Home to America’s best-selling car and six of America’s ten best-selling cars, America’s midsize car segment nevertheless saw its total volume tumble 11% in 2016.
From the Camry, a replacement of which will be revealed this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, to the departing Chrysler 200 and nearly every model in between, midsize cars were dramatically less popular in 2016 than in 2015, when sales had already fallen 2% from 2014 levels.
Standouts included the Chevrolet Malibu, all-new for 2016, and Subaru Legacy, the ninth-best-selling car in the category.
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Malibu volume rose 17%, with Chevrolet’s share of the segment consequently rising from 8.2% in 2015 to 10.7% in 2016.
The Legacy, clearly a niche player in the category, sees its lifted wagon sibling generating far more volume. For every Legacy sold in the U.S. in 2016, Subaru sold nearly three Outbacks.
2017 could be a different year. A new Camry could revitalize the category.
Or, the Toyota RAV4 could take over as Toyota’s top-selling model, as the Camry grows the size of its pie slice in an ever-shrinking pie.
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 midsize cars 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.