October 2013 Best Sellers by Segment

By Jacob Brown | November 04, 2013
It looked to be another banner month in October as most automakers saw steady--albeit not drastic--gains in their sales. Some saw declines, like Kia, because of some aging products and initial surges when cars went on sale earlier. Others felt the wrath of the government shutdown, which surely affected consumer confidence. Overall, however, there was very little to complain about. The market was strong, and some of the demand that was pent up in October may trickle into November, a typically weak sales month. With that said, here are the vehicles that won their segments over in the month of October.
Subcompact -- Nissan Versa: 8,626 Units
A good number of my coworkers disdain this little Nissan Versa and its hatchback Versa Note offshoot, but there's a very good reason the car has kept on top of the subcompact segment: It's still cheap as dirt, reliable, and gets fantastic fuel economy. The Nissan Versa found itself removed from dealerships 8,626 times in October, which dwarfed the next-best Chevrolet Sonic's 6,850 units. The Versa only outsold last year's model by 315 units, while the Chevy picked up 1,355. The new Versa Note should help Nissan maintain its momentum, but will any challengers with new or refreshed models soon come by to overtake its spot on the mantle? We'll see soon enough.
Compact -- Honda Civic: 27,328 Units
This one wasn't even close. The Honda Civic jumped way out ahead of the second-place Toyota Corolla, which sold which sold 23,637 units in the month of October. The 2014 Toyota Corolla recently went on sale as an all-new model, which may still be building up dealership supplies and awareness. On the other hand, the Honda Civic has consistently improved in this generation's life, and it should see further updates in the near future. The Corolla has faced some lukewarm press lately and may be suffering as a result. Following those two were the Chevrolet Cruze (16,087), Ford Focus (15,108), and Hyundai Elantra (14,876).
Family Sedan -- Toyota Camry: 29,144 Units
You can't keep an old dog down, never mind the fact that the Toyota Camry debuted in this generation as a 2012 model. Still, despite its recent lukewarm crash-test performance ratings, the Camry as continued as the best-selling car in its class, which could be bolstered by fleet sales. Coming in second place was the Honda Accord (25,162 unite), which was redesigned for 2013. The two sedans have a clear lead on the third-place Nissan Altima (21,785), and continue to hold steady ground above the Ford Fusion (21,740) and Hyundai Sonata (19,872). When we compared the five best-selling cars in the class, we threw the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in there, which has since fallen to sixth. Chevy is hoping an emergency refresh can raise its standings.
Minivan -- Dodge Grand Caravan: 11,609 Units
We think this is worth reiterating: Chrysler and all of its management team would be loony to discontinue one minivan or another to keep the other alive, which is what's been rumored for some time. Case-in-point: The Dodge Grand Caravan continues to sell more units than any other vehicle in its class. Second place? The Chrysler Town & Country, posting 10,562 units sold. That means that Chrysler has managed to move more units than the Honda Odyssey (8,968), Toyota Sienna (8,585), and the rest of the class combined. Keep on movin', Chrysler.
Truck -- Ford F-Series: 63,803 Units
This one doesn't come as much surprise, either. The Ford F-Series pickup trucks continue to outsell GM's staid but strong Chevrolet Silverado (42,660 units) and GMC Sierra (16,503) combined. GM's pickup trucks are solid contenders, but they seem to have been improved in a rather conservative manner for their new-for-2014 models. The Ram pickup trucks (29,846) found plenty of new homes, which is a good thing. We're rooting for them if only because they're pretty awesome trucks, all things considered, at least as far as this non-truck guy author is concerned.
Two-Row Crossover -- Honda CR-V: 22,554 Units
Edging out the Ford Escape, the Honda CR-V retains its title as the top-selling two-row crossover out there. The Escape was off by just 301 units, which is practically nothing. Still, we can see the CR-V's gonzo appeal: It's reliable, utilitarian, and functional. It's also boring as Kenny G muzak. Following those two were the Toyota RAV4 (17,590), Chevrolet Equinox (17,163), and the more premium Jeep Grand Cherokee (14,263).
Three-Row Crossover/SUV -- Ford Explorer: 15,288 Units
For reasons unbeknownst to us, the Ford Explorer continues to outsell its three-row competition. We weren't really fans when wen had one in for a week, but we guess even a broken clock is right twice a day. Following up the Explorer were the aging Toyota Highlander (9,323), which is not long for this world before an all-new model is launched, and the Honda Pilot (9,202), which is also being replaced soon. From there, it's a hodgepodge of what actually rounds out the top five, as Kia and Hyundai don't separate sales numbers between their two- and three-row versions of the Sorento and Santa Fe.
Luxury Car -- BMW 3 Series: 11,715 Units
The BMW 3 Series has long been the most popular luxury car out there if only because of its combination of premium feel and driving dynamics. Now in the second model year and going into the third model year of the current generation, we expect to see sales of the car drop as the BMW 4 Series supplants the BMW 3 Series coupe's figures. BMW should do all right, though. Following the 3 Series were the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (6,548) and larger E-Class (6,456). In sixth place and perhaps the most interesting was the Mercedes-Benz CLA (4,895), which we think has the potential to blow up the sales charts in the coming months.
Luxury Crossover/SUV -- Lexus RX: 7,979 Units
Lexus created the luxury crossover segment, and it has steadfastly held onto its leadership since its 1999 inception. Despite the current Lexus RX getting a little long in the tooth, an F Sport helped spruce it up for 2013. It leads the Acura MDX (5,608), which is made for mankind, apparently, and the Cadillac SRX (5,373). Not bad numbers for any of the three of them. Not bad at all.
Sports Car -- Ford Mustang: 6,918 Units
The Ford Mustang has once again pulled ahead of the Chevrolet Camaro (5,669), despite the Mustang's age and upcoming replacement. Part of that could be attributable to Ford upping incentives on its pony car to move inventory. Part of that could also stem from the popularity of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette (3,929), which has battled back and forth with the Camaro for sales. The Corvette is up some 237 percent, and we expect that could grow higher in the warmer coming months. The Dodge Challenger rounded out the top four with 3,256 units sold.