Nissan Altima is March's Best-Selling Midsize Sedan

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Toyota sold 37,663 Camrys last month, but it wasn’t enough to stay on top of the midsize segment. With sales totaling 37,763, just 100 more than the Camry, the Nissan Altima was the best-selling midsize player in March. Despite this small setback, Toyota can take solace in the fact that Camry’s year-to-date total is 100,830, far beyond the Altima’s and Accord’s total around 80,000.

Taking the number three spot behind the Camry was the Honda Accord with 36,504 units sold. Next is the Ford Fusion (30,284 sold), which dropped a spot in the rankings compared to February’s report. In fifth and sixth place are the Chevrolet Malibu and Hyundai Sonata with 18,539 and 18,031 units sold respectively. The Chrysler 200 got a big boost last month with 16,593 units sold, compared to just 11,446 during February.

The Kia Optima (14,366) and Dodge Avenger (12,439) placed eighth and ninth in the rankings, though the Optima could see a boost in sales later this year when the refreshed model arrives in showrooms. Finally, the Volkswagen Passat, Mazda6, and Subaru Legacy round off the bottom three with 9521, 6102, and 4400 units sold respectively. The Mazda also experienced a big bump in sales last month, compared to just 2702 units during the month of February.

Car March 2013 March 2012 Year-to-Date
Nissan Altima 37,763 41,050 86,952
Toyota Camry 37,663 42,567 100,830
Honda Accord 36,504 26,771 88,427
Ford Fusion 30,284 28,562 80,558
Chevrolet Malibu 18,539 23,887 49,179
Hyundai Sonata 18,031 23,281 47,285
Chrysler 200 16,593 14,914 36,885
Kia Optima 14,366 15,008 38,813
Dodge Avenger 12,439 9362 32,047
Volkswagen Passat 9521 10032 25,909
Mazda6 6102 7855 10,951
Subaru Legacy 4400 5384 11,329
 

Source: The Automakers

Car March 2013 March 2012 Year-to-Date
Nissan Altima 37,763 41,050 86,952
Toyota Camry 37,663 42,567 100,830
Honda Accord 36,504 26,771 88,427
Ford Fusion 30,284 28,562 80,558
Chevrolet Malibu 18,539 23,887 49,179
Hyundai Sonata 18,031 23,281 47,285
Chrysler 200 16,593 14,914 36,885
Kia Optima 14,366 15,008 38,813
Dodge Avenger 12,439 9362 32,047
Volkswagen Passat 9521 10032 25,909
Mazda6 6102 7855 10,951
Subaru Legacy 4400 5384 11,329
Anurag Rajagopal
Yeah now give us how many of those Altimas were fleet please. I can bet that the number wouldn't be anywhere near that number if it wasn't for fleet sales.
Cabe N. Allen
I leased a 2013 Altima...I can't wait until my three years are up.  Overall, a very unsatisfying car.  Numerous issues and cheapness throughout.  It may be the best selling car in March, but it will probably mean even more people, like me, regretting the choice.Issues:Fuel Economy - does not come close to EPA estimatesBuild Quality - buzzes, creaks, rattlesMaterial Quality - cheap hard plastics, awful upholstery fabricElectrical Issues - false warning lights, bluetooth audio connectivity issues
ed124c
I am really surprised that the 2014 Mazda 6 is selling lower than the previous model.  This does not bode well for Mazda.  Midsize cars are a company's bread and butter.  I hope the new 3 comes out soon and is a smash hit, or Mazda will be in deep trouble.  Perhaps Ford could buy it back.  Fat chance, I would guess.  I drove a 2014 Mazda 6 with a stick shift and I was kinda impressed.  Unfortunately, the interior is one of the worst in the midsize non-luxury class.  Maybe that is why their sales are down.
Dave_in_Rio_Rancho
Not a fan of Nissan since the Renault buy in; but there definitely is always a good market for comfortable point A to B transportation vehicles.
IDY CAR GUY
The best car would be if you could take the Camry and put the Nissan Altima interior in it.  The Camry has a better suspension, quieter engine (but less power) but that interior is bargain basement cheap.  Cheap plastic everywhere and the upholstery sucks too.  If you press on the cheap plastic it makes squeeking noises.  I've driven both as rentals frequently as I travel for my work.   Toyotas used to have nicer interiors and better quality for that matter.  I've driven them for years but have finally moved on due to the poor quality.  My Avalon I rented last week had dash lights shorting out (great quality control Toyota) and the suspension transmitted some very scary feelings when I went over bumps in the road.  I could actually feel the tires losing contact with the pavement on bumps.  I now drive a G37 and am replacing my RAV4 with the new MDX when it comes out.  No more Toyotas for me until they get their act together (if ever).

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