2016 Year End U.S. Passenger Car Sales Rankings – Top 165 Best-Selling Cars In America – Every Car Ranked


2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2016 was not the year of the car.

U.S. auto sales rose to an all-time high of some 17.5M units, but passenger cars accounted for just 39% of the industry’s volume, down from 43% in 2015 and 52% as recently as 2012.

U.S. Car Sales By Model – January 2017
U.S. Car Sales By Model – November 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales By Model – December 2015 Year End

Part of that decline can be laid at the feet, or rather the tires, of the Toyota Camry, America’s  best-selling car. To what extent the Camry can recover from these doldrums – sales fell 10% to 388,618 units in 2016, the lowest total and first sub-400K yeear since 2011 – once the all-new model is introuced at this month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit remains to be seen. New can’t hurt.

But the Camry isn’t the only car to falter. In fact, 15 of America’s 20 most popular cars sold less often in 2016 than in 2015. 

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Double-digit percentage losses were reported by newer models such as the Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze as well as older cars such as the Ford Focus and Ford Fusion.

There were nevertheless many all-new nameplates added to America’s passenger car fleet in 2016: Cadillac CT6, Buick Cascada, Jaguar XE, Lincoln Continental, Volvo S90, Fiat 124 Spider, Chevrolet Bolt, Acura NSX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, and a two-pronged car lineup at Hyundai’s new Genesis brand.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – 2016 Year End
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model – 2016 Year End 
Pickup Truck Sales In America – 2016 Year End
Minivan Sales In America – 2016 Year End

Reminder: these are 2016 year end rankings, but you can sort cars by December volume by clicking the December 2016 column header, or you can rank cars by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Car column header.

As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2017 • November 2016December 2015

