September 2015 YTD U.S. Passenger Car Sales Rankings – Top 158 Best-Selling Cars In America – Every Car Ranked

Can a conventional compact hatchback and a Mazda-derived subcompact sedan save Toyota’s Scion brand?

U.S. sales in September 2015 were certainly much healthier than at this stage a year ago, one year before the iM and iA arrived. The brand posted a 57% year-over-year improvement in September, the greatest year-over-year percentage increase of any car brand in America. (Only Land Rover, an SUV-only brand, grew faster.) 

U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – September 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – October 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – August 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – September 2014 YTD

Scion sold 2035 copies of the iA sedan in the model’s first month of availability plus another 1353 iM hatchbacks. Scion also hasn’t run out of xBs to sell, either, as that model was down just 6% to 1117. Along with 778 FR-S sports cars, a handful of iQs and xDs, and 1208 tC sales, Scion sold 6510 cars in America in September 2015, the best month for the brand since September 2012, the last time a new model arrived to assumptions that it, the FR-S, was going to rescue Scion.

Scion, of course, is hardly the stuff of mainstream conversations, far less so than in the past, too. Only 1% of the new passenger cars sold in America in September 2015 were Scions. Its Toyota parent company sold five times more Camrys than Scions last month, four times more Corollas, and nearly twice as many Lexus cars.

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Commercial Van Sales In America – September 2015 YTD
Minivan Sales In America – September 2015 YTD

The Camry, meanwhile, continues to be America’s top-selling passenger car and America’s fourth-best-selling vehicle line overall. While year-to-date volume through the first three quarters of 2015 is down 3%, the Camry surged along with many of its rivals in the booming month of September, which featured an extra selling day (compared with September 2014) and included the high-volume Labour Day weekend’s activity, which the September 2014 tally did not. 

All seven of America’s seven best-selling cars recorded year-over-year increases in September 2015 – only three of those cars have posted growth through the first nine months of 2015.

U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – September 2015 YTD
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – September 2015 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – September 2015 YTD

