By on September 7, 2014

2015 Honda Accord coupe and sedanHonda sold more Accords in the United States in August 2014 than at any other point in the model’s rather illustrious history, securing a place as the top-selling passenger car in America last month.

Year-to-date, the Toyota Camry leads the Accord by 35,045 units heading into September. For the Accord to overtake the Camry, the Accord’s margin of victory in each of the remaining four months on the calendar would have to be even stronger than it was in August, the first time since February that the Camry wasn’t America’s top-selling car.

The leader in February, Nissan’s Altima, is America’s fourth-best-selling car so far this year and the fifth-ranked car in August. Altima volume rose 4% last month. Sales of the next-best-selling Ford Fusion jumped 20% in August, rising to 29,452. Ford is on pace to sell more than 310,000 Fusions in 2014, the first year in which Fusion sales will have climbed above 300,000 units.

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Honda Accord 51,075 38,559 32.5% 271,426 256,926 5.6%
 Toyota Camry 44,043 44,713 -1.5% 306,471 287,119 6.7%
 Honda Civic 34,032 39,458 -13.8% 231,167 230,578 0.3%
 Toyota Corolla/Matrix 33,088 26,861 23.2% 238,275 210,296 13.3%
 Nissan Altima 32,153 30,976 3.8% 235,260 228,297 3.0%
Ford Fusion 29,452 24,653 19.5% 218,892 206,321 6.1%
 Chevrolet Cruze 23,435 23,909 -2.0% 189,699 183,045 3.6%
 Hyundai Elantra 22,845 24,700 -7.5% 157,555 174,902 -9.9%
 Ford Focus 22,079 20,372 8.4% 160,759 171,921 -6.5%
 Hyundai Sonata 21,092 16,917 24.7% 150,016 138,830 8.1%

America’s fifth-best-selling midsize car in August was the Hyundai Sonata, the tenth-ranked car overall. Sonata volume jumped 25% year-over-year and its year-to-date 8% improvement outpaces the gains made by all its better-selling rivals.

There is a faster-rising small car, however. Toyota Corolla sales shot up 23% in August and have risen 13% so far this year. The Corolla leads the Honda Civic by 7108 sales heading into September, a slight decrease from the lead it held a month ago after the Civic finished August with a 944-unit gap. Civic sales plunged 14% compared with August 2013. But it’s worth remembering that the Civic’s results at this time a year ago were an anomaly: August 2013 Civic volume was 22% better than any other Civic sales month in 2013.

With the Civic’s decrease and the Honda CR-V’s slight 2% drop, plus declines reported by the CR-Z, Fit, Insight, Crosstour, Pilot, and Ridgeline, the Accord carried Honda in August. Honda brand sales rose 1.5% year-over-year; 5.2% on a daily selling rate basis. The Accord generated 33.7% of Honda sales, up from 25.8% a year ago and 28.4% in July of this year. The Toyota brand relied on the Camry for a comparatively small 21.3% of its August volume.

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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36 Comments on “America’s 10 Best-Selling Cars In August 2014...”

  • avatar

    Not surprised. The Accord is an attractive package at an attractive price. I test drove a Sport 6MT (incidentally, a still give that car a double take when I see them on the street–handsome design) and was quite impressed.

    The engine was peppy and responsive and I actually enjoyed driving the car. Contrast that with the 2005 Accord my BIL owned which felt and drove like a tin can. This Accord feels much more sporting and much more solid. Couple that with a large back seat, generous trunk, above average reliability, at least a 500 mile highway range on regular fuel and you have a winner.

    I’m fine with the cloth seats, in fact my only two wishes would be more color choices and a moonroof as an option. In my area true car has them listed at 22k. I’ve seen people on forums get them for 21ish. Hell of a deal if you ask me.

    • 0 avatar

      hubcap, you’re right about the Accord being an attractive package, but the V6 version is not peddled at an attractive price, even with current heavy dealer incentives from Honda.

