- #10 - Honda Civic
- The Honda Civic has long been a member of the top 10 best sellers list. While it failed to reach the same sales heights it hit in mid-2008 when the price of gas reached $4/gallon, it continued to move in significant numbers this year even as the current model heads into the waning years of its life cycle.
#9 - Ford Fusion
- #9 - Ford Fusion
- Early this year, Ford started selling a heavily refreshed version of its mid-sized Fusion sedan. By going well beyond the typical mid-cycle nose job with a new interior and new powertrains, including a fantastic hybrid model, the Fusion (and its Mercury Milan sibling) is now selling faster than it ever has.
#8 - Honda CR-V
- #8 - Honda CR-V
- The Honda CR-V had another strong year of sales, which was certainly helped by the U.S. government's Cash for Clunkers program. The CR-V also had the smallest year-over-year decline of any Honda/Acura model, only dropping 5.2 percent through November.
#7 - Ford Escape
- #7 - Ford Escape
- The Ford Escape was one of the big beneficiaries of last summer's Cash for Clunkers program. Its combination of fuel efficiency, size and driving dynamics found appeal among many drivers getting rid of older, less efficient SUVs.
#5 - Honda Accord
- #5 - Honda Accord
- Like most auto sales in 2009, sales of the Accord dipped by a quarter this year. Falling partway down a huge mountain still leaves you way up there, and Honda still sold nearly 262,000 Accords through the end of November.
#4 - Toyota Corolla
- #4 - Toyota Corolla
- The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate of all time, and the current tenth generation is continuing that tradition. Even with a nearly 20 percent drop in sales this year, the Corolla edged out the Accord for fourth place on the list.
#2 - Toyota Camry
- #2 - Toyota Camry
- The Camry has remained at the top of the U.S. car sales charts for more than a decade now and retains that spot again this year. Even with a 21 percent drop in sales, the Camry sold nearly twice as many examples as the Ford Fusion and captured second place overall from the Chevy Silverado. 2010 will be very interesting to watch with the Fusion expected to continue its sales surge and Hyundai likely to make a strong showing with its stylish new 2011 Sonata.
#1 - Ford F-Series pickups
- #1 - Ford F-Series pickups
- The Ford F-Series has been the number one selling vehicle in the U.S. market since just before the dawn of time. It may have even been used to haul building supplies during those first six days of creation, although the records are a bit vague on that. Fresh styling and updated features helped keep the F-150 on top again this year, and if the economy picks up in 2010, it will likely stay there again. 2010 will bring some fresh powertrain options with a new 6.2-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 coming at some point during the year and possibly even the new 5.0-liter V8 that just debuted in the 2011 Mustang GT.