May 2019 – The Best-Selling Cars In America – Every Car Ranked


The GCBC Analysis

Car sales continued to take a dive in May. This isn’t very surprising considering the way in which the segment has been trending recently. SUVs, crossovers, and trucks are where the sales are at right now. 

The segment as a whole was down roughly 23,000 units in the month of May. For the YTD numbers, the segment was down about 119,000 units. 

The sales leader for the month was the Toyota Camry. It saw a notable increase of roughly 21 percent for the month of May. However, it’s still down over two percent YTD. It was followed by the Honda Civic, which was down roughly five percent for the month, which is pretty similar to its roughly four percent drop in sales YTD. Rounding out the top three was the Toyota Corolla. It’s sales dropped more than 13 percent and are down almost seven percent so far this year. 

A few standout models for May include the Tesla Model 3 with a more than 123 percent sales increase. The VW Jetta and Dodge Charger also saw significant sales increases. They were double-digit percentage increases. 

On the negative side of things, the Mazda 6 was down almost 52 percent. The Nissan Maxima was down almost 42 percent. There were other sales decreases higher, but volume for those cars was less significant. Many models saw sales decreases between 10 and 30 percent, which is where the dramatic loss of 23,000 sales came from. This trend is likely to continue as the year moves forward. 


Best Selling Car Rankings

All Car Sales Figures – This Month

Model Month Month LY Change YTD YTD LY YTD Change
Fiat 124 Spider 349 425 -17.88 1,191 1,493 -20.23
BMW 2-Series 253 822 -69.22 2,896 4,469 -35.20
Chrysler 200 6 88 -93.18 35 842 -95.84
Mazda 3 4,967 5,983 -16.98 24,533 30,363 -19.20
BMW 3-Series 4,364 3,428 27.30 16,231 20,629 -21.32
Chrysler 300 2,665 3,484 -23.51 12,953 20,389 -36.47
Nissan 370Z 198 343 -42.27 1,022 1,586 -35.56
BMW 4-Series 1,340 2,937 -54.38 9,956 12,349 -19.38
Alfa Romeo 4C 14 19 -26.32 82 95 -13.68
BMW 5-Series 3,242 3,763 -13.85 16,444 16,857 -2.45
Fiat 500 335 264 26.89 1,386 1,908 -27.36
Fiat 500L 69 184 -62.50 309 747 -58.63
Mazda 6 2,133 4,437 -51.93 11,394 14,878 -23.42
BMW 6-Series 150 326 -53.99 871 1,754 -50.34
Volvo 60-Series 1,767 1,182 49.49 6,985 5,727 21.97
BMW 7-Series 1,071 1,032 3.78 3,931 3,378 16.37
Porsche 718 456 531 -14.12 1,733 2,487 -30.32
BMW 8-Series 321 0 0.00 1,197 0 0.00
Toyota 86 / FR-S 327 401 -18.45 1,402 1,907 -26.48
Volvo 90-Series 206 1,028 -79.96 1,766 4,450 -60.31
Porsche 911 613 801 -23.47 4,162 4,252 -2.12
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 804 0 0.00 2,498 0 0.00
Audi A3 947 1,700 -44.29 4,297 7,769 -44.69
Audi A4 2,223 3,472 -35.97 9,862 14,249 -30.79
Audi A5 2,251 2,364 -4.78 9,414 10,607 -11.25
Audi A6 1,427 1,131 26.17 8,159 5,067 61.02
Audi A7 526 299 75.92 2,733 1,422 92.19
Audi A8 190 71 167.61 1,164 525 121.71
Hyundai Accent 2,659 2,471 7.61 12,274 12,705 -3.39
Honda Accord 23,892 28,212 -15.31 107,542 111,564 -3.61
Nissan Altima 24,218 23,030 5.16 92,229 96,836 -4.76
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 340 201 69.15 1,324 760 74.21
Volkswagen Arteon 245 0 0.00 323 0 0.00
Toyota Avalon 3,250 2,669 21.77 12,241 16,499 -25.81
Dodge Avenger 1 0 0.00 1 2 -50.00
Mercedes-Benz B-Class 1 3 -66.67 5 132 -96.21
Volkswagen Beetle 1,691 1,492 13.34 7,712 6,839 12.77
Subaru BRZ 231 364 -36.54 1,337 1,650 -18.97
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4,054 5,419 -25.19 23,110 23,917 -3.37
Kia Cadenza 105 344 -69.48 633 3,033 -79.13
Toyota Camry 36,208 29,965 20.83 147,119 150,580 -2.30
Volkswagen CC 6 67 -91.04 33 263 -87.45
Dodge Challenger 5,748 7,005 -17.94 23,601 30,545 -22.73
Dodge Charger 9,296 6,869 35.33 36,012 34,766 3.58
