Midsize Car Sales In America - August 2016 YTD

2015 Subaru Legacy silver
We knew U.S. sales of midsize cars were falling. Through the first seven months of 2016, the Toyota Camry-led midsize category had fallen 8% compared with the same period one year earlier, when, you'll recall, midsize car sales were down 3% compared with the first seven months of 2014. 


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


But along came August 2016, and U.S. sales of midsize cars were 26% lower than they were in August 2015, a drop valued at nearly 58,000 sales. 

Only one member of the core midsize class reported improved sales.



(The Buick Regal's 52% increase is surprisingly inconsequential, and the Regal is an upmarket pretender lacking credentials.) Subaru Legacy sales jumped 36% to 5800 units, a low figure for a midsize category topped by five cars that sell more than three times that often. Subaru USA reported an all-time record in total sales, as well, thanks not only to the Legacy's record performance but all-time bests from the Forester and Outback.

USA midsize car sales chart August 2016
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Ah, yes, the Forester and Outback. The CR-V and RAV4. The Rogue and Escape. Vehicles which are stealing away market share from this once dominant midsize category with relative ease. 

The Toyota Camry is still America's best-selling passenger car, but in August, the Camry's 13% year-over-year decline resulted in a trio of small crossovers – CR-V, RAV4, Rogue – outselling the midsize Toyota sedan, not to mention the three pickup trucks that typically do so, as well.

Of course, the Camry's 13% drop in August was nothing compared with the declines reported by the Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, and Nissan Altima. Those seven vehicles alone lost 53,879 sales in August, a 35% decline.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the tables for full-width access. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • September 2016 • July 2016August 2015
Midsize Car
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
2205
145052.1%13,76512,37811.2%
16,72317,553-4.7%148,868130,09514.4%
4210
12,538-66.4%45,886 128,673-64.3%
---
45-100%---1197-100%
19,052
28,270-32.6%189,892 206,533-8.1%
30,115
40,931-26.4%231,415231,1730.1%
14,888
21,818-31.8%139,932 141,556-1.1%
9470
13,980-32.3%80,317106,584-24.6%
4006
5402-25.8%31,81042,550-25.2%
19,646
32,327-39.2%217,290 238,200-8.8%
5800
428135.5%41,369 37,9549.0%
32,864
37,592-12.6%266,746291,843-8.6%
247
546-54.8%21214106-48.3%
7389
7409-0.3%46,75156,508-17.3%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
166,615
224,142-25.7%1,456,162 1,629,350 -10.6%

Hybrids & Electrics
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
2081
138050.8%14,295831571.9%
1586
2224-28.7%13,72115,325-10.5%
9
85-89.4%62 1289-95.2%
25
6317%65 90-27.8%
1066
1393-23.5%792212,383-36.0%
10,179
10,794-5.7%68,630 79,644-13.8%
10,177
10,450
-2.6%
68,582
75,826
-9.6%
2
344
-99.4%
48
3818-98.7%
1346
3119-56.8%10,01919,904-49.7%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
26,471
29,795-11.2%183,344 216,594 -15.3%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
7
930-99.2%7206450-88.8%
17,358
11,11356.2%109,44893,29317.3%
11
2147-99.5%57417,573-96.7%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
17,376
14,19022.4%110,742 117,316 -5.6%
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 - September 2016
Midsize Car Sales In America - July 2016
Midsize Car Sales In America - August 2015
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U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - August 2016
Small Car Sales In America - August 2016

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