Top 10 Best-Selling Cars In America – 2009 Year End


2010 Ford Fusion

After a disastrous end to 2008, the U.S. auto industry slid 21% in 2009. New car sales were down from more than 7 million (53.2% of the overall market) to 5.7 million in 2009 (54.6% of the overall market).

Two Toyotas led the way for the first time since 2006. There were three Toyotas in the top ten for the third consecutive year. The top-selling Camry fell below 400,000 annual sales for the first time since 2001, itself a year of great tumult. Total Corolla/Matrix volume slid below 300,000 units for the first time since 2002. This was nothing abnormal. 

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars In America – 2008 Year End
Top 10 Best-Selling Cars In America – 2010 Year End
All Vehicles Ranked By 2009 Year End U.S. Sales

Only one member of this group of America’s ten most popular cars produced year-over-year improvements in 2009. That car, the Fusion, was the only one of Ford’s five car model’s to post an improvement, and it was heavily revised for MY2010. Total Ford/Lincoln/Mercury car volume was down 11%. Chrysler Group car sales plunged 46%. Passenger car sales at General Motors was down 30%.

Aside from cars which weren’t available throughout 2008 (and thus produced exaggerated YOY gains in 2009) big gains were produced by the Audi A5 (up 56% to 9800), Hyundai Accent (up 35% to 68,086), and Nissan Z (up 27% to 13,117).

Rank
Best-Selling Vehicle
2009
2008

Change
#1
Toyota Camry
356,824
436,617
– 18.3%
#2
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
296,874
351,007
– 15.4%
#3
Honda Accord
290,056
372,789
– 22.2%
#4
Honda Civic
259,722
339,289
– 23.5%
#5
Nissan Altima
203,568
269,668
– 24.5%
#6
Ford Fusion
180,671
147,569
+ 22.4%
#7
Chevrolet Impala
165,565
265,840
– 37.7%
#8
Chevrolet Malibu
161,568
178,253
– 9.4%
#9
Ford Focus
160,433
195,823
– 18.1%
#10
Toyota Prius
139,682
158,884
– 12.1%

Source: Automakers & ANDC