When reviewing the top ten vehicles sold in calendar years 2008 through 2012, the year 2011 stands out. Likely due to Japan's tsunami/earthquake and Thailand's flood, both of which disrupted the automotive supply chain for many manufacturers in 2011, the top ten vehicles sold in that year were different than previous years. In 2011, the Honda Civic and CR-V were not even on the top ten list for the first time in many years, and the Toyota Corolla and Honda Accord were near the bottom of the list. The Ford Escape and the Chevy Cruze made the top ten in 2011 for the first time in the five-year period. The top three vehicles have been nearly identical in each year, with the exception of 2009, where the Toyota Camry outsold the Chevy Silverado. The U.S. economy was in a recession that year, and the 2009 Cash for Clunkers Program which favored fuel-efficient vehicles also had an effect on sales in that model year. For 2012, the top ten vehicles sold resembles those of 2008, 2009 and 2010. The fuel economy in miles per gallon (MPG) is shown to the right of each vehicle name.

Top Ten Light Vehicles Sold by Calendar Year, 2008-2012
 2008MPG 2009MPG 2010MPG 2011MPG 2012MPG
1Ford F Series161Ford F Series171Ford F Series171Ford F Series181Ford F Series18
2Chevy Silverado172Toyota Camry252Chevy Silverado172Chevy Silverado172Chevy Silverado17
3Toyota Camry253Chevy Silverado173Toyota Camry263Toyota Camry263Toyota Camry28
4Honda Accord254Toyota Corolla304Honda Accord254Nissan Altima274Honda Accord27
5Toyota Corolla315Honda Accord255Toyota Corolla305Ford Escape255Honda Civic32
6Honda Civic296Honda Civic296Honda Civic296Ford Fusion266Nissan Altima27
7Nissan Altima267Nissan Altima267Nissan Altima277Ram167Ram16
8Chevy Impala228Honda CR-V238Ford Fusion258Toyota Corolla318Toyota Corolla30
9Ram179Ford Fusion239Honda CR-V249Honda Accord279Honda CR-V26
10Honda CR-V2310Ram1610Ram1610Chevy Cruze3010Ford Escape25
Notes: The Toyota Corolla sales also include sales of the Matrix.
For each model, the engine configuration with the highest EPA combined fuel economy was chosen.
Source: Ward's Automotive and Fuel Economy Guide.

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