• Jan 6, 2010
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Mouse over the clock in the lower right-hand corner of your PC. Alternatively, if you're a Mac user, look at the little iCal widget down at the bottom of your screen. Whoa, look at that! It's 2010. January 6th, to be exact. And that means the final sales tallies of all automakers for the year-that-was are in. As you may have noticed yesterday, none but Subaru, Kia and Hyundai are likely to be entirely pleased with their YTD performances, falling as they did compared to sales in 2008.

Wouldn't you know, though, that not one of those three upwardly trending automakers earned a single spot on the Top 10 Best Selling Vehicles chart? To see a Korean automobile on the list, you need to expand the search to the Top 17. This fact reminds us yet again that by and large the American population tends to be a rather predictable bunch.

Think you can guess what the best-selling vehicle of 2009 was? We won't lie... you probably can. In fact, it's been the same vehicle for the past 28 years straight. Want to know what it is? Find out, along with the rest of the Top 20, after the jump.

[Source: Examiner.com]

Top 20 Best-Selling Vehicles of 2009


First, let's get numbers 20–11 out of the way. There are a couple of interesting highlights, such as the Chevrolet Impala, which drops four spots from 2008 down to number 12 as its Bowtie sedan stablemate, the Malibu, jumps in at number 13. We also see the Toyota Prius at number 16, falling just shy of 150,000 units sold in 2009. Finally, note the GMC Sierra at number 18. Interestingly, when the Sierra's 111,842 sales are added to its Silverado sibling from Chevrolet, that platform outsells the Ford F-150 rather handily. As you'll soon see, though, Ford does indeed have the last laugh once all full-size truck sales are counted.

  • Chevrolet Cobalt: 104,724
  • Toyota Tacoma: 111,824
  • GMC Sierra: 111,842
  • Hyundai Sonata: 120,028
  • Toyota Prius: 139,682
  • Toyota RAV4: 149,088
  • Ford Focus: 160,433
  • Chevrolet Malibu: 161,568
  • Chevrolet Impala: 165,565
  • Ford Escape: 173,044



So, let's take a guided tour through the Top Ten Best-Selling Vehicles of 2009. Starting with...

Number 10 – Dodge Ram: 177,268





Number 9 – Ford Fusion: 180,671





Number 8 – Honda CR-V: 191,214





Number 7 – Nissan Altima: 203,568





Number 6 – Honda Civic: 259,722





Number 5 – Honda Accord: 290,056





Number 4 – Toyota Corolla: 296,874





Number 3 – Chevrolet Silverado: 316,544





Number 2 – Toyota Camry: 356,824





And finally... drum roll please!

Number 1 – Ford F-Series: 413,625






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      • 5 Years Ago
      Luis = Another name for an internet troll
      lkslkerain1
      • 5 Years Ago
      no more gov.'t motors i mean gm for me
      • 5 Years Ago
      The F-series is still a monster. But it's interesting to think that not that long ago it was flirting with the possibility of selling 1 million vehicles a year (it got up to close to 900k units).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Caddy: it's going to be a long time before that happens. There just too much excess stock out there. Too many foreclosed houses. Too much extra office space.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Once the economy gets back in gear no truck maker* will be able to keep up. Far too many in construction and building trades just are'nt buying right now and will not until we're in the black again and able to start hiring.

        *Tundra not included. We're on to them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know about trucks, but the best cars (none of them German or American) aren't among the best sellers. But it's a good thing, why would one throw pearls to pigs....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with TrevMo, GM's truck is the better seller than Ford. The truth is, both Chevrolet and GMC brands cater to different clientele; GM simply knows how to target both markets. In fact, GMC existed for a few years (1908) before Chevrolet arrived on the scene. When GM acquired Chevy, it was a smart move to move GMC upmarket, and without alienating GMC fans. And ti's worked ever since. Think about it: had GM axed GMC, would GMC customers have chosen a Chevy? No.

      Besides, Ford tried to do the same trick with Lincoln pickups. Twice. Blackwood and Mark LT. Both were failures. Why would you pay a ton of money for a Mark LT when you could buy an equally equipped Super Duty King Ranch or a F150 Bauer Edition for nearly the same price, give or take a few hundred dollars?

      Now if you need a real indicator of popularity, check the toy aisles at the local stores. All the Chevy truck models are selling quite well, and I had a had time trying to find the Hot Wheels Sliverado model. All the Ford F-series are just clogging the shelves.
        • 5 Years Ago
        " Truth be told, cars are really nothing more than big-ticket toys anyway."

        Uh, no they're not. Many truck buyers buy trucks to do work these days, many of the top 10 list are boring appliances. Cars are less and less toys every day.

        Trucks too now that gas is near $3 a gallon

        Sorry to break the news to you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't really call the Mark LT a failure, since the nameplate is still being made and sold.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2009/08/02/ay-dios-mio-2011-lincoln-mark-lt-spotted-south-of-the-border/
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh noes! Hot Wheels doesn't make a Tundra... Toyota must be cancelling it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Luke:

        Yes, I did.

        And for anyone who thinks I'm a moron for saying what I said, well, tough. Truth be told, cars are really nothing more than big-ticket toys anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW Jetta should be listed @ # 20 ! It sold 108,427 units (90,208 sedan and 18,218 sportwagen)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I noticed that too... the Jetta outsold the Cobalt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another classic illustration of the importance of thinking for yourself. https://www.createspace.com/3396981
      • 5 Years Ago
      To all the Ford F-150s that were sold... Thank you CASH for CLUNKERS. Couldn't have done it without you!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Note that those "F-150" numbers include "F-250" and heavier-duty trucks that don't bear the "F-150" nameplate.

        Kind of like if Chevy were to combine Impala and Malibu nameplates.

        Or the entire Buick line.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Check your notes... I am pretty certain that the number one vehicle purchased via the Cash for Clunkers program was the Ford F-150.
        Lar7789789
        • 5 Years Ago
        No the Ford Focus and Chevy Cobalt were, so check your numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ JohnH.

        Dodge's 2500 and 3500 series are included with its 1500 sales, as are the GM pickups. They didnt seperate their sales from their 1/2 ton models, and theirs are differently styled with different engines just like the Fords are. Technically, its called the F-Series which includes everything up to F-550 I believe. Some just put F-150 for short since it represents the base full sized truck offering.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are those retail or wholesale sales?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It matters because if manufacturer A wholesaled 50,000,000 units to dealers/distributors but only retailed 40,000,000 and manufacturer B wholesaled 47,000,000 units and retailed 45,000,000 units, who is the best selling and who is the best manufacturer? See the distinction?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes it does matter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesnt matter for a list like this. If I sell 50 widgets (1 to the govt and 49 to your sister) and you sell 49 widgets (48 to the govt and 1 to your sister), I still sold more widgets than you did.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does it matter? They're sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As for cash for clunkers, many Chevy Colorado P/U's were traded for something else. The Chevy S-10 was junk, replaced with the Colorado which is even worse! Chevy never built a good small truck. Since 1967 the F-series has outsold Chevy every year except one year, and that was close. The reason why Fords sell the best, it's because they are!!! Don't feed me that the Chevy Malipuke is better than the Fusion. Another case of who sells better. The Malipuke has been around much, much longer than the Fusion. The Fusion Sport holds its own. I can hear the bowtie boys crying the blues once again. Remember who the real USA 1 is!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't surprise me!
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