Reminder: these are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort cars by September volume by clicking the September 2015 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
September 2015 YTD
September 2014 YTD
%
Change
September
2015
September
2014
% Change
#1 Toyota Camry 326,330 334,978 -2.6% 34,487 28,507 21.0%
#2 Toyota Corolla 278,742 258,805 7.7% 26,636 20,530 29.7%
#3 Honda Accord 264,814 304,382 -13.0% 33,641 32,956 2.1%
#4 Nissan Altima 262,424 256,935 2.1% 24,224 21,675 11.8%
#5 Honda Civic 249,749 253,430 -1.5% 28,278 22,263 27.0%
#6 Ford Fusion 231,475 240,585 -3.8% 24,942 21,693 15.0%
#7 Hyundai Elantra 193,962 176,403 10.0% 20,724 18,848 10.0%
#8 Chevrolet Cruze 177,970 208,114 -14.5% 14,032 18,415 -23.8%
#9 Ford Focus 163,864 176,156 -7.0% 13,437 15,397 -12.7%
#10 Hyundai Sonata 157,680 164,934 -4.4% 16,124 14,918 8.1%
#11 Nissan Sentra 154,270 141,216 9.2% 14,196 12,557 13.1%
#12 Chevrolet Malibu 147,161 148,574 -1.0% 17,066 15,186 12.4%
#13 Chrysler 200 147,073 75,142 95.7% 11,364 10,995 3.4%
#14 Kia Optima 118,301 122,646 -3.5% 11,719 10,908 7.4%
#15 Kia Soul 112,683 115,579 -2.5% 13,614 10,802 26.0%
#16 Nissan Versa 109,832 110,272 -0.4% 18,053 12,072 49.5%
#17 Subaru Outback 108,419 97,266 11.5% 15,126 11,315 33.7%
#18 Volkswagen Jetta 97,465 115,055 -15.3% 7,773 10,245 -24.1%
#18.1 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan * 94,793 99,142 -4.4% 7,746 8,980 -13.7%
#18.2 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen * 2,672 15,913 -83.2% 27 1,265 -97.9%
#19 Ford Mustang 96,225 59,831 60.8% 9,456 3,158 199%
#20 Toyota Prius ² 89,812 110,455 -18.7% 10,168 8,339 21.9%
#20.1 Toyota Prius Liftback * 85,778 98,613 -13.0% 9,952 7,986 24.6%
#20.2 Toyota Prius Plug-In * 4,034 11,842 -65.9% 216 353 -38.8%
#21 Chevrolet Impala 85,466 107,162 -20.2% 9,359 9,225 1.5%
#22 Mazda 3 82,300 80,259 2.5% 7,757 7,859 -1.3%
#23 Subaru Impreza 75,613 64,329 17.5% 8,588 5,210 64.8%
#23.1 Subaru Impreza * 50,462 46,445 8.7% 5,555 4,040 37.5%
#23.2 Subaru Impreza WRX/STI * 25,151 17,884 40.6% 3,033 1,170 159%
#24 Dodge Charger 70,700 72,141 -2.0% 7,384 8,624 -14.4%
#25 BMW 3-Series ³ 69,820 66,777 4.6% 9,145 8,270 10.6%
#26 Dodge Dart 68,319 60,763 12.4% 7,244 6,923 4.6%
#27 Subaru XV Crosstrek 66,738 54,303 22.9% 7,414 5,691 30.3%
#28 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 64,535 50,170 28.6% 7,660 6,285 21.9%
#29 Volkswagen Passat 63,736 74,913 -14.9% 7,228 7,280 -0.7%
#30 Kia Forte 63,300 53,793 17.7% 5,388 4,517 19.3%
#31 Chevrolet Camaro 61,544 69,878 -11.9% 5,246 5,111 2.6%
#32 Ford Fiesta 53,868 52,403 2.8% 6,996 4,185 67.2%
#33 Dodge Challenger 51,949 38,376 35.4% 4,552 3,619 25.8%
#34 Chevrolet Sonic 50,535 77,947 -35.2% 3,780 8,328 -54.6%
#35 Volkswagen Golf 49,767 21,201 135% 5,251 3,487 50.6%
#35.1 Volkswagen Golf GTI * 16,817 12,124 38.7% 1,825 1,600 14.1%
#35.2 Volkswagen Golf * 16,193 9,062 78.7% 1,193 1,887 -36.8%
