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January 2014 Compact Sales: Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic on Top

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/3/2014 Christian Seabaugh

The Polar Vortex put most automaker's sales on ice during the first month of 2014, and the hot-selling compact car segment was as affected just as much the rest of the auto industry. Despite the cool sales, there's always a winner and a loser. January 2014's compact car best-seller by a mere 929 units is the 2014 Toyota Corolla, with 22,753 sold. Last year's compact best-seller, the 2014 Honda Civic came in just behind the Corolla, with 21,824 sold.

Coming in a distant third place last month was the Chevrolet Cruze. Though the 16,828 Cruzes sold pales in comparison to the Corolla and Civic, Chevy noted a 15.9 percent uptick in sales versus January 2013, making it one of the few vehicles in the segment to trend upwards year-over-year. Fourth place last month went to another vehicle on the upswing: the Hyundai Elantra. Hyundai sold 15,326 Elantras last month, a 26 percent year-over-year increase. The Ford Focus – the likely recipient of a facelift this year due to slowing sales – came in fifth place, with 12,003 sold.

Combined sales of the Volkswagen Jetta and the soon-to-be-replaced Jetta Sportwagen earned the Jetta sixth place, with 9768 sold. The Nissan Sentra was hot on the Jetta's tail, with 9127 sold. Eighth place went to the Mazda3 with 6234 sold, while the combined sales of the Subaru Impreza and out-going Impreza WRX came in ninth with 5785 sold. An interesting note regarding the Impreza – the Impreza WRX and WRX STI has been continuously beating the newer Impreza in sales; we're curious to see what happens when the 2015 Subaru WRX goes on sale this spring.

2014 Toyota Corolla Right Front Angle© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Toyota Corolla Right Front Angle
2014 Toyota Corolla Right Front Angle

The Dodge Dart rounded out the top 10 with 5051 sold. The Kia Forte finished outside the top 10, with 4724 sold. Last place for January 2014 went to the soon-to-be-replaced Volkswagen Golf/ GTI/Golf R, with just 1702 sold.

Check out the full breakdown below.

Toyota Corolla22,75322,753
Honda Civic21,82421,824
Chevrolet Cruze16,82816,828
Hyundai Elantra15,32615,326
Ford Focus12,00312,003
Volkswagen Jetta/Sportwagen9,7689,768
Nissan Sentra9,1279,127
Subaru Impreza/WRX/STI5,7855,785
Dodge Dart5,0515,051
Kia Forte4,7244,724
Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R1,7121,712

Source: The automakers


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