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 • April 2017 • February 2017March 2016

Compact
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
824
1554 -47.0% 2256 4287 -47.4%
1146
2300 -50.2% 2044 8225 -75.1%
18,607
9881 88.3% 53,923 37,241 44.8%
1578
5137 -69.3% 4658 16,241 -71.3%
14,437
18,618 -22.5% 36,705 50,215 -26.9%
31,520
32,855 -4.1% 81,654 87,303 -6.5%
25,063
17,505 43.2% 54,202 39,363 37.7%
10,289
10,406 -1.1% 25,062 23,922 4.8%
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
7930 35.0% 26,274 21,460 22.4%
32,707
34,215 -4.4% 81,435 88,486 -8.0%
30,584
32,556 -6.1% 76,086 84,260 -9.7%
2123
1659 28.0% 5349 4226 26.6%
6369
4495 41.7% 17,977 12,133 48.2%
9700
10,471 -7.4% 24,563 28,023 -12.3%
Total
195,568
190,809 2.5% 487,994 507,430 -3.8%

Subcompact
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
3385
4708 -28.1% 7620 12,627 -39.7%
5488
4549 20.6% 13,044 10,863 20.1%
5060
4771 6.1% 11,902 11,513 3.4%
4349
7879 -44.8% 14,763 17,826 -17.2%
1246
2475 -49.7% 3072 5366 -42.8%
12,336
16,244 -24.1% 31,075 36,499 -14.9%
1385
2607 -46.9% 3900 6633 -41.2%
5460
4491 21.6% 12,599 10,092 24.8%
1377
1227 12.2% 3764 2683 40.3%
4083
3264 25.1% 8835 7409 19.2%
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
2273 45.4% 7140 5155 38.5%
3324
4113 -19.2% 7470 6232 19.9%
3 -100%
389
479 -18.8% 1061 1300 -18.4%
Total
7019
6865 2.2% 15,671 12,690 23.5%

Warm Hatches
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1671
1494 11.8% 4020 3595 11.8%
1386
2342 -40.8% 5548 6466 -14.2%
3624
3466 4.6% 7575 8443 -10.3%
31
1129 -97.3% 142 2761 -94.9%
1497
1468 2.0% 3908 3319 17.7%
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
6426 29.1% 20,079 17,219 16.6%
6498
5167 25.8% 18,361 13,727 33.8%
106
535 -80.2% 284 1262 -77.5%
726
1056 -31.3% 1966 3258 -39.7%
7653
6398 19.6% 19,696 15,515 26.9%
8426
12,043 -30.0% 23,920 33,076 -27.7%
1251
1748 -28.4% 3714 4917 -24.5%
1362
1281 6.3% 2672 2366 12.9%
1
15 -93.3% 4 30 -86.7%
2676
2874 -6.9% 6864 7698 -10.8%
3 -100% 13 -100%
1487
2498 -40.5% 4088 5871 -30.4%
537 -100% 2106 -100%
3 -100% 7 -100%
7120
6973 2.1% 20,238 19,550 3.5%
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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