The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the United States for a long time, so it’s a surprise that, although it kept the midsize sedan sales lead in April, it lost the overall monthly sales crown.
And it wasn’t lost to a crossover.
The Camry held a commanding lead over the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima in March, but sales were down eight percent for the month compared to March 2015 and overall sales are down more than three percent for the year.
This slip opened the door for the hot-selling Honda Civic, which was the best selling passenger car in the land for the month. Check out the compact car sales list for complete details.
The Camry still has the overall yearly lead with an 8,000-sale lead over the Civic.
Despite falling short of the lead, both the Accord and Altima had strong sales months. The Accord was up more than 15 percent for the month and more than 13 percent for the year, while the Altima was up nearly 29 percent for the month and more than four percent for the year.
The all-new Chevrolet Malibu continues to surge in sales over its predecessor, with a near-25 percent gain for March, the second-best increase after the Altima. Yearly sales are up 34 percent, the best of the group.
After the Malibu, though, the sales numbers get bleak. All contenders save for the Subaru Legacy had double-digit decreases for the month, and only the Legacy, the Hyundai Sonata and the Buick Regal are up for the year. Of all the cars on the list, the Chrysler 200 fared the worst, with monthly and yearly drops in the 60 percent range.
April 2016 Midsize Car Sales
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Check out this TFLcar video of the 2016 Nissan Altima when it made its debut at the Miami Auto Show: