The first two months of this year proved to be a trying time for automakers, as sales remained anemic and cold weather wasn’t doing anyone any favors. However, March was a different story — sales last month were very good for many.
“Trucks led much of the sales gains for March, with especially strong performances from Ram, Ford and Toyota,” Cars.com says. “The Ram brand had its best month for pickup sales in a decade, and the brand as a whole posted a 29 percent gain year-over-year in March versus March 2013.”
Luxury cars did very well during the month, though given their low volume, you won’t see them here; however, Maserati posted sales gains of 340 percent, and Jaguar-Land Rover also saw a really impressive month. On a more pedestrian level, mid-size sedans, long a staple of American auto sales, did quite well — the Camry and Fusion both saw encouraging gains during the month.
Find out what else made this month’s list of best-selling cars after the jump.
10. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V crossover has long been a staple vehicle in the segment, and in March, Honda sold 28,657 of them. That’s 6.5 percent better than March of last year, and to date since January, Honda has sold 67,648 units of the favorite family car, for a 3.5 percent gain for the first three months of the year.
9. Ford Escape
Besting the Honda was the Ford Escape, the little crossover that could — as it’s been subject to several recalls over its life since the redesign. That hasn’t hampered buyers, though, who scooped up 28,701 Escapes during March, putting Ford’s monthly tally 0.8 percent behind of the same period of 2013. For the year-to-date, 71,305 Escapes have been sold, down 2.3 percent from the first three months of 2013.
8. Toyota Corolla
Toyota’s Corolla sedan seems to be benefiting from its radical redesign and was able to move 29,685 units during last month, for a 5.5 percent slide in sales over March of 2013. Pickup for the smaller sedan doesn’t seem to be as robust as Toyota was hoping for, maybe because larger sedans are now offering stronger fuel economy than before and are cannibalizing the sales of compacts like the Corolla. Year-to-date so far, Toyota has moved 77,737 Corollas, which is down 3.1 percent compared to last year.
7. Ford Fusion
Ford capped off a spectacular month with Fusion sales of 32,963, catapulting the popular sedan into seventh place. That’s a surge of 8.8 percent when compared to March 2013; for the first three months of this year, Ford has sold 77,578 Fusion sedans, which is down 3.7 percent over the first calendar year quarter of 2013.
6. Honda Accord
Honda’s enduring Accord sedan is a sales powerhouse for the company, and it lived up to that title in March, moving 33,962 units — though that was 7 percent below last year’s March count. Honda has so far sold 79,188 Accord sedans in 2014, which is down 10.4 percent this year, perhaps due to the increased consumer appetite for the Ford Fusion.
5. Nissan Altima
Nissan’s (NSANY.PK) Rogue crossover has been the star of the proverbial show so far this year, but as far as volume goes, the Altima leads the lineup. It sold 35,921 Altima sedans during March, which actually fell 4.9 percent short against March of 2013. Year-to-date, though, the Altima remains on top with delivery volumes of 89,285 units, or 2.7 percent over the same period last year.
4. Toyota Camry
Despite concerns that its momentum is slowing, Toyota’s Camry sedan clung on to the best-selling car title for another month, having moved 41,953 units in March, 11.4 percent over the same month last year. Since January, Toyota has moved 94,283 Camrys off its lots, which despite the strong month still falls about 6.7 percent shy of where sales sat for the same period a year ago.
3. Chevrolet Silverado
Chevy’s Silverado has faced some struggles so far this year, including slow launch momentum from last year and a recall, but it was able to put on a respectable 6.8 percent leap for the month of March, to 42,247 vehicles. It wasn’t enough to maintain its number three spot, however, and year-to-date it’s moved 107,757 units — down 7.6 percent compared with last year.
2. Ram 1500
For the first time in its history, the Ram (FIATY.PK) 1500 pickup became the second best-selling vehicle in the U.S. — outpacing the Chevy by a mere 285 units during March, with a grand total of 42,532 trucks moved for the month. That’s an impressive 25.7 percent more than March of 2013, and brings Ram’s total to 96,906 units sold year-to-date — 24.9 percent up versus the first three months of last year. Ram’s new EcoDiesel 1500 has likely played a role in the surge, as 8,000 put their names down for one in its first three days on the market.
1. Ford F-Series
As per usual, the Ford F-Series led the pack with 70,940 units sold in March, making for just the fourth time in the last seven years that the F-Series has surpassed 70,000 sales in a one-month span. This puts the pickup line ahead of last year by 5.1 percent, and year to date totals now sit at 173,358, 2.7 percent above where they sat during March of 2013.