Small Car Sales In America - March 2017

2017 Subaru Impreza hatchback
U.S. sales of compact cars ticked up in March 2017 thanks to gains from the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra, both of which had taken hard tumbles one year ago.

The Subaru Impreza, meanwhile, likewise continued to show growth during the launch of its all-new, fifth-generation model. Total Impreza/WRX/STI sales are up 22% this year, and the Impreza's market share has grown by more than a point from 4.2% in 2016 Q1 to 5.4% in 2017 Q1.


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


Subcompact car sales, on the other hand, tumbled 19% in March 2017 and are down 12% so far this year, falling faster than the car market at large. Subcompacts are led by the Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent, but those two models – particularly the transitioning Accent – are watching their demand dry up in early 2017.

USA small car sales chart March 2017
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More and more, as industry sales slide modestly, car volume is plunging while consumers turn toward small crossovers and SUVs. 

So while Hyundai will soon deliver its new Accent, there's also a new Kona – a sub-Tucson subcompact crossover – due to arrive shortly, as well.

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 2017March 2016
Compact
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
824
1554-47.0%22564287-47.4%
1146
2300-50.2%20448225-75.1%
18,607
988188.3%53,92337,24144.8%
1578
5137-69.3%465816,241-71.3%
14,437
18,618-22.5%36,70550,215-26.9%
31,520
32,855-4.1%81,654 87,303-6.5%
25,063
17,50543.2%54,20239,36337.7%
10,289
10,406-1.1%25,06223,9224.8%
7137
7307-2.3%20,606 22,133-6.9%
1528
1934-21.0%5221 5454-4.3%
21,960
26,201-16.2%51,414 62,944-18.3%
10,703
793035.0%26,27421,46022.4%
32,707
34,215-4.4%81,43588,486-8.0%
30,584
32,556-6.1%76,08684,260-9.7%
2123
165928.0%5349 422626.6%
6369
449541.7%17,97712,13348.2%
9700
10,471-7.4%24,56328,023-12.3%
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Total
195,568
190,8092.5%487,994 507,430 -3.8%

Subcompact
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
3385
4708-28.1%762012,627-39.7%
5488
454920.6%13,04410,86320.1%
5060
47716.1%11,90211,5133.4%
4349
7879-44.8%14,76317,826-17.2%
1246
2475-49.7%30725366-42.8%
12,336
16,244-24.1%31,07536,499-14.9%
1385
2607-46.9%39006633-41.2%
5460
449121.6%12,59910,09224.8%
1377
122712.2%3764268340.3%
4083
326425.1%8835 740919.2%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
38,709
47,724-18.9%97,975 111,419 -12.1%

City Car
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
3306
227345.4%7140515538.5%
3324
4113-19.2%7470623219.9%
---
---------3-100%
389
479-18.8%10611300-18.4%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
7019
68652.2%15,671 12,690 23.5%

Warm Hatches
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1671
149411.8%40203595 11.8%
1386
2342-40.8%55486466 -14.2%
3624
34664.6%75758443 -10.3%
31
1129-97.3%142 2761 -94.9%
1497
14682.0%39083319 17.7%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
8209
9899-17.1%21,193 24,584 -13.8%

Tall Hatchbacks & 
Subcompact Crossovers
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
8293
642629.1%20,07917,21916.6%
6498
516725.8%18,36113,72733.8%
106
535-80.2%284 1262-77.5%
726
1056-31.3%19663258-39.7%
7653
639819.6%19,69615,51526.9%
8426
12,043-30.0%23,920 33,076-27.7%
1251
1748-28.4%37144917-24.5%
1362
12816.3%2672 236612.9%
1
15-93.3%430-86.7%
2676
2874-6.9%68647698-10.8%
---
3-100%---13-100%
1487
2498-40.5%40885871-30.4%
---
537-100%---2106-100%
---
3-100%---7-100%
7120
69732.1%20,23819,5503.5%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
45,599
47,557-4.1%121,886 126,615 -3.7%
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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