Rank
Car
2016
2015
%
Change
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
% Change
#1 Toyota Camry 388,618 429,355 -9.5% 33,412 37,299 -10.4%
#2 Toyota Corolla 378,210 368,431 2.7% 31,209 33,692 -7.4%
#2.2 Toyota Corolla Sedan * 360,483 363,332 -0.8% 29,402 32,447 -9.4%
#2.3 Toyota Corolla iM * 17,727 5,099 248% 1,807 1,245 45.1%
#3 Honda Civic 366,927 335,384 9.4% 31,482 32,796 -4.0%
#4 Honda Accord 345,225 355,557 -2.9% 33,873 35,056 -3.4%
#5 Nissan Altima 307,380 333,398 -7.8% 24,763 29,462 -15.9%
#6 Ford Fusion 265,840 300,170 -11.4% 19,132 25,576 -25.2%
#7 Chevrolet Malibu 227,881 194,854 17.0% 22,764 12,155 87.3%
#8 Nissan Sentra 214,709 203,509 5.5% 17,037 19,760 -13.8%
#9 Hyundai Elantra 208,319 241,706 -13.8% 19,556 14,242 37.3%
#10 Hyundai Sonata 199,416 213,303 -6.5% 13,802 22,820 -39.5%
#11 Chevrolet Cruze 188,876 226,602 -16.6% 17,324 16,849 2.8%
#12 Ford Focus 168,789 202,478 -16.6% 10,242 11,005 -6.9%
#13 Kia Soul 145,768 147,133 -0.9% 12,427 12,159 2.2%
#14 Nissan Versa 132,214 144,528 -8.5% 8,918 11,058 -19.4%
#15 Kia Optima 124,203 159,414 -22.1% 12,572 13,682 -8.1%
#16 Volkswagen Jetta 121,107 131,109 -7.6% 13,079 14,073 -7.1%
#16.1 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan * 121,102 128,438 -5.7% 13,079 14,073 -7.1%
#16.2 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen * 5 2,671 -99.8%
#17 Ford Mustang 105,932 122,349 -13.4% 7,064 8,742 -19.2%
#18 Kia Forte 103,292 78,919 30.9% 7,560 5,411 39.7%
#19 Toyota Prius 101,340 118,020 -14.1% 9,427 10,175 -7.4%
#19.1 Toyota Prius * 98,866 113,829 -13.1% 7,786 10,153 -23.3%
#19.2 Toyota Prius Prime * 2,474 4,191 -41.0% 1,641 22 7,359%
#20 Chevrolet Impala 97,006 116,825 -17.0% 10,794 9,060 19.1%
#21 Mazda 3 95,567 107,884 -11.4% 8,102 9,838 -17.6%
#22 Dodge Charger 95,437 96,633 -1.2% 7,237 8,309 -12.9%
#23 Subaru Impreza 88,517 100,519 -11.9% 8,064 9,148 -11.8%
#23.1 Subaru Impreza * 55,238 66,785 -17.3% 5,126 6,059 -15.4%
#23.2 Subaru Impreza WRX/STI * 33,279 33,734 -1.3% 2,938 3,089 -4.9%
#24 Hyundai Accent 79,766 61,486 29.7% 4,159 2,718 53.0%
#25 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 77,167 86,080 -10.4% 7,345 7,023 4.6%
#26 Volkswagen Passat 73,002 78,207 -6.7% 7,241 3,596 101%
#27 Chevrolet Camaro 72,705 77,502 -6.2% 7,000 5,366 30.5%
#28 BMW 3-Series 70,458 94,540 -25.5% 6,740 5,262 28.1%
#29 Subaru Legacy 65,306 60,447 8.0% 5,960 5,759 3.5%
#30 Dodge Challenger 64,433 66,377 -2.9% 5,257 4,564 15.2%
#31 Nissan Maxima 62,670 40,359 55.3% 5,293 4,771 10.9%
#32 Volkswagen Golf 61,687 65,308 -5.5% 8,968 5,715 56.9%
#32.1 Volkswagen Golf GTI * 23,934 23,669 1.1% 2,777 2,369 17.2%
#32.2 Volkswagen Golf * 13,764 19,257 -28.5% 1,870 1,191 57.0%
#32.3 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen/Alltrack * 15,559 14,009 11.1% 3,332 897 271%
#32.4 Volkswagen Golf R * 4,493 4,141 8.5% 546 649 -15.9%
#32.5 Volkswagen e-Golf * 3,937 4,232 -7.0% 443 609 -27.3%
#33 Lexus ES 58,299 64,969 -10.3% 6,239 7,856 -20.6%
