Toyota Corolla Can't Defeat Honda Civic in 2013 Compact Car Sales

There was no competition for the Honda Civic in 2013, as the Japanese compact dominated the compact segment with 336,180 units sold, leaving the Toyota Corolla in second place with 302,180 units.

Read more about November Compact Sales here.

It was a much closer race between the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra, with only 312 units separating the two. Trailing way behind in fifth place was the Ford Focus with 234,570 compacts sold, while a total of 141,259 Volkswagen Jettas were sold throughout 2013. The Nissan Sentra with 129,143 units sold remained the sixth most popular compact sold in the U.S. last year, while the Mazda3, even with the all-new model released in September, couldn't catch up. The Mazda3 finished in seventh place with 104,713 units, though next year could be better. Following the zoom-zoom compact is the Dodge Dart, which couldn’t hit the 100,000 mark with only 83,388 units sold.

Behind the Dart was the Subaru Impreza/WRX with 76,825 units sold, and with the next-gen WRX on the horizon, it could fare much better next year. Barely missing the top-10 cutoff was the Kia Forte with 75,681 units sold. And although it's loads of fun, the Volkswagen Golf was the least most popular selling compact with only a combined 3,931 Golfs, GTIs and Golf Rs sold.


Model Year-to-Date December 2013 December 2012
Honda Civic 336,180 29,000 33,118
Toyota Corolla 302,180 22,562 24,679
Chevrolet Cruze 248,224 18,162 21,230
Hyundai Elantra 247,912 21,692 19,024
Ford Focus 234,570 15,569 22,604
Volkswagen Jetta/Sportwagen 141,259 13,179 13,102
Nissan Sentra 129,143 10,799 7755
Mazda3 104,713 7669 10,297
Dodge Dart 83,388 5449 6105
Subaru Impreza/WRX 76,825 6629 7505
Kia Forte 75,681 4302 4276
Volkswagen Golf 30,931 1852 2854

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