10 Vehicles That Were Flying Off the Dealer Lots in May

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New car sales hit the brakes during May, despite fair weather over much of the country and the sales-happy Memorial day holiday as the industry paused to catch its breath following months of decent gains. Overall, Cars.com reported that sales of vehicles slid 6.4% — “the largest percentage tumble in 69 months by our tally of Automotive News’ monthly sales tables,” the site said.

More than half of the 10 best-selling vehicles in May suffered declines when compared to May of 2015, even with increased incentive activity being deployed industry-wide. Though gas prices have trended upwards, they still remain relatively depressed, and buyers have responded accordingly.

Read on to see which vehicles sold the most in May. All stats and figures sourced from Cars.com.

10. Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V
2016 Honda CR-V | Source: Honda

Honda’s suburban favorite CR-V put up a respectable 29,359 sales last month, but couldn’t keep pace with a blowout May 2015. Dealers moved 8.5% fewer CR-Vs during the period, leaving total sales at 129,460 for the year so far, down 3.9%.

9. Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape
2017 Ford Escape | Source: Ford

New for 2017, Ford’s Escape is reaching its refresh-fueled stride. Ford sold 30,861 units in May, up 5.5% over May 2015 and leaving the crossover up 3.3% for the year to date at 126,375 models sold.

8. Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord Sedan Touring
2016 Honda Accord Sedan Touring | Source: Honda

The Honda Accord racked up a near-flat sales month for May, moving 31,949 units during the period. That falls 1.3% shy of May last year, leaving Accord sales at 140,548 since January 1, up 9.6%.

7. Toyota RAV4

2016 Toyota RAV4
2016 Toyota RAV4 | Source: Toyota

Bolstered by the new-for-2016 RAV4 hybrid, Toyota’s popular small SUV saw sales leap 12% in an otherwise down month for the industry. This left the RAV4 at 32,261 for May, and puts its year-to-date sales at 138,535, or up 16.7%.

6. Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus
2014 Toyota Corolla S | Source: Toyota

Despite renewed competition from the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla held its own throughout May, selling 34,872 units for a 5.2% decline versus May of last year. This puts the Corolla at 151,243 sales since January, also down 5.2% for the first five months of the year.

5. Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic
2016 Honda Civic | Source: Honda

The Honda Civic has experienced something of a renaissance with the new 2016 model, and buyers can’t get enough. Honda sold 35,396 of them in May, managing a 2.7% gain amid broad declines in the segment. This puts the Civic at 158,030 for the year-to-date, up a whopping 22% versus the first five months of 2015.

4. Toyota Camry

2016 Toyota Camry
2016 Toyota Camry | Source: Toyota

America’s most beloved non-truck remained just that in May, as Toyota sold 36,915 units — a 15.8% slide from May 2015. This leaves it down 6.3% for the year so far, at 167,199 vehicles sold since January 1.

3. Ram Pickup

2017 Ram 2500
2017 Ram 2500 | Source: Ram

Taking home its usual bronze medal is the Ram pickup in all its flavors, as the Fiat-Chrysler offspring moved 38,833 trucks during the period — a 2.8% dip versus May a year ago. Year-to-date, Ram has sold 193,279 trucks, still up for the year so far by 7.7%.

2. Chevrolet Silverado

2016 Chevrolet Silverado
2016 Chevrolet Silverado | Source: Chevrolet

Chevrolet hung in there for May, and despite weathering a 12.7% slide in sales, clung on to the No. 2 slot for last month. It moved 45,035 trucks, bringing its year-to-date total to 223,990, off by 0.1% when compared to May 2015.

1.  Ford F-Series

Ford, America’s truck leader, topping the best-selling vehicles list with the F-150
2016 Ford F-150 with warning strobe | Source: Ford

Bucking the overall truck trend, Ford saw sales rise 6.7% in May to 67,412 units moved off dealer lots. Year to date, Ford has sold 324,307 F-Series pickups in 2016 (up 7.4%), a number that will likely accelerate when the 2017 F-Series Heavy Duties are released later this year.

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