#34 Chrysler 200 57,294 167,368 -65.8% 2,643 9,663 -72.6%
#35 Honda Fit 56,630 52,724 7.4% 4,425 4,197 5.4%
#36 Chevrolet Sonic 55,255 64,775 -14.7% 6,375 7,293 -12.6%
#37 Chrysler 300 53,241 53,025 0.4% 3,584 4,269 -16.0%
#38 Mercedes-Benz E-Class/CLS-Class 50,896 55,888 -8.9% 4,851 5,580 -13.1%
#39 Ford Fiesta 48,807 64,458 -24.3% 3,772 3,550 6.3%
#40 Toyota Avalon 48,080 60,065 -20.0% 5,051 5,816 -13.2%
#41 Mazda 6 45,520 57,898 -21.4% 3,688 4,168 -11.5%
#42 Ford Taurus 44,098 48,816 -9.7% 4,101 4,022 2.0%
#42.1 Ford Taurus * 34,626 39,051 -11.3% 3,435 3,250 5.7%
#42.2 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor * 9,472 9,765 -3.0% 666 772 -13.7%
#43 Infiniti Q50 44,007 43,874 0.3% 5,794 4,678 23.9%
#44 Dodge Dart 43,402 87,908 -50.6% 1,525 5,867 -74.0%
#45 Mini Cooper 39,239 40,120 -2.2% 3,804 2,823 34.8%
#45.1 Mini Cooper Clubman * 12,204 462 2,542% 1,520 460 230%
#45.2 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door * 11,264 19,808 -43.1% 1,029 960 7.2%
#45.3 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4-Door * 11,174 15,189 -26.4% 813 1,247 -34.8%
#45.4 Mini Cooper Convertible * 4,584 3,098 48.0% 441 147 200%
#45.5 Mini Cooper Coupe * 8 460 -98.3% 1 5 -80.0%
#45.6 Mini Cooper Roadster * 5 1,103 -99.5% 4 -100%
#46 Toyota Yaris 38,855 24,384 59.3% 2,757 2,185 26.2%
#46.1 Toyota Yaris iA * 27,983 7,605 268% 1,997 1,808 10.5%
#46.2 Toyota Yaris Hatchback * 10,872 16,779 -35.2% 760 377 102%
#47 Lexus IS 37,289 46,430 -19.7% 4,432 5,028 -11.9%
#48 Acura TLX 37,156 47,080 -21.1% 3,621 3,508 3.2%
#49 Audi A4 36,987 31,831 16.2% 4,320 3,426 26.1%
#49.1 Audi A4 Sedan * 34,687 29,013 19.6% 4,009 3,172 26.4%
#49.2 Audi A4 Allroad * 2,300 2,818 -18.4% 311 254 22.4%
#50 BMW 4-Series 35,763 46,069 -22.4% 3,634 5,601 -35.1%
#51 Chevrolet Spark 35,511 32,853 8.1% 4,257 1,384 208%
#52 BMW 5-Series 32,408 44,162 -26.6% 2,115 2,985 -29.1%
#53 Audi A3 31,538 35,984 -12.4% 2,904 3,252 -10.7%
#54 Lincoln MKZ 30,534 30,901 -1.2% 2,650 3,207 -17.4%
#55 Buick Verano 30,277 31,886 -5.0% 1,038 2,545 -59.2%
#56 Hyundai Veloster 30,053 24,245 24.0% 2,699 2,246 20.2%
#57 Chevrolet Corvette 29,995 33,329 -10.0% 2,709 2,453 10.4%
#58 Kia Rio 28,700 23,742 20.9% 1,269 997 27.3%
#59 Buick LaCrosse 27,582 42,035 -34.4% 2,826 3,158 -10.5%
#60 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 25,792 29,643 -13.0% 1,876 1,912 -1.9%
#61 Chevrolet Volt 24,739 15,393 60.7% 3,691 2,114 74.6%
#62 Hyundai Genesis 23,230 31,374 -26.0% 426 3,094 -86.2%
#63 Mitsubishi Mirage 22,226 21,515 3.3% 1,555 1,262 23.2%
#64 Cadillac XTS 22,171 23,112 -4.1% 3,129 3,070 1.9%
#65 Cadillac ATS 21,505 26,873 -20.0% 2,292 3,451 -33.6%
#66 Toyota Prius C 20,452 38,484 -46.9% 1,644 2,861 -42.5%
#67 Ford C-Max 19,834 21,768 -8.9% 2,184 1,416 54.2%
#68 Buick Regal 19,833 19,504 1.7% 1,309 2,571 -49.1%
#69 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 18,803 21,936 -14.3% 1,494 2,163 -30.9%
#70 Audi A6 18,686 22,850 -18.2% 2,016 2,456 -17.9%
