Last month, automakers seemed to take full advantage of February’s extra day, propelling auto sales to the best February performance in 15 years. Ford saw monumental gains, as did Fiat-Chrysler, and Nissan. General Motors saw sales in its fleet business slip, but it was made up for in a 6.6% leap in retail sales. In all, it was an impressive month that many could celebrate.
Despite the strength, however, Cars.com notes that February 2015 wasn’t exactly an inspiring one; weaker sales last year made for an easier beat this year, and as a result, there are some impressive gains made among the best-selling ranks for February: Ford’s F-Series added 9.9%, Ram saw 23.2%, and Toyota’s RAV4 put on 16.3%.
In a month where everyone did well, some did better. Here are the 10 best-selling vehicles from February 2016. All data courtesy of Cars.com.
10. Ford Fusion
As new models with new features begin to make their way to dealer lots, Ford’s Fusion maintained its momentum moving into the spring months. Ford sold 25,442 Fusion sedans in February, good for an 11.9% gain versus the year-ago February, leaving it up 6.8% for the year at 45,319 units sold.
9. Toyota RAV4
A new hybrid model helped Toyota keep the steam going as the RAV4 sold 25,523 units in February, a healthy 16.3% gain over February 2015. This leaves the popular ute up 12.7% for the year, at 47,077 models sold since January 1.
8. Honda Accord
Like a pacemaker, Honda’s venerable Accord kept right on ticking through February with a 19.3% leap in sales when compared to February a year ago at 25,785 units sold. This leaves the popular sedan up 9.2% for 2016 so far, with 46,550 sedans (and coupes) moved off dealer lots.
7. Honda Civic
After a rather lackluster and uninspired ninth generation, Honda’s Civic has found its voice. The 10th-gen put up a 31.7% gain on sales versus February a year ago, moving 27,707 units and handily outperforming its big brother. To date, the Civic is up 37% — at 54,448 models sold — for the year.
6. Nissan Altima
Nissan’s light remodel of the Altima seems to be paying off, beating its fellow countryman the Accord to the punch with 28,320 units sold in February. That’s a slip of 0.5%, leaving the Altima down 8% for the year so far, at 50,476.
5. Toyota Corolla
The Honda Civic is all-new and exciting, but buyers gravitated towards the tried-and-true in February. Toyota sold 29,342 Corollas during the month, a 5.4% lift over February 2015 levels. Year-to-date, Toyota has sold 51,704 compact Corolla sedans, which is actually down 6.3% from last year.
4. Toyota Camry
Toyota’s stalwart sedan kept its head held high through February, moving 32,405 units for a slide of 1.6%. This brings its annual total to 59,253 since January 1, and leaves Camry sales virtually flat, down 0.8% versus the same period a year ago.
3. Ram Pickup
Ram took bronze (a medal it’s used to) in February, having moved 38,555 trucks during the month for a gain of 23.2%. That leaves Fiat-Chrysler’s premier truck brand up 14.3% year-to-date, having sold 68,493 units since January 1.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet suffered a rare let-up in its momentum in February, as sales fell 5% year-over-year to 43,136. This sinks year-to-date sales into the red, though hardly, down 0.6%; Chevy has moved 80,999 units since the beginning of the year.
1. Ford F-Series
Ford is starting the year off right, moving 60,697 new F-Series trucks off its lots in February to bring its grand year-to-date total to 112,237. That’s a surge of 9.9% and 2.4% respectively, and those numbers are only likely to strengthen as the 2017 Super Duty and Raptor join the ranks later this year.