May's 20 Best-Selling Cars; You Might Be Surprised

June 3, 2009

In the midst of this down market, hundreds of thousands of American individuals and companies bought cars and trucks last month. Here are May's top 20 best sellers:

  1. Ford F-150
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Toyota Camry
  4. Toyota Corolla
  5. Honda Accord
  6. Honda Civic
  7. Ford Fusion
  8. Chevrolet Impala
  9. Nissan Altima
  10. Ford Escape
  11. Dodge Ram
  12. Ford Focus
  13. Honda CRV
  14. Chevrolet Malibu
  15. Chevrolet Cobalt
  16. Toyota RAV4
  17. Honda Odyssey
  18. Hyundai Sonata
  19. Volkswagen Jetta
  20. GMC Sierra

Some observations: Four of the top 20 are trucks. Surprised? Even with the specter of fuel prices rising at some undefined future point, many people need pickups. (Need is different from want ... as evidenced by the lack of full- and mid-size SUVs on the list.) Compact SUVs, however, did well (the RAV4 is still a compact in my opinion...but it's not worth fighting about). The balance of the list is what you'd expect with a couple notables; Honda's Odyssey deserves respect for making the list, but I can't fully understand the #8 ranking of the Chevrolet Impala. How can this old Chevy outsell the vastly superior and better driving Chevrolet Malibu?  Thoughts?

[The Detroit Free Press]

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