In April 2015, for the second month in a row, U.S. sales of midsize cars declined by 7%. For the second consecutive month, the only three cars to record year-over-year U.S. sales increases were the Chrysler 200, Mazda 6, and Subaru Legacy.
Every other core midsize nameplate declined in April, from the discontinued Dodge Avenger’s 98% drop to the Kia Optima’s modest 6% decrease.
The bigger and/or more costly brethren of these midsize cars posted even more drastic declines in April. But there was growth in the car market in April, as compact cars and subcompacts posted meaningful increases.
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Midsize cars, meanwhile, are down 4% through the first one-third of 2015 due to multiple sharp decreases. Combined, the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, and Volkswagen Passat fell 10% through the first four months of 2015.
The increases elsewhere have simply not been enough to make the midsize cars an adequate challenger to the increasingly popular small crossover class.
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 now sortable, so you can rank midsize cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.