      My grandson bought a left-over 2014 Accord EX-L V6 late last month and the Accord can easily be categorized in the Large sedan class. It’s roomy, handles very well and has oodles and oodles of power, thanks to that silky smooth V6, even with five people aboard, touring in hilly terrain like the mountains where we live.

      I’m surprised that more people haven’t caught on to the current Accord because IMO it is a much better sedan than the current 2014.5 Camry V6, in roominess, weight, size and handling.

      • 0 avatar

        Tradition is hard to break, especially in this segment. We all know that many never cross-shop, and just buy the same car they had last time.

        • 0 avatar

          “just buy the same car they had last time.”

          Yeah, if they had a good ownership experience.

          But I can still remember the Mass Exodus of Detroit 3 owners migrating en masse into the waiting open arms of the far-superior and longer-lasting foreign brands and transplants.

          And although Camry sales today are not as robust as they once were, I hope for Toyota that their 2015 Camry will be just as good, if not better, than Honda’s 2014 Accord is.

          Where Camry’s V6 is old and staid, the 2014 Accord V6 is youthful and potent. I am impressed by the 2014 Accord V6 my grandson bought. It is one sweet ride, perfect for the 25-yo age group and demographic. As long as they have money to buy it.

          I’m not in the market for a Camry, but an improvement in one segment often translates into improvements across the board for a company’s products.

          Just look at Fiatsler’s Chrysler Sub-Division! RAM anyone? Jeep? And the 300! An older design maybe, but it is still finding new converts in older buyers today.

          And….. it is taking sales away from Avalon, of all all things! Must be the RWD or the Pentastar.

          Or maybe the 5.7L Hemi. Regardless, the 300 is one impressive sedan that instills confidence in its driver without feeling dull, numb or namby-pamby.

          • 0 avatar

            Are you compensating for the fact that F-Chrysler Automobiles doesn’t have a representative on the list? It’s unfortunate that the way categories are sliced and diced, FCA’s most popular models don’t qualify as midsized cars. This despite the fact that Grand Cherokees are cross-shopped with Altcamcords.

          • 0 avatar

            Lorenzo, ” This despite the fact that Grand Cherokees are cross-shopped with Altcamcords.”

            This is so true! I’ve heard it on several occasions where people went in for a Altcamcord, or even to look at a 200, and then ended up trying to deal on a JGC.

            Not all of them succeed in buying UP to a JGC though because the lower-priced JGCs like the Laredo 4×4 with only the 23E Package are few and far between.

            And our JGC has been a good one but I am quite leery about keeping it beyond the factory warranty, specifically because of my experiences with USED Jeep and Chrysler products over the past five decades. To say they need more costly TLC is a vast understatement!

            But I have been told by my poker-playing buddies who sell Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/RAM/Honda/Nissan/KIA/Mitsubishi that today’s buyers really look for the most bang for their buck and aren’t as brand-loyal as they once were.

            And when you figure in retained value over time, Accord and Camry stack up better than any and all of the rest.

            So, judging by my grandson’s new 2014 Accord V6, I can see why so many people can be swayed to pay more for one of those. They’re actually getting a LARGE sedan for compatible midsizer bucks, AND greater retained resale value 3-5-7-years down the road.

            Great deal!

          • 0 avatar

            @Lorenzo – Do you actually think folks cross shop Altimas/Accords/Camrys against JGCs? I think you are trying to rationalize the sales numbers of Dart/Avengers/200s, and who would blame you?

            I’d argue that crew-cab fullsize pickups are way more likely to be cross-shopped with a JGC, and here in God’s Country, the trucks seem to be winning out.

          • 0 avatar

            Sure they do. All the time. Most buyers, especially non enthusiast attitudes to buying is, i have “x” to spend and then go out and start looking at whatever falls in that general area. That helps explain so many impulse buys. They don’t think it through, don’t research the market thoroughly and then buy whatever catches their eye at the dealer. That helps explains CUV sales too. They buy because they have seen them on the street, neighbors’ garages, and look impressive.

        • 0 avatar

          Actually – buyers have defected to the Altima, Fusion, Sonata, Optima, etc. over the years.

