Pickups, Honda Civic and Accord Winning 2016 Sales Rankings

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
pickups honda civic and accord winning 2016 sales rankings

Consumers, businesses, and government agencies registered nearly 4.1 million new vehicles during the first quarter of 2016. That’s an additional 130,000 new vehicles sales compared to the pace set one year ago, and equals a 3.3-percent year-over-year improvement over a record-setting 2015. But while there’s meaningful sales growth within the industry, passenger car sales continue to tumble and the premium market continues to stumble.

Many aspects of the U.S. auto market are changing, but some corners of the market refuse to reflect any change in the attitudes of consumers. The three best-selling vehicle lines in America in 2015’s first-quarter are the three best-selling vehicle lines in 2016’s first-quarter. All three are pickup trucks.

The Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram P/U jointly produced 10 percent of the industry’s first-quarter volume. Overall, pickup truck volume increased by more than 6 percent to earn 15 percent of first-quarter new vehicle sales.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Camry, last year’s best-selling car, is still America’s best-selling car despite a notable 4-percent decline through the first three months of 2016.




ChangeYear Ago

Rank F-Series186,121177,3125.00% Silverado128,965126,6941.80% P/U113,367101,51111.70% Camry96,244100,505-4.20% Civic87,30366,72230.80% Altima85,33286,875-1.80% Corolla84,26090,728-7.10% Accord77,07368,64512.30% RAV476,12267,01013.60% Fusion74,99471,4704.90% Escape71,59467,2726.40% CR-V71,18873,127-2.70% Rogue69,03664,4867.10% Explorer63,41558,7078.00% Sentra62,94451,02623.40% Sonata61,45744,69037.50% Equinox59,87965,613-8.70% Malibu58,22242,40137.30% Sierra51,13145,17313.20% Focus50,21552,994-5.20%#18

The Camry’s closest challenger is now the Honda Civic, which surged from the 12th place a year ago to 5th overall in 2016’s first-quarter thanks to a 31-percent year-over-year rise. Not unpredictably, the new Civic is a hot item, and Honda is additionally blessed with rising Accord sales. Honda is bucking the market’s trend: CR-V and Pilot sales are sliding; Accord and Civic sales are improving.

Detroit’s passenger car efforts are a mixed bag in the early part of 2016. The slow launch of the second-generation Cruze and the consequent loss of fleet sales dragged Chevrolet’s compact down 39 percent in the first-quarter, including a 58-percent, 13,717-unit loss in March. On the other hand, Chevrolet Malibu volume is up 37 percent so far this year, enabling a seven-slot rise in the bestseller rankings.

At Ford, a 6-percent decline in C-Max, Fiesta, and Focus sales is more than counteracted by a 5-percent Fusion uptick and modest Mustang and Taurus sales.

In Auburn Hills, meanwhile, the story we’ve already documented added yet more layers in March. Chrysler 200 sales plunged 68 percent last month; 63 percent in 2016’s first quarter. Fewer than 18,000 200s found new homes in January, February, and March, down from 49,152 a year ago.

But at FCA, there’s always Jeep. Although not a single Jeep nameplate cracked the top 20, Jeeps were prevalent in the next tier. The Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler all ended the first-quarter inside the top 25.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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  • Thornmark Thornmark on Apr 04, 2016

    I know a couple women and one man who wanted CR-Vs and wound up w/ Rogues because the latter were so incentivized. The Honda dealers wouldn't do big discounts, Nissan would. The buyers got the "deal" but they don't seem very happy w/ what they ended up with. I didn't mention the words "false economy". Nissan is increasingly and relentlessly becoming a discount brand. Works in the short term, not so much in the long run.

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    • Thornmark Thornmark on Apr 05, 2016

      @derekson C&D ranks the Rogue as worst in class, #12 out of 12.: http://www.caranddriver.com/nissan/rogue

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Apr 04, 2016

    I'd like to credit cheap gas for the dominance of pickups, but they dominated when gas was $4, also. It'll be interesting to see how mfrs - particularly FCA - keep up as CAFE requirements continue to diverge from market tastes. Tesla will have a lot of credits to sell in the next few years....

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Apr 04, 2016

      @Dan Isn't it luxo pickups were 10-20% underpriced? Sales haven't really dipped since '10, so doesn't it point to that? In many ways, luxo pickups are still a lot of 'bang for your buck', and some options or features, you can't get anywhere else. So is "Value" just only about money?

  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.https://www.lhd.com.au/lhd-insights/australian-road-death-statistics/
  • Lorenzo In Massachusetts, they used to require an inspection every 6 months, checking your brake lights, turn signals, horn, and headlight alignment, for two bucks.Now I get an "inspection" every two years in California, and all they check is the smog. MAYBE they notice the tire tread, squeaky brakes, or steering when they drive it into the bay, but all they check is the smog equipment and tailpipe emissions.For all they would know, the headlights, horn, and turn signals might not work, and the car has a "speed wobble" at 45 mph. AFAIK, they don't even check EVs.
  • Not Tire shop mechanic tugging on my wheel after I complained of grinding noise didn’t catch that the ball joint was failing. Subsequently failed to prevent the catastrophic failure of the ball joint and separation of the steering knuckle from the car! I’ve never lived in a state that required annual inspection, but can’t say that having the requirement has any bearing on improving safety given my experience with mechanics…
  • Mike978 Wow 700 days even with the recent car shortages.