Small Car Sales In America – January 2017


2017 Toyota Yaris sedan red

U.S. sales of compact cars fell 6% in January 2017, beginning the new year by sliding, but not nearly as badly as the car market as a whole.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – January 2017
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – January 2017

Passenger car volume tumbled 13% in January, year-over-year, in part because of sharp declines from the Honda Civic (America’s best-selling car in January), the Toyota Corolla sedan, Mazda 3, Nissan Sentra, Ford Focus, and departing Buick Verano and Dodge Dart.

USA small car sales chart January 2017
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Saving compacts from more serious decline were gains from the Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Subau Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf.

Subcompact cars, meanwhile, jumped 8% from their January 2016 totals to more than 30,000 units in January 2017. Big movement from the Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent, America’s two top-selling subcompacts, were the most meaningful improvements. 

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 small cars of all kinds 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 • February 2017 • December 2016January 2016

Compact
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
693
1233 -43.8% 693 1233 -43.8%
410
2859 -85.7% 410 2859 -85.7%
19,949
14,362 38.9% 19,949 14,362 38.9%
1397
5280 -73.5% 1397 5280 -73.5%
9577
12,977 -26.2% 9577 12,977 -26.2%
23,095
26,741 -13.6% 23,095 26,741 -13.6%
13,185
9885 33.4% 13,185 9885 33.4%
6267
5329 17.6% 6267 5329 17.6%
6623
7551 -12.3% 6623 7551 -12.3%
1468
1523 -3.6% 1468 1523 -3.6%
13,444
16,144 -16.7% 13,444 16,144 -16.7%
7247
6718 7.9% 7247 6718 7.9%
21,567
23,612 -8.7% 21,567 23,612 -8.7%
20,107
22,362
-10.1%
20,107
22,362
-10.1%
1460
1250
16.8%
1460
1250
16.8%
5766
3993 44.4% 5766 3993 44.4%
6846
8177 -16.3% 6846 8177 -16.3%
Total
137,534
146,384 -6.0% 137,534 146,384 -6.0%

Subcompact
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
2095
3678 -43.0% 2095 3678 -43.0%
3575
2560 39.6% 3575 2560 39.6%
3078
3095 -0.5% 3078 3095 -0.5%
7062
5050 39.8% 7062 5050 39.8%
986
1430 -31.0% 986 1430 -31.0%
8870
8006 10.8% 8870 8006 10.8%
1143
1763 -35.2% 1143 1763 -35.2%
3281
2388 37.4% 3281 2388 37.4%
1330
548
143%
1330
548
143%
1951
1840
6.0%
1951
1840
6.0%
Total
30,090
27,970 7.6% 30,090 27,970 7.6%

City Car
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1695
1121 51.2% 1695 1121 51.2%
1311
963 36.1% 1311 963 36.1%
2 -100% 2 -100%
324
399 -18.8% 324 399 -18.8%
Total
3330
2485 34.0% 3330 2485 34.0%

Warm Hatches
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1218
981 24.2% 1218 981 24.2%
2438
2023 20.5% 2438 2023 20.5%
1987
2726 -27.1% 1987 2726 -27.1%
72
715 -89.9% 72 715 -89.9%
1081
939 15.1% 1081 939 15.1%
Total
6796
7384 -8.0% 6796 7384 -8.0%

Tall Hatchbacks &
Subcompact Crossovers
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
5258
4920 6.9% 5258 4920 6.9%
5257
3746 40.3% 5257 3746 40.3%
106
357 -70.3% 106 357 -70.3%
600
1041 -42.4% 600 1041 -42.4%
5689
4177 36.2% 5689 4177 36.2%
7792
9191 -15.2% 7792 9191 -15.2%
1184
1376 -14.0% 1184 1376 -14.0%
1122
504 123% 1122 504 123%
1
8 -87.5% 1 8 -87.5%
1990
2233 -10.9% 1990 2233 -10.9%
3 -100% 3 -100%
1304
1510 -13.6% 1304 1510 -13.6%
782 -100% 782 -100%
3 -100% 3 -100%
6507
6448 0.9% 6507 6448 0.9%
Total
36,810
36,299 1.4% 36,810 36,299 1.4%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
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 Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small SUVs, too, and the Acura ILX shown with mainstream cars is also displayed with luxury cars… 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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