          Both the Camry and Accord have lost marketshare, but the Accord has been able to retain having one of the higher ATPs in the segment whereas the Camry has not.

          And more people are buying the Accord – which, again, should be no.1 for retail sales.

          • 0 avatar

            bd2, many buyers have indeed defected to Altima, Fusion, Sonata, Optima, etc. over the years.

            I think it is because of the insane pricing that Accord and Camry demand for the privilege of owning one.

          • 0 avatar

            Camry can be had for pretty low price comparable to former rental Camry. I witnessed it few times when people I know bought one.

      • 0 avatar

        Camry has the Buick-like qualities and the best American style and I am not afraid to say that – full size American car ever made. Until Accord or any other car replicates that Camry will the best selling car in America. But I hope they do not go this path. Twin Buick brands are more than enough.

        • 0 avatar

          The Camry is a midsize and I don’t know if comparing it to a Buick is necessarily a good thing. I know looks are subjective, but the Camry is one of the ugliest sedans on the road right now. Still opinions are opinions.

          • 0 avatar

            Agree, every time I look at one I cant help but to see a Buick Century. When you drive it, it feels so Buick as well.

      • 0 avatar

        “I’m surprised that more people haven’t caught on to the current Accord…”

        Dude, It’s the best selling car of them all last month………

      • 0 avatar

        Who needs the V6 Accord when the I4 is better and faster than V6 sedans of yesteryear? Does an average consumer really need to pay the hefty premium for a sub-6 second 0-60 acceleration on a straight line? The V6 FWD sedans are nose heavy and also gas guzzlers.

        Another reason that the V6 sedans are getting expensive is that car manufacturer’s can’t afford to sell a whole lot of them because of CAFE fleet economy requirements. Only a small number of midsize cars they sell can be V6, so the manufacturers are setting the prices accordingly.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    I don’t know about other parts of the country, but in So. Fla the Corolla is selling like hotcakes, no wonder Camry sales are down, the new ‘Rolla has improved enough to give its stablemate a run for the money.

    • 0 avatar

      IMO Camry sales are down now because there is a new for 2015 Camry on the horizon that is touted to be Toyota’s best effort yet in the midsize sedan category.

      From what I have been told by individuals who have already seen the 2015 Camry in the nude at Regional meetings, it supposedly handles better and has a much upgraded interior in materials and layout.

      Just the rumor that Camry, or any other OEM, is going to headline an upgraded model, will cause sales for the current model to plummet.

      But for those who need to buy new now, and don’t care about the model year, there’s no time like the present to pick up some excellent deals on phased out, superseded or discontinued models.

      • 0 avatar

        I think it is a combination of both. Many of the Camry loyal no longer need that big of a car since their kids have grown and gone, plus the current Corolla is as big or bigger than many of what was the first Camry they bought. When a new car is highly anticipated that certainly can cause sales of the outgoing model to drop, you only have to look at the F150 to see that. However Toyota has been doing a good job of keeping the upcoming Camry under wraps so I don’t know exactly how much of the drop is due to that anticipation.

        • 0 avatar
          Volt 230

          There is also the issue of how much they cost and today’s
          economic realities.

          • 0 avatar

            Volt 230, THAT is a HUGE factor!

            But the vast majority of Americans are still employed, living the highlife and supporting the unemployed and underemployed in America through their taxes.

            For those employed, buying that new car, truck or home is just par for the course.

            Life as we know it only stops when we lose our disposable income.

            In today’s America, when you lose your job because you’re not a keeper, the government will keep you alive, provide medical care and feed you through an endless array of welfare measures, to the point that it is no longer advantageous to seek a paying job because you will lose all of those freebies and unearned never-ending bennies.

            A lot of people have caught on to that philosophic-ideal of redistributing America’s wealth…… and are taking advantage of it. Hell, people cross our borders illegally just to take advantage of it, in one way or another.

            That’s why America’s labor participation rate is in the low 60%. Plenty of jobs to go around.

            But many Americans can’t afford to go to work for fear of losing their taxpayer-funded freebies and bennies.

