Honda Civic Leads August 2013 Compact Auto Sales

The refreshed-for-2013 Honda Civic is king of the compact segment. Honda sold 39,458 Civics last month, making it far-and-away the best-selling C-segment car in August. In its rearview mirror was the Toyota Corolla, with 26,861 cars sold, and in third place was the hot-selling Hyundai Elantra, with 24,700 units sold.

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For the second consecutive month, Honda has run away with the compact segment monthly sales crown. The Japanese automaker managed to sell 39,458 examples of the Honda Civic in August, beating the second-place Toyota Corolla's 26,861 sales by over 12,000 units. That number, however, is expected to rise as the 2014 Corolla hits dealers this month. Finishing third was the Hyundai Elantra, with 24,700 units sold, just barely retaking its spot on the podium from the Chevrolet Cruze.

Read about July compact sales right here.

With the Elantra in third, the Chevrolet Cruze is relegated to fourth place this month, with 23,909 units sold ā€“ an 8.0-percent year-over-year decrease, despite the arrival of the new Cruze Diesel. On the Cruze's tail in August was the Ford Focus, with 20,372 cars sold, good for fifth place. In a distant sixth was the Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta SportWagen, with 16,280 units sold. Jetta sales may continue increasing once the 2014-model-year cars debut with a new volume engine.

Sitting in seventh place is the Nissan Sentra, with 12,605 units sold. Eighth place went to the Mazda3, with 11,031 cars sold ā€“ we expect the Mazda3's ranking to slowly rise as the new 2014 Mazda3 continues to hit dealerships around the country. With 8019 units sold, the Subaru Impreza and Impreza WRX combine for a ninth-place finish.

August's compact auto sales were rounded out by the Dodge Dart with 6901 units sold, the Big Test-winning 2014 Kia Forte in 11th with 6469 cars sold, and the outgoing Volkswagen Golf/GTI, with 3010 hatchbacks sold.

Source: The automakers

Model August 2013 August 2012 Year-To-Date
Honda Civic 39,458 24,897 230,578
Toyota Corolla 26,861 24,311 210,296
Hyundai Elantra 24,700 17,989 174,902
Chevrolet Cruze 23,909 25,975 183,045
Ford Focus 20,372 19,073 171,921
Volkswagen Jetta/Sportwagen 16,280 15,446 110,964
Nissan Sentra 12,605 10,623 90,483
Mazda3 11,031 11,120 72,968
Subaru Impreza/WRX 8019 5400 54,210
Dodge Dart 6901 3045 57,914
Kia Forte 6469 7300 48,097
Volkswagen Golf/GTI 3010 4268 22,460

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