Honda Civic Still Top Compact in July, Corolla and Elantra Get Second and Third

The Honda Civic continues to lead the compact car segment while the Toyota Corolla is well established in the number two spot. Hyundai’s Elantra jumped two spots for a third place finish with help from two new body styles: the Elantra Coupe and Elantra GT hatchback.

Honda sold 25,004 Civics in July, a 78.5-percent increase from July 2011, when Honda and other automakers were still dealing with a severely constrained supply of vehicles. The Toyota Corolla secured its second-place finish with 23,640 sales, a 34.5-percent increase over July last year. Honda is also in the lead for the first half of 2012 with 187,586 Civic models sold, to Toyota’s 175,366 Corollas sold.

Sales of the Elantra were up 21.9 percent compared to July 2011, with 15,181 units sold — boosting it to the number three spot from fifth place in June 2012. The Elantra jumped ahead of the Ford Focus (16,454 units) and the Chevrolet Cruze (14,954 units).

Rounding out the top-eight list for July 2012 compact sales were the Volkswagen Jetta (13,629 units, down 13.3 percent), Nissan Sentra (9888 units, up 13.3 percent), and Mazda3 (9027 units, down 2.8 percent).

*Listed Volkswagen Jetta sales now include the sedan and wagon.

Source: Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Nissan, Mazda