September brings us many sales surprises and some of the same old-same old. Toyota and Ford continue to lead the pack in their designated segments, although the competition is catching up. Only a few sweeps happened this month, with the pickup and luxury crossover segments. But, hey. Who didn't see that one coming? We've crunched the numbers, double-checked them, and brought you the list of the best sellers of each segment for the month of September.
Subcompact - Nissan Versa: 8,776 Units
The gap between the number one and two spots seem to be closing. This month, the Nissan Versa has come out on top once again, but the Chevrolet Sonic is hot on its tail, coming up only 1,441 units shy. The Ford Fiesta has dropped to third place this month, with the Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris finishing out the top five. Whether it's because of an extremely competitive price or something else, the Nissan Versa manages to hold on to the top spot, even with an array of more lively and fun competitors. Will it be able to stay at the top for another month, or will one of the Versa's competitors snag the subcompact title?
Compact - Toyota Corolla: 23,251 Units
The battle between Honda and Toyota continues in the compact segment, with the Corolla edging out the Civic by just 268 units. With the margin this close, it's possible that next month will have a different segment leader. However, Toyota recently launched the all-new 2014 Corolla, giving the automaker the slight edge it may need to stay on top. The top five is closed out by the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, and Chevrolet Cruze. If these last three want to have a chance at taking down these two big players, they'll need to step it up in the coming month.
Family Sedan - Toyota Camry: 31,871 Units
There's been talk that the Toyota Camry will be dethroned from its position as the best-selling midsized car with the introduction of new models from Ford and Honda, but if this month is anything to go by, we'll just have to wait and see. The Camry outsold the Honda Accord this month by just under 6,700 units, while the Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Chevrolet Malibu rounded out the top five. However, with this kind of gap between the top spot and the closest competitor, we think the Camry can rest easy, at least until these new models rear their heads.
Minivan - Dodge Caravan: 10,946 Units
It seems like Honda's streak as the segment leader has come to an end. The Dodge Caravan has climbed its way to the top, barely surpassing the Chrysler Town & Country, and somehow managed to blow the rest of the competition out of the water. With just under 11,000 units sold in September, the Caravan beat out Chrysler by 314 units, while the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and Nissan Quest fizzled out of the running. With constantly changing leaders, this segment continues to grow as new models come forward with new features, surpassing the competition. We wouldn't be surprised if there's a new leader come October.
Truck - Ford F-Series: 60,456 Units
This isn't even a competition anymore. Ford has managed to so thoroughly take over the market that its closest competitor, the Chevrolet Silverado with 32,506 units, was barely able to reach half of what the F-Series managed to sell. Coming in third was the Ram 1500 with 28,145 units, and the GMC Sierra with 13,438 units closed out the top four. The new F-150 Tremor will soon be hitting dealers, as well as a few other models, and no matter what the competition comes up with, we doubt it will even make a dent in the number of trucks that Ford is able to sell each month.
Two-Row Crossover - Ford Escape: 22,607 Units
The Honda CR-V and Ford Escape continue their battle to be the segment leader in sales, and this month, the Escape managed to pull ahead with 22,607 units, while the CR-V only managed to sell 21,439 units. Although it may be close, we expect this battle to continue throughout the rest of the year. Rounding out the top five were the Toyota Rav4 with 15,928 units, the Chevrolet Equinox with 15,443 units, and the Nissan Rogue with just 11,353 units. The two-row crossover segment continues to show the most growth, and with new models coming out, these numbers are sure to change. Who knows? We might see one of the bottom three take out both the CR-V and Escape next month.
Three-Row Crossover/SUV - Ford Explorer: 13,655 Units
Once again, Honda and Ford are battling for a top segment position, and once again, Ford comes out on top. The Explorer managed to outsell its closest competitor by around 4,000 units, carving out a nice lead for itself. With so many large gaps between competitors, it seems that next month will show the same results, with Ford on top with the Explorer, followed by the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, and Chevrolet Traverse. Although the numbers weren't even relatively close this month, we'd expect the top five to be shuffled around for October, if Honda has anything to say about it.
Luxury Car - BMW 3 Series: 8,572 Units
The fight between BMW and Mercedes-Benz is still going strong, and BMW refuses to give up its throne as the luxury sedan sales leader. With 8,572 units as opposed to the C-Class's 6,387 units, the BMW 3 Series has earned the title. Followed closely by the Lexus ES, Audi A4, and Cadillac ATS, it may soon be a fight between more than just the German automakers. We'd love to see the other competitors have a fighting chance in the coming months, but with the new BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, who knows how long the competition will be able to hold off BMW or Mercedes-Benz.
Luxury Crossover/SUV - Lexus RX: 7,601 Units
This segment should just be referred to as the RX segment. As the original luxury crossover, the Lexus RX has never given up its hold as the top sales leader each month. Although the Acura MDX and Audi Q5 have been putting up a good fight, it does little to change anything. Not only is the RX the segment sales leader, it's also the brand's sales leader. This consistency is hard to beat, and we've yet to see a competitor rise to the challenge. With an available hybrid model, this luxury crossover appeals to a wider audience, and with all its amenities and packages, we can see why its number one.
Sports Car - Chevrolet Camaro: 5,659 Units
As the segment with the most lead changes, we never know who is going to come out on top until the numbers are added up. For September, Chevrolet managed to pull away with over 1,000 units over the Ford Mustang. The Dodge Challenger was a close third, but has yet to break the top two. The Camaro shouldn't be resting for the next month as the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang is right around the corner, and will no doubt draw in buyers like a moth to a flame. Can Chevrolet hold on? Will Dodge rise to the occasion, or will the Mustang's anniversary overshadow all competition?