March 2016 YTD U.S. Passenger Car Sales Rankings – Top 152 Best-Selling Cars In America – Every Car Ranked

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U.S. passenger car volume slid 6% in March 2016, a year-over-year drop of more than 45,000 units despite the fact that March 2016 hosted two additional selling days compared with March 2015. 

Sharp declines at Toyota, which builds the best-selling Camry and America’s second-best-selling small car, were especially harmful. The Camry, Corolla, Avalon, Yaris, and Prius family combined to lose 12,117 sales in March alone and 23,137 in the first-quarter of 2016.

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Premium auto brands did the passenger car market no favours in March, either. BMW car volume plunged 32%, Cadillac car sales slid 4%, car sales at Infiniti fell 11%, Lexus car volume was down 14%, Lincoln’s two cars slipped 11%, Mercedes-Benz’s cars were down 19%, and Volvo car sales dropped 34%. 


U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – March 2017 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – April 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – February 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – March 2015 YTD

In each case, the decline was sharper than the rate of decline in the market overall.

With luxury-branded cars, this was most keenly felt with the most popular models. The 26th-best-selling car in America in 2016’s first three months is the top-selling premium brand car, Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class, sales of which fell 13% in March. The next-highest-volume premium car, BMW’s 3-Series, was down 34% in March 2016.

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Minivan Sales In America – March 2016

As for the Camry, even its noteworthy 9% drop in March sales didn’t stop the midsize Toyota from easily claiming victory as America’s best-selling car. The Nissan Altima trailed the Camry more than 2000 units in March.

Through the first-quarter of 2016, the second-ranked Honda Civic (up 31%) is 8941 sales back of the Camry, sales of which are down 4%.

U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – March 2016 YTD
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – March 2016 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model – March 2016 YTD

Reminder: these are 2016 year-to-date rankings, but you can sort cars by March volume by clicking the March 2016 column header, or you can rank cars by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Car column header.

As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.

