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Most Popular Cars for Sale of 2010

by recycler on March 29, 2011

Most Popular Cars for Sale of 2010

Ford F-150 is #1

Actually, the title here is a bit misleading, as it seems that the most popular cars for sale are not cars at all. In a booming year of vehicle sales, it looks like increasing gas prices did nothing to deter buyers from purchasing trucks and SUVs. The top two vehicles on the list, based on total 2010 sales, are trucks, and the last two vehicles on the list are comprised of an SUV and another truck. In the middle of the Top Ten Best Selling Cars of 2010, providing the “cream filling” of the Truck sandwich, are some familiar faces.

So without further ado, here are Top Ten Best Selling “Cars” of 2010:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevy Silverado
  3. Toyota Camry
  4. Honda Accord
  5. Toyota Corolla
  6. Honda Civic
  7. Nissan Altima
  8. Ford Fusion
  9. Honda CR-V
  10. Dodge Ram

Trucks Are Big

The Ford F-Series of trucks (like the Ford F-150 and its sisters) have always been popular, but from 2009 to 2010 the vehicle saw a whopping 28% increase in sales, topping out at 528,349 units sold in 2010. This dramatic increase in sales is no surprise if you’ve ever driven or even ridden in one of these powerful and beautiful beasts. And selling just fewer than 160,000 more units than the number two most popular vehicle, the Chevy Silverado (Chevy’s adequate yes not-quite-as-appreciated answer to Ford’s F-Series), it looks like the F-Series craze is no fad. However, it is worth noting the Chevy Silverado sales also saw significant growth, increasing by 17% from last year.

Toyota Takes a Tumble

Though Toyota’s flagship, the Toyota Camry, can still be boasted as America’s most popular car, it can now only claim third most favorite vehicle, after getting bumped from second to third by the hot-selling Silverado. For whatever reason, the Camry saw a 7.5% drop in sales from the previous year, but Toyota cannot be happy about it. In fact, the only other car in the list that did not show an increase in sales from 2009 was another Toyota model: the Toyota Corolla. Dropping a staggering 9.8% in just a year, the Corolla sits (uncomfortable, we can only assume) at number five in the list, mostly due to a poor finish in the year, selling 33% fewer units in December 10 than in December 09. Only time will tell if Toyota can rebound in 2011…

Some Other Important Stuff

Sliding into fourth is the sneaky, subtle and soft-spoken Honda Accord, showing significant growth from 2011 but not enough to overtake the slipping Camry. Honda’s other popular model, the Honda Civic, sits at number 6 and shows the steadiest sales from year to year, increasing by only 0.8% (though it had a strong end-of-the-year finish). Coming in at seven is the Nissan Alitma, but hot on its trail is the number 8 most popular car for sale, the Ford Fusion. Only selling about 10,000 fewer units than Nissan’s Altima, the Ford Fusion showed the single most growth in sales from 2009 amongst the cars (an impressive 21.3%) and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Fusion didn’t move up a spot for next year’s list. Finally, the steadily growing popularity of the Honda CR-V (Honda is the only manufacturer to have three vehicles on the list) puts the vehicle—the only SUV on the list—at number nine, while the 2010 Christmas season sales of the Dodge Ram were just enough (an unbelievable 93% increase from Dec 09) to land the truck in the Top Ten.

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