2016 Honda Civic touring grey

The Honda Civic’s 43% surge to 26,741 U.S. sales in January 2016 wasn’t just enough to lead the small car sales race; it was enough for the Civic to end January as the second-best-selling car in the country; only 108 sales out of first place overall.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – January 2016
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – January 2016

The Civic and second-ranked Toyota Corolla garnered one-third of all U.S. compact car sales in January. In January 2015, Civic sales dropped to what now stands out as, at the very least, a 37-month low. One year later, Civic volume – propped up by the clearing out of ninth-gen MY2015 cars and the launch of the new tenth-gen Civics – grew by 8000 units.

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USA small car sales chart January 2016
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U.S. compact car sales on the whole, however, were essentially flat on a daily selling rate basis. (“January” volume was down 8%, but January 2016 had only 24 selling days, not 26 as January 2015 did.) 

Subcompact car volume, on the other hand, plunged 17% as most every nameplate suffered declining year-over-year volume. The class-leading Nissan Versa slid 24%, a loss of 2500 sales. 

Industry-wide health, however, continues to be produced because of the strength in SUV/crossover sales. Many such vehicles, like the Honda HR-V, use subcompacts as a foundation. The Fit-based HR-V, Fiat 500X, and Mazda 2-based Mazda CX-3 added 6570 sales to the U.S. auto industry’s sales tally in January.

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. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2017 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2016

Compact
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
1233
992 24.3% 1233 992 24.3%
2859
2776 3.0% 2859 2776 3.0%
14,362
18,693 -23.2% 14,362 18,693 -23.2%
4748
8136 -41.6% 4748 8136 -41.6%
12,977
18,478 -29.8% 12,977 18,478 -29.8%
26,741
18,699 43.0% 26,741 18,699 43.0%
9855
12,240 -19.2% 9855 12,240 -19.2%
5329
6422 -17.0% 5329 6422 -17.0%
7551
7896 -4.4% 7551 7896 -4.4%
1523
1515 0.5% 1523 1515 0.5%
16,144
14,395 12.2% 16,144 14,395 12.2%
1250
1250
6718
7527 -10.7% 6718 7527 -10.7%
22,362
27,357 -18.3% 22,362 27,357 -18.3%
3993
4199 -4.9% 3993 4199 -4.9%
8177
8969 -8.8% 8177 8969 -8.8%
Total
145,822
158,294 -7.9% 145,882 158,294 -7.9%

Subcompact
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
3678
3521 4.5% 3678 3521 4.5%
2560
3454 -25.9% 2560 3454 -25.9%
3095
5802 -46.7% 3095 5802 -46.7%
5050
4438 13.8% 5050 4438 13.8%
1430
1572 -9.0% 1430 1572 -9.0%
112 -100% 112 -100%
8006
10,546 -24.1% 8006 10,546 -24.1%
1840
1840
1763
2614 -32.6% 1763 2614 -32.6%
548
1442 -62.0% 548 1442 -62.0%
Total
27,970
33,501 -16.5% 27,970 33,501 -16.5%

City Car
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1121
3170 -64.6% 1121 3170 -64.6%
963
1705 -43.5% 963 1705 -43.5%
2
77 -97.4% 2 77 -97.4%
399
492 -18.9% 399 492 -18.9%
Total
2485
5444 -54.4% 2485 5444 -54.4%

Warm Hatches
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1207
2386 -49.4% 1207 2386 -49.4%
2023
1302 71.9% 2023 1302 71.9%
2726
2401 13.5% 2726 2401 13.5%
715
1219 -41.3% 715 1219 -41.3%
939
1389 -32.4% 939 1389 -32.4%
Total
7610
8697 -12.5% 7610 8697 -12.5%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4920
3465 42.0% 4920 3465 42.0%
3746
1839 104% 3746 1839 104%
369
869 -57.5% 369 869 -57.5%
1018
1018
4177
4177
9191
8142 12.9% 9191 8142 12.9%
1375
1375
504
745 -32.3% 504 745 -32.3%
8
82 -90.2% 8 82 -90.2%
2233
2267 -1.5% 2233 2267 -1.5%
3
156 -98.1% 3 156 -98.1%
1510
2001 -24.5% 1510 2001 -24.5%
782
1428 -45.2% 782 1428 -45.2%
3
220 -98.6% 3 220 -98.6%
6448
6513 -1.0% 6448 6513 -1.0%
Total
36,287
27,727 30.9% 36,287 27,727 30.9%

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.

RECOMMENDED READING
Small Car Sales In America – January 2017
Small Car Sales In America – February 2016 YTD
Small Car Sales In America – December 2015/Year End
Small Car Sales In America – January 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – January 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – January 2016
Midsize Car Sales In America – January 2016