Primed to End the Toyota Camry's 15-Year Run, Honda Does Not Mess With 2018 Civic's Recipe

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
primed to end the toyota camry s 15 year run honda does not mess with 2018 civic s

George W. Bush was finishing his second year as president of the United States when Toyota reported 434,145 Camry sales in calendar year 2002. No other passenger car generated more U.S. volume that year.

Or the next year. Or the next. Or the one after that. In fact, the Toyota Camry’s reign as America’s best-selling car continued for a decade and a half, stretching from 2002 through 2016.

Unless the launch of the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry results in a superior final third of 2017, however, Toyota’s tenure atop the leaderboard will end this year. Ahead of the Camry by 1,153 sales through the first eight months of 2017 is the Honda Civic.

With 2018 Civics arriving in Honda showrooms on October 3, 2017, Honda is determined to leave well enough alone. The recipe is unchanged. Honda will not mess with success.

To be fair, Honda says the Civic was America’s best-selling car last year, though that involves retail sales only and is a statement unaccompanied by actual sales data. Moreover, it’s not as though Honda hasn’t provided the Civic lineup with plenty of updates over the last number of months. Availability of the Type R hatchback and Si sedans and coupes expanded over the course of 2017.

For the conventional American Honda Civic lineup, however, prices rise by only $100. The basic LX 2.0-liter sedan with a six-speed manual transmission now costs $19,715 including $875 in destination charges, up from $19,615 in MY2017. The coupe bodystyle adds $410 to the cost of most trim levels. Non-Si Civic sedans top out at $27,575; coupes at $27,200. Si models feature the same price regardless of bodystyle: $24,975 or $25,175 with summer tires.

Through the first eight months of 2017, the Civic lineup generated 248,928 sales, a 3-percent drop from 2016 outputs when, by calendar year’s end, Civic sales reached an all-time record high. According to the Automotive News Data Center, 49,785 of the Civics sold in the U.S. so far this year are hatchbacks, 20 percent of the total.

The Camry, of course, will now attempt to reverse the downward trend of early 2017. It started with a 13-percent year-over-year improvement in August that translated to a huge leap in midsize market share.

[Images: Honda, Toyota]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and and the founder and former editor of Follow on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.

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  • Shawnski Shawnski on Oct 01, 2017

    Strange proportions, uninspiring.

  • Eaststand Eaststand on Oct 01, 2017

    It's weird the blandest car on the market has been replaced at the top of the sales charts by undoubtedly the most disgustingly hideous car on the market. From inoffensive to loudly offensive. I wonder why. Having driven one, it's not particularly for its driving abilities, that amount of people don't care about driving en masse, and it is woeful inside,well compared to a European car anyway.

  • Analoggrotto As we Tesla owners receive our life energy from the greatest son of the gods of all time, Elon Musk; His cherubs and His nephilim may remove whatever they wish from us for unto him we owe all for our superiority above all the rest of humanity.
  • Kcflyer Nice to see California giving NY some competition to be the worst run state in the union.
  • Wolfwagen I see my comment was deleted (BTW nice way to censor) so i will say it again:GTFO here with the pseudo "wealth distribution" BS. A crime is a crime is a crime.Its a slippery slope, what happens next, Jail a rich guy when he kills a pedestrian and let the poor guy who kills a pedestrian walk? What about if the poor guy is a crappy driver and has the record to prove it then what?Or we could go crazy and just institute the death penalty across the board for every driving infraction. That will make people better drivers or stop driving altogether which will make the greenies happy (damm it I just gave them an idea - SOB!!!)
  • Wolfwagen No. Bring back the J80 with an inline six and reduced electronics (i.e. no giant touch screen) and they will probably sell like hotcakes
  • David S. " test vehicles sometimes make sudden stops when uncertain about how to navigate traffic."??? Test vehicles are programmed by humans, HUMANS sometimes make sudden stops when uncertain about how to navigate traffic, Duh!!