Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – May 2016


2016 Toyota Camry red

After a brief one-month hiatus, the Toyota Camry was back on top as America’s best-selling car in May 2016. 

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Camry volume plummeted 16%, a year-over-year loss of 6921 sales. A portion of that decline can be blamed upon the shorter sales month: May 2016 had 24 selling days, down two from a year ago.

But the Camry’s decline can’t solely be blamed upon the shorter sales month, which would result in 7.7%, 3373-unit loss if the daily selling rate stayed the same.  

Likewise, the declines reported by the Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Sonata, Volkswagen Jetta, Kia Optima, Ford Mustang, and Toyota Prius were all far worse than can be purely attributed to the loss of selling days.

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The car market is struggling against a tide of SUVs and crossovers, and the exceptions – Civic and Malibu, most obviously – are exceptions largely because they’re all-new, freshly introduced versions of established nameplates.

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 May 2016.

June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Rank
Best-Selling Car
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Toyota Camry
36,916 43,837 -15.8% 167,199 178,408 -6.3%
#2
Honda Civic
35,396 34,472 2.7% 158,030 129,574 22.0%
#3
Toyota Corolla
34,872 36,768 -5.2% 151,243 159,486 -5.2%
#4
Honda Accord
31,949 32,373 -1.3% 140,548 128,269 9.6%
#5
Nissan Altima
28,404 33,630 -15.5% 142,220 142,613 -0.3%
#6
Ford Fusion
24,589 31,325 -21.5% 120,313 127,749 -5.8%
#7
Chevrolet Malibu
24,202 21,461 12.8% 104,187 81,292 28.2%
#8
Hyundai Elantra
22,168 23,432 -5.4% 73,892 102,085 -27.6%
#9
Nissan Sentra
20,204 20,616 -2.0% 102,293 88,701 15.3%
#10
Ford Focus
17,455 23,934 -27.1% 83,653 95,028 -12.0%
#11
Chevrolet Cruze
16,671 23,752 -29.8% 68,065 105,291 -35.4%
#12
Hyundai Sonata
15,879 18,018 -11.9% 92,547 80,622 14.8%
#13
Kia Soul
13,706 13,886 -1.3% 58,299 56,142 3.8%
#14
Nissan Versa
12,114 10,121 19.7% 57,778 56,765 1.8%
#15
Volkswagen Jetta
10,945 12,875 -15.0% 49,662 55,938 -11.2%
#16
Kia Optima
10,895 16,349 -33.4% 51,887 66,478 -21.9%
#17
Ford Mustang
10,327 13,616 -24.2% 53,189 56,571 -6.0%
#18
Mazda 3
10,127 10,316 -1.8% 42,982 45,626 -5.8%
#19
Kia Forte
9910 8584 15.4% 43,572 35,275 23.5%
#20
Toyota Prius
9393 12,648 -25.7% 39,975 47,040 -15.0%
Toyota Prius ^
9389 11,921 -21.2% 39,944 44,614 -10.5%
Toyota Prius Plug-In ^
4 727 -99.4% 31 2426 -98.7%

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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