Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – August 2016


The Toyota Camry’s U.S. sales took a 13% dive in August 2016, continuing a trend that’s seen both Camry and midsize cars in general sell less and less often in the United States.

The Camry pipped its nearest competitor, the Honda Civic, by a mere 57 sales in August 2016. The second-ranked Civic led all small cars, outselling the next-best-selling Toyota Corolla by more than 2000 units. The Camry’s next-best-selling direct rival, the Honda Accord, was 2749 sales back of the midsize Toyota.

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

A sharp drop-off to the fifth-ranked Chevrolet Cruze – which finally reported a year-over-year increase after a rough start to the year – separated the four top-selling North American-built “imports” from the pack. 

Only five of America’s 20 best-selling cars reported more sales in August 2016 than in August 2015. For the Accord, the 26% drop represented a 10,816-unit decline. In comparison with August 2014, Accord sales were down by 20,960 units from that record August result.
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But the Accord’s 26% drop was not the worst of the bunch. Seven of America’s 20 most popular cars posted worse percentage declines in August 2016.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the table for full-width access. GoodCarBadCar has already published the list of America’s best-selling trucks and best-selling SUVs in August 2016.

September 2016 • July 2016August 2015

Rank
Best-Selling Car
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Toyota Camry
32,864 37,592 -12.6% 266,746 291,843 -8.6%
#2
Honda Civic
32,807 32,031 2.4% 255,599 221,471 15.4%
#3
Toyota Corolla
30,741 31,726 -3.1% 244,651 252,106 -3.0%
#4
Honda Accord
30,115 40,931 -26.4% 231,415 231,173 0.1%
#5
Chevrolet Cruze
22,342 14,661 52.4% 122,796 163,938 -25.1%
#6
Hyundai Elantra
20,733 22,405 -7.5% 137,668 173,238 -20.5%
#7
Nissan Altima
19,646 32,327 -39.2% 217,290 238,200 -8.8%
#8
Ford Fusion
19,052 28,270 -32.6% 189,892 206,533 -8.1%
#9
Chevrolet Malibu
16,723 17,553 -4.7% 148,868 130,095 14.4%
#10
Hyundai Sonata
14,888 21,818 -31.8% 139,932 141,556 -1.1%
#11
Nissan Sentra
14,256 15,662 -9.0% 155,806 140,074 11.2%
#12
Kia Soul
12,253 17,108 -28.4% 95,938 99,069 -3.2%
#13
Ford Focus
11,772 16,321 -27.9% 128,889 150,427 -14.3%
#14
Volkswagen Jetta
11,720 11,112 5.5% 81,449 86,692 -9.2%
#15
Nissan Versa
10,585 14,875 -28.8% 94,902 91,779 3.4%
#16
Toyota Prius
10,179 10,794 -5.7% 68,630 79,644 -13.8%

Toyota Prius *
10,177 10,450 -2.6% 68,582 75,826 -9.6%

Toyota Prius Plug-In *
2 344 -99.4% 48 3818 -98.7%
#17
Kia Optima
9470 13,980 -32.3% 80,317 106,584 -24.6%
#18
Dodge Charger
8614 6964 23.7% 67,402 67,802 -0.6%
#19
Subaru Impreza
8513 10,441 -18.5% 62,772 67,025 -6.3%
#20
Hyundai Accent
8329 4733 76.0% 54,705 44,985 21.6%

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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