Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – September 2016


2017 Honda Civic Hatchback red

With or without its new stablemate, the Toyota Corolla was the best-selling car in America in September 2016.

In addition to the 31,167 Corolla sedans sold by Toyota USA in September, the company also began to record sales of the Scion iM – the former Scion iM – as the Toyota Corolla iM. Together, the Corolla and its hatchback variant outsold the second-ranked car in September by 1565 units.

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

That second-ranked car? America’s perennial favourite, the Toyota Camry.

Camry sales slid 11% in September, a decline of 3780 sales. In all, 11 of the 20 most popular cars in America reported fewer sales in September 2016 than in September 2015. The Nissan Versa’s 36% drop, a 6500-unit year-over-year decline, was worst among the most popular cars in the United States.

Now comes time for the Honda Civic, which posted a modest decline in September, to make hay with a hatchback. American Honda says that the Civic Hatchback, which is arriving now, won’t eat into sales of the existing Civic sedan and coupe.

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 September 2016.

October 2016 • August 2016September 2015

Rank
Best-Selling Car
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Toyota Corolla *
32,272 27,978 15.3% 289,002 280,095 3.2%
#2
Toyota Camry
30,707 34,487 -11.0% 297,453 326,330 -8.8%
#3
Honda Civic
28,184 28,278 -0.3% 283,783 249,749 13.6%
#4
Honda Accord
27,204 33,641 -19.1% 258,619 264,814 -2.3%
#5
Nissan Altima
25,031 24,224 3.3% 242,321 262,424 -7.7%
#6
Chevrolet Malibu
21,521 17,066 26.1% 170,389 147,161 15.8%
#7
Ford Fusion
20,570 24,942 -17.5% 210,462 231,475 -9.1%
#8
Hyundai Elantra
19,382 20,724 -6.5% 157,050 193,962 -19.0%
#9
Hyundai Sonata
15,347 16,124 -4.8% 155,279 157,680 -1.5%
#10
Chevrolet Cruze
15,216 14,032 8.4% 138,012 177,970 -22.5%
#11
Nissan Sentra
13,670 14,196 -3.7% 169,476 154,270 9.9%
#12
Kia Soul
11,885 13,614 -12.7% 107,823 112,683 -4.3%
#13
Nissan Versa
11,553 18,053 -36.0% 106,455 109,832 -3.1%
#14
Ford Focus
11,160 13,437 -16.9% 140,049 163,864 -14.5%
#15
Dodge Charger
10,056 7466 34.7% 72,270 72,583 -0.4%
#16
Toyota Prius
9794 10,168 -3.7% 78,424 89,812 -12.7%

Toyota Prius ^
9790 9952 -1.6% 78,372 85,778 -8.6%

Toyota Prius Plug-In ^
4 216 -98.2% 52 4034 -98.7%
#17
Kia Optima
9010 11,719 -23.1% 89,327 118,303 -24.5%
#18
Subaru Impreza
8710 8588 1.4% 70,241 75,613 -7.1%
#19
Volkswagen Jetta
8299 7746 7.1% 89,743 94,793 -5.3%
#20
Kia Forte
8256 5388 53.2% 79,608 63,300 49.4%

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.
* Corolla now includes Corolla iM, formerly the Scion iM.

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