#35.3 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen * 11,501 1,428
#35.4 Volkswagen Golf R * 2,701 15 17,907% 462
#35.5 Volkswagen e-Golf * 2,555 343
#36 Hyundai Accent 48,625 46,405 4.8% 3,640 3,662 -0.6%
#37 Mazda 6 47,072 41,855 12.5% 4,528 4,263 6.2%
#38 Lexus ES 46,962 52,910 -11.2% 5,195 5,722 -9.2%
#39 Toyota Avalon 44,318 50,025 -11.4% 4,828 4,862 -0.7%
#40 Subaru Legacy 44,231 34,718 27.4% 6,277 6,198 1.3%
#41 Honda Fit 44,146 39,618 11.4% 1,279 6,628 -80.7%
#42 Chrysler 300 39,757 39,584 0.4% 6,723 4,757 41.3%
#43 Ford Taurus 37,959 51,694 -26.6% 3,942 4,757 -17.1%
#43.1 Ford Taurus * 30,513 43,582 -30.0% 3,028 3,893 -22.2%
#43.2 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor * 7,446 8,112 -8.2% 914 864 5.8%
#44 Lexus IS 35,389 37,038 -4.5% 3,152 3,611 -12.7%
#45 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 35,325 52,609 -32.9% 4,173 4,884 -14.6%
#46 Acura TLX 34,808 6,170 464% 4,753 3,884 22.4%
#47 BMW 5-Series 33,838 39,168 -13.6% 4,059 1,407 188%
#48 BMW 4-Series ³ 33,762 27,934 20.9% 2,726 4,544 -40.0%
#49 Buick LaCrosse 32,549 37,280 -12.7% 3,880 3,626 7.0%
#50 Infiniti Q50 31,603 25,864 22.2% 3,557 2,742 29.7%
#51 Mini Cooper 31,598 20,565 53.6% 3,132 2,116 48.0%
#51.1 Mini Cooper 2-Door * 15,984 13,052 22.5% 1,685 1,118 50.7%
#51.2 Mini Cooper 4-Door * 11,599 1,174
#51.3 Mini Cooper Convertible * 2,446 2,875 -14.9% 238 416 -42.8%
#51.4 Mini Cooper Roadster * 1,094 1,202 -9.0% 20 205 -90.2%
#51.5 Mini Cooper Coupe * 452 847 -46.6% 14 157 -91.1%
#51.6 Mini Cooper Clubman * 23 2,589 -99.1% 1 220 -99.5%
#52 Toyota Prius C ² 29,649 31,564 -6.1% 3,367 3,192 5.5%
#53 Chevrolet Spark 27,839 30,937 -10.0% 2,371 2,027 17.0%
#54 Audi A3 26,972 14,669 83.9% 2,712 2,340 15.9%
#55 Nissan Maxima 26,801 39,749 -32.6% 3,871 4,398 -12.0%
#56 Chevrolet Corvette 26,398 25,950 1.7% 2,572 2,467 4.3%
#57 Buick Verano 25,002 34,327 -27.2% 2,377 3,913 -39.3%
#58 Hyundai Genesis ³ 24,423 22,313 9.5% 2,239 2,248 -0.4%
#59 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 23,253 18,207 27.7% 2,089 2,531 -17.5%
#60 Lincoln MKZ 22,963 26,769 -14.2% 2,490 2,176 14.4%
#61 Audi A4 22,530 29,304 -23.1% 2,482 2,994 -17.1%
#61.1 Audi A4 Sedan * 20,527 25,829 -20.5% 2,221 2,480 -10.4%
#61.2 Audi A4 Allroad * 2,003 3,475 -42.4% 261 514 -49.2%
#62 Toyota Prius V ² 22,479 23,471 -4.2% 2,575 2,746 -6.2%
#63 Fiat 500 21,329 26,616 -19.9% 1,926 2,737 -29.6%
#64 Kia Rio 20,276 29,387 -31.0% 1,480 2,240 -33.9%
#65 Toyota Venza 19,157 23,445 -18.3% 1,584 1,858 -14.7%
#66 Volkswagen Beetle 19,066 23,306 -18.2% 1,539 1,821 -15.5%
#66.1 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe * 10,736 13,335 -19.5% 890 1,070 -16.8%
#66.2 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible * 8,330 9,971 -16.5% 649 751 -13.6%
#67 Cadillac ATS 18,839 22,535 -16.4% 2,295 2,239 2.5%
#68 Mitsubishi Mirage 17,971 12,866 39.7% 1,348 1,340 0.6%
