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Honda Civic Tops October 2013 Compact Auto Sales

The compact-car sales race.

The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are continuing to fight over which model is the best-selling compact car in the U.S. This month the Honda Civic handily came out on top, beating the Corolla with 27,328 sold.

The best the Toyota Corolla could muster was a still-impressive 23,637 in sales last month, easily making it the second-place compact car for October. The rest of the compact car segment didn't necessarily fair as well as the Civic or Corolla. Third place went to the Chevrolet Cruze, with 16,087 sold - a 15.9-percent drop versus October of last year. The fourth place Ford Focus also had a big dip in sales, with just 15,108 sold last month. It's worth noting that the Chevrolet Cruze has also overtaken the Ford Focus in year-to-date sales, though the Focus theoretically has time to make up the 8100-unit gap.

Coming in fifth place was the Hyundai Elantra, which fell from last month's third place spot. The Hyundai Elantra tallied 14,876 sales last month. While Hyundai at least posted a sales gain versus October of last year, the sixth-place Volkswagen Jetta lineup saw a big drop; VW sold just 11,710 Jetta sedans and Sportwagens last month, a 13.1-percent decrease. The Nissan Sentra was the seventh-place compact car with 8399 sold, while the Mazda3 finished just behind it, with 7674 sold. The top 10 compact car list was rounded out by the Dodge Dart (5617 sold) and the Subaru Impreza/WRX (4923 sold). Bringing up the rear was the Kia Forte with 4706 in sales, and the Volkswagen Golf, with 2249 sold.