Small Car Sales In America – April 2017


2017 Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan

U.S. sales of compact cars declined just 2% in April 2017, a modest downturn that doesn’t reflect the degree to which the auto industry contracted.

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

April 2017 auto sales volume slid 5%. The car market as a whole was down 11%. But because of big year-over-year gains from the Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf, compact sales were only slightly south of level.

USA small car sales chart April 2017
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Subcompact cars, on the other hand, were down 28% in April 2017, a loss of nearly 13,000 sales for the core segment. 

The Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio, both approaching a replacement phase, are partly to blame, but sales of the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, and Toyota Prius C likewise plunged.

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 2017April 2016

Compact
April
2017
April
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
832
1633 -49.1% 3088 5920 -47.8%
673
2399 -71.9% 2717 10,624 -74.4%
21,317
14,153 50.6% 75,240 51,394 46.4%
1286
4356 -70.5% 5944 20,597 -71.1%
13,197
15,983 -17.4% 49,902 66,198 -24.6%
31,211
35,331 -11.7% 112,865 122,634 -8.0%
16,346
12,361 32.2% 70,548 51,724 36.4%
10,496
9740 7.8% 35,558 33,662 5.6%
5980
10,722 -44.2% 26,586 32,855 -19.1%
832
1023 -18.7% 6053 6477 -6.5%
20,255
19,145 5.8% 71,669 82,089 -12.7%
11,077
7932 39.6% 37,351 29,392 27.1%
31,104
33,653 -7.6% 112,539 122,139 -7.9%
29,136
32,111 -9.3% 105,222 116,371 -9.6%
1968
1542 27.6% 7317 5768 26.9%
7187
5108 40.7% 25,164 17,241 46.0%
9398
10,694 -12.1% 33,961 38,717 -12.3%
Total
181,191
184,233 -1.7% 669,185 691,663 -3.2%

Subcompact
April
2017
April
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1645
5102 -67.8% 9265 17,729 -47.7%
3329
4462 -25.4% 16,373 15,325 6.8%
4871
5132 -5.1% 16,773 16,645 0.8%
6951
12,933 -46.3% 21,714 30,759 -29.4%
1463
2523 -42.0% 4535 7889 -42.5%
3 -100% 3 -100%
8322
9165 -9.2% 39,397 45,664 -13.7%
1161
1676 -30.7% 5061 8309 -39.1%
5001
4388 14.0% 17,600 14,480 21.5%
1522
1365 11.5% 5286 4048 30.6%
3479
3023 15.1% 12,314 10,432 18.0%
Total
32,743
45,384 -27.9% 130,718 156,803 -16.6%

City Car
April
2017
April
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1700
3082 -44.8% 8840 8237 7.3%
2136
3302 -35.3% 9606 9534 0.8%
1 -100% 4 -100%
365
466 -21.7% 1426 1766 -19.3%
Total
4201
6851 -38.7% 19,872 19,541 1.7%

Warm Hatches
April
2017
April
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1201
1504 -20.1% 5221 5099 2.4%
923
2792 -66.9% 6471 9258 -30.1%
2522
3538 -28.7% 10,098 11,981 -15.7%
14
1077 -98.7% 156 3838 -95.9%
1497
1171 27.8% 5405 4490 20.4%
Total
6157
10,082 -38.9% 27,351 34,666 -21.1%

Tall Hatchbacks &
Subcompact Crossovers
April
2017
April
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
8365
6589 27.0% 28,444 23,808 19.5%
6509
4510 44.3% 24,870 18,237 36.4%
115
466 -75.3% 399 1728 -76.9%
758
1128 -32.8% 2724 4386 -37.9%
8527
6969 22.4% 28,223 22,484 25.5%
9182
11,517 -20.3% 33,102 44,593 -25.8%
1147
1504 -23.7% 4861 6421 -24.3%
955
1249 -23.5% 3627 3615 0.3%
4
9 -55.6% 8 39 -79.5%
2688
2614 2.8% 9552 10,312 -7.4%
1 -100% 14 -100%
986
1890 -47.8% 5074 7761 -34.6%
312 -100% 2418 -100%
1 -100% 8 -100%
7218
7607 -5.1% 27,456 27,157 1.1%
550
550
Total
47,004
46,366 1.4% 168,890 172,981 -2.4%

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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