When January rolls around and the previous year’s sales totals are in, it’s always fun to look at the winners. What were the best-selling cars in 2010? We’ve got the list and, no surprise, they’re all family cars of one size or another. One surprise is that Honda Accord is now number two, edging up on the sales leader Toyota Camry.
The good news is that overall new vehicle sales – a key indicator of economic growth -- are up, compared to what they were for 2009. That means consumer confidence is rising ever so slightly. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) says the average age of vehicles today is 10.2 years old. With more than 240 million vehicles on the road, chances are that many of them are ripe for replacement.
Toyota Camry – With 2010 calendar year sales totaling 327,804, the Toyota Camry is the undisputed leader of best selling cars in 2010. With its spacious and comfortable interior and refined smooth engines, plus the availability of a Hybrid, the 2011 Toyota Camry is also fuel efficient, with EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway, and the starting MSRP is $19,720. Still, it hasn’t been redesigned since 2008 and, judging by 2009 sales numbers of 356,824, Camry’s hold on the top perch may soon slip.
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Honda Accord – Long considered a go-to family car in terms of reliability and the Honda brand name, the Accord mid-size car narrowly missed out on the 2010 sales crown, coming in at 311,381 units. That’s an 8 percent increase over 2009 sales of 290,056 – good enough to come in ahead of Toyota Corolla. Among Accord’s many honors is that the car has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best list an astounding 24 times.