Ah, that back to school season when the kids are out of the house and parents can get back to the important stuff. Like buying new cars. At least, that’s the conclusion you could draw from this past September, which put most — if not all — automakers in the black from a sales standpoint. Even Volkswagen, mired in its diesel scandal, eked out a 0.6% gain for the month (though October’s really going to hurt).
Per Cars.com, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles gained 13.6%, Ford saw a 23% gain, and GM landed a 12.5% surge. Excluding Volkswagen (which lost a substantial lead), GM’s figures were the lowest of the seven major automakers that do business in the U.S.
Subcompacts and compact cars — which have been on a losing streak since April, Cars.com reports — showed signs of life with a 1.1% perk. Lukewarm sales of midsize family sedans saw an 8.7% lift. A rising tide lifts all boats, it seems.
Read on to see what made the top 10 sellers of the month.
10. Toyota Corolla
Toyota’s venerable compact Corolla outperformed for September, posting sales of 26,636 for the month — up a staggering 29.7% versus the same month a year ago. This leaves the car up 7.7% for the year, at 278,742 units sold since January 1.
9. Toyota RAV4
Though it trails the Corolla in year-to-date sales at 227,922 for the year so far, the RAV4 had a stellar September, moving 27,104 units and pushing itself to ninth place. That’s an improvement of 19.3% versus September 2014, and it leaves the RAV4 up 12.8% for the year.
8. Honda Civic
Despite the reveal of the new model, Honda’s Civic plowed on through September having moved 28,278 units, handily outpacing its Toyota counterpart. This 27% leap leaves sales of the sedan down 1.5% for the year so far, with Honda moving 249,749 Civics since January.
7. Ford Escape
Ford’s Escape has a come-and-go relationship with the Top 10 each month, but for September, it rightfully earned its place with 28,473 units sold. That’s a 31.1% surge versus the year-ago month, and it leaves Ford’s Escape up 1.2% for the year, at 233,012 units sold.
6. Honda CR-V
Honda’s CR-V has been on fire this year. It continued its streak through September with a 26.1% surge, selling 29,925 units for the month. For the year, it’s sold 259,499 units, leaving it up 7.7% since January.
5. Honda Accord
With a revised model coming along for 2016, buyers showed little interest in waiting. Honda still sold 33,641 Accord sedans for September, good for a 2.1% gain versus September of 2014. Year-to-date, it’s sold 264,814 units, which is actually down versus last year by 13%.
4. Toyota Camry
Our perennial favorite sedan led the board again in September, as buyers scooped up 34,487 Toyota Camrys and gave them new homes. This was a massive 21% leap over September 2014, though it leaves Camry sales down 2.6% for the year to date, at 326,330.
3. Ram Pickup
Though the Ram had a strong month, it was up against a tough comparable from last year. Ram sold 36,598 units, a near dead-heat versus September last year. All told, Ram has sold 330,643 units since January, leaving the truck up 3.4% for the year-to-date.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
Hot on the heels of first place… well, sort of — is the Chevrolet Silverado, which had a banner month in September. Despite the new 2016 model having yet reached showrooms, Chevrolet 53,725 pickups for a 7.1% gain, which brings its annual total to 440,904 for the year so far — 15.4% over the same period of last year.
1. Ford F-Series
Ford retained its crown in September, moving 69,651 units for a 16.4% leap over September of last year. That leaves the F-Series up 1.3% for the year — swinging into the green after a rocky rollout of the F-150 stalled sales — at 564,451 pickups moved since January.