Top 10 Best-Selling Vehicles for 2012


Listen closely and you'll hear a collective sigh of relief from automakers, who are no doubt pleased that sales are back on track after the rocky road that the industry traveled just a few short years ago. For 2012, total light vehicle sales were up 13.4 percent relative to 2011. The economy is showing real signs of improvement, and people are buying cars again.

The 10 models listed below led the pack from a sales perspective. Once again, the mighty Ford F-150 was at the top of the heap. The Toyota Camry — the country's best-selling midsize sedan — was in 2nd place, trailed closely by the Honda Accord. Small was big last year. The compact-car segment was a dominant force on our list, represented by the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Compact SUVs also sold well, as is evidenced by the strong performance of the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.

Keep in mind that our vehicle sales numbers are more granular than those reported elsewhere — instead of lumping all Ford F-Series sales into a single number, for example, we report separate numbers for the F-150, F-250, F-350 and F-450. As a result, our rankings may differ slightly from those published in other sources.

  1. Ford F-150

    1. Ford F-150

    Numbers of units sold: 434,585

  2. Toyota Camry

    2. Toyota Camry

    Numbers of units sold: 359,241

  3. Honda Accord

    3. Honda Accord

    Numbers of units sold: 331,872

  4. Honda Civic

    4. Honda Civic

    Numbers of units sold: 310,753

  5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    Numbers of units sold: 306,127

  6. Nissan Altima

    6. Nissan Altima

    Numbers of units sold: 302,831

  7. Toyota Corolla

    7. Toyota Corolla

    Numbers of units sold: 286,432

  8. Honda CR-V

    8. Honda CR-V

    Numbers of units sold: 281,652

  9. Ford Escape

    9. Ford Escape

    Numbers of units sold: 259,567

  10. Ford Focus

    10. Ford Focus

    Numbers of units sold: 245,922

Comments

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Remind me why Honda is restyling the Civic. Is 4th place (1st among compacts) not good enough?

  • fredmertz13 fredmertz13 Posts:

    fiat is the worst

  • freak000 freak000 Posts:

    I would recommend to the masses out their to test drive 3 sedans and then try the Kia Optima SX Turbo Limited. At $35k fully optioned this vehicle will blow you away. Luxury, value, quality, performance and great EPA numbers. We bought a SX Turbo for $30k and cannot get over the number of options such as heated front window and steering wheel, cooled seats and glove box for beverages, dual sunroof, large trunk, great nav and backup camera along with 18 speaker sound system. The wheels look like aftermarket ones. Our highway numbers so far came out to 34 mpg and 26 combined.

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