Midsize Car Sales In America - December 2016 & 2016 Year End

2016 Subaru Legacy
Home to America's best-selling car and six of America's ten best-selling cars, America's midsize car segment nevertheless saw its total volume tumble 11% in 2016.

From the Camry, a replacement of which will be revealed this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, to the departing Chrysler 200 and nearly every model in between, midsize cars were dramatically less popular in 2016 than in 2015, when sales had already fallen 2% from 2014 levels.


U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End


Standouts included the Chevrolet Malibu, all-new for 2016, and Subaru Legacy, the ninth-best-selling car in the category. 

USA midsize car sales chart 2016 year end
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Malibu volume rose 17%, with Chevrolet's share of the segment consequently rising from 8.2% in 2015 to 10.7% in 2016. 

The Legacy, clearly a niche player in the category, sees its lifted wagon sibling generating far more volume. For every Legacy sold in the U.S. in 2016, Subaru sold nearly three Outbacks.

2017 could be a different year. A new Camry could revitalize the category. 

Or, the Toyota RAV4 could take over as Toyota's top-selling model, as the Camry grows the size of its pie slice in an ever-shrinking pie.

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 • January 2017 • November 2016December 2015
Midsize Car
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
1309
2571-49.1%19,83319,5041.7%
22,764
12,15587.3%227,881194,85417.0%
2643
9663-72.6%57,294 167,368-65.8%
---
32-100%451326-96.6%
19,132
25,576-25.2%265,840 300,170-11.4%
33,873
35,056-3.4%345,225355,557-2.9%
13,802
22,820-39.5%199,416 213,303-6.5%
12,572
13,682-8.1%124,203159,414-22.1%
3688
4168-11.5%45,52057,898-21.4%
24,763
29,462-15.9%307,380 333,398-7.8%
5960
57593.5%65,306 60,4478.0%
33,412
37,299-10.4%388,618429,355-9.5%
374
633-40.9%32376276-48.4%
7241
3596101%73,00278,207-6.7%
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---
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Total
181,533
202,472-10.3%2,122,800 2,377,077 -10.7%

Hybrids & Electrics
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
3691
211474.6%24,73915,39360.7%
2184
141654.2%19,83421,768-8.9%
1
22-95.5%67 1458-95.4%
3
9-66.7%94 115-18.3%
1899
134741.0%14,00617,269-18.9%
9427
10,175-7.4%101,340 118,020-14.1%
7786
10,153
-23.3%
98,866
113,829
-13.1%
1641
22
7359%
2474
4191-41.0%
1373
2040-32.7%14,84028,290-47.5%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
18,578
17,1238.5%174,920 202,313 -13.5%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
---
613-100%7269104-92.0%
20,695
16,06728.8%182,898152,29420.1%
1
401-99.8%58921,351-97.2%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
20,696
17,08121.2%184,213 182,749 0.8%
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.

RECOMMENDED READING

Midsize Car Sales In America - January 2017
Midsize Car Sales In America - November 2016
Midsize Car Sales In America - December 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America In 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - December 2016
Large Car Sales In America - December & 2016 Year End
Small Car Sales In America - December & 2016 Year End

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