Honda Civic Leads May Compact Sales, Elantra Drops Two Spots

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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. Source: The Automakers

May 2013 May 2012 Year-to-Date
Honda Civic 30,268 33,490 128,980
Toyota Corolla/Matrix 27,997 31,847 132,514
Ford Focus 27,186 24,769 111,641
Hyundai Elantra 25,090 18,877 104,081
Chevrolet Cruze 23,055 19,613 100,818
Volkswagen Jetta/Sportwagen 15,910 15,175 66,483
Nissan Sentra 12,504 7600 56,240
Mazda3 8935 8474 45,135
Dodge Dart 7448 1/1341 (Dodge Caliber) 38,512
Kia Forte 7177 7782 27,731
Subaru Impreza/WRX 7048 8311 32,199
Volkswagen Golf/GTI 3052 3878 14,182

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