Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – December 2011

The Toyota Camry ended 2011 with a flurry, finding 33,506 buyers in December to take the final month’s best-selling car crown with ease. The Camry’s closest competitor was 7530 units behind. The number two car, Nissan’s Altima, reported a 12.9% year-over-year improvement, the second-best jump in the top ten. From the Ford Fusion through to the Honda Accord, with the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic between, there were some notable losses among America’s best-selling cars despite the overall market’s 8% improvement.

Be clear on one thing, the Camry doesn’t look like a car that’s keen on giving up top spot. Moreover, the Accord, with a 41.4% decline, doesn’t look like a car that’s keen on taking back top spot.

These are America’s 20 best-selling cars from December 2011. Check out last month’s edition of this list here.

List finalized on 01.05.2012 @ 12:15 AM AST

Rank
Best-Selling Car
December 2011
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Toyota Camry
33,506 + 7.3% 308,510 – 5.9%
#2
Nissan Altima
25,976 + 12.9% 268,981 + 17.3%
#3
Ford Fusion
21,622 – 4.5% 248,067 + 13.2%
#4
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
21,009 – 4.8% 240,259 – 9.7%
#5
Honda Civic
20,545 – 27.3% 221,235 – 15.0%
#6
Honda Accord
18,962 – 41.4% 253,599 – 18.6%
#7
Hyundai Sonata
17,340 + 8.6% 225,961 + 14.9%
#8
Toyota Prius
17,004 + 8.7% 136,463 – 3.2%
#9
Chevrolet Cruze
16,675 + 53.5% 231,732 + 846%
#10
Volkswagen Jetta
14,422 + 11.0% 177,360 + 43.9%
#11
Ford Focus
14,281 + 12.1% 175,717 + 1.9%
#12
Subaru Outback
13,430 + 31.0% 104,405 + 12.1%
#13
Chevrolet Malibu
13,034 + 13.1% 204,808 + 3.0%
#14
Hyundai Elantra
13,025 – 0.5% 186,361 + 40.9%
#15
Kia Optima
10,704 + 245% 84,590 + 209%
#16
Chevrolet Impala
10,479 – 8.2% 171,434 – 0.4%
#17
Nissan Versa
9939 – 2.6% 99,730 + 0.03%
#18
Kia Soul
9624 + 51.2% 102,267 + 52.4%
#19
Mazda 3
9264 + 2.7% 102,417 – 3.7%
#20
Chrysler 200
9213 + 573% 89,413 + 132%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales 
Accord sales include Crosstour sales, a system which will change in 2012. 
Chrysler 200 sales compare, year-over-year, with sales of the Chrysler Sebring.

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  1. Just like the Honda Crosstour should not be included in Accord numbers, even though its using the same platform, the Matrix should not be included in the Corolla numbers. Even Toyota broke it out as a 'different' car than the Corolla. Just as the Hyundai Sonata and the Kia Optima are not combined even though they are really the same car with different skin.

  2. A couple good points Halancamp. The Accord continues to be included with the Crosstour through 2011 because that's how the year began – it's for the purpose of consistency. (Besides, Honda made a change, but that doesn't mean all the cars already on dealer lots lost their Accord status, does it?) If you want Crosstour numbers, utilize the dropdown at the top right of this page. Every Crosstour sales figure is included there.

    As for the Matrix, Toyota USA in fact doesn't even mention it in its monthly sales release. U.S. Matrix sales are included in the Corolla's total – we can't undo that fact. In Canada, where the Matrix is listed separately, it's shown separately, as you can see by accessing the dropdown in the top right of this page. Honda Canada numbers unfortunately continue to include the Accord and Crosstour as one.

  3. Very good 'Car Guy', you are on top of this. It seems Toyota knows the Cruze has it beat in 2011, which is why it won't provide breakout numbers for the Matrix for the US. Toyota should be asked why they are doing this. This is the best auto sales data website there is. Great Job!

  4. Right, because stand alone, neither car would lead in sales in the small car category, and why for the US, they won't provide breakout numbers for both cars. Just look at the 14,895 bite Martix took out of combined Corolla sales of 36,663 numbers in Canada. Even the Toyota website has them as two completely different cars. It's just a numbers game they are 'allowed' to play. Just something to think about.

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