The Toyota Corolla led the U.S. small car category for the fourth consecutive month in April 2014. The Corolla (figures for which include the departing Matrix) now leads the Honda Civic by 8091 units on year-to-date terms. At this point in 2013, the Corolla led the Civic by 5805 sales. The Civic finished 2013 34,000 sales ahead of the Corolla.
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In total, five compact cars exceeded the 20K mark in April; another three managed five digits. Dodge Dart sales slid 26% to just 6024 units, the seventh consecutive month under 7000 units. Dart sales weren’t exactly setting the market on fire when, during the first five months of 2013, Chrysler averaged 7702 monthly sales.
Mazda reported a somewhat positive month for the still fresh 3. Sales jumped 21.5% to 8586 units. But 3 sales are down 10% this year, a drop of 3558 units compared with the beginning of 2013. Mazda averaged more than 10,000 3 sales per month in 2007 and again in 2012, but they’ve only crested that barrier four times in the last 16 months, and on three of those occasions sales fell on a year-over-year basis.
The 3 is, perhaps arguably, the best conventional small car you can buy. Here’s hoping Mazda is rewarded for rewarding drivers.
In the subcompact sector, the very roomy Nissan Versa recorded a big year-over-year improvement after five months of decline. Going back to February 2010, Nissan has sold more than 10,000 Versas on 15 different occasions. Consider the competitors: the Chevrolet Sonic nameplate has topped the 10K mark twice. Ford has never sold more than 9787 Fiestas in a single month. Honda has only sold more than 6000 Fits once in the last 36 months.
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 small SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.
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.