America’s Best-Selling Cars

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10. Ford Fusion
> 2013 YTD sales: 226,293
> Pct. change from 2012: 16.5%
> Starting list price: $21,900
> Model type: Sedan

The 2013 Ford Fusion was fully redesigned, incorporating new features and improved fuel economy. Ford sold 62.4% more Fusions last month than it did during September 2012. This was by far the best sales growth out of this year’s top-selling cars. The Fusion moved back into the top 10 selling models this year, after ranking 11th in 2012. TrueCar’s Toprak explained that the Fusion managed to sell well in several nontraditional geographical areas. “Not only did the vehicle do well in areas that the Fusion typically does well, but it also performed quite well in areas like the west and east coast — California, for example. This was an area where it has in the past had a disadvantage against import brands.”

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9. Ford Escape
> 2013 YTD sales: 228,290
> Pct. change from 2012: 14.1%
> Starting list price: $22,700
> Model type: SUV

The Ford Escape’s popularity has fallen in the past few years. In 2011, it was the fifth most popular car in the country. This year, it was the ninth. The crossover SUV was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, with changed dimensions and new interior features. Last year, Ford recalled 423,000 Escapes due to an accelerator defect, for which Ford recently paid a greater than $17 million settlement. It looks like the brand has been largely unaffected from this setback. Ford sold 14% more Escapes so far this year than it did in during the same time in 2012.

8. Honda CR-V
> 2013 YTD sales: 229,082
> Pct. change from 2012: 7.4%
> Starting list price: $22,945
> Model type: crossover SUV

Honda introduced the CR-V as a compact SUV in the late 1990s. It quickly became quite popular as a fresh alternative to large SUVs. Since the beginning of this year, Honda has sold considerably more CR-Vs than it did during all of 2011, and 7.4% more than it did in the same period in 2012. Honda also fared well abroad, particularly in China, where CR-Vs are one of the most popular SUVs. However, the sport-utility vehicle may have difficulty in what is now the world’s largest auto market after its recent announcement it would be recalling more than 400,000 CR-Vs sold in China due to defective piston rods.

7. Toyota Corolla/Matrix
> 2013 YTD sales: 233,547
> Pct. change from 2012: 4.9%
> Starting list price: $16,800
> Model type: Sedan

During the Detroit Auto Show this past January, Toyota presented its redesigned 2014 Corolla. The new model is Toyota’s first update since the 10th generation Corolla was released in 2006. The restyled exterior is meant to attract younger drivers and boost the model’s already good sales, according to The Wall Street Journal. Corolla sales rose by nearly 5% this year compared to the first nine months of 2012.

6. Nissan Altima
> 2013 YTD sales: 249,518
> Pct. change from 2012: 6.6%
> Starting list price: $21,860
> Model type: Sedan

The Altima sold a substantial 13% less than it did during the same month last year. However, year to date, it is still up 6.6% compared to the same period in 2012. The Altima is Nissan’s best-selling model in its lineup, with sales exceeding 300,000 last year. The model’s popularity among midsize sedans may have been bolstered due to its redesign for the 2013 model year.