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Rank
Car
March
2016 YTD
March
2015 YTD
%
Change
March
2016
March
2015
% Change
#1 Toyota Camry 96,244 100,505 -4.2% 36,991 40,800 -9.3%
#2 Honda Civic 87,303 66,722 30.8% 32,855 26,985 21.8%
#3 Nissan Altima 85,332 86,875 -1.8% 34,856 31,993 8.9%
#4 Toyota Corolla 84,260 90,728 -7.1% 32,556 35,532 -8.4%
#5 Honda Accord 77,073 68,645 12.3% 30,523 26,018 17.3%
#6 Ford Fusion 74,994 71,470 4.9% 29,675 29,044 2.2%
#7 Nissan Sentra 62,944 51,026 23.4% 26,201 21,277 23.1%
#8 Hyundai Sonata 61,457 44,690 37.5% 28,778 18,340 56.9%
#9 Chevrolet Malibu 58,222 42,401 37.3% 22,058 16,552 33.3%
#10 Ford Focus 50,215 52,994 -5.2% 18,618 20,497 -9.2%
#11 Hyundai Elantra 39,363 56,742 -30.6% 17,505 28,794 -39.2%
#12 Chevrolet Cruze 37,241 60,592 -38.5% 9,881 23,598 -58.1%
#13 Nissan Versa 36,499 36,998 -1.3% 16,244 14,543 11.7%
#14 Kia Soul 33,076 30,838 7.3% 12,043 12,731 -5.4%
#15 Chevrolet Impala 30,554 27,221 12.2% 11,465 8,942 28.2%
#16 Ford Mustang 30,136 29,811 1.1% 12,563 12,663 -0.8%
#17 Kia Optima 29,768 36,463 -18.4% 11,725 15,485 -24.3%
#18 Volkswagen Jetta 28,023 31,363 -10.6% 10,471 11,583 -9.6%
#18.1 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan * 28,022 29,544 -5.2% 10,471 11,005 -4.9%
#18.2 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen * 1 1,819 -99.9% 578 -100%
#19 Dodge Charger 27,746 26,218 5.8% 9,817 8,828 11.2%
#20 Kia Forte 23,922 19,508 22.6% 10,406 7,537 38.1%
#21 Mazda 3 22,133 27,304 -18.9% 7,307 10,534 -30.6%
#22 Toyota Prius ² 21,655 25,142 -13.9% 8,137 9,958 -18.3%
#22.1 Toyota Prius * 21,632 23,871 -9.4% 8,130 9,485 -14.3%
#22.2 Toyota Prius Plug-In * 23 1,271 -98.2% 7 473 -98.5%
#23 Subaru Impreza 21,460 22,547 -4.8% 7,930 7,835 1.2%
#23.1 Subaru Impreza * 14,007 15,286 -8.4% 5,193 5,364 -3.2%
#23.2 Subaru Impreza WRX/STI * 7,453 7,261 2.6% 2,737 2,471 10.8%
#24 Chevrolet Camaro 18,581 17,320 7.3% 6,879 5,956 15.5%
#25 Chrysler 200 17,973 49,152 -63.4% 6,176 19,190 -67.8%
#26 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 17,839 20,943 -14.8% 6,658 7,635 -12.8%
#27 Hyundai Accent 17,826 16,799 6.1% 7,879 7,494 5.1%
#28 Dodge Dart 16,868 25,115 -32.8% 5,349 9,572 -44.1%
#29 Nissan Maxima 16,225 7,194 126% 6,588 2,760 139%
#30 Dodge Challenger 16,039 15,957 0.5% 5,369 6,110 -12.1%
#31 Chrysler 300 15,917 12,907 23.3% 6,474 5,359 20.8%
#32 Subaru Legacy 14,478 14,371 0.7% 5,551 6,148 -9.7%
#33 BMW 3-Series 14,100 20,220 -30.3% 6,218 9,473 -34.4%
#34 Volkswagen Passat 14,063 20,408 -31.1% 6,097 7,794 -21.8%
#35 Ford Taurus 13,456 10,569 27.3% 5,182 4,164 24.4%
#35.1 Ford Taurus * 11,181 8,237 35.7% 4,262 3,224 32.2%
#35.2 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor * 2,275 2,332 -2.4% 920 940 -2.1%
#36 Lexus ES 13,018 14,045 -7.3% 5,792 5,773 0.3%
#37 Chevrolet Sonic 12,627 11,315 11.6% 4,708 4,894 -3.8%
#38 Toyota Avalon 12,201 13,604 -10.3% 4,643 4,721 -1.7%
#39 Volkswagen Golf 12,133 12,763 -4.9% 4,495 4,643 -3.2%
#39.1 Volkswagen Golf GTI * 5,097 5,754 -11.4% 1,968 1,997 -1.5%
#39.2 Volkswagen Golf * 2,942 5,559 -47.1% 1,069 1,869 -42.8%
#39.3 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen * 2,309 104 2,120% 968 104 831%
#39.4 Volkswagen Golf R * 1,173 840 39.6% 404 478 -15.5%
#39.5 Volkswagen e-Golf * 612 506 20.9% 86 195 -55.9%
#40 Infiniti Q50 11,868 10,516 12.9% 5,590 3,901 43.3%
#41 Honda Fit 11,513 18,094 -36.4% 4,771 6,640 -28.1%
#42 Ford Fiesta 10,863 12,110 -10.3% 4,549 4,948 -8.1%
#43 Mazda 6 10,283 16,398 -37.3% 4,094 7,568 -45.9%
