Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - October 2013

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With the monthly list of America's 20 best-selling cars, GoodCarBadCar is rarely full of surprises. The Toyota Camry was America's most popular car in October 2013. The five top sellers were Toyotas, Hondas, and Nissan's Altima. How rarely that is not the case.

Camry sales slid in October but are up slightly through ten months. The Honda Accord's decline made way for the surging Honda Civic to claim second spot. Nissan Altima volume also fell, and the Toyota Corolla pushed in front of the Altima by 1852 units. The Altima ranks fourth among cars year-to-date.

America's two best-selling compacts, the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus, both posted significant year-over-year declines. But Ford's Fusion countered with 21,740 sales, a 71% increase, and the Chevrolet Malibu was up 63.5%. No cars in the top 20 reported better YOY improvements, although the Hyundai Sonata's 18.5% jump was out of sync with recent history. Sonata volume is down 10% this year.


Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these best-selling cars can always be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats page, and for those not viewing the mobile version of this site, near the top right of this page, as well. GoodCarBadCar has already published the list of America's best-selling trucks and best-selling SUVs in October. 

The + icon has been removed from year-over-year improvements. Look instead for red font to designate year-over-year declines. We've also added prior year data, which means you'll spend less time hunting around GCBC looking for relatively recent historical data.

America's 20 best-selling cars in October 2013 are as follows.

November 2013 • September 2013 • October 2012
Rank
Best-Selling Car
October 2013
October
2012
% Change
2013 YTD 2012 YTD % Change
#1
Toyota Camry
29,144 29,926 - 2.6% 348,134 344,714 1.0%
#2
Honda Civic
27,32820,68732.1%280,889 254,716 10.3%
#3
Honda Accord
25,162 28,349 - 11.2% 307,264 276,196 11.2%
#4
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
23,637 20,949 12.8% 257,184 243,652 5.6%
#5
Nissan Altima
21,785 24,623 - 11.5% 271,303 258,663 4.9%
#6
Ford Fusion
21,740 12,690 71.3% 248,033 206,855 19.9%
#7
Hyundai Sonata
19,872 16,773 18.5% 172,574 192,119 - 10.2%
#8
Chevrolet Cruze
16,087 19,121 - 15.9% 211,862 199,721 6.1%
#9
Chevrolet Malibu
15,746 9629 63.5% 170,696 189,094 - 9.7%
#10
Ford Focus
15,108 18,320 - 17.5% 203,762 205,006 - 0.6%
#11
Hyundai Elantra
14,876 14,512 2.5% 209,469 167,087 25.4%
#12
BMW 
3-Series & 4-Series *
11,715 9729 20.4% 89,636 78,081 14.8%
#13
Chevrolet Impala
11,713 8368 40.0% 132,746 148,547 - 10.6%
#14
Volkswagen Jetta
11,710 13,476 - 13.1% 135,983 140,504 - 3.2%
#15
Kia Optima
11,492 12,948 - 11.2% 135,548 127,676 6.2%
#16
Toyota Prius
10,334 10,677 - 3.2% 135,559 135,669 - 0.1%

Prius Sedan
8239 8788 - 6.2% 125,490 126,046 - 0.4%

Prius Plug-In
2095 1889 10.9% 10,069 9623 4.6%
#17
Nissan Versa
8626 8311 3.8% 100,161 93,883 6.7%
#18
Nissan Sentra
8399 5624 49.3% 106,680 91,464 16.6%
#19
Chrysler 200
8347 8758 - 4.7% 111,207 109,025 2.0%
#20
Kia Soul
8240 7988 3.2% 98,864 101,344 - 5.4%
Source: Automakers
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales 
* Until BMW separates 3-Series and 4-Series sales in their own release, we can't separate them, either, as BMW is up until now refusing to separate the two. 
^ Prius breakdown by variant.

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