Despite the doom and gloom, some sedans remain relatively popular with consumers. While final sales figures haven’t been released for 2018, The Motley Fool compiled a list of the top selling sedans in America so far this year.
1) Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry has been one of the best-selling sedans in America for decades as consumers are attracted to winning combination of comfort and reliability. Goodcarbadcar data shows Americans have bought 314,346 units through November which is down more than eight percent from a year ago.
2) Honda Civic
The Honda Civic lineup has grown in recent years as the company now offers the popular model in sedan, coupe and hatchback form. Of course, the most interesting model is the range-topping Civic Type R which features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 306 hp (228 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque.
Thanks to the diverse lineup, which spans from affordable and practical to hot and high-performance, Honda has sold 299,376 Civics this year. However, that’s still a significant drop of 13.45% from 2017.
3) Toyota Corolla
Toyota recently pulled the wraps off the all-new Corolla and it has some pretty big shoes to fill as the outgoing model is only trailing the Civic by around 21,000 units. Sales are down ten percent for the year, but the recent redesign could help to reverse that trend.
4) Honda Accord
The redesigned Honda Accord is larger and more luxurious than its predecessor and we came away pretty impressed when we drove the sedan last fall. Unfortunately, the redesign hasn’t helped to turn the tide in the sales department as the automaker has only sold 262,444 units though November – a year-to-date decline of 12.68%.
5) Nissan Sentra
Nissan is working on an all-new Sentra, but the current model still has its fans. Thanks, in part, to an affordable base price of less than $18,000, consumers have snapped up 195,479 units so far this year.
6) Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima has seen its sales drop nearly 19% percent this year, but that could be due to the fact that the company introduced the redesigned model at the New York Auto Show in April. Regardless of the cause, the all-new model is now available at dealerships and it’s a significant improvement over its predecessor.
Among the highlights are a higher quality interior, optional all-wheel drive and an all-new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with variable compression technology. The latter produces 248 hp (185 kW / 251 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque.
7) Hyundai Elantra
The facelifted Elantra went on sale this fall, but its predecessor has been holding its own as the company managed to move 185,339 units through November. That doesn’t sound too impressive, but it’s one of the few cars that has actually seen sales climb this year.
8) Ford Fusion
Well this is awkward… Ford is planning to kill its best-selling sedan in America despite selling 157,548 units through November and introducing a minor facelift this spring. That being said, sales have fallen over 18% percent this year and Ford decided it wasn’t worth investing in a redesigned model.
9) Chevrolet Cruze
The awkwardness continues as GM’s best-selling sedan has a date with the undertaker on March 1st. Despite being a solid car that falls a bit short of its rivals, sales have plummeted around 20% percent and GM decided enough is enough.
10) Chevrolet Malibu
One of the few sedans to escape GM’s scalpel, the Chevrolet Malibu is the company’s mid-sizer which competes will the ill-fated Fusion. While it’s not as popular as the Camry or Accord, GM could be keeping the model around to placate former Cruze and Impala owners.