Sales of the Honda Civic continue to climb since its 2013 refresh, with the compact hanging on to the first-place finish it earned in April. Though the Hyundai Elantra came in second place behind the Civic a month prior, the Korean compact slipped two spots behind the Toyota Corolla and Ford Fusion in May.
Honda sold 30,268 Civics last month, beating all of its competitors by a wide margin. Although those sales represent a 9.6-percent year-over-year decrease, year-to-date sales are down 4.5 percent. With 27,997 units sold, whe Toyota Corolla/Matrix climbed to second place, with the Focus right behind at 27,186 units sold. Although the Elantra is down two spots from April, with 25,090 units sold last month, for a solid fourth place finish.
While the gap between the Focus and Chevrolet Cruze widened in May, the compact bow-tie remained in fifth place with 23,055 units sold. The Volkswagen Jetta/Sportwagen (15,910) and Nissan Sentra (12,504) held onto their distant sixth- and seventh-place spots, respectively. Although the Mazda3 (8935) is among the oldest of the bunch, it moved up one spot outselling the all-new Dodge Dart (7448).
The redesigned Kia Forte (7177) and outgoing Subaru Impreza/WRX (7048) swapped spots last month, with the Volkswagen Golf lineup rounding out the segment with 3052 units sold.
Check out the full sales breakdown in the chart below.
|May 2013||May 2012||Year-to-Date|
|Dodge Dart||7448||1/1341 (Dodge Caliber)||38,512|
Source: The Automakers
By Jason Udy