Small Car Sales In America – February 2017


2017 Volkswagen Golf 5-Door red

Compact cars continued their U.S. decline in February 2017, but their collective rate of decline continued to be less severe than the decline affecting America’s passenger car market at large.

U.S. Vehicle Sales By Model – February 2017 YTD
U.S. Car Sales By Model – February 2017 YTD

Compact car sales slid 8% in February 2017 and are down 7% through the first one-sixth of 2017. That slide occurred in a car market that fell 12% in February and is down nearly 13% so far this year.

Led by the Toyota Corolla in February and the Honda Civic so far this year, compact car sales are down by roughly 22,000 units this year. 

USA small car sales chart February 2017
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Much of the blame can be laid at the feet, or rather the wheels, of Detroit nameplates: the Ford Focus and a pair of discontinued cars from Buick and Dodge. Those three cars alone combined to lose 22,380 sales in the first two months of 2017. 

The Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, and Acura ILX all reported double-digit percentage losses through the end of last month, year-over-year, and Honda Civic and Mazda 3 sales are in decline, as well.

Subcompact cars, meanwhile, slid further and faster than the market at large in February. The segment’s 18% drop was caused by a sharp drop in sales of the segment-leading Nissan Versa plus declines from the Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, and Toyota Prius C.

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 • March 2017 • January 2017February 2016

Compact
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
739
1500 -50.7% 1432 2733 -47.6%
488
3066 -84.1% 898 5925 -84.8%
15,367
12,998 18.2% 35,316 27,360 29.1%
1683
5824 -71.1% 3080 11,104 -72.3%
12,691
18,620 -31.8% 22,268 31,597 -29.5%
27,039
27,707 -2.4% 50,134 54,448 -7.9%
15,954
11,973 33.3% 29,139 21,858 33.3%
8506
8187 3.9% 14,773 13,516 9.3%
6846
7275 -5.9% 13,469 14,826 -9.2%
2225
1997 11.4% 3693 3520 4.9%
16,010
20,599 -22.3% 29,454 36,743 -19.8%
8324
6812 22.2% 15,571 13,530 15.1%
27,161
30,659 -11.4% 48,728 54,271 -10.2%
25,395
29,342
-13.5%
45,502
51,704
-12.0%
1766
1317
34.1%
3226
2567
25.7%
5842
3645 60.3% 11,608 7638 52.0%
8017
9375 -14.5% 14,863 17,552 -15.3%
Total
156,892
170,237 -7.8% 294,426 316,621 -7.0%

Subcompact
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
2140
4241 -49.5% 4235 7919 -46.5%
3981
3754 6.0% 7556 6314 19.7%
3764
3647 3.2% 6842 6742 1.5%
3352
4897 -31.6% 10,414 9947 4.7%
840
1461 -42.5% 1826 2891 -36.8%
9869
12,249 -19.4% 18,739 20,255 -7.5%
1372
2263 -39.4% 2515 4026 -37.5%
3858
3213 20.1% 7139 5601 27.5%
1057
908
16.4%
2387
1456
63.9%
2801
2305
21.5%
4752
4145
14.6%
Total
29,176
35,725 -18.3% 59,266 63,695 -7.0%

City Car
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
2139
1761 21.5% 3834 2882 33.0%
2835
1156 145% 4146 2119 95.7%
1 -100% 3 -100%
348
422 -17.5% 672 821 -18.1%
Total
5322
3340 59.3% 8652 5825 48.5%

Warm Hatches
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1131
1120 1.0% 2349 2101 11.8%
1724
2101 -17.9% 4162 4124 0.9%
1964
2251 -12.7% 3951 4977 -20.6%
39
917 -95.7% 111 1632 -93.2%
1330
912 45.8% 2411 1851 30.3%
Total
6188
7301 -15.2% 12,984 14,685 -11.6%

Tall Hatchbacks & Subcompact Crossovers
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
6528
5873 11.2% 11,786 10,793 9.2%
6606
4814 37.2% 11,863 8560 38.6%
72
370 -80.5% 178 727 -75.5%
640
1161 -44.9% 1240 2202 -43.7%
6354
4940 28.6% 12,043 9117 32.1%
7702
11,842 -35.0% 15,494 21,033 -26.3%
1279
1793 -28.7% 2463 3169 -22.3%
188
581 -67.6% 1310 1085 20.7%
2
7 -71.4% 3 15 -80.0%
1824
1684 8.3% 3742 3045 22.9%
7 -100% 10 -100%
1297
1863 -30.4% 2601 3373 -22.9%
787 -100% 1569 -100%
1 -100% 4 -100%
6611
6129 7.9% 13,118 12,577 4.3%
Total
39,103
41,852 -6.6% 75,841 77,279 -1.9%

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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