The Toyota Camry led a dismal January for the midsize sedan class, with sales of 23,332 units. The Nissan Altima was second with 22,515 units sold, a gain of almost 5 percent from January 2013. Third place went to the Ford Fusion, which barely pulled ahead of the Honda Accord with 20,717 units sold versus 20,604 units for the Honda.
In a distant fifth place was the Chevrolet Malibu, which sold 11,822 units. The Chrysler 200 was one of the few midsizers to see a gain in January, taking sixth place with 10,912 units sold. In a rare reversal of fortunes, the Kia Optima has surpassed its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Sonata. The Optima managed to find 9979 buyers in January, while the Hyundai Sonata was just below that at 9815 units sold. With 6236 units sold, the Volkswagen Passat was bumped to ninth place.
The Dodge Avenger found itself in the bottom three, with sales of 4795 units for the month, down 50 percent from the same period last year. The Mazda6 sold 3172 units, an improvement of almost 48 percent over the 2147 previous-gen sedans sold in January 2013. In last place was the aging Subaru Legacy, which managed 2735 sales. A new 2015 Subaru Legacy debuts this week at the Chicago auto show.