#69 Hyundai Veloster 17,655 22,965 -23.1% 2,118 2,777 -23.7%
#70 Ford C-Max 17,291 21,731 -20.4% 1,966 1,786 10.1%
#71 Audi A6 17,072 17,167 -0.6% 1,713 1,510 13.4%
#72 Lexus GS 16,233 16,252 -0.1% 1,595 1,592 0.2%
#73 Cadillac XTS 16,023 18,386 -12.9% 1,600 1,979 -19.2%
#74 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 15,994 16,915 -5.4% 1,956 1,909 2.5%
#75 Toyota Yaris 15,535 10,339 50.3% 586 598 -2.0%
#76 Mitsubishi Lancer 14,270 12,094 18.0% 1,116 971 14.9%
#77 Cadillac CTS 14,253 22,921 -37.8% 1,319 2,282 -42.2%
#78 Buick Regal 14,106 16,803 -16.1% 1,728 1,366 26.5%
#79 Nissan Leaf 13,630 21,822 -37.5% 1,247 2,881 -56.7%
#80 Scion tC 13,525 14,460 -6.5% 1,208 1,404 -14.0%
#81 Acura ILX 13,358 12,854 3.9% 1,614 1,464 10.2%
#82 Volvo S60 12,548 16,447 -23.7% 1,265 1,763 -28.2%
#83 Scion xB 12,501 12,444 0.5% 1,117 1,190 -6.1%
#84 Lexus CT200h 11,132 13,585 -18.1% 1,131 1,078 4.9%
#85 Lexus RC 10,458 1,159
#86 Audi A5 9,812 13,165 -25.5% 945 1,204 -21.5%
#87 Chevrolet Volt 9,264 14,540 -36.3% 949 1,394 -31.9%
#88 Scion FR-S 8,544 11,182 -23.6% 778 920 -15.4%
#89 Infiniti Q40 8,503 12,208 -30.3% 150 881 -82.4%
#90 BMW 2-Series (& 1-Series) ³ 8,472 5,303 59.8% 1,078 740 45.7%
#91 BMW i3 7,893 3,104 154% 1,710 1,022 67.3%
#92 Porsche 911 7,557 7,758 -2.6% 768 726 5.8%
#93 Honda Crosstour 7,227 9,032 -20.0% 777 763 1.8%
#94 Fiat 500L 7,034 8,885 -20.8% 339 623 -45.6%
#95 BMW 7-Series 6,363 6,264 1.6% 134 480 -72.1%
#96 Infiniti Q70 6,304 3,377 86.7% 622 206 202%
#97 Mazda MX-5 Miata 6,068 3,855 57.4% 940 414 127%
#98 BMW 6-Series 5,918 6,369 -7.1% 265 450 -41.1%
#99 Nissan 370Z 5,882 5,938 -0.9% 573 497 15.3%
#100 Audi A7 5,508 6,386 -13.7% 626 588 6.5%
#101 Smart Fortwo 5,432 8,080 -32.8% 750 748 0.3%
#102 Lincoln MKS 5,428 6,260 -13.3% 503 457 10.1%
#103 Lexus LS 5,270 5,904 -10.7% 406 568 -28.5%
#104 Kia Cadenza 4,880 7,629 -36.0% 859 1,105 -22.3%
#105 Jaguar XF 4,647 4,225 10.0% 266 258 3.1%
#106 Hyundai Azera 4,639 5,976 -22.4% 281 762 -63.1%
#107 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 4,616 6,149 -24.9% 299 1,100 -72.8%
#108 Volkswagen CC 4,490 8,157 -45.0% 384 627 -38.8%
#109 Subaru BRZ 4,133 6,245 -33.8% 301 506 -40.5%
#110 Volvo XC70 3,960 3,748 5.7% 463 559 -17.2%
#111 Porsche Panamera 3,885 4,394 -11.6% 557 450 23.8%
#112 Audi A8 3,817 4,060 -6.0% 441 487 -9.4%
#113 Jaguar F-Type 3,367 2,945 14.3% 354 329 7.6%
#114 Volvo V60 3,329 3,993 -16.6% 172 383 -55.1%
#115 Infiniti Q60 3,180 5,758 -44.8% 258 454 -43.2%
#116 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 3,137 3,595 -12.7% 339 489 -30.7%
#117 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 3,132 3,758 -16.7% 259 584 -55.7%
#118 Jaguar XJ 2,920 3,468 -15.8% 357 456 -21.7%
#119 Porsche Cayman 2,730 2,568 6.3% 315 245 28.6%
#120 Chevrolet SS 2,421 2,166 11.8% 222 111 100%
#121 Porsche Boxster 2,379 3,024 -21.3% 297 275 8.0%
#122 Honda CR-Z 2,205 2,945 -25.1% 310 248 25.0%
