,06320,408-31.1%
361
513-29.6%9911461-32.2%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
218,161
221,532-1.5%546,415 557,868 -2.1%


Hybrids & Electrics
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1865
639192%39871874113%
1702
1769-3.8%40594305-5.7%
2
209-99.0%21 643-96.7%
1
10-90.0%8 15-46.7%
1246
1817-31.4%29314085-28.3%
8137
9958-18.3%21,655 25,142-13.9%
8130
9485-14.3%21,632 23,871 -9.4%
7
473-98.5%231271-98.2%
1331
2516-47.1%36486279-41.9%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
22,421
26,876-16.6%57,964 67,485 -14.1%


Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
110
742-85.2%5662046-72.3%
14,122
12,50412.9%37,27135,4875.0%
107
2404-95.5%4156781-93.9%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
14,339
15,650-8.4%38,252 44,314 -13.7%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ Prius breakdown by variant
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 Outback and Venza listed with midsize SUVs, too... 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.

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Midsize Car Sales In America - April 2016 YTD
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Midsize Car Sales In America - March 2015 YTD
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - March 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - March 2016 YTD
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