After a very small taste test, Honda has relinquished the best-selling vehicle in America position to – only semi-surprising – the Ford F-Series pickup. This extended Top 5 post displays the, ummm… top ten best-selling vehicles in the United States for July of 2008.
#10 – CHEVROLET MALIBU: Possibly GM’s most important new introduction this year, the good-looking and capable Malibu midsize sedan exited Chevy dealers 16,637 times.
#9 – HONDA CR-V: 17,419 examples of Honda’s first 4-cylinder cute-ute were passed on to consumers in July. Once derided for not powering up the CR-V, Honda now looks brilliant. As you’d expect.
#8 – DODGE RAM: Pickup truck sales may be tumbling down; down; down; down and further down, but many customers still need a genuine truck. Others may be willing to downgrade their luxury requirements in order to find gas money on a truck that, as you likely noticed, has been heavily discounted. 21,328 people found themselves in a new Ram in July.
#7 – NISSAN ALTIMA: Not that many years ago, Nissan was enlarging their lesser-known midsize sedan and positioning it directly against all Accord and Camry derivatives. 24,429 liked the thought of the big Altima in July.
#6 – HONDA CIVIC: After a brief reign at the top, the Civic plunged. Fret not ye proud Civic nation: 29,125 didn’t like the thought of discounted trucks and slightly dropping gas prices and bought Honda’s small sedan.
#5 – CHEVROLET SILVERADO: Many critics believe the Silverado/GMC Sierra duo is the best truck(s). Unable to outsell Ford, Chevrolet ridded itself of 32,989 Silverados.
#4 – TOYOTA COROLLA/MATRIX: It’s not hard to see the appeal of the planet’s best-selling nameplate. Reliability, durability, quality are present in spades. 34,438 acknowledged that truth with their wallets in July.
#3 – HONDA ACCORD: Though unable to claim direct influence over 41,382 buyers who purchased or leased Honda’s venerable sedan in July, The Good Car Guy was smart enough to suggest it as one of the cars to be driven and owned in 2008 in The Good 12.
#2 – TOYOTA CAMRY: Recommended not as the most fun or most desirable, the Camry is a very good car to own. 42,131 new and repeat Toyota Camry buyers in July prove it.
#1 – FORD F-SERIES: The 2009 F-150 is delayed to run discounted ’08 models off of dealer lots. It looks as though incentives did their job to the tune of 44,829 F-Series pickups in July.