#123 Volkswagen Eos 2,156 2,819 -23.5% 356 216 64.8%
#124 Scion iA 2,035 2,035
#125 Kia K900 1,905 1,106 72.2% 329 56 488%
#126 Volvo V60 Cross Country 1,900 134
#127 Acura RLX 1,774 2,695 -34.2% 174 187 -7.0%
#128 Hyundai Equus 1,730 2,596 -33.4% 212 261 -18.8%
#129 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 1,687 159 961% 147 65 126%
#130 BMW Z4 1,409 1,617 -12.9% 96 170 -43.5%
#131 Honda Insight 1,353 3,154 -57.1% 64 240 -73.3%
#132 Scion iM 1,353 1,353
#133 BMW i8 1,342 67 1,903% 182 58 214%
#134 Chevrolet Caprice PPV 1,274 2,850 -55.3% 155 334 -53.6%
#135 Dodge Avenger 1,156 49,363 -97.7% 32 1,677 -98.1%
#136 Volvo S80 1,083 1,393 -22.3% 65 182 -64.3%
#137 Nissan GT-R 929 1,018 -8.7% 38 159 -76.1%
#138 Nissan Cube 912 3,203 -71.5% 24 238 -89.9%
#139 Mercedes-AMG GT 892 109
#140 Scion xD 778 6,265 -87.6% 12 508 -97.6%
#141 Cadillac ELR 740 885 -16.4% 36 111 -67.6%
#142 Audi TT 520 1,098 -52.6% 187 42 345%
#143 Dodge Viper 503 546 -7.9% 49 108 -54.6%
#144 Alfa Romeo 4C 497 54
#145 Scion iQ 465 1,752 -73.5% 7 132 -94.7%
#146 Audi R8 453 580 -21.9% 14 55 -74.5%
#147 Mazda 2 292 12,697 -97.7% 4 1,585 -99.7%
#148 Jaguar XK 282 1,192 -76.3% 18 99 -81.8%
#149 Porsche 918 Spyder 201 32 528% 4 13 -69.2%
#150 Mitsubishi i MiEV 93 149 -37.6% 3 15 -80.0%
#151 Acura TL 86 10,357 -99.2% 1 142 -99.3%
#152 Volvo S60 Cross Country 79 29
#153 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class 54 178 -69.7% 7 -100%
#154 Acura TSX 32 6,202 -99.5% 1 58 -98.3%
#155 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 27 212 -87.3% 8 -100%
#156 Lexus LFA 8 15 -46.7% 1
#157 Volvo C70 7 774 -99.1% 5 -100%
#158 Mercedes-Benz R-Class 4 7 -42.9%
#159 Mitsubishi Galant 122 -100%
#160 Volvo C30 65 -100% 1 -100%
#161 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class 2 -100%
#162 Honda FCX 1 -100%

Total
5,953,271 6,058,794 -1.7% 622,623 581,714 7.0%

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: up 13% to 16,110 in September; down 14% to 141,940 YTD.
³ BMW has traditionally chosen to include sales of the 4-Series within figures for the 3-Series, presumably for year-over-year consistency’s sake, while also combining the 1-Series and 2-Series. Now, since July, we have a 3-Series/4-Series breakdown. (Hyundai does the same with the Genesis and Genesis Coupe.)
Total 3-Series/4-Series sales: down 7% to 11,871 in September; up 9% to 103,582 YTD.
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 the first nine months of 2015 were 765 and 113, respectively. The Wall Street Journal reports 1709 year-to-date Ferrari sales, 801 Lamborghini sales, and 636 Rolls-Royce sales. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but Automotive News now issues estimates for the brand, and those estimates say Tesla sold 1700 cars in September; 15,300 YTD. HybridCars.com estimates 2400 August Model S sales; 17,700 YTD, along with the first 6 copies of the Model X.