America's 10 Best-Selling Cars In 2014

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
americas 10 best selling cars in 2014

The Toyota Camry was America’s most popular car in 2014, the 13th consecutive year in which the Camry has led all passenger cars. The Camry ranked fourth among vehicles overall, trailing only three pickup trucks.

• Camry volume represents a six-year high

• Accord volume shoots up to seven-year high

• Corolla leads all small cars

Camry volume rose to a six-year high in 2014. With a 5% increase in the lead-up to a MY2015 refresh, the Camry outsold its nearest rival, the Honda Accord, by 40,232 units. (The Accord trailed the Camry by 41,806 units in 2013.) Accord volume, at 388,374 units, improved to a seven-year high.

Despite reporting record-high U.S. sales, the Nissan Altima fell from third place in 2013 to the fourth spot this year. Altima volume increased in each of the last five years.

Toyota Corolla volume grew at a much faster rate in 2014, however, and with a 12% gain – 37,318 extra sales, year-over-year – the Corolla climbed into the third spot, up from fifth a year ago.

The Honda Civic, America’s second-best-selling car, was the highest-volume car to report fewer sales this year than last. Civic volume dropped by 10,199 in the 2014 calendar year, increasing 5% in the first half and falling 10% in the second half.

Ford reported more than 300,000 sales of the Fusion in 2014, the first Ford car to top the 300K mark since the Taurus in 2005. Sales of Chevrolet compact cars improved for the fifth consecutive year. The Cruze accounts for 25% of GM’s U.S. car volume.

Now one of the older members of the compact fleet, Elantra volume decreased 10% in 2014. Likewise, the Focus declined 6% in 2014 after falling 5% in 2013. Hyundai’s Sonata started slowly in seventh-gen form – only 30,481 were sold in September and October combined – but the Sonata ended the year strongly with an 12% YOY improvement in November and a 24% jump in December.

RankCar20142013%Change#1 Toyota Camry428,606408,4844.9%#2 Honda Accord388,374366,6785.9%#3 Toyota Corolla *339,498302,18012.4%#4 Nissan Altima335,644320,7234.7%#5 Honda Civic325,981336,180-3.0%#6 Ford Fusion306,860295,2803.9%#7 Chevrolet Cruze273,060248,22410.0%#8 Hyundai Elantra222,023247,912-10.4%#9 Ford Focus219,634234,570-6.4%#10 Hyundai Sonata216,936203,6486.5%

* Included by the Corolla in Toyota USA’s sales reports are sales of the now defunct Matrix.

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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  • Akear Akear on Jan 07, 2015

    Only one US engineered car on the list. What a disgrace!!!!!!

    • Sceptic Sceptic on Jan 16, 2015

      Two American cars on the list: Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Highest by US content and engineering input.

  • WE1 WE1 on Feb 07, 2015

    I write about cars a little too, and as I like your vernacular and composition, I offer you some positive inspiration:!automobiles/c24ol Here's a sample: "It's really not about impulse, buying never really has been, it's about accruing all the right reasons to stay happy with your decision and purchase."

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