Toyota Camry Leads Accord, Altima in July Midsize Sales

The Toyota Camry's sales momentum of the past several months continued through July, with 39,888 units sold for the month. That number handily beat the Honda Accord's 35,073 units, as well as the Nissan Altima's 26,654 units.

The Ford Fusion traded its third-place position with the Altima again in July, scoring fourth place with 23,942 units sold. The Hyundai Sonata landed in fifth with sales of 22,577, followed by its corporate cousin Kia Optima. The Kia barely edged out the Chevrolet Malibu for sixth-place honors, selling 13,588 units to the Malibu's 13,537.

The Volkswagen Passat may be the first car to post numbers outside the five-digit range, but it surpassed the new Chrysler 200 this time around with sales of 8668 units versus the Chrysler's 8159 sales. The Mazda6 is again in the bottom three, though it continues to improve its number. The sleek family sedan sold 5049 units in July, up 46.5 percent compared to the same month last year. The Subaru Legacy's sales of 4679 were good enough to keep it from being dead last for once, pushing the Dodge Avenger to the very bottom at 4318 sales -- down 30 percent from the same period last year.

Model Jul-14 Jul-13 Year-to-Date
Toyota Camry 39,888 34,780 262,428
Honda Accord 35,073 31,507 220,351
Nissan Altima 26,654 29,534 203,107
Ford Fusion 23,942 20,522 189,440
Hyundai Sonata 22,577 18,903 128,924
Kia Optima 13,588 13,752 96,401
Chevrolet Malibu 13,537 12,473 117,042
Volkswagen Passat 8,668 10,051 58,443
Chrysler 200 8,159 8,122 53,337
Mazda6 5,049 3,447 31,967
Subaru Legacy 4,679 3,142 22,533
Dodge Avenger 4,318 6,131 44,781

James C.
In every car magazine comparison test, Mazda 6 wins 1st or 2nd place. Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima usually ranks in the bottom.Yet, this sales figure shows how unpopular Mazda 6 is...and opposite for Camry and Altima.Does buyers really care about the car in this segment?Does performance, handling, design, and quality matter to anyone?Or just reputation for reliability and resale value matters the most?Why build better car by spending extra effort and money in development and new technology when name plate is most important selling point...It is just sad...

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