Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – March 2017


2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport grey

The Toyota Camry reasserted its position as America’s top-selling car in March 2017, not only claiming the crown for a second consecutive month but also taking back the year-to-date lead from the Honda Civic.

U.S. Vehicle Sales By Model – April 2017 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – March 2017 YTD

Camry sales are predictably down 13% so far this year – an all-new 2018 model is due soon – in a market that’s decisively anti-car. The midsize Camry is now 1805 sales ahead of the Civic, a newer compact that’s also fading.

In fact, each of America’s five top-selling cars posted noteworthy year-over-year U.S. sales declines in March 2017 and through the first quarter of 2017. And among the 20 most popular cars in America in March, sixteen reported year-over-year declines.

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The worst of the nosedives were reported by the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu, mid-tier midsize sedans all. Collectively, those three nameplates lost 32,073 sales.

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 March 2017.

April 2017 • February 2017March 2016

Rank
Best-Selling Car
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
#1
Toyota Camry
35,648 36,991 -3.6% 83,459 96,245 -13.3%
#2
Toyota Corolla °
32,707 34,215 -4.4% 81,435 88,486 -8.0%
#3
Honda Civic
31,520 32,855 -4.1% 81,654 87,303 -6.5%
#4
Nissan Altima
28,511 34,856 -18.2% 73,985 85,332 -13.3%
#5
Honda Accord
26,824 30,523 -12.1% 69,815 77,073 -9.4%
#6
Hyundai Elantra
25,063 17,505 43.2% 54,202 39,363 37.7%
#7
Nissan Sentra
21,960 26,201 -16.2% 51,414 62,944 -18.3%
#8
Ford Fusion
18,859 29,675 -36.8% 50,786 74,994 -32.3%
#9
Chevrolet Cruze
18,607 9881 88.3% 52,923 37,241 44.8%
#10
Hyundai Sonata
15,357 28,778 -46.6% 37,869 61,457 -38.4%
#11
Ford Focus
14,437 18,618 -22.5% 36,705 50,215 -26.9%
#12
Chevrolet Malibu
14,222 22,058 -35.5% 35,005 58,222 -39.9%
#13
Nissan Versa
12,336 16,244 -24.1% 31,075 36,499 -14.9%
#14
Subaru Impreza *
10,703 7930 35.0% 26,274 21,460 22.4%
#15
Kia Forte
10,289 10,406 -1.1% 25,062 23,922 4.8%
#16
Kia Optima
10,204 11,725 -13.0% 26,945 29,768 -9.5%
#17
Volkswagen Jetta
9700 10,471 -7.4% 24,563 28,023 -12.3%
#18
Ford Mustang
9120 12,563 -27.4% 22,464 30,136 -25.5%
#19
Chevrolet Impala
8885 11,465 -22.5% 22,022 30,554 -27.9%
#20
Kia Soul
8426 12,043 -30.0% 23,920 33,076 -27.7%

Source: Automakers 
^ Prius breakdown by variant
° includes Corolla iM, formerly Scion iM
* Includes WRX/STI

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