Next Year’s Best-Selling Cars

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10. Ford Escape
> Forecast 2013 sales:
273,846
> YTD 2012 sales:
219,907
> Base price:
$22,470
> Vehicle type:
4-door SUV, 4 cylinder

The Escape is the entry model of Ford’s SUV/crossover line. It weighs 3,500 pounds, carries up to five people and gets 33 mpg in highway driving. At the other end of the Ford  SUV range is the Expedition, which can carry up to eight people and weigh as much as 6,000 pounds, is priced as high as $49,525, and gets an average of 14 mpg in city driving. Probably because of the differences in fuel economy, Ford sold 19,832 Escape models in October versus 2,943 Expeditions. The 2013 Ford Escape, which debuted  in November 2011, is slightly longer and wider than previous versions, and has a stronger engine.

9. Chevy Silverado 1500
> Forecast 2013 sales:
282,627
> YTD 2012 sales:
248,533
> Base price:
$22,595
> Vehicle type:
2-door pickup, 6 cylinder

The Silverado is the mid-priced model among Chevy’s pickups, between the $17,474 Colorado and $35,980 Avalanche. Chevy offers other three versions of the Silverado, which are priced well above the 1500 — a hybrid, the 2500 HD, which has a 395-horsepower engine, and the six-wheel 3500 HD. As with many pickups, the 1500 comes in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. The 2014 Chevy Silverado will debut on December 13 and will be on featured at the Detroit Auto Show in January, although no major details about the car have been released.

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8. Ford Fusion
> Forecast 2013 sales:
290,424
> YTD 2012 sales:
206,855
> Base price:
$21,700
> Vehicle type:
4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

The Fusion is Ford’s mid-sized sedan and comes in four models. The base Fusion gets 34 mpg in highway driving. For consumers more interested in an environmentally friendly car, the Fusion Hybrid gets 47 mpg on the highway. The highest-priced Fusion Titanium AWD costs $36,550 fully loaded, nearly twice as much as the base model. With its new 2013 Fusion, Ford became the first car company “to offer a sedan with gasoline, hybrid and plug-in powertrains that the automaker expects to result in ‘a triple crown of best-in-class gas, hybrid [and] plug-in efficiency,” according to Car Connection.

7. Honda CR-V
> Forecast 2013 sales: 327,955
> YTD 2012 sales:
233,586
> Base price:
$22,695
> Vehicle type:
4-door crossover, 4 cylinder

The CR-V is Honda’s base crossover. The vehicle’s small 185-horsepower engine gets 31 mpg in highway driving. The CR-V comes in six versions. These include relatively standard options, like all-wheel drive. The high end EX-L has a satellite navigation system and a base price of $30,195. The 2012 model, which went on sale in June 2011, included cutting-edge technological features such as a standard Pandora radio interface and a text messaging feature that reads messages and allows people to choose one of six automated replies.

6. Toyota Corolla
> Forecast 2013 sales:
333,933
> YTD 2012 sales:
237,844
> Base price:
$16,230
> Vehicle type:
4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

The Corolla is Toyota’s low-end sedan. Part of its appeal is its 34 mpg in highway driving. Toyota markets the Corolla against the Honda Civic Sedan and Hyundai Elantra. Among its advantages over its competition, according to Honda, are standard climate control and a CD player. Sales of the Corolla in the first 10 months of the year have already surpassed 2011’s total of 226,342. The Corolla’s most recent redesign was all the way back in 2007. Nevertheless, it was the best-selling compact car in 2011. Insiders have told Autoguide that the 2014 Toyota Corolla will be a “dramatic change.”