#71 Cadillac CTS 15,911 19,485 -18.3% 1,697 2,441 -30.5%
#72 Volkswagen Beetle 15,667 22,667 -30.9% 1,596 1,311 21.7%
#72.1 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe * 9,830 13,025 -24.5% 1,092 958 14.0%
#72.2 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible * 5,837 9,642 -39.5% 504 353 42.8%
#73 BMW 2-Series 15,519 13,020 19.2% 1,085 2,143 -49.4%
#74 Fiat 500 15,437 23,980 -35.6% 1,411 1,737 -18.8%
#75 Lexus GS 14,878 23,117 -35.6% 1,325 3,423 -61.3%
#76 Toyota Prius V 14,840 28,290 -47.5% 1,373 2,040 -32.7%
#77 Volvo S60 14,789 16,993 -13.0% 2,093 1,590 31.6%
#77.1 Volvo S60 * 14,218 16,706 -14.9% 2,051 1,486 38.0%
#77.2 Volvo S60 CC * 571 287 99.0% 42 104 -59.6%
#78 Acura ILX 14,597 18,531 -21.2% 1,079 1,960 -44.9%
#79 Mitsubishi Lancer 14,304 17,691 -19.1% 860 1,324 -35.0%
#80 Nissan Leaf 14,006 17,269 -18.9% 1,899 1,347 41.0%
#81 BMW 7-Series 12,918 9,292 39.0% 1,313 1,266 3.7%
#82 Lexus RC 11,165 14,784 -24.5% 1,042 1,711 -39.1%
#83 Mazda MX-5 Miata 9,465 8,591 10.2% 733 706 3.8%
#84 Scion tC 9,336 16,459 -43.3% 102 976 -89.5%
#85 Cadillac CT6 9,169 1,293
#86 Lexus CT 8,903 14,657 -39.3% 968 1,464 -33.9%
#87 Porsche 911 8,901 9,898 -10.1% 711 654 8.7%
#88 Audi A5 8,354 12,934 -35.4% 591 1,000 -40.9%
#89 BMW i3 7,625 11,024 -30.8% 791 1,422 -44.4%
#90 Toyota 86/Scion FR-S 7,457 10,507 -29.0% 557 588 -5.3%
#91 Buick Cascada 7,153 629
#92 Maserati Ghibli 7,100 7,922 -10.4% 746 665 12.2%
#93 Jaguar XF 6,665 5,933 12.3% 486 559 -13.1%
#94 Jaguar XE 6,656 1,162
#95 Audi A7 6,558 7,721 -15.1% 811 841 -3.6%
#96 Smart Fortwo 6,211 7,484 -17.0% 1,186 669 77.3%
#97 Genesis G80 6,166 1,354
#98 Volvo V60 6,132 7,131 -14.0% 573 498 15.1%
#98.1 Volvo V60 * 3,407 4,362 -21.9% 333 296 12.5%
#98.2 Volvo V60 CC * 2,725 2,769 -1.6% 240 202 18.8%
#99 Nissan 370Z 5,913 7,391 -20.0% 368 481 -23.5%
#100 Infiniti Q70 5,872 8,449 -30.5% 580 786 -26.2%
#101 Lexus LS 5,514 7,165 -23.0% 609 854 -28.7%
#102 Volvo XC70 5,425 5,118 6.0% 232 432 -46.3%
#103 Lincoln Continental 5,261 1,845
#104 Lincoln MKS 4,951 6,877 -28.0% 215 471 -54.4%
#105 Hyundai Azera 4,942 5,539 -10.8% 384 358 7.3%
#106 Kia Cadenza 4,738 7,343 -35.5% 428 598 -28.4%
#107 Porsche Panamera 4,403 4,986 -11.7% 36 257 -86.0%
#108 Audi A8 4,149 4,990 -16.9% 501 424 18.2%
#109 Subaru BRZ 4,141 5,296 -21.8% 214 413 -48.2%
#110 Jaguar F-Type 4,069 4,629 -12.1% 388 430 -9.8%
#111 Infiniti Q60 3,970 3,949 0.5% 1,018 290 251%
#112 BMW 6-Series 3,947 8,146 -51.5% 348 1,461 -76.2%
#113 Jaguar XJ 3,834 3,611 6.2% 436 207 111%
#114 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 3,722 4,060 -8.3% 304 380 -20.0%
#115 Porsche Cayman 3,590 3,561 0.8% 224 200 12.0%
#116 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class/SLC-Class 3,397 4,182 -18.8% 330 290 13.8%
#117 Volkswagen CC 3,237 6,276 -48.4% 374 633 -40.9%
#118 Fiat 500L 3,118 7,585 -58.9% 102 310 -67.1%
#119 Audi TT 3,044 1,167 161% 252 238 5.9%
#120 Chevrolet SS 3,013 2,895 4.1% 94 134 -29.9%
#121 Volvo S90 2,756 1,127
