2012 was a good year indeed for Japanese Manufacturers. According to kickingtires.com, six out of the best selling cars of 2012 were from Japanese manufacturers while four were American. Perhaps what makes the Japanese cars so popular is the fact that they have better gas mileage. Aside from that, some people believe that Japanese made cars are more reliable compared to American cars but that is slowly changing as Americanmade cars are slowly approaching 250,000 to 300,000 miles. But when it comes to pickup trucks, American made cars are doing very well. Americans know how to build muscle cars.
Essentially, what most people look for in a car is practicality and reliability. Here is a look at the 10 best selling cars of 2012.
10. Ford Escape
An SUV makes a great family car. It can fit up to five people and have enough room for other baggage. This SUV is reasonably priced which is what made it sell like hotcakes. Its 6-speed automatic transition is worth the big bucks and an electric hybrid model is available, too, for those who are conscious about the environment. Its design is simple but some may consider it to be outdated. But regardless of the design, it was able to sell over 260,000 models in 2012 making it a recommended choice to many consumers.
9. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V was always a bestseller. Ever since its debut in 1999, its sales have been doing well. It sold 281,000 models in 2012, which is almost a 30% increase compared to 2011. The CR-V is loved for its comfort, adequate passenger room, and cargo versatility. It has been priced competitively, too, which makes it the go-to car for anyone looking for a decent SUV. Honda is known for its reliability too, making the CR-V a bang for your buck!
8. Toyota Corolla/Matrix
This small wagon is an easy drive with enough space. It is available as an all-wheel drive, sporty S, and XRS model. According to consumerguides.com, the best choice is the front-drive S because of its blend of comfort and power. Compared to its rivals, Mazda 3 and Nissan Versa, the Matrix is more fuel efficient and has more cargo room.
7. Ram Trucks
Many were impressed with the 2012 Ram Truck. Its comfort, overall performance, design, reliability and value for money made it an excellent choice for consumers. Starting at $22,000, one could get a pickup truck with an outstanding ride, making it the perfect muscle car. The best part is that it has good gas mileage too. Most consumers are very content with how easy it is to handle this pickup truck. With over 293,000 sold units, there is no doubt that this pickup truck is worth a trip to the nearest Ram dealership.
6. Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima is sort of like a sporty family sedan. Its comfortable interiors and fuel economy are what makes it a bang for the buck. It sold over 300,000 units in 2012 and consumers are very pleased with its overall performance. The Altima is perfect for those who want a midsized car with a sporty and fun performance. So, there is sure to be a lot of excitement behind the wheel while driving this well-loved car.
5. Honda Civic
The 2012 Honda Civic has a bigger engine but guarantees better fuel economy. Though there is not much that can be said with regards to its cargo room, the value for money is what makes this car the 5th best seller with over 317,000 units sold. It was popular in the 90’s and is still popular today. Like the CR-V, Honda has mastered how to maintain the quality and performance of their bestsellers.
4. Honda Accord
What makes the Accord a popular choice among consumers is the balance of its features, performance, passenger room, and of course, the value for money. It has a smooth ride and because it is primarily known for its comfort, the Honda Accord makes an excellent family car. Its interiors have remained consistent throughout the years. Since it is a sedan, it has ample leg room and head room. The seats are also very comfortable. 2012 was a good year for Honda with the Accord selling over 331,000 units.
3. Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is the Accord’s sworn enemy. Every year they battle it out and take turns taking the higher spot. In 2012, however, the Toyota Camry did a better job with over 400,000 units sold. It got a redesign in 2012, which is probably what helped increase its sales. The updates, improvements, and new features of the 2012 Camry were made to compete and Toyota took this competition very seriously. The fuel economy and controls of the 2012 Camry are what makes it very popular but overall, this car has many features Toyota can be proud of.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
Taking the number two spot among the bestselling cars is the Chevy Silverado. It will come as no surprise to any American that this pickup truck is the second bestselling vehicle of 2012 because Americans love pickup trucks! And what is not to love about the Chevy Silverado? Though it is a heavy duty pickup truck, its ride is just like a car! Its luxury-inspired design has made consumers very comfortable. The smooth drive is also well-appreciated by the market as well as its controls.
1. Ford F-Series
With over 645,000 units sold, Ford’s F Series trucks take the number one spot in the best selling cars of 2012. Ford has definitely mastered the power and toughness of the pickup truck but aside from that, the Ford F250, 350, and 450 are also known for their comfort. Available in diesel engines, the Ford F Series can accelerate at a good speed. The ride is smooth for a large truck and that is thanks to the good shock absorption system it uses. Its controls are logically arranged on the dashboard to enable its drivers to feel easy while on the road driving their truck that is worth every penny spent.
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