Midsize Car Sales In America – March 2017


2017 Mazda 6

U.S. sales of midsize cars declined for a 13th consecutive month in March 2017, falling by more than 22% to only 168,598 units. 

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

Led by the Toyota Camry, relatively strong in the sell-down leading up to the launch of an all-new 2018 model, midsize cars accounted for 11% of all new vehicle sales and 29% of passenger car volume, down from 14% and 33%, respectively, one year ago. The Camry’s 4% downturn to 35,648 units – still more than enough for the Camry to be America’s best-selling car overall in both March and Q1 of 2017 – was actually a bright spot.

Many of its competitors faced far greater challenges.

Year-over-year, the Chevrolet Malibu, discontinued Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata all reported losses of at least 35%. Double-digit percentage declines were also reported by the Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, and Subaru Legacy. 

USA midsize car sales chart  March 2017
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Only the Buick Regal (soon to be replaced) and Volkswagen Passat (which faced its own dramatic downturn last year) reported year-over-year improvements in U.S. March 2017 midsize volume. Those cars account for less than 5% of the midsize segment. 

Year-to-date, the Passat is joined by the rare Mazda 6 on the short list of midsize cars that are selling more often in 2017 than they did in 2016.

Dedicated hybrids and electrics in a similar price bracket, meanwhile, reported a collective 21% year-over-year improvement in March 2017. The Kia Niro, Toyota Prius Prime, Chevrolet Volt, and Chevrolet Bolt all deserve credit.

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 • April 2017 • February 2017March 2016

Midsize Car
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1334
1276 4.5% 3308 5537 -40.3%
14,222
22,058 -35.5% 35,005 58,222 -39.9%
2565
4971 -48.4% 6620 15,915 -58.4%
8 -100% 23 -100%
18,759
29,675 -36.8% 50,786 74,994 -32.3%
26,824
30,523 -12.1% 69,815 77,073 -9.4%
15,357
28,778 -46.6% 37,869 61,457 -38.4%
10,204
11,725 -13.0% 26,945 29,768 -9.5%
3794
4094 -7.3% 10,692 10,283 4.0%
28,511
34,856 -18.2% 73,985 85,332 -13.3%
4898
5551 -11.8% 12,703 14,478 -12.3%
35,648
36,991 -3.6% 83,459 96,245 -13.3%
216
361 -40.2% 562 991 -43.3%
6266
6097 2.8% 18,267 14,063 29.9%
Total
168,598
216,964 -22.3% 430,016 544,381 -21.0%

Hybrids & Electrics
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
978
3092
2132
1865 14.3% 5563 3987 39.5%
1333
1702 -21.7% 3594 4059 -11.5%
2 -100% 1 21 -95.2%
327
332
2704
4889
3
1 200% 4 8 -50.0%
1478
1246 18.6% 3287 2931 12.1%
7416
8137 -8.9% 20,115 21,655 -7.1%
5798
8130 -28.7% 15,769 21,632 -27.1%
1618
7 23,014% 4346 23 18,796%
960
1331 -27.9% 2619 3648 -28.2%
Total
17,331
14,284 21.3% 43,496 36,309 19.8%

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.

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