Top 25 Best-Selling Cars In America – 2011 Year End


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What goes up must come down, and the Honda Civic surely has. At the end of 2010, the Civic was America’s fourth-best-selling car. With a 15% decline in volume, the Civic fell to eighth in 2011. Ahead of the Civic are two direct rivals, the Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla, as well as five midsize sedans, including last year’s eighth-placed car, Hyundai’s Sonata. Sonata sales jumped 15% in 2011.

In fact, the only car on this list to fall harder than the Civic was another Honda, the Accord. Sales of Honda’s midsizer slid 19% and the Accord dropped from second to third, making way for the Nissan Altima.

Though the Altima jumped up from fifth, top spot was still a long ways off. The Toyota Camry was once again the best-selling car in America, 39,529 sales ahead of the Altima. Camry sales slid 6% in 2011 but finished the year with a 7% jump in December.

The list is now complete with entries from Mercedes-Benz, the C-Class, and BMW, the 3-Series. Though sales of BMW’s iconic sedan/coupe/convertible/wagon family were down the year before the car was being replaced, the 3-Series remained exceedingly healthy, out-selling upstart mainstream alternatives like the Chrysler 200 and Kia Optima and seeing off the C-Class and other direct rivals, by some margin, at the same time.

These are the 25 best-selling cars in America for 2011. Check out last year’s top sellers here.

Finalized 01.05.2012 @ 12:17 PM AST

Rank
Best-Selling Car
2011
2010
% Change
#1
Toyota Camry
308,510 327,804 – 5.9%
#2
Nissan Altima
268,981 229,263 + 17.3%
#3
Honda Accord
253,599 311,381 – 18.6%
#4
Ford Fusion
248,067 219,219 + 13.2%
#5
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
240,259 266,082 – 9.7%
#6
Chevrolet Cruze
231,732 24,495 + 846%
#7
Hyundai Sonata
225,961 196,623 + 14.9%
#8
Honda Civic
221,235 260,218 – 15.0%
#9
Chevrolet Malibu
204,808 198,770 + 3.0%
#10
Hyundai Elantra
186,361 132,246 + 40.9%
#11
Volkswagen Jetta
177,360 123,213 + 43.9%
#12
Ford Focus
175,717 172,421 + 1.9%
#13
Chevrolet Impala
171,434 172,078 – 0.4%
#14
Toyota Prius
136,463 140,928 – 3.2%
#15
Nissan Sentra
114,991 94,065 + 22.2%
#16
Subaru Outback
104,405 93,148 + 12.1%
#17
Mazda 3
102,417 106,353 – 3.7%
#18
Kia Soul
102,267 67,110 + 52.4%
#19
Nissan Versa
99,730 99,705 + 0.03%
#20
BMW 3-Series
94,371 100,910 – 6.5%
#21
Chrysler 200
89,413 38,585 + 132%
#22
Chevrolet Camaro
88,249 81,299 + 8.5%
#23
Kia Optima
84,590 27,382 + 209%
#24
Dodge Charger
70,089 75,397 – 7.0%
#25
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
69,314 58,785 + 17.9%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales
Accord sales include sales of the Crosstour, a process which will cease for 2012. Chrysler 200 sales include and are compared with last year’s Chrysler Sebring sales.

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