#44 BMW 5-Series 9,710 12,065 -19.5% 3,157 5,100 -38.1%
#45 BMW 4-Series 9,225 10,711 -13.9% 4,710 5,362 -12.2%
#46 Acura TLX 9,087 9,741 -6.7% 3,768 3,430 9.9%
#47 Buick LaCrosse 8,975 10,199 -12.0% 2,275 4,425 -48.6%
#48 Lexus IS 8,818 11,246 -21.6% 3,679 4,488 -18.0%
#49 Hyundai Genesis ³ 8,645 8,430 2.6% 3,762 3,064 22.8%
#50 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 8,560 11,234 -23.8% 3,695 4,489 -17.7%
#51 Mini Cooper 8,443 9,295 -9.2% 3,466 4,175 -17.0%
#51.1 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4-Door * 3,452 3,294 4.8% 1,300 1,509 -13.9%
#51.2 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door * 3,286 4,930 -33.3% 1,122 2,126 -47.2%
#51.3 Mini Cooper Clubman * 1,695 5 33,800% 1,037 2 51,750%
#51.4 Mini Cooper Convertible * 8 695 -98.8% 6 364 -98.4%
#51.5 Mini Cooper Roadster * 2 270 -99.3% 1 124 -99.2%
#51.6 Mini Cooper Coupe 101 -100% 50 -100%
#52 Buick Verano 8,225 9,079 -9.4% 2,300 2,866 -19.7%
#53 Audi A3 7,504 7,743 -3.1% 3,173 3,081 3.0%
#54 Scion iA 7,409 3,264
#55 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 6,884 8,226 -16.3% 2,242 3,129 -28.3%
#56 Audi A4 6,828 6,210 10.0% 3,403 2,496 36.3%
#57 Toyota Prius C ² 6,633 8,879 -25.3% 2,607 3,564 -26.9%
#58 Lincoln MKZ 6,554 6,506 0.7% 2,480 2,842 -12.7%
#59 Hyundai Veloster 6,466 5,237 23.5% 2,342 2,380 -1.6%
#60 Chevrolet Corvette 6,370 8,517 -25.2% 2,753 3,785 -27.3%
#61 Mitsubishi Mirage 6,232 6,056 2.9% 4,113 2,488 65.3%
#62 Cadillac XTS 5,873 6,209 -5.4% 2,247 2,367 -5.1%
#63 Buick Regal 5,537 4,382 26.4% 1,276 1,901 -32.9%
#64 Mitsubishi Lancer 5,454 6,039 -9.7% 1,934 2,425 -20.2%
#65 Kia Rio 5,366 5,998 -10.5% 2,475 2,483 -0.3%
#66 Chevrolet Spark 5,155 9,104 -43.4% 2,273 3,260 -30.3%
#67 Cadillac ATS 4,517 5,824 -22.4% 1,859 2,039 -8.8%
#68 Acura ILX 4,287 3,505 22.3% 1,554 1,554 0.0%
#69 Scion iM 4,226 1,659
#70 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4,167 5,096 -18.2% 1,332 2,098 -36.5%
#71 Ford C-Max 4,059 4,305 -5.7% 1,702 1,769 -3.8%
#72 Lexus GS 3,989 5,904 -32.4% 1,524 2,374 -35.8%
#73 Chevrolet Volt 3,987 1,874 113% 1,865 639 192%
#74 Cadillac CTS 3,973 4,636 -14.3% 1,499 1,500 -0.1%
#75 Fiat 500 3,778 7,995 -52.7% 1,490 3,276 -54.5%
#76 Toyota Prius V ² 3,648 6,279 -41.9% 1,331 2,516 -47.1%
#77 BMW 2-Series 3,401 2,147 58.4% 1,606 1,249 28.6%
#78 Audi A6 3,358 4,812 -30.2% 1,453 2,328 -37.6%
#79 Volkswagen Beetle 3,319 5,735 -42.1% 1,468 2,444 -39.9%
#79.1 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe * 2,003 3,487 -42.6% 786 1,328 -40.8%
#79.2 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible * 1,316 2,248 -41.5% 682 1,116 -38.9%
#80 Nissan Leaf 2,931 4,085 -28.3% 1,246 1,817 -31.4%
#81 Lexus RC 2,869 3,032 -5.4% 1,194 1,201 -0.6%
#82 Jaguar XF 2,782 2,172 28.1% 1,266 825 53.5%
#83 Scion tC 2,761 4,373 -36.9% 1,129 1,777 -36.5%
#84 Toyota Yaris 2,683 5,324 -49.6% 1,227 2,518 -51.3%
#85 Volvo S60 2,488 4,544 -45.2% 1,210 1,970 -38.6%
#86 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2,409 1,381 74.4% 1,090 532 105%
#87 Lexus CT200h 2,356 3,399 -30.7% 972 1,416 -31.4%
#88 BMW 7-Series 2,313 1,941 19.2% 850 732 16.1%
#89 Porsche 911 2,159 2,521 -14.4% 938 836 12.2%
#90 Scion xB 2,106 4,472 -52.9% 537 1,575 -65.9%
#91 Lincoln MKS 1,918 2,042 -6.1% 781 838 -6.8%
#92 Audi A5 1,901 2,977 -36.1% 784 1,303 -39.8%
#93 Scion FR-S 1,730 2,445 -29.2% 669 893 -25.1%
#94 Infiniti Q70 1,563 2,417 -35.3% 577 1,083 -46.7%
#95 Kia Cadenza 1,552 1,806 -14.1% 593 783 -24.3%
#96 Audi A7 1,466 1,115 31.5% 605 601 0.7%
#97 Buick Cascada 1,397 814
