December 2012 Top 30 Best-Selling Vehicles In America

2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Venetian Red
There's nothing like the holiday season to put you in the mood to buy iPods, chocolate, and... pickup trucks? America's five best-selling trucks, which appear on this 30 best-selling vehicles list in first, second, fifth, 18th, and 25th spots, all had their best sales months of 2012 in December. As far as GoodCarBadCar's monthly records go (three full years), all of those trucks had their best sales month in memory in December 2012

GCBC covered the whole pickup truck sector last night, and there are links to those historical monthly and yearly sales figures at the best-selling trucks post. But while Americans did enjoy purchasing or leasing trucks in December, purchases which were often made with huge savings, the Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado weren't the only vehicles Americans registered in December 2012. For the second consecutive month, the Honda Civic was America's best-selling car. Civic sales jumped 61% year-over-year. 6.5% of all the new vehicles sold in the United States in December were either Honda Civics, Accords, or CR-Vs.


Volkswagen sold 15,661 Jettas in December 2012. Jetta SportWagen sales jumped 28% to 2559 units last month. Volkswagen USA's Passat actually outsold the Jetta sedan by 1360 units.

U.S. December 2012 best-selling vehicles market share chart
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As more evidence that year-over-year comparisons aren't always the most informative statistic, consider the 29th-best-selling vehicle in America in December 2012. Subaru Outback sales ended the year up 13% compared with 2011, yet December results produced a 10% decline compared to December 2011. Bad news, a downward trend, disappointing for Subie fans? 

Not at all. December was the Outback's best U.S. sales month this year and only ended up in the red because December 2011 was outrageously good. Sales at this point last year were up 31%. Subaru sold 13,148 more Outbacks this year than last, and fully 10.3% of the Outbacks Subaru sold in America in 2012 left dealerships in December.

As always, use the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats home (non-mobile users can find the same dropdown at the top right of this page) to find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any make or model. These were the 30 best-selling vehicles in America in December 2012 - the 2012 year end 30 best-selling vehicles list was published here.

Updated at 6:57 PM AT on 01.07.2013 with full Prius figures
Rank
Vehicle
December 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Ford F-Series
68,787 + 0.7% 645,316 + 10.3%
#2
Chevrolet Silverado
50,699 + 6.1% 418,312 + 0.8%
#3
Honda Civic
33,118 + 61.2% 317,909 + 43.7%
#4
Toyota Camry
31,407 - 6.3% 404,886 + 31.2%
#5
Dodge Ram
30,211 + 16.1% 293,363 + 19.9%
#6
Honda Accord
29,428 + 66.6% 331,872 + 40.8%
#7
Honda CR-V
25,733 + 19.2% 281,652 + 29.0%
#8
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
24,679 + 17.5% 290,947 + 21.1%
#9
Nissan Altima
23,966 - 7.7% 302,934 + 12.6%
#10
Ford Focus
22,604 + 58.3% 245,922 + 40.0%
#11
Chevrolet Cruze
21,230 + 27.3% 237,758 + 2.6%
#12
Hyundai Sonata
20,826 + 20.1% 230,605 + 2.1%
#13
Ford Escape
20,131 - 21.3% 261,008 + 2.6%
#14
Toyota Prius
20,040 + 17.9% 236,659 + 73.4%

Prius Liftback
12,536n/a147,507+ 15.2%

Prius C
3151-----35,733----- 

Prius V
2992n/a40,669+ 384%

Prius Plug-In
1361-----12,750----- 
#15
Chevrolet Equinox
19,551 + 7.5% 218,621 + 13.1%
#16
Ford Fusion
19,283 - 10.8% 241,263 - 2.7%
#17
Hyundai Elantra
19,024 + 46.1% 202,034 + 8.4%
#18
GMC Sierra
18,710 + 13.4% 157,185 + 5.4%
#19
Ford Explorer
17,244 + 24.3% 164,207 + 21.0%
#20
Jeep Grand Cherokee
17,121 - 1.3% 154,734 + 21.1%
#21
Volkswagen Jetta
15,661 + 8.6% 170,424 - 3.9%
#22
Volkswagen Passat
14,462 + 110% 117,023 + 412%
#23
Toyota RAV4
14,351 + 1.7% 171,877 + 30.0%
#24
Dodge Grand Caravan
14,160 + 19.2% 141,468 + 27.6%
#25
Toyota Tacoma
14,030 + 15.6% 141,365 + 27.7%
#26
Lexus RX
12,534 + 8.9% 95,381 + 15.5%
#27
Ford Edge
12,434 + 3.0% 127,969 + 5.1%
#28
Toyota Highlander
12,191 + 3.5% 121,055 + 19.6%
#29
Subaru Outback
12,072 - 10.1% 117,553 + 12.6%
#30
Kia Optima
12,008 + 12.2% 152,399 + 80.2%
Source: Manufacturers
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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