10 Vehicles Americans Couldn’t Get Enough of in September
New car sales slumped in September, which was evident after analyzing the sales of the 10 most popular models in America for the month. The midsize sedan seems to have continued its long, slow descent from the pinnacle of America’s Favorite Car, but fans of the sedan format can take solace in knowing that the Corolla is up to the task of carrying on that honor — though compact sedans also declined overall.
Year-to-date, sales across the industry are about flat with last year, though some segments did better than others: While sedans languished, midsize pickups — bolstered by the new Honda Ridgeline — saw sales gains of 54% versus September 2015. The Nissan Titan saw sales rocket 130% on the new model, as full-size pickups — led largely by Ram — saw an 11% increase on the month.
So when it all shook out, how’d everything fare? Here are the 10 that landed on top. All numbers and figures courtesy of Cars.com.
10. Nissan Rogue
Nissan’s Rogue crossover held in there for September, ahead of the release of the new 2017 model (which will have hybrid options as well). Nissan moved 26,459 Rogues for the month, 5.6% above levels from September 2015, which leaves the popular ute up 13.3% for the year-to-date with 241,619 models sold.
9. Honda Accord
The Honda Accord’s slide of 19.1% in September is fairly representative of the sedan market as a whole. That nosedive sank Accord sales to ninth place, well away from the customary five to six where the Accord usually hangs. Year-to-date, Honda has sold 27,204 units, marking a 2.3% slip off the 258,619 sold through the first nine months of last year.
8. Honda Civic
The 2016 Civic might be losing its sheen — sales of the redesigned compact lost 0.3% during the month of September, putting the brakes on what has been a substantial year for Honda’s popular sedan. Since January, Civic sales are up 13.6%, at 283,783 units sold; who knows, maybe people are holding out for the mental Civic Type R.
7. Toyota RAV4
Toyota’s RAV4 took full advantage of the weakness in the Accord and Civic, and posted sales of 29,438 for September — good for an 8.6% hike upwards. This leaves it at 260,380 for the year, up 14.2% when compared to the first nine months of 2015.
6. Toyota Camry
Though not afflicted to the extent that the Accord was, the Toyota Camry still suffered soft sales — posting an 11% slip in sales compared to September of ’15. This knocks the Camry back to sixth (no longer America’s best-selling car) at 30,707 sales last month; this puts it at 297,453 for the year to day, down 8.8% since January 1.
5. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V had itself a boon of a month, posting sales of 31,884 vehicles — up 6.5%. That leaves Honda’s leading SUV at 263,493 for the year so far, up slightly at 1.5%.
4. Toyota Corolla/iM
Resuming the mantel ordinarily left to the Camry is its little sibling — with 32,272 sales (up 15.3%) — the Corolla, buoyed by the addition of the Corolla iM (born the Scion iM), became America’s most popular non-truck in September. Sales for the car are now at 289,002 for the year, up 3.2%.
3. Chevrolet Silverado
The usually-dominant second-place finisher got a sobering wake-up call in September, when it slid to third place behind the Ram pickup as Chevy’s truck line moved 45,380 units — a whopping 15.5% slip versus September a year ago. This puts the Silverado at 425,556 for the year so far, down 3.5% against the comparable period of 2015.
2. Ram Pickup
Stealing second place for September was the Ram pickup line, which sold 47,792 units in September for a 29.2% surge over September 2015. This leaves it up 8.3% for the year to date, at 361,086 trucks sold since January 1.
1. Ford F-Series
The Ram’s strength couldn’t overcome the Ford F-Series’s weakness in September. Despite slipping 2.6%, the Ford retained its commanding lead with 67,809 units sold — putting it at 595,696 for the year to date (up 5.5% versus 2015). This is before the new Heavy Duty F-Series trucks have really ramped up, so expect that figure to swell further into the fourth quarter.