It’s that time of the month again: time to declare the winners on the auto market.
For September, there were not an awful lot of surprises populating the best-sellers list. The typical big names are there, including entries from Ford, Honda, and Toyota. There are the usual appearances by Ram and Chevy, as both companies’ popular pickup trucks remain popular with buyers. As summer comes to a close and consumers prepare for colder, trickier weather, sales of SUVs and all-wheel-drive vehicles are likely to spike, and pickup truck sales should hold steady.
Overall, there were no real losers, as total vehicle sales increased 10 percent in September 2014 over a year ago. The numbers themselves, compiled by Cars.com, also saw double-digit percentage gains by a number of manufacturers, including GM, Chrysler, Honda, and Nissan. Ford sales slipped by 2.7 percent, however.
In the pickup truck segment, the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram combined to see a surge of nearly 40 percent in sales, likely due to customers awaiting a new redesign to Ford’s F-Series. On its own, the Silverado has seen an increase in sales of more than 50 percent from a year ago. That propelled GM to an impressive increase of 19.4 percent overall from last September.
Read on to see the entire top 10 list of the best-selling vehicles for September 2014, as compiled by Cars.com.
10. Ford Fusion
Though Ford’s overall sales took a bit of a hit, the company’s popular Fusion sedan managed to squeak itself into a position in the top 10 best sellers last month. Dealers moved just under 21,700 units off their lots in September, representing a jump of 8.6 percent from September 2013. Fusion sales for the year are up considerably, as well, with more than 240,500 having sold so far for a jump of 6.3 percent year-to-date. We’ll see if sales maintain headed into the fall and winter months, when consumers tend to look at more trucks and SUVs.
9. Ford Escape
Another Ford model to crack the top 10: The Escape SUV sold a total of 21,718 units over the course of September. Though that’s a substantial figure, it’s still a 3.9 percent drop from September 2013. For the year, though, sales are on pace to eclipse 2013. More than 230,000 Escape models have been sold as of October 1, representing a 0.8 percent increase in year-over-year sales since January.
8. Honda Civic
No surprises here. The Honda Civic continues to sell well and remain one of America’s most popular vehicles. Even in the crowded commuter car segment, Honda was able to sell 22,263 Civic models, though that is a 3.1 percent decrease in sales over a year ago. Sales for the year are more or less where they were in 2013, ringing in a slight decrease of 0.1 percent for a total thus far of 253,430 nationwide.
7. Toyota RAV4
Toyota was able to zoom past Ford in sales of compact SUVs, as the RAV4 saw total sales of 22,724 for the month of September. The RAV4 had an incredible month, seeing double-digit gains over the previous year for a total increase of 42.7 percent. It’s also pacing way ahead of last year, with total sales so far of 202,069, 26 percent higher right now than they were in 2013. It may be an indication of renewed interest in compact SUVs, or the fact that customers are merely gearing up for the winter months. Impressive gains by Toyota either way.
6. Honda CR-V
Much like the Toyota RAV4, Honda’s CR-V had an incredibly impressive month of sales and is currently way ahead of where it was in 2013. Double-digit gains in sales were in store for Honda dealers in addition to Toyota dealers, as car lots moved a total of 23,722 CR-V units last month, a more than 10 percent increase over September of last year. That makes for more than 241,000 for the year overall, also pacing ahead of 2013.
5. Toyota Camry
No best-seller list is complete without the addition of the Toyota Camry, one of the most popular vehicles in America for a long time running now. The Camry, taking the No. 5 slot this month, had sales that were a considerable jump over the sixth best-selling vehicle. More than 28,500 Camry models found new owners in September, which is surprisingly 10 percent lower than what dealers sold during September 2013. The Camry is still ahead for the year, however, by 5 percent.
4. Honda Accord
Going head-to-head with the likes of the Camry, Fusion, and its younger sibling, the Civic, is no easy feat, but the Honda Accord managed to best them all in terms of sales last month, building on a strong sales trend that started in August. The Accord didn’t only beat the other cars in its segment, it was also the best-selling vehicle on the market that was not a pickup truck. Nearly 33,000 Accord units were sold last month, a huge increase of almost 31 percent over September of last year.
3. Ram Pickup
In the pickup segment, Ram came up short compared to its big two competitors. That’s not to say that consumers weren’t grabbing up Ram trucks like hotcakes, as the company sold 36,612 during the month of September. That’s a 30 percent increase over the same time last year and is yet another victory in what is turning out to be a very good year for Ram. So far, year-over-year sales of Ram trucks have been way ahead of 2013, by 21.7 percent.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
Without a doubt the most impressive month for any vehicle out there was from the Silverado line. Chevy’s popular pickup truck sold more than 50,000 units during September, a giant jump of 54.4 percent over last September. It’s good news for Chevy and GM, as the company has had about as awful a year as any manufacturer could imagine. The increase is likely due to the heavy incentives Chevy has put on consumers to move more trucks, and it appears the move is paying off handsomely.
1. Ford F-Series
Surprise, surprise. The Ford F-Series leads the list of best sellers again. Ford’s insanely popular pickup line lost the slightest bit of steam last month, as sales dropped 0.1 percent from September 2013. Still, 59,863 trucks were sold last month, with the Silverado hot on its heels. F-Series sales for the year overall are still vastly outpacing every other vehicle on the market, as Ford dealers have moved 557,000 with three months left until 2015.