|Kia Soul Turbo|
The largest sales drops for '16 were the Fiat 500L, down a semi-alarming 59%, vs. '15; the Toyota Prius c, which down slightly less semi-alarming 46.7%; and the two-door MINI Cooper /S Hardtop, down 43%, which is just moderately semi-alarming.
|Nissan Versa Note|
And in the negatory department, the slow selling (and fairly slow driving) Honda CR-Z hybrid only managed to sell 2,338 units, and still didn't get impressive fuel economy. Only 3,118 Fiat 500L models were sold to people looking for a strange-looking car (despite they fact they drive quite well). Finally, MINI sold 4,584 Cooper /S Convertibles in '16. I'm sure that had nothing to do with the fact they start at about $31,000 ...
Chevrolet just started selling its Bolt EV in December, and it moved 579 units. This one we'll be keeping an eye on in '17. Not only is it a neat looking little thing, but it could be a game changer in the EV world. Additionally, the Fiat Spyder, aka the "Fiata" will be a wildcard in '17.
Right now, fuel prices are on the upswing, and depending on how high those prices soar can depend on how many small cars are sold. Buckle up people—2017 will undoubtedly be interesting.
2016 Subcompact Car Sales
|Make/Model||% 2015 vs 2016||YTD|
|Scion iA/Toyota Yaris iA||269.2||27983|
|MINI Cooper /S Convertible||48.0||4584|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata||10.2||9465|
|MINI Cooper /S Hardtop 4 dr||-26.4||11174|
|Toyota Yaris Liftback||-35.2||10872|
|MINI Cooper /S Hardtop 2 dr||-43.1||11264|
|Toyota Prius c||-46.7||20452|
|MINI Cooper /S Clubman||na||12204|
Table represents sales of cars in the U.S. only.