America’s Best-Selling Cars

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5. Honda Civic
> 2013 YTD sales: 253,561
> Pct. change from 2012: 8.3%
> Starting list price: $18,165
> Model type: Sedan

The Honda Civic comes in seven different versions, including a hybrid and a natural gas car. Sales of the Civic have risen since 2011, when it was just the 11th most popular car in the United States. As of September, this year’s sales already have exceeded 250,000 units. Civic sales increased by more than 8.3% during the first nine months of 2013 from the year before. The 2013 Civic has not only sold well, but it also received top safety ratings, including being named a Top SafetyPick+ by the IIHS and being awarded a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.

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4. Honda Accord
> 2013 YTD sales: 282,102
> Pct. change from 2012: 13.8%
> Starting list price: $21,955
> Model type: Sedan

Nearly 100,000 more Honda Accords were sold in 2012 than were sold in 2011, and the model’s jump in popularity has continued through 2013. Sales during September this year were down more than 13% compared with the same month last year, but year-to-date sales were up by nearly 14% compared with the first nine months of 2012. Honda has introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the Accord for the 2014 model year.

3. Toyota Camry
> 2013 YTD sales: 318,990
> Pct. change from 2012: 1.3%
> Starting list price: $22,235
> Model type: Sedan

The Camry is the best-selling sedan in America for the 12th consecutive year. Toyota sold more than 400,000 Camrys in 2012, nearly 100,000 more than the year before. Compared with other top-selling vehicles, however, sales growth so far this year has been small. The Camry’s sales are up by 1.3% year to date. U.S. auto sales are up by 8.1% over the same period.

2. Chevrolet Silverado
> 2013 YTD sales: 360,775
> Pct. change from 2012: 21.0%
> Starting list price: $23,590
> Model type: pickup

The Chevy Silverado is the second best-selling vehicle in the United States, with more than 360,000 units sold. This is up 21% from 2012, among the largest increases of any top-selling model. Silverado’s growth has widely outpaced the overall U.S. auto industry’s sales growth of 8.1% so far this year, as well as the truck sales growth of 10.9%. However, unit sales of the Silverado have yet to approach unit sales of the Ford’s F-Series pickup. Also, while the Silverado was rated well in J.D. Power’s 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, the GMC Sierra and Chevy Avalanche were considered to be more dependable than the GM-made pickup truck.

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1. Ford F-Series
> 2013 YTD sales: 559,506
> Pct. change from 2012: 20.7%
> Starting list price: $24,070
> Model type: pickup

The F-Series sells considerably better than every other vehicle sold in the United States, with well more than 600,000 pickups purchased in 2012. By comparison, the Silverado only sold just over 400,000 units last year. More than 60,000 F-Series were purchased last month alone. This was 9.8% more than in September of last year. During the first nine months of the year, sales were up 20.7% compared with the same period in 2012. This past September, at the State Fair of Texas, Ford introduced its 2015 F-Series Super Duty lineup, scheduled for release next spring.