Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013
With each New Year’s Day holiday comes the inevitable plethora of “10 best” lists from the previous year. No stranger to convention, we of course feel obligated to provide a list of the top 10 best selling cars of 2013 as our contribution to said plethora. As you might expect, the big three—no, the other big three; Honda, Toyota, and Nissan—are all represented here.
In fact, Honda placed three of the vehicles on the list, more than any other manufacturer.
But Americans take heart, the “traditional” big three is represented here too. Although fans of American cars may be a bit disappointed to learn how they are. While great strides have been made in the passenger car arena for American manufacturers, it’s still trucks doing the heavy lifting (pun kinda intended) on the domestic sales front.
That said, truth be told, anybody following the auto industry pretty closely won’t see any real surprises here. Still, it’s good to get the particulars on all of them just the same. And so, without further ado, let’s get into it.
Here’s Autobytel’s list of America’s top 10 best selling cars of 2013 (listed in order of finish).
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Ford F-Series Pickup Truck
The winner and still champion, Ford’s F-Series trucks have ruled sales charts in the United States for the past 32 years running. So it comes as no surprise to learn they were once again America’s best-selling automobiles—period. Part of the success of the vehicle is owed to its remarkable versatility. Three cab sizes, two bed sizes and nine trim levels offer an outstanding variety of configurations. From a stripped down basic workhorse to the ultra plush King Ranch, and boasting a hard-core desert runner sports truck in between, there really is a Ford F-Series pickup truck for absolutely every buyer. The F-150 version alone offers four different powerplants, including a recently added turbocharged V6 capable of delivering the power and torque of a V8 with the fuel economy of a V6. The F-Series’ spacious interiors are laced with such modern tech features as voice-activated navigation, USB ports, an integrated trailer-brake controller, and a rearview camera. Available comfort and convenience kit includes dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a 120V power outlet, and Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming. Four-wheel drive models boast hill descent control, skid plates, and an electronic locking rear differential.
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Chevrolet Silverado
Number two of the top 10 best selling cars of 2013 in the United States, the Chevrolet Silverado was all new for the 2013 model year. One of the biggest improvements to the vehicle was the interior treatment. Soft-touch materials have replaced the hard plastic found in earlier versions of Chevy’s pickup, and the overall design is nicer and more upscale in appearance. As important as that is for many buyers, the hard-core trucking customer wants to know about the hardware. In this case, for the half-ton version of the Silverado, Chevy’s offering three cab styles and three bed lengths—including an eight-foot bed. Six trim levels are offered, ranging from basic work truck to the ultra-plush LTZ package. Three engine choices are offered, including a new 285-horsepower, 4.4-liter V6 capable of delivering 305 ft-lbs of torque. Like its Ford competitor the tech boom has infiltrated the Silverado as well. Electro-goodies include forward collision alert; lane departure warning, and trailer sway control. Of course Bluetooth, and dual-zone automatic climate control are available, but the Silverado can also be fitted with remote starting, power folding exterior mirrors, a power sliding rear window, and heated power adjustable driver and front passenger seats.
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Toyota Camry
Number three on the list is another model seemingly perennially found on top ten best selling lists. For 2013, the Toyota Camry was once again the best selling car in the United States—hands down. Going into its 31st year of continuous production since it was introduced on 1983, the Toyota Camry is the car everybody likes, but nobody loves. Competent, reliable, comfortable, well built, and fuel-efficient the Camry is an exceptional answer to the question pretty much everyone in the mainstream asks when they go new-car shopping. The current model is offered two engine choices and five trim levels. The top of the line Camry XLE is very nearly Lexus-like with its array of features. In fact, two Lexus models ride on the Camry’s platform. Over the years many potential buyers complained the Camry wasn’t sporty enough, so Toyota responded to their objections with an SE Sport version of the Camry. This model is fitted with a 17-inch wheel set with more aggressive rubber and a sport tuned suspension system, along with sport seats, foglights, heated mirrors and leather wrappings for the steering wheel and shift knob. The Camry’s options list includes such niceties as rear cross traffic alert, voice controls, and blind spot monitoring.
