Fact #770: March 11, 2013
Changes to the Top Ten Vehicles Sold over the Last Five Years
When reviewing the top ten vehicles sold in calendar years 2008 through 2012, the year 2011 stands out. Likely due to Japan's tsunami/earthquake and Thailand's flood, both of which disrupted the automotive supply chain for many manufacturers in 2011, the top ten vehicles sold in that year were different than previous years. In 2011, the Honda Civic and CR-V were not even on the top ten list for the first time in many years, and the Toyota Corolla and Honda Accord were near the bottom of the list. The Ford Escape and the Chevy Cruze made the top ten in 2011 for the first time in the five-year period. The top three vehicles have been nearly identical in each year, with the exception of 2009, where the Toyota Camry outsold the Chevy Silverado. The U.S. economy was in a recession that year, and the 2009 Cash for Clunkers Program which favored fuel-efficient vehicles also had an effect on sales in that model year. For 2012, the top ten vehicles sold resembles those of 2008, 2009 and 2010. The fuel economy in miles per gallon (MPG) is shown to the right of each vehicle name.
|1||Ford F Series||16||1||Ford F Series||17||1||Ford F Series||17||1||Ford F Series||18||1||Ford F Series||18|
|2||Chevy Silverado||17||2||Toyota Camry||25||2||Chevy Silverado||17||2||Chevy Silverado||17||2||Chevy Silverado||17|
|3||Toyota Camry||25||3||Chevy Silverado||17||3||Toyota Camry||26||3||Toyota Camry||26||3||Toyota Camry||28|
|4||Honda Accord||25||4||Toyota Corolla||30||4||Honda Accord||25||4||Nissan Altima||27||4||Honda Accord||27|
|5||Toyota Corolla||31||5||Honda Accord||25||5||Toyota Corolla||30||5||Ford Escape||25||5||Honda Civic||32|
|6||Honda Civic||29||6||Honda Civic||29||6||Honda Civic||29||6||Ford Fusion||26||6||Nissan Altima||27|
|7||Nissan Altima||26||7||Nissan Altima||26||7||Nissan Altima||27||7||Ram||16||7||Ram||16|
|8||Chevy Impala||22||8||Honda CR-V||23||8||Ford Fusion||25||8||Toyota Corolla||31||8||Toyota Corolla||30|
|9||Ram||17||9||Ford Fusion||23||9||Honda CR-V||24||9||Honda Accord||27||9||Honda CR-V||26|
|10||Honda CR-V||23||10||Ram||16||10||Ram||16||10||Chevy Cruze||30||10||Ford Escape||25|
|Notes: The Toyota Corolla sales also include sales of the Matrix.|
For each model, the engine configuration with the highest EPA combined fuel economy was chosen.
Source: Ward's Automotive and Fuel Economy Guide.