Next Year’s Best-Selling Cars

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5. Honda Civic
> Forecast 2013 sales:
357,621
> YTD 2012 sales:
254,716
> Base price:
$15,755
> Vehicle type:
2-door coupe, 4 cylinder

The Civic is one of Honda’s lowest-priced models and comes in seven versions. The first, and least expensive, is a coupe. For slightly more money, $18,165, the Civic is available in a sedan version. As befitting the low-end model of any large manufacturer’s line, Honda offers a hybrid version, which gets 44 mpg in highway driving, as well as a natural gas version. Fully loaded with features, the natural gas version has a sticker price over $31,000. Sales of the Honda Civic have already grown from 221,235 inr 2011 to 254,716 in just the first 10 months of 2012. The restyled Civic is expected to come out in 2013.

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4. Nissan Altima
> Forecast 2013 sales:
358,187
> YTD 2012 sales:
258,663
> Base price:
$21,700
> Vehicle type:
4-door, 4 cylinder

The 2013 Nissan Altima went on sale in June. It has different proportions and is more loaded with technology, although the changes aren’t massive. “It looks different, at least a bit sexier than the existing model, but its mission remains the same: attract as many mainstream car buyers as possible,” writes Greg Migliore of Autoweek. The fuel economy for the four-cylinder Altima is approximately 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway This goes down to 22 mpg and 30 mpg, respectively, for V6 models.

3. Honda Accord
> Forecast 2013 sales:
387,779
> YTD 2012 sales:
276,196
> Base price:
$21,680
> Vehicle type:
4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

The Accord comes in both a four-door base sedan and two-door coupe. The base engine for both is a 2.4 liter, four-cylinder engine. The sedan has an optional 3.5 liter V6. Honda’s full-size sedan competes against Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Malibu, both of which are on this list. Among the changes in the new Honda Accord, which went on sale in September, are shorter length, a continuously variable transmission, and a new engine family. Honda calls it “the most sculpted and dynamic Accord ever.”

2. Ford F-150
> Forecast 2013 sales:
455,305
> YTD 2012 sales:
351,177
> Base price:
$23,670
> Vehicle type:
2-door pickup, 6 cylinder

The F-150 is the base model of Ford’s large line of pickups. The first generation of the truck was introduced in 1948. The basic F-150 XL gets 23 mpg in highway driving. Of course, as engines get bigger, gas mileage drops. The FX2 model has a 5-liter V8, which gets only 21 mpg in highway driving. The SVT Raptor sports model has a 6.2-liter V8, which only gets 16 mpg in highway driving. The Limited model costs over $55,000 when fully loaded with all of its options. The restyled Ford F-150 costs $170 more than the previous year’s model.

1. Toyota Camry
> Forecast 2013 sales:
483,977
> YTD 2012 sales:
344,713
> Base price:
$22,055
> Vehicle type:
4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

The Camry sits in the middle of the Toyota sedan model line — above the Corolla and below the Avalon in price. As is true of all such high-selling models which sell in the hundreds of thousand of vehicles each year, the Camry comes in a number of versions. These include two hybrids, and what Toyota labels the XLE model, which comes with a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 268 horsepower. In August 2011, Toyota released its first redesign of the Camry in five years. However, many in the trade press felt that the company was merely playing it safe, given that the dimensions were not changed.

By Douglas A. McIntyre and Samuel Weigley

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