|2017 Nissan Versa Note|
|2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk|
But rather than going with my gut, let's look at a sample of numbers. While the October '16 vs. October '15 numbers tell a shorter term story, the YTD comparison might be more interesting. Take a look.
October 2016 Subcompact Car Sales
|Make/Model||% Oct. '16 vs. Oct. '15||Units Oct. '16||% YTD Oct. '16 vs. '15||Units YTD|
|Toyota Yaris liftback||91.7||924||-43.0||9081|
|MINI Cooper /S Convertible||-2.9||430||29.8||3751|
|MINI Cooper /S Hard Top 4DR||-33.6||676||-23.9||9601|
|Toyota Yaris iA (Scion iA)||-36.8||1160||510.5||24301|
|MINI Cooper /S Hard Top 2DR||-44.1||772||-46.6||9288|
|Toyota Prius c||-50.7||1543||-46.8||17436|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata||-53.5||5005||16.7||8345|
|MINI Cooper /S Clubman||1124||9148|
Just more than 50% of the makes are selling worse than in 2015, at least as of October. Looking at 2015 vs. 2014 YTD sales at the same time period, there were 24 makes/models on the chart and 15 of them were down, or more than 60%. So perhaps sales aren't as bad as I've perceived them to be. While there's no real measure of excitement, I still feel like there isn't a whole lot of big news out of the segment recently.
So sales don't appear to be on a big slide. However, the segment could use a shot of adrenaline.