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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
  2008 MPG   2009 MPG   2010 MPG   2011 MPG   2012 MPG
1 Ford F Series 16 1 Ford F Series 17 1 Ford F Series 17 1 Ford F Series 18 1 Ford F Series 18
2 Chevy Silverado 17 2 Toyota Camry 25 2 Chevy Silverado 17 2 Chevy Silverado 17 2 Chevy Silverado 17
3 Toyota Camry 25 3 Chevy Silverado 17 3 Toyota Camry 26 3 Toyota Camry 26 3 Toyota Camry 28
4 Honda Accord 25 4 Toyota Corolla 30 4 Honda Accord 25 4 Nissan Altima 27 4 Honda Accord 27
5 Toyota Corolla 31 5 Honda Accord 25 5 Toyota Corolla 30 5 Ford Escape 25 5 Honda Civic 32
6 Honda Civic 29 6 Honda Civic 29 6 Honda Civic 29 6 Ford Fusion 26 6 Nissan Altima 27
7 Nissan Altima 26 7 Nissan Altima 26 7 Nissan Altima 27 7 Ram 16 7 Ram 16
8 Chevy Impala 22 8 Honda CR-V 23 8 Ford Fusion 25 8 Toyota Corolla 31 8 Toyota Corolla 30
9 Ram 17 9 Ford Fusion 23 9 Honda CR-V 24 9 Honda Accord 27 9 Honda CR-V 26
10 Honda CR-V 23 10 Ram 16 10 Ram 16 10 Chevy Cruze 30 10 Ford Escape 25
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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