        • 0 avatar

          Interesting. I usually thought it was the father figures that drove sedans.

          In the Toyota loyalist universe, most of the people who owned Siennas are going to RAV4s. For them, it’s kids going away. A crossover is a great down-sized vehicle from a minivan; we did that, from an MPV to a Rogue. Lots of interior* and cargo room, but fewer seats and a smaller package.

          *From an Odyssey, crossovers have less room, but from a smaller van like an MPV, crossovers are comparable.

        • 0 avatar

          Scoutdude, Yup, my best friend won’t buy another Camry to replace his 1989 V6 his grand daughter is currently using every day.

          He bought a 2012 Grand Cherokee instead, for his wife, to replace that Camry.

          That set the whole GC bowel-movement in motion for us. My wife liked them. Our family-friend with the Murano liked them. My oldest son bought an SRT8.

          And in March/April 2013 my wife’s three sisters each traded their Highlanders for a 2014 GC.

          Call it the domino-effect, at least from where I’m sitting.

          Who knows what motivates other people to buy what they choose to buy?

  • avatar

    Interesting…2 Toyotas, 2 Hondas, 2 Fords, 2 Hyundais, 1 GM, 1 Nissan.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    Not necessarily anecdotal, but I see lots of Camrys on the rental lot. Not many if any Accords. Not that that’s bad, mind you – a sale is a sale. But I bet Honda’s profits are greater.

    I love the look of this generation Accord, not overly styled but will remain fresh looking down the road. It seems Honda gets every other generation of Accord right…

    And yes, the Sport needs a moonroof….

  • avatar

    Is it just me or does the US version of the Accord sedan look like a knockoff of the previous-generation BMW 5 (E60) series?


  • avatar
    el scotto

    Methinks Camry and Accords must come with an AARP discount. They do sell a lot of them to the “retired to dead” demographic. As bad as Buick was perceived.

    • 0 avatar

      Well you think wrong because both cars have below average buyer ages for their segment. In fact the Camry SE that makes up 45% of Camry sales has an average buyer that’s 12 years younger than average for the mid size sedan class. If you think Camry and Accord buyers are old you should go look at Chevrolet’s average buyer age before spouting off nonsense (hint, it’s way, way, older). Younger people are more likely to buy foreign brands so even though the average buyer age may not be super low it’s way lower than the domestic competition.

  • avatar

    I was never a Honda owner/fan. But last year leased an Accord for $219 per month, no money down, 3 years, 35 (not 36) payments. It was a no brainer. Just passed one year, and less than 10,000 miles out of the 12,000 allotted. The 4-cyl, CVT really is peppy.

  • avatar

    After spending time with a rental 2014.5 Camry SE and then test driving an Accord Sport both me and my friend were completely scratching our heads why anyone would choose the Camry. It was inferior in just about every way, especially in power train, fuel efficiency, ride/handling, features and interior quality.

  • avatar

    Honda’s once consolation prize in all this is that every car on that list aside from theirs are darling of rental fleets. My former full time and current part time job that I’ve done for 7 years seems many rental cars through (its an FBO for those who know General Aviation), and my current full time job is a FF/EMT that covers an area of Orlando that’s about as touristy as it comes, and all the cars on that list are regulars except the Hondas. The previous generation Accord was not an uncommon sight at the airport, but I have yet to see a single of the current ones come through.

  • avatar

    I have never been a fan of Honda exterior design…Their cars to me at best are boring a worst ugly..That been said the Accord is a very good car and the only other that I would buy over it would be the Mazda 6. Yes I would be giving up some (not a lot) of space and some NVH. However it seems to me that few folks who actually bought the prior Accords (and I know alot of them) complained of the very high levels of noise they made for decades. To me it just goes to show that on sites like this (or Tech,Cooking, or any specialist site) the only folks that care about that stuff is us. The average Joe wont notice too much if car A meets most of his or her needs. I have driven most of the class just like alot of you guys have and in reality not too many bad choices out there right now.

  • avatar

    The Accord would top my list right now, and Toyota has not done anything to the next Camry that would make me change my mind.

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