Top 30 Best-Selling Vehicles In America – May 2016


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The Ford F-Series, Honda Civic, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape stood out as exceptions among America’s 10 best-selling new vehicles in May 2016. All four of the aforementioned nameplates generated more sales activity in May 2016 than they did in May 2015.

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The industry, and the majority of the most popular new vehicle nameplates on sale today, did not. In fact, among the 30 best-selling new vehicles in America, a group which accounts for precisely half of all new vehicles sold in May 2016, only nine posted improved sales last month.

Partially to blame for the downturn was the calendar. The auto sales calendar is not your calendar, and “May” was actually a period that began on May 3, 2016, and concluded on May 31, 2016. Thus, May 2016 featured 24 selling days, down from 26 in May 2015. That fact alone means that a new vehicle which suffered a 7.7% year-over-year sales decline actually sold at about the same pace this May as it did in May 2015. Put another way, the Honda Accord’s May 2016 volume was down 1.3%, but its daily selling rate was up 6.9%. 
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USA best selling autos market share chart May 2016
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Does this matter? Yeah, actually, it does. While the auto industry appeared to take a big 6% hit in May 2016, the daily selling rate was up nearly 2% and the seasonally adjusted annualized rate remained above 17 million units.

The Ford F-Series, however, America’s best-selling vehicle, neither posted a harsh or modest sales decline. F-Series sales jumped 9%, a sign of particularly rude health in May 2016.

We’ve already published May 2016 lists for the 20 best-selling cars, 20 best-selling SUVs and crossovers, and complete figures for every pickup truck, links to which you’ll find below. Throwing all those vehicles into one group results in this list of the 30 best-selling vehicles overall. We end up with five pickup trucks, 13 cars, and 12 utility vehicles.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these top-selling vehicles 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.

June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Rank
Vehicle
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Ford F-Series
67,412 61,870 9.0% 324,307 302,009 7.4%
#2
Chevrolet Silverado
45,035 51,602 -12.7% 223,990 224,274 -0.1%
#3
Ram P/U
38,833 39,952 -2.8% 193,279 179,384 7.7%
#4
Toyota Camry
36,916 43,837 -15.8% 167,199 178,408 -6.3%
#5
Honda Civic
35,396 34,472 2.7% 158,030 129,574 22.0%
#6
Toyota Corolla
34,872 36,768 -5.2% 151,243 159,486 -5.2%
#7
Toyota RAV4
32,261 28,808 12.0% 138,535 118,732 16.7%
#8
Honda Accord
31,949 32,373 -1.3% 140,548 128,269 9.6%
#9
Ford Escape
30,861 29,248 5.5% 126,375 122,290 3.3%
#10
Honda CR-V
29,359 32,090 -8.5% 129,460 134,669 -3.9%
#11
Nissan Altima
28,404 33,630 -15.5% 142,220 142,613 -0.3%
#12
Nissan Rogue
27,428 25,901 5.9% 119,637 112,154 6.7%
#13
Ford Fusion
24,589 31,325 -21.5% 120,313 127,749 -5.8%
#14
Chevrolet Malibu
24,202 21,461 12.8% 104,187 81,292 28.2%
#15
Hyundai Elantra
22,168 23,432 -5.4% 73,892 102,085 -27.6%
#16
Ford Explorer
21,790 22,304 -2.3% 108,751 99,855 8.9%
#17
Chevrolet Equinox
21,252 29,456 -27.9% 101,738 123,925 -17.9%
#18
Nissan Sentra
20,204 20,616 -2.0% 102,293 88,701 15.3%
#19
Jeep Wrangler
19,551 22,324 -12.4% 80,295 83,291 -3.6%
#20
Jeep Cherokee
19,208 19,669 -2.3% 86,409 86,954 -0.6%
#21
Jeep Grand Cherokee
18,856 18,209 3.6% 83,927 77,616 8.1%
#22
GMC Sierra
17,642 18,977 -7.0% 89,304 82,232 8.6%
#23
Ford Focus
17,455 23,934 -27.1% 83,653 95,028 -12.0%
#24
Chevrolet Cruze
16,671 23,752 -29.8% 68,065 105,291 -35.4%
#25
Toyota Tacoma
16,544 17,520 -5.6% 79,226 72,842 8.8%
#26
Hyundai Sonata
15,879 18,018 -11.9% 92,547 80,622 14.8%
#27
Subaru Forester
15,309 15,157 1.0% 68,226 66,770 2.2%
#28
Toyota Highlander
14,783 15,432 -4.2% 68,493 64,557 6.1%
#29
Hyundai Santa Fe
14,732 7832 88.1% 39,099 44,292 -11.7%
#30
Kia Soul
13,706 13,886 -1.3% 58,299 56,142 3.8%

Source: Automakers
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