The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic have once again earned the top spots in compact-segment sales for the month of February 2013. The Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze performed strong, as well, placing third and fourth.

2012 2013 Honda Civic front end 300x187 imageWith 24,999 units sold in February 2013, the Toyota Corolla beat every other compact entry in its class. What will happen if Toyota discontinues the Matrix — once called the Corolla Matrix and counted in the sedan’s sales totals — remains to be seen. The Honda Civic and Ford Focus were the other two entries to crack the 20,000-unit sales barrier, while the Chevrolet Cruze in fourth place ended above the Hyundai Elantra by about 1700 units. Will the Cruze get a slight boost in sales thanks to the buzz created by the Cruze diesel? We’ll see later this year.

Further down the sales chart, the Nissan Sentra hit 10,058 units in February, above the Dodge Dart-and-Caliber’s 7752-unit total. Though some may consider the Dart underpowered, the car still appears to be performing decently in the compact segment, above the Subaru Impreza, at 6001 units including the WRX, and the Kia Forte, at 5003 units. The Mazda3 jumped above the Nissan Sentra for February, with 10,554 units sold. Once full shipments of the redesigned Nissan Sentra and Kia Forte arrive on dealer lots later this year, we’ll see how the sales charts change. Until then, the Toyota Corolla remains on top.

Source: The automakers

Car  February 2013  February 2012
Toyota Corolla 24,999 22,151
Honda Civic 22,713 27,087
Ford Focus 20,808 23,350
Chevrolet Cruze 17,947 20,427
Hyundai Elantra 16,219 13,820
Volkswagen Jetta 11,968 12,838
Mazda3 10,554 11,275
Nissan Sentra  10,058  10,605
Dodge Dart/Caliber 7,752 1,847
Subaru Impreza/WRX 6,001 7,256
Kia Forte 5,003 5,706

By Zach Gale

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