Honda Civic 32,800 34,349 -4.51 139,421 144,897 -3.78
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 986 2,257 -56.31 7,182 9,622 -25.36
Honda Clarity FCV 906 1,706 -46.89 5,953 6,235 -4.52
Mini Cooper 1,682 2,535 -33.65 9,132 10,504 -13.06
Toyota Corolla 25,712 29,578 -13.07 123,999 133,294 -6.97
Mercedes-Benz E / CLS-Class 3,372 3,625 -6.98 17,138 20,005 -14.33
Hyundai Elantra 15,733 20,762 -24.22 68,431 81,870 -16.42
Lexus ES 4,741 3,828 23.85 19,630 16,309 20.36
Jaguar F-Type 171 155 10.32 1,086 1,044 4.02
Honda Fit 3,918 4,976 -21.26 13,553 19,984 -32.18
Kia Forte 10,366 11,261 -7.95 39,076 44,191 -11.57
Smart ForTwo 85 110 -22.73 401 524 -23.47
Genesis G70 1,447 0 0.00 4,523 0 0.00
Genesis G80 708 840 -15.71 2,821 5,004 -43.63
Genesis G90 158 236 -33.05 777 1,462 -46.85
Alfa Romeo Giulia 797 1,175 -32.17 3,578 5,383 -33.53
Volkswagen Golf 3,834 4,027 -4.79 15,302 20,705 -26.10
Lexus GS 260 672 -61.31 1,516 3,086 -50.87
Nissan GT-R 18 74 -75.68 144 244 -40.98
BMW i3 438 424 3.30 1,733 2,927 -40.79
BMW i8 145 64 126.56 393 239 64.44
Acura ILX 1,351 1,116 21.06 5,644 4,600 22.70
Subaru Impreza 5,532 7,843 -29.47 24,130 30,130 -19.91
Subaru Impreza WRX 2,110 2,859 -26.20 10,510 12,713 -17.33
Honda Insight 2,653 0 0.00 10,181 0 0.00
Hyundai Ioniq 1,471 1,506 -2.32 5,992 7,093 -15.52
Lexus IS 1,533 2,180 -29.68 6,802 9,279 -26.69
Volkswagen Jetta 9,653 6,821 41.52 40,487 25,773 57.09
Kia K900 29 22 31.82 174 153 13.73
Lexus LC 137 154 -11.04 579 855 -32.28
Nissan Leaf 1,216 1,576 -22.84 4,852 5,292 -8.31
Subaru Legacy 2,994 3,461 -13.49 14,204 18,191 -21.92
Lexus LS 462 908 -49.12 2,340 3,579 -34.62
Nissan Maxima 2,153 3,694 -41.72 14,716 19,548 -24.72
Mitsubishi Mirage 2,150 3,101 -30.67 10,396 10,702 -2.86
Toyota Mirai 248 102 143.14 797 629 26.71
Tesla Model 3 13,950 6,250 123.20 46,425 18,305 153.62
Tesla Model S 1,025 2,800 -63.39 5,800 12,450 -53.41
Mazda MX-5 Miata 843 1,055 -20.09 3,155 3,858 -18.22
Acura NSX 30 15 100.00 132 87 51.72
Kia Optima 8,300 10,367 -19.94 39,379 38,253 2.94
Porsche Panamera 521 896 -41.85 3,211 3,910 -17.88
Volkswagen Passat 1,294 4,757 -72.80 10,659 18,563 -42.58
Toyota Prius Family 6,615 8,672 -23.72 23,472 38,327 -38.76
Infiniti Q50 1,857 2,945 -36.94 12,295 16,526 -25.60
Infiniti Q60 314 848 -62.97 2,043 3,489 -41.44
Infiniti Q70 203 390 -47.95 1,510 2,153 -29.87
Audi R8 27 104 -74.04 206 330 -37.58
Lexus RC 412 434 -5.07 1,728 1,421 21.60
Kia Rio 2,482 2,181 13.80 10,408 9,170 13.50
Acura RLX 91 163 -44.17 623 797 -21.83
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 958 1,169 -18.05 5,067 7,269 -30.29
Nissan Sentra 18,831 18,103 4.02 88,675 95,104 -6.76
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 193 206 -6.31 822 1,048 -21.56
Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class 303 263 15.21 1,115 1,046 6.60
Hyundai Sonata 8,599 10,728 -19.85 38,753 44,169 -12.26
Kia Soul 10,713 9,922 7.97 46,697 40,165 16.26
Kia Stinger 1,410 1,761 -19.93 5,576 7,059 -21.01
Acura TLX 2,235 2,723 -17.92 11,360 14,600 -22.19
Audi TT 153 212 -27.83 477 746 -36.06
Hyundai Veloster 1,020 728 40.11 6,465 4,692 37.79
Nissan Versa 8,116 6,576 23.42 39,818 37,939 4.95
Jaguar XE 186 376 -50.53 2,244 2,310 -2.86
Jaguar XF 50 197 -74.62 707 919 -23.07
Jaguar XJ 105 118 -11.02 607 831 -26.96
Toyota Yaris 2,953 3,000 -1.57 14,732 14,154 4.08
BMW Z4 424 0 0.00 896 2 44,700.00
Model Month Month LY YTD YTD LY
∑ = 381,341 ∑ = 404,582 ∑ = 1,676,752 ∑ = 1,796,048

All Car Sales by Quarter

Important note: Both Ford, GM and FCA have switched to quarterly reporting, making it more difficult to accurately gauge sales. We won’t have results to report for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Lincoln, Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Dodge and Ram until the end of each quarter.