Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – May 2011


With two fewer selling days in May 2011 than there were in May 2010, an earthquake-ravaged supply of Japanese-branded cars, and decreases in incentivization, we all expected there to be some changes in America’s 20 Best-Selling Cars list. Did you expect to see four midsize cars on top of the heap, none of them named Camry or Accord? 

The Chevrolet Malibu was the best-selling car in the United States in May, edging out the Nissan Altima by 75 units. Way back in eighth spot you’ll find the Toyota Camry, down 36% from the same period of 2010. The Honda Accord slid from second to tenth on a 40% spiralling drop. The fuel-efficient Civic and Corolla weren’t exempt from suffering, falling from third and sixth to ninth and eleventh, respectively. 

This turmoil didn’t simply benefit super-popular cars like the Malibu, Altima, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata. Scroll down the list of America’s best-sellers and you’ll see find appearances by the BMW 3-Series and Dodge Charger, both of which posted declines in May while still managing to climb onto the 20 best-selling cars list anyhow.

So let’s repeat it in unison: the Chevrolet Malibu was America’s best-selling car in May. Year-to-date, however, Honda has sold 120,039 Accords but Toyota is in front with 126,094 Camry sales.

Rank
Car
Status
May 2011
Last Month
May 2010
#1
Chevrolet Malibu
25,600
24,701
21,722
#2
Nissan Altima
25,525
17,232
21,950
#3
Ford Fusion
24,666
21,189
22,381
#4
Hyundai Sonata
22,754
21,738
21,195
#5
Chevrolet Cruze/Cobalt
22,740
25,197
16,173
#6
Ford Focus
22,303
17,265
16,931
#7
Hyundai Elantra
20,006
22,100
9781
#8
Toyota Camry
18,830
30,443
29,295
#9
Honda Civic
18,341
26,777
28,458
#10
Honda Accord
18,185
30,310
30,077
#11
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
16,985
24,215
26,953
#12
Chevrolet Impala
16,707
21,071
20,623
#13
Volkswagen Jetta
16,671
16,955
10,514
#14
Kia Soul
11,157
10,459
6134
#15
Chevrolet Camaro
9451
21,071
8931
#16
Mazda 3
8789
8584
11,537
#17
Subaru Outback
8431
9465
7630
#18
Kia Forte
8129
8535
7299
#19
BMW 3-Series
8117
7452
9659
#20
Dodge Charger
7830
8485
9625

Source: Manufacturers And Automotive News Data Center

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