13 Best-Selling Cars Through May 2016

Nearly half the year has flown by and along with it, lots of new cars from dealer showrooms. Could 2016 could be another record-breaking year for the U.S. auto industry? It’s possible, but for now, check out the 13 best-selling cars so far in 2016.
13. Kia Soul – 58,299 units
The Soul hatch isn't just a popular car in the small-car segment, it's also Kia's best-seller through May. With year-to-date sales of 58,299 units, the Soul just barely came out ahead of the Nissan Versa sedan and hatch, which was good for 57,778 units

12. Chevrolet Cruze – 68,065 units
General Motors is on a mission to cut weight from its cars, and the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is the latest proof of that. Chevy claims the new Cruze is up to 250 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which helps with handling and fuel efficiency. The new Cruze has only been on sale a few months, so it could move up the ranks by the end of the year.

11. Hyundai Elantra – 73,892 units
The new 2017 Elantra continues Hyundai's practice of packing more luxurious amenities and fancy tech than you'd expect on top trims. A few of the Elantra's stand-out features include heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, and HID headlights that can turn around corners.

10. Ford Focus – 83,653 units
The Focus ST and RS are the superstars in the lineup, but models with the 2.0-liter I-4 are better sellers. In all, the Ford Focus accounted for 83,653 units through May 2016, making it the fourth best-selling model in its segment.

9. Hyundai Sonata – 92,547 units
SUVs and crossovers are the top-sellers for some automakers, but not in Hyundai's case. The midsize Sonata sedan continues to be Hyundai's top-selling model overall, with 92,547 units sold through the first five months of this year.

8. Nissan Sentra – 102,293 units
Thanks to an extensive refresh, the Nissan Sentra is up 15.3 percent through May, landing in third place in its segment. Active safety tech is now available on the 2016 Sentra, which is quieter than its predecessor.

7. Chevrolet Malibu – 104,187 units
The new-for-2016 Chevrolet Malibu is significantly better than its predecessor. Not only is it lighter, but it offers more passenger room, new and efficient engines, and fancy safety features like a pedestrian alert system for the driver.

6. Ford Fusion – 120,313 units
The Ford Fusion is doing relatively well so far, outselling a few of its refreshed competitors including the Chevrolet Malibu and Hyundai Sonata. That said, the refreshed 2017 Ford Fusion (pictured) arrives in showrooms soon, with tweaked sheetmetal, an improved interior, and more tech.

5. Honda Accord – 140,548 units
The Altima wasn't the only midsizer to get refreshed for model-year 2016. The revised 2016 Honda Accord benefits from more technology including its available package of active safety tech features. Styling has also been updated, with 19-inch wheels available.

4. Nissan Altima – 142,220 units
For 2016, the Nissan Altima received a face-lift, new standard features, and a new sporty SR model that adds a sport-tuned suspension and visual upgrades such as a rear spoiler. The revisions appear to have helped, as the Altima is currently the second best-selling midsize sedan after the Camry and just slightly above the Honda Accord, which outsold the Nissan in May.

3. Toyota Corolla – 151,243 units
The Corolla lineup may not have the depth of its competitors like the Civic and Ford Focus, but the sedan continues to sell well for Toyota. Soon, we'll start seeing the refreshed 2017 model (pictured) on the road, and that could boost numbers closer to the new Civic.

2. Honda Civic – 158,030 units
Styling is bolder, powertrains are new, and sales are up—22.0 percent, to be exact. The 10th-generation Civic is shaping up to be a hit for Honda and sales should only get better with the introduction of the hatchback and sportier variants including the Civic Si.

1. Toyota Camry – 167,199 units
The Camry has led the midsize segment for more than a decade and there's no sign of that changing this year. So far, Camry sales have totaled 167,199 units, which is actually down 6.3 percent from last year, but thousands of units ahead of the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord.

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