#98 Hyundai Azera 1,355 1,957 -30.8% 508 616 -17.5%
#99 Nissan 370Z 1,344 1,767 -23.9% 576 759 -24.1%
#100 Smart Fortwo 1,300 1,533 -15.2% 479 583 -17.8%
#101 Fiat 500L 1,267 3,043 -58.4% 533 1,218 -56.2%
#102 Lexus LS 1,240 1,848 -32.9% 469 676 -30.6%
#103 Subaru BRZ 1,211 1,159 4.5% 425 495 -14.1%
#104 Jaguar F-Type 1,124 1,058 6.2% 426 335 27.2%
#105 Jaguar XJ 1,089 952 14.4% 441 434 1.6%
#106 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 1,025 1,296 -20.9% 400 547 -26.9%
#107 Volkswagen CC 991 1,461 -32.2% 361 513 -29.6%
#108 Audi A8 985 1,067 -7.7% 422 461 -8.5%
#109 Porsche Panamera 963 1,312 -26.6% 334 433 -22.9%
#110 Volvo XC70 959 1,209 -20.7% 420 563 -25.4%
#111 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 887 1,044 -15.0% 304 403 -24.6%
#112 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 850 817 4.0% 314 343 -8.5%
#113 BMW 6-Series 839 4,182 -79.9% 389 2,434 -84.0%
#114 Porsche Cayman 809 780 3.7% 384 244 57.4%
#115 BMW i3 762 2,681 -71.6% 332 922 -64.0%
#116 Volvo V60 727 1,221 -40.5% 328 590 -44.4%
#117 Porsche Boxster 685 633 8.2% 249 224 11.2%
#118 Audi TT 663 11 5,927% 308 1 30,700%
#119 Hyundai Equus 617 641 -3.7% 160 214 -25.2%
#120 Honda Crosstour 566 2,046 -72.3% 110 742 -85.2%
#121 Chevrolet SS 539 594 -9.3% 286 264 8.3%
#122 Honda CR-Z 483 626 -22.8% 163 255 -36.1%
#123 Infiniti Q60 409 1,180 -65.3% 105 368 -71.5%
#124 Volvo V60 Cross Country 401 323 24.1% 171 225 -24.0%
#125 Mercedes-AMG GT 360 140
#126 Volkswagen Eos 342 487 -29.8% 109 213 -48.8%
#127 Acura RLX 331 543 -39.0% 130 194 -33.0%
#128 Cadillac ELR 262 311 -15.8% 104 92 13.0%
#129 Kia K900 246 269 -8.6% 95 88 8.0%
#130 BMW Z4 217 802 -72.9% 120 422 -71.6%
#131 Chevrolet Caprice PPV 185 373 -50.4% 93 151 -38.4%
#132 BMW i8 175 341 -48.7% 89 143 -37.8%
#133 Alfa Romeo 4C 169 217 -22.1% 53 73 -27.4%
#134 Nissan GT-R 162 394 -58.9% 66 175 -62.3%
#135 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 161 494 -67.4% 66 145 -54.5%
#136 Volvo S60 Cross Country 147 67
#137 Volvo S80 146 372 -60.8% 62 90 -31.1%
#138 Dodge Viper 138 175 -21.1% 52 50 4.0%
#139 Toyota Mirai 97 41
#140 Infiniti Q40 48 4,394 -98.9% 22 1,722 -98.7%
#141 Cadillac CT6 35 35
#142 Audi R8 27 170 -84.1% 7 69 -89.9%
#143 Honda Insight 21 643 -96.7% 2 209 -99.0%
#144 Nissan Cube 13 454 -97.1% 3 176 -98.3%
#145 Mitsubishi i MiEV 8 15 -46.7% 1 10 -90.0%
#146 Scion xD 7 456 -98.5% 3 114 -97.4%
#147 Lexus LFA 5 4 25.0% 2 1 100%
#148 Scion iQ 3 232 -98.7% 65 -100%
T149 Acura TSX 2 19 -89.5% 2 9 -77.8%
T149 Jaguar XK 2 154 -98.7% 66 -100%
T151 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 1 16 -93.8% 8 -100%
T151 Porsche 918 Spyder 1 58 -98.3% 1 10 -90.0%
#153 Dodge Avenger 647 -100% 186 -100%
#154 Mazda 2 228 -100% 36 -100%
#155 Acura TL 56 -100% 16 -100%
#156 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class 11 -100%

Total  °
1,692,938 1,784,643 -5.1% 666,647 712,293 -6.4%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total.
² Total Prius Family sales: down 24.7% to 12,075 in March; down 20.8% to 31,936 YTD.
³ Hyundai USA combines sales of the Genesis and Genesis Coupe.
° Overall figure is the total of passenger car sales from all brands which report model-specific sales figures.
Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for Aston Martin and Lotus in 2016’s first-quarter were 258 and 42, respectively. 
Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but we source estimates from HybridCars.com
Model S sales estimate: up 70% to 3400 in March; up 34.7% to 6600 YTD.