From the best-selling compact, Toyota’s Corolla (up 12% to 339,498 units), to the top-selling Nissan Versa subcompact (up 19% to a record-high 139,781 units), to off-beat small cars like the Kia Soul (up 23% to a record-high 145,316), a wide variety of small cars posted meaningful improvements compared with 2013.
But there were also cars which struggled to match 2013’s pace. The Honda Civic slid 3% in 2014. Ford Focus volume fell 6%. The Mitsubishi Lancer, already wildly unpopular, fell 15%. The Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, and two Toyota subcompacts posted losses, as well. Outside the mainstream, the Fiat 500, Hyundai Veloster, Mini Cooper, Scion tC, and Volkswagen Beetle combined for an 18% year-over-year decline.
2015 will be a year of great change, as many of these mainstream, high-volume cars face new challengers from subcompact utility vehicles like the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, and Fiat 500X, a segment of crossover that’s already begun eating into conventional small car volume.
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 cars of all kinds 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 breakdownGCBC 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.