Top Ten Hottest-Selling Cars in December 2014

As 2014 drew to a close, automakers did all they could to eke out just a few more sales to pad their numbers for the month of December.

Good deals, a healthy economy and low gas prices all contributed to make December of 2014 a good month for auto sales. Those attractive fuel prices also led consumers to consider thirstier vehicles, including fullsize pickup trucks, a trend that we've seen over the past several months.

Without further ado, click through to see the most popular cars in the US, according to Autodata.

9. Honda Civic

December 2014 Sales: 25,337
Change vs. December 2013: -12.6%

Sticker Price: $18,190 - $26,640
Invoice Price: $16,915 - $25,261
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway

The Honda Civic, a perennial favorite due to its affordability, fuel economy and reliability, has been selling well and posted a strong month. Available in sedan or coupe bodies, all but the Si and Natural Gas trims are powered by a 143 horsepower, 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual transmission and optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The performance-oriented Si comes with a 205 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four bolted only to a six-speed manual, while the Natural Gas model is powered by a dedicated natural gas version of the 1.8-liter gas engine and the new CVT.

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7. Ford Escape

December 2014 Sales: 25,603
Change vs. December 2013: +4.7%

Sticker Price: $23,100 - $30,850
Invoice Price: $21,772 - $28,769
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway

The Ford Escape is a handsome and versatile crossover, with a wealth of standard and optional features. The five-passenger Escape is available in S, SE and Titanium trims, in either front or four-wheel drive. Engine choices start with a 168-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Additionally, a 173-hp 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 231-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine are offered. Optional features include a Panoramic Vista Roof, satellite radio, SYNC, MyFord Touch, a trailer towing package and heated leather seating.

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6. Toyota Corolla

December 2014 Sales: 30,125
Change vs. December 2013: +33.5%

Sticker Price: $16,800 - $21,300
Invoice Price: $15,876 - $19,722
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway

The current Corolla is much bolder-looking than past versions and although it's still far from the most exciting car on the road, it's fuel efficient and reliable, two key qualities for commuters. The Corolla is available in four trims: L, LE, S and new LE ECO. The powertrain for the L, LE, and S trims is a 132-hp, 1.8-liter dual VVT-I engine, matched with a six-speed manual, four-speed automatic or new continuously variable transmission (CVT). The LE ECO includes a 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter engine with Valvematic, combined with the CVT transmission.

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8. Honda Accord

December 2014 Sales: 31,589
Change vs. December 2013: -2.3%

Sticker Price: $21,955 - $33,480
Invoice Price: $20,100 - $30,612
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg city, 34 mpg highway

With a low starting sticker price, lots of standard features and great reliability, the Honda Accord continues its popularity streak. This midsize sedan is attractive, roomy, decently fun to drive and reliable. The Accord is available either as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine. Depending on the trim chosen, three transmissions are available: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic or a CVT.

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5. Toyota Camry

December 2014 Sales: 31,618
Change vs. December 2013: +5.5%

Sticker Price: $22,235 - $30,705
Invoice Price: $20,345 - $27,941
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway

The Camry is the juggernaut of the midsize sedan segment. And for good reason. This car appeals to the average car buyer with its safety, fuel economy, exterior looks and standard features. The Camry features four trims: L, LE, SE and XLE. A 178-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The SE and XLE trims are also available with a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Tech features include Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, garage door opener, rear camera and navigation with touch screen.

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2014 Nissan Altima

December 2014 Sales: 32,331
Change vs. December 2013: +30.3%

Sticker Price: $22,300
Invoice Price: $21,093
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway

The front-wheel drive, five-passenger Nissan Altima combines performance and an attractive exterior.

The fifth generation Nissan Altima sedan is powered by either a 182-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are paired to a next-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Altima sedan is offered in seven different trim levels: 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV, and 3.5 SL. Notable features either standard or optional include, Bluetooth streaming audio, passive entry with push button ignition, rearview camera, Advanced Drive-Assist Display, Xenon headlights, LED taillights, BOSE audio, navigation, and heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. Standard safety features include, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, six airbags, vehicle stability and traction control, front seat-belt pre-tensioners, a tire pressure monitoring system, ignition immobilizer, and vehicle security system. Optional safety features include blind spot warning, land departure warning, and moving object detection.

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4. Honda CR-V

December 2014 Sales: 32,369
Change vs. December 2013: +12.6%

Sticker Price: $23,120 - $29,120
Invoice Price: $21,718 - $27,334
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway

The 2014 Honda CR-V is roomy and versatile, which is great for today's family on the go. It's good in adverse weather, fuel efficient and comes with lots of trunk space. The five-passenger CR-V is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, each with a choice of three trim levels: LX, EX and EX-L. All are powered by a 185-hp 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.

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3. Ram 1500-3500

December 2014 Sales: 44,222
Change vs. December 2013: +32.4%

Sticker Price: $24,810 - $49,630
Invoice Price: $23,222 - $45,482
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway

The 2014 iteration of the Ram 1500 is much more fuel efficient without sacrificing its capability on- and off-road, making it a popular pickup for the masses. The Ram 1500 provides something for everyone with the choice of three cab styles (regular, Quad and Crew cabs), three wheelbases, and 4x2 or 4x4 drive types. Engine options include a 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter HEMI V8 or 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engines. A multi-link coil spring rear suspension (in place of a traditional leaf spring suspension) improves ride and handling characteristics without sacrificing payload and towing capability.

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2. Chevrolet Silverado

December 2014 Sales: 57,837
Change vs. December 2013: +35.8%

Sticker Price: $25,575 - $49,180
Invoice Price: $24,552 - $45,737
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway

The redesigned 2014 Silverado is big, bold and, now, more fuel efficient. This truck can handle almost anything you can throw at it, making it a great choice whether you're hauling families or hauling trailers. The Silverado is available with one of three all-new EcoTec3 engines, a fully updated cabin with available MyLink connectivity and other features designed for the most discerning truck owners. Other new features include available front Park Assist, in addition to the rear Park Assist already available, and a sliding rear window with a defroster.

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1. Ford F-Series

November 2014 Sales: 74,355
Change vs. November 2013: -0.3%

Sticker Price: $24,445 - $53,830
Invoice Price: $22,672 - $48,851
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway

It's a broken record. Still. The Ford F-Series, which includes the F-150, F-250 and F-350, has sold more than 60,000 units again in November. No other vehicle came anywhere close to that number, even if sales of Ford's pickup were down 10 percent. In any case, with a completely new F-150 on the horizon for 2015, we doubt that Ford's pickup series is going to lose its top-selling spot any time soon.

The F-150 was slightly refreshed in 2013, adding some new features and tweaking the exterior. The F-150 is available in several distinctive trims. These include the XL, STX, XLT, FX, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and the Limited. For the off-road extremist, the segment exclusive SVT Raptor is available and delivers both outstanding off-road capabilities and daily use characteristics.

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