Chart Of The Day: Midsized Sedans In September And Year-To-Date

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

We had midsized madness last month, as the Altima came within 500 units of unseating the mighty Camry and Sonata came within 500 units of sending the Accord tumbling further down the chart. Of the top ten best-sellers in the D-segment, only half beat their year-ago numbers, including Altima, Fusion, Impala, 200 and Optima. And though the YTD chart, which you can find in the gallery below, reflects the monthly sales order quite faithfully, it’s getting tighter… especially among the major players. Between the Malibu (171,266) and the Camry (229,521) there are six models in a 58,255-unit pack, and in September the Sonata pulled ahead of Malibu to snag fifth place. As we enter the fourth quarter, the competition is heating up…

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  • Alluster Alluster on Oct 07, 2011

    With the domestic models handily topping sales in other segments, ten bucks says there will not be similar "chart of the day" threads for Sub compacts, Compacts, Crossovers and Pickups.

  • Akear Akear on Oct 07, 2011

    Folks stop using the Impala rental mule argument. I was at Newark international airport a few months ago and I saw just as many Malibu’s as Impalas in the rental car lot. The simple fact is the American public for some reason likes the Impala better than the Malibu. The Impala leads the Malibu in both retail and rental sales. In a little display of sanity the Fusion has finally surpassed the Impala as the best selling "American" car. For five years I pondered in disbelief on why the Impala was the best selling American car. With the Fusion being number one I am not scratching my head anymore. I drove a 2009 Impala once and found it was a very good highway cruiser. It drove smoothly for 300 uneventful miles. Actually, I found it more comfortable than the Malibu. In comparison the Malibu is cramped and visibility is compromised by a low roof line. If you get an Impala with the 3.9 you actually have a pretty powerful car. I think this is the engine in some Impalas used in a few police departments. I am pretty sure the Impala I drove would go under 7 seconds to 60mph. The performance was pretty similar to the 2000 Intrigue I used to own, which is not surprising since Impala rides on the same platform. It is hard to believe , but the Impala’s chassis goes all the way back to the 1988 GM-10 cars that were supposed to take on the once great Taurus.

    • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Oct 07, 2011

      The 2012 Impala uses the 3.6VVT V6 so it's even more powerful (300hp). This is (FINALLY) the only available engine and I really want to take one for a drive just to see how decent the base car is. My school district just purchased a 2012 (identifiable by new grille inserts and standard dual exhausts with the 3.6 even on the lowest trim models) and I am actively trying to figure out how to wrangle the keys after they take the temporary tags off of it. (The motor pool never releases a car till it has real metal plates on it.)

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  • Arthur Dailey No.
  • Arthur Dailey My father had multiple Northstar equipped vehicles. He got one of the first Northstar equipped STS's in Canada and continually drove STS's on one year leases for nearly a decade. One of them did 'crap out' on him. It went into 'limp' mode and he drove it to the nearest GM dealer. The vehicle was about half way through its lease, and he was in cottage country (Muskoka). GM arranged to have it flatbedded back to Toronto. He rented a vehicle, drove it home and then took delivery of a new STS within about 4 days. There were no negotiations regarding repairs, etc. The vehicle was simply replaced. Overall he was pleased with the performance of these vehicles and their engines. We also found them a pleasant environment to be in, with more than enough power.
  • Bd2 If they let me and the boyz roll around naked in their dealership I'll buy a Chinese car.