2013 yellow Ford Mustang Boss 302 front end

In a field normally filled with humdrum midsize sedans and numerous compact sedans, it’s a real pleasure to see the Ford Mustang rank as the 18th-best-selling passenger car in America in May 2012. Chevrolet Camaro sales slid 5% year-over-year and the Bowtie muscle car fell right off this list – it ranked 15th at this time in 2011 – but Mustang sales are surging, up 58% last month.

Before the new Camry had taken hold but after the tsunami had destroyed parts of Japan last March, car supply in North America was strained. The Chevrolet Malibu was the best-selling car in the United States; the Camry ranked eighth. One year later, the new Toyota Camry is resoundingly and routinely America’s top-selling car, beating the nearest competitor by more than 6000 sales in May, beating its nearest midsize rival by nearly 10,000 sales. Year-to-date, the Camry’s lead over the second-best-selling Nissan Altima has grown to 46,507 units with seven months remaining.

Is it too early to say the Camry will end 2012 as the best-selling car in the United States? The fast-rising Honda Civic would need to outsell the midsize Toyota by 6673 sales in every month from June through December to conquer the Camry.

There are six Japanese-badged cars on this May 2012 edition of America’s 20 best-selling cars, all in the top ten. This leaves four Korean cars, two Germans, and eight Detroit machines. Sales figures for each and every car present here as well as all the other 230 models on sale in North America can be accessed through the first dropdown at GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home.

Rank
Best-Selling Car
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Toyota Camry
39,571 + 110% 181,796 + 44.2%
#2
Honda Civic
33,490 + 82.6% 135,082 + 22.7%
#3
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
31,847 + 87.5% 125,079 + 6.1%
#4
Honda Accord
29,737 + 74.7% 126,254 + 13.3%
#5
Chevrolet Malibu
29,579 + 15.5% 110,035 + 11.1%
#6
Ford Fusion
26,857 + 8.9% 112,416 + 1.4%
#7
Ford Focus
24,769 + 11.1% 110,237 + 43.8%
#8
Nissan Altima
22,690 – 11.1% 135,289 + 20.5%
#9
Toyota Prius Family
21,477 + 210% 107,504 + 72.9%
#10
Hyundai Sonata
20,765 – 8.7% 96,481 + 0.1%
#11
Chevrolet Cruze
19,613 – 13.6% 94,901 – 3.2%
#12
Hyundai Elantra
18,877 – 5.6% 80,114 – 3.8%
#13
Chevrolet Impala
15,879 – 5.0% 81,221 – 7.0%
#14
Volkswagen Jetta
15,175 – 9.0% 69,599 – 6.8%
#15
Kia Optima
13,364 + 79.8% 59,765 + 103%
#16
Chrysler 200
13,250 + 85.3% 58,231 + 111%
#17
Dodge Avenger
10,682 + 92.7% 43,458 + 74.8%
#18
Ford Mustang
10,427 + 57.8% 38,361 + 27.0%
#19
Volkswagen Passat
10,178 + 1,017,700% 44,813 + 20,456%
#20
Kia Soul
10,146 – 9.1% 53,436 + 22.4%

Source: Manufacturers
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales
Prius Sales: 13,053 Liftback plus 1086 Plug-In equal 14,139 Prius sales (enough to rank 15th) without the Prius V or Prius C, which sold 3645 and 3693 times, respectively, in May 2012.

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