With a slim 522-unit victory in May 2014, the Toyota Corolla expanded its year-to-date lead over the Honda Civic to 8613 units. Heading into June 2013, the Corolla (including its dying Matrix sibling) led the Civic by 3543 units. The Civic ended 2013 as America’s best-selling small car.
Together with the third-ranked Chevrolet Cruze, the top three compacts generated 45.6% of the category’s May 2014 U.S. sales volume, up from 40% in May 2013. Sales were stolen from the Ford Focus (down 13%, or 3503 units), the Hyundai Elantra (down 13%, or 3223 units), and the Volkswagen Jetta (down 13%, or 1995 units).
The Nissan Sentra surged forward, as well, rising 75% to 21,932 sales, enough to make it the ninth-best-selling car in America last month, up seven spots from its position one year ago.
Among subcompacts, the (big inside) Nissan Versa continues to be the top seller. Segment-wide subcompact volume was up less than 4% in May, however, even as compact car sales grew 13% and the passenger car market improved by 9%.
Of note: GCBC has made a change to the way we tally subcompacts by moving the Mitsubishi Mirage to the city car group with the Chevrolet Spark, Scion iQ, and Smart Fortwo. We’ve also moved the mostly irrelevant Mitsubishi i MiEV to the hybrids/electrics section of the midsize post. Jointly, Mirage/Spark volume was up 166% in the U.S. in May. Of course, the Mirage wasn’t on sale a year ago.
You’ll notice Volkswagen Golf volume remains low. Don’t expect it to become a top seller in the U.S., but seventh-gen Golfs are arriving, and we expect much larger numbers soon. Also remember that non-conventional small cars are displayed in the table at the bottom of this post. This is where you’ll see, for example, that the Kia Soul outsells all subcompacts and all but six compacts.
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 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.