2011 Honda Accord Coupe Red

America’s best-selling cars from the month of October 2011 formed a unique sequence in their finishing order.

For only the second time this year – the previous instance was last month – there are no compact cars in the top five. This comes during a year when, in both January and June, a compact was in the top spot. Indeed, last October the Toyota corolla was only 342 sales out of third place. And dare we mention it, fuel prices aren’t as low as most consumers would like.

But it’s not as though Americans have rejected smaller cars altogether. From sixth to eleventh you’ll find compact rivals from Toyota, Honda, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Hyundai, and Ford. Then, again, more expensive machines (a group which includes the $19,245 Chrysler 200) take over from twelfth through 16th. 

Nearer to the end of the pack, the very roomy Nissan Versa subcompact slots in ahead of a formidable new midsize Kia (Optima sales jumped 429% in October), its Sentra compact brother, and a relatively small luxury car, the soon-to-be-replaced BMW 3-Series.

There are those who will attempt to point out that, if we’re including the Crosstour, the Honda Accord couldn’t be the best-selling car in America in October 2011. Naysayers will prove to be wrong, however, since Crosstour sales were so abysmal that even without them – all 1478 of them, down 47% – the Accord finished October ahead of the 2012 Toyota Camry. Honda midsize sedan and coupe sales were up 9.4% in October, enough to make the Honda Accord America’s top selling car in October 2011. Camry sales slid 8.5%. Its lead over the Accord, the third-place car in year-to-date standings, is 32,395 units strong through October.

There are six American-badged cars in this Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America list. Throw in two Germans, three Koreans, and nine Japanese cars and you have October’s most popular passenger cars. Check out September’s list here or last October’s here. October 2011’s best-selling car table is below. 

Rank
Car
October 2011
October 2010
Year-To-Date
#1
Honda Accord
24,067 24,344 219,169
#2
Toyota Camry
22,043 25,014 251,564
#3
Nissan Altima
21,838 18,978 222,932
#4
Hyundai Sonata
18,192 17,505 192,953
#5
Ford Fusion
18,094 17,362 206,533
#6
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
16,244 18,636 203,135
#7
Honda Civic
16,173 17,121 183,557
#8
Chevrolet Cruze
14,295 5048 201,819
#9
Volkswagen Jetta
13,058 11,958 150,046
#10
Hyundai Elantra
13,000 9497 160,922
#11
Ford Focus
12,386 12,396 149,701
#12
Chevrolet Impala
11,982 12,389 150,104
#13
Chrysler 200
11,205 2221 72,135
#14
Toyota Prius
11,008 11,731 104,251
#15
Chevrolet Malibu
10,239 12,353 181,505
#16
Subaru Outback
8891 8694 83,682
#17
Nissan Versa
8889 6044 80,500
#18
Kia Optima
8616 1630 64,353
#19
Nissan Sentra
8384 5928 98,410
#20
BMW 3-Series
7748 8520 78,314

Source: Manufacturers
Red font indicates declining year-over-year sales. 
Accord sales include the Crosstour. GCBC will continue this through December for comparative purposes.
Chrysler 200 year-to-date sales include 2380 Sebrings. The 200’s September 2010 refers to the Sebring.

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