#122 Scion xB 2,677 15,223 -82.4% 886 -100%
#123 Porsche Boxster 2,670 3,102 -13.9% 149 214 -30.4%
#124 Fiat 124 Spider 2,475 250
#125 Honda CR-Z 2,338 3,073 -23.9% 160 316 -49.4%
#126 Maserati Quattroporte 2,268 2,398 -5.4% 193 275 -29.8%
#127 BMW i8 1,594 2,265 -29.6% 133 656 -79.7%
#128 Acura RLX 1,478 2,195 -32.7% 192 159 20.8%
#129 Hyundai Equus 1,361 2,332 -41.6% 8 201 -96.0%
#130 Maserati GranTurismo 1,249 1,373 -9.0% 148 129 14.7%
#131 Mercedes-AMG GT 1,227 1,277 -3.9% 99 162 -38.9%
#132 BMW Z4 1,187 1,829 -35.1% 75 253 -70.4%
#133 Bentley Continental GT 1,144 1,701 -32.7% 123 344 -64.2%
#134 Toyota Mirai 1,034 72 1,336% 116 15 673%
#135 Chevrolet Caprice PPV 1,021 1,845 -44.7% 124 220 -43.6%
#136 Kia K900 834 2,524 -67.0% 80 162 -50.6%
#137 Genesis G90 782 379
#138 Audi R8 736 495 48.7% 82 15 447%
#139 Honda Crosstour 726 9,104 -92.0% 613 -100%
#140 Nissan GT-R 698 1,105 -36.8% 46 84 -45.2%
#141 Volvo S80 644 1,887 -65.9% 13 176 -92.6%
#142 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 632 1,906 -66.8% 54 97 -44.3%
#143 Dodge Viper 630 690 -8.7% 59 63 -6.3%
#144 Chevrolet Bolt 579 579
#145 Cadillac ELR 534 1,024 -47.9% 3 135 -97.8%
#146 Alfa Romeo 4C 480 659 -27.2% 23 56 -58.9%
#147 Bentley Flying Spur 400 791 -49.4% 31 222 -86.0%
#148 Volkswagen Eos 387 2,993 -87.1% 242 -100%
#149 Acura NSX 269 68
#150 Bentley Mulsanne 153 194 -21.1% 12 15 -20.0%
#151 Mitsubishi i MiEV 94 115 -18.3% 3 9 -66.7%
#152 Honda Insight 67 1,458 -95.4% 1 22 -95.5%
#153 Infiniti Q40 59 8,605 -99.3% 31 -100%
#154 Dodge Avenger 45 1,326 -96.6% 32 -100%
#155 Alfa Romeo Giulia 36 29
#156 Nissan Cube 15 943 -98.4% 13 -100%
#157 Scion xD 9 794 -98.9% 8 -100%
#158 Honda FCX 8 2 300% 8 2 300%
T159 Lexus LFA 6 9 -33.3% 1 -100%
T159 Scion iQ 6 482 -98.8% 2 -100%
#161 Acura TSX 4 35 -88.6%
T162 Jaguar XK 3 293 -99.0% 1 -100%
T162 Mazda 2 3 297 -99.0% 1 -100%
T164 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 1 29 -96.6%
T164 Porsche 918 Spyder 1 203 -99.5%
#166 Acura TL 88 -100%
#167 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class 52 -100%
#168 Volvo C70 7 -100%

Total  °
6,893,078 7,566,668 -8.9% 601,699 635,540 -5.3%

Source: Automakers & ANDC & WSJ
* Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total.
² Total Prius Family sales: down 18% to 12,444 in December, down 26% to 136,632 in 2016.
³ Hyundai USA combines sales of the Genesis and Genesis Coupe. Mercedes-Benz USA, not GCBC, is also intermittently combining E-Class and CLS-Class sales figures. 
° Total is a combination of all reported sales figures.
Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. ANDC estimates say sales for Aston Martin and Lotus in 2016 were 1032 and 168 units, respectively. 
Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but we source estimates from HybridCars.com and The Wall Street Journal.
HybridCars.com Model S sales estimate: up 51% to 5300 in December, up 16% to 29,156 in 2016.
WSJ Model S estimate: down 23% to 2400 in December, up 13% to 26,525 in 2016.