Midsize cars and crossovers make up some of the most popular new vehicles on the market, so it shouldn't be too surprising to see a recent study from Wards Auto that found the D-segment will account for the majority of new or redesigned vehicles over the next three years. What is surprising is that the study indicates that almost 60 percent of all new-car sales in 2013 will be comprised of midsize vehicles, including popular models like the new 2013 Honda Accord.

Sales of midsize sedans like the Accord are expected to make up around 36 percent of next year's sales volume while mid-size crossovers are projected to take a slightly smaller piece of the pie accounting for 23.3 percent for a total of 59.3 percent. This figure will be much lower, but still very significant, for the 2014 and 2015 model years making up 31.2 percent and 43.6 percent, respectively, of all vehicle sales.

We know new-for-2013 cars like the Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima and the 2014 Chevy Impala are either already here or will be on the way soon. Wards Auto also says the Chrysler 200, Subaru Legacy and Honda Insight are being or will be completely redesigned in 2014, with the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Sonata receiving significant styling updates. On the midsize crossover side of things, the larger Hyundai Santa Fe and the introduction of the Subaru XV Crosstrek are the highlights.

The next closest vehicle segment in 2013 will be the small cars and crossovers slice of the pie, at around 15 percent. In 2014 about 30 percent of new vehicle sales will come from redesigned pickup trucks, which include the new full-size and mid-size pickups from General Motors, a revised Nissan Titan and a new Ford F-150.


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      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Americans don't want small cars. Midsize sedans are easily getting ~ 35MPG and it's not worth the sacrifice for size, utility, and safety to get another 3-4MPG with a compact.
        Soyntgo4it
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Really we don't want a small car??? How the heck can you say that not everyone wants or has use for a midsize vehicle..
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          @Soyntgo4it
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          Soyntgo4it
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Soyntgo4it
          @SonataGuy1 Those figures are for 2 vehicles yippe..
      Perplexed-Sausage
      • 2 Years Ago
      i wish full sized cars did not have to be "premium" anymore call me old fashioned but i just like having a big car if im going to drive a car midsized and compacts just dont do it for me. for example i drove the new nissan maxima and the new nissan altima both had the v6 engine and i just liked the way the maxima rode and drove much better but you cant get one without a ton of bloatware that i dont want to pay for.
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Perplexed-Sausage
        SonataGuy mentioned a Sonata? I'm shocked! But he's right. "Midsize" cars are every bit as big as large cars from 15 years ago. I'm going from a 2000 Camry to a 2013 Forte, probably, because the interior volume is similar.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      Americans like boring cars.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        At least they dont like station wagons.
      Alfred Spade
      • 2 Years Ago
      The US market is sitting around 14 million sales a year. They seriously expect to see 30% of those = 4.2 million units to be pickup trucks? 10 years ago in the pre-Obama economy of full employment, easy credit, and cheap gas there were barely half that many trucks sold. Wards didn't do their homework.
        Perplexed-Sausage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alfred Spade
        you have never drove in alabama have you? here familys have TWO pickup trucks and an SUV.
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      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      For a family of 4 a mid-size car makes the most sense. Size, cargo, and efficiency are the right blend. And that is probably the largest car shopping market right now. I think it's great that there are so many alternative and even niche products out there. Small cars or one offs like the Nissan Juke all have target buyers. It's up to the manufacturers to make them attractive, fun, affordable, reliable, and profitable.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
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      Vergenbuurg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the Accord was classified as a large car by the EPA?
      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does the Subaru count as a crossover or a AWD wagon or an AWD hatchback?
        mikeybyte1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Yes. :)
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Despite its rear hatch, I don't necessarily consider it a true "hatchback". That's usually reserved for smaller hatches like the Impreza or sedans with a hatch (like the Mazda6 hatch or perhaps even the Audi A7). It is definitely a crossover despite what Subaru thinks. They love to call it a wagon like Toyota likes to think the Venza is a wagon. AWD Wagon is more specific (despite my Subaru purist views) But these are all terms to describe the same car depending on your definition of the words.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a surprise about the mid-size segment.
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