10 Vehicles That Were Flying Off the Dealer Lots in March

2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Toyota RAV4 | Source: Toyota

Though auto sales grew through March as gas prices stayed low and the economy kept pace, the overall growth rate of 3.2% was a minimal achievement for an industry that grew at a strong clip in February. Trucks continued to post strong gains; sedans were a mixed pack, and crossover SUVs — as far as the top 10 is concerned — weren’t able to keep pace, as the Toyota RAV4 was the only contender in its class to score a seat at the table.

“The lone declines came from the Toyota Corolla (down 8.4 percent versus a strong March 2015) and the Camry (down 9.3 percent),” said Cars.com. “Camry shoppers had a lot of new alternatives, from a redesigned Chevrolet Malibu to a refreshed Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. All three rivals saw sales increases in March, while the Camry fell — and that’s despite higher cash rebates versus year-ago levels.”

Read on to see the 10 best-selling vehicles in America from March 2016. All data provided by Cars.com.

10. Toyota RAV4

2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited

2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited | Source: Toyota

Toyota’s family-favorite ute had itself a hell of a month, posting sales of 29,045 — up 15.1% versus March of last year. This bring’s the RAV4’s year-to-date totals to 76,122, up 13.6% versus the first quarter of 2015.

9. Ford Fusion

2017 Ford Fusion Sport

2017 Ford Fusion Sport | Source: Ford

Jumping into this year with a fresh model for 2017, Ford is offering Fusion buyers more with a 325 horsepower Sport model and a high-end Platinum trim. Consumers responded, albeit comparatively marginally; Fusion sales rose 2.2% to 29,675 units, leaving the car at 74,994 for the year so far (up 4.9%). With the 2017 models still finding its way to showrooms, expect Fusion sales to strengthen throughout the year.

8. Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord Sedan Sport

2016 Honda Accord Sport | Source: Honda

Well into its 2016 redesign phase, the Honda Accord is starting to put up the numbers Honda was looking for. It sold 30,523 units in March, good for a year-on-year increase of 17.3%. This leaves Accord sales at 77,073 for the year — a 12.3% bump for the first three months when compared to the same period of 2015.

7. Toyota Corolla

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Toyota Corolla | Source: Toyota

Though the 2016 Corolla is a venerable fighter on paper, amplified competition sent Toyota’s engineers back to the drafting board for 2017. Corolla sales in March slid by 8.4% to 32,556, putting its year-to-date sales at 84,260 — 7.1% off the first quarter of 2015.

6. Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

2016 Honda Civic Coupe | Source: Honda

Superseding the Corolla as America’s favorite compact sedan (at least for a month), the all-new Honda Civic tacked on gains of 21.8% in March for a monthly total of 32,855. This leaves the new model up 30.8% for the year so far at 87,303, and we haven’t even seen the coupe or hatchback models yet.

5. Nissan Altima

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Nissan Altima | Source: Nissan

Trouncing the Accord (but falling short of the Camry) for the third month, the Nissan Altima held more than its own as a refreshed model for 2016 began to work its magic. Nissan sold 34,856 units of it, good for a 8.9% spike in sales versus March a year ago. Year-to-date, the Altima is actually down 1.8%, at 85,332 units.

4. Toyota Camry

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Toyota Camry | Source: Toyota

Sales of 36,991 Camry sedans was enough for Toyota to retain its position as the best-selling car in America, but it came as a 9.4% slump versus March a year ago. Since January, Toyota has sold 96,244 units of the popular car, leaving it down for the first quarter by 4.2%.

3. Ram Pickup

2017 Ram 2500 Crew Cab with 4x4 Off-road package

2017 Ram 2500 Crew Cab | Source: Ram

Despite not having the same recent re-tooling that its competition has had, the Ram Pickup has trucked on with a 7.9% gain in sales for March of 2016 at 44,874 units sold. This leaves the brand up 11.7% for the year (coming off a strong 2015, too), having moved 113,367 units off the lots during the first three months.

2. Chevrolet Silverado

2016 Chevrolet Silverado

2016 Chevrolet Silverado | Source: Chevrolet

Chevrolet moved in strong during March, moving 47,966 Silverado pickups for the month — a solid 6.1% gain on an already-strong March 2015. This leaves Silverado sales up marginally, 1.8%, at 128,965 models moved since January 1.

1. Ford F-Series

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 | Source: Ford

Not to be budged from its throne, the Ford F-Series sold a stellar 73,884 units in March for a 9.1% surge over the same month last year. To date since January, Ford has moved 186,121 F-Series trucks, leaving sales up 5% for the year.

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