Strong performances by America’s most popular cars in February are evidenced by the lack of red font in the table below. Among the Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America from February 2011, only three suffered declining sales compared with February 2010. The Ford Focus will be replaced soon; the Nissan Versa dropped by 8.9% alongside strong Sentra sales, and the Mazda 3 fell 1.7% as news of a facelift and improved engines reached the press.

In terms of specific one-on-one battles in February, you’ll notice the 2011 Ford Fusion topping both the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. Having achieved two consecutive months of best-selling car status in Canada, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra wasn’t able to conquer the Nissan Sentra, Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, or Toyota Corolla in the USA. Without the Cobalt’s 153 sales, the Chevrolet Cruze still maintains its position inside the top ten.

Expanding this list to the twenty cars for the sake of being thorough brings about unanticipated results – did you know the Kia Soul was that popular? Up 85.7% over February 2010 and 25.1% over January 2011, the Soul out-sold heavily marketed vehicles like the Ford Fiesta and BMW 3-Series. At the same time the stylish Soul out-performed the Kia Forte and Kia Optima, both of which posted significant year-over-year gains.

The Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America are as follows.

Rank
Car
Status
February 2011
Last Month
February 2010
#1
Toyota Camry
27,212
18,145
16,552
#2
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
25,860
20,581
16,996
#3
Ford Fusion
23,111
14,346
16,459
#4
Honda Accord
22,916
15,012
22,456
#5
Nissan Altima
20,808
16,454
16,198
#6
Honda Civic
19,121
14,634
16,471
#7
Chevrolet Malibu
19,092
14,102
15,150
#8
Chevrolet Cruze/Cobalt
18,709
14,037
14,101
#9
Chevrolet Impala
16,290
15,188
11,740
#10
Hyundai Sonata
15,723
13,261
7506
#11
Toyota Prius
13,539
10,635
7968
#12
Nissan Sentra
12,599
9538
7828
#13
Volkswagen Jetta
12,591
11,460
7828
#14
Hyundai Elantra
12,289
9659
7966
#15
Ford Focus
10,879
9014
13,708
#16
Nissan Versa
10,578
8682
11,609
#17
Mazda 3
8077
5015
8215
#18
Subaru Outback
7951
6980
6189
#19
Kia Soul
6684
5345
3600
#20
Chevrolet HHR
6398
7387
4658

Source: Manufacturers And Automotive News Data Center

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