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Honda Accord
Forever running neck and neck with the Camry in the annual sales races, the number four Honda Accord was all-new for the 2013 model year. Like the Camry, the Accord is also an outstanding answer to the question every mainstream new-car buyer asks when they go car shopping. Since its introduction back in 1976, the Accord has been noted for providing good honest transportation with a great deal of comfort and reliability—along with generous fuel economy. Accords demand very little from their drivers. The cars are well thought out ergonomically, exceptionally well engineered, and as a result very easy to drive. Available in two body styles (coupe and sedan) and six trim levels, Accords can be outfitted to near luxury levels of kit. Two engines are offered, along with a manual transmission, a continuously variable automatic, and a traditional six-speed automatic. Interestingly, even with their mass-market appeal, Accords offer a sporty driving dynamics, agile handling, and punchy acceleration. Essentially, the Honda proves you can have a personality and still please the vast majority of car buyers. Smartphone apps integration, forward collision and lane departure warning, keyless entry and ignition, and Bluetooth are among the many highlights of the Accord’s comfort and convenience roster.
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Ram 1500
All new for the 2013 model year, the number five RAM 1500 was heralded by many awards organizations as the Truck of The Year for 2013. Impressing reviewers with its quietness, smoothness, and overall vibe of civility, the Ram 1500 proved a full-size pickup really could offer all of the comfort of a passenger car; check that—a luxurious passenger car, and still get the job done. As many of you are no doubt aware, Ram became a brand unto itself in 2011, when the decision was made at the Chrysler Group to divest trucks from the Dodge brand’s portfolio. The Ram 1500 is offered in three body styles, with a choice of three beds—including an eight-foot bed. The trim levels offered range from base to the luxurious Laramie trim package. Unlike its competitor from Ford though, the base Ram 1500 is a nicely equipped proposition, rather than a stripped down work truck. Four gasoline engines are offered—along with a diesel powerplant as well. Like the other two of the big three’s trucks, a V6 can be had as well, although it isn’t quite as powerful as the V6 engines offered by Ford and Chevy. One thing the Ram has the others don’t though is the unique RamBox storage bins in the sides of the truck bed.
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Honda Civic
The second of the three Honda offerings to make this list, the number six Honda Civic is another model that finds a spot on the top 10 best selling list year after year after year. In fact, ever since it was launched back in 1973, the Civic has been one of America’s favorite cars. Like its Accord sibling, the model’s success can be attributed to its consistently outstanding engineering, comfort, reliability, fuel efficiency, and low cost of ownership. Factor in outstanding fuel economy and sporty styling and you have the basic recipe for building a top selling car. However, many competitors have tried to duplicate the Civic’s success without really coming close to the little Honda’s appeal. A major part of what keeps the Civic so competitive is Honda’s relentless updating of the model. Fresh off a redesign for the 2012 model year, Honda updated the car again for 2013 when a number of their ideas for the 2012 car fell flat with reviewers. As a result, the 2013 Honda Civic is the most competitive car in its class. Available in two body styles, (again like the Accord—coupe and sedan) the Honda Civic is offered in four states of trim, with hybrid, natural gas, and conventional gasoline drivetrains.
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Nissan Altima
Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, America’s fourth best selling car and seventh best selling vehicle, the Nissan Altima is easily the most sporting oriented of the cars topping the sales chart. Further the Altima offers a high level of comfort and convenience features to go along with its dynamic over the road abilities. What’s more, the model is praised for its user-friendly interfaces and the high level of fit and finish Nissan lavishes upon the mid-sized sedan’s cabin. An amazing seven different trim levels are offered, along with a choice of two different engines—including a 270-horsepower V6 capable of returning 25 miles per gallon. The redesign brought about a fresh new look for the Altima, moving it closer to the appearance of its more upscale Maxima sibling. Now in its fifth generation, the Altima offers a brace of tech including smartphone integration, a touchscreen based display audio package, and even Facebook connectivity. Other key pieces include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, heated seats, voice controls, and of course navigation. In an automotive first, Nissan consulted with NASA on the design of what it calls “Zero Gravity” seats for the driver and front passenger.
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Honda CR-V
Honda automobiles have a number of interesting traits. Among them, when a Honda model makes the top ten best-selling list, it has a tendency to become a fixture on that list. And such is the case for the number eight best selling new car in the US for the 2013 model year—the Honda CR-V. Offered since 1997, the CR-V was the first true Honda product to go to bat in the SUV arena for Honda. Prior to the CR-V the company had offered rebadged models from other manufacturers. That first CR-V was an innovator and the current model remains so. Just as its forebears, the current CR-V model is priced competitively, offers an abundance of passenger and cargo space, and is both easy to drive and exceptionally family friendly. Three trim lines are offered but only one engine. Front-drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available as an option. The Honda’s standard equipment list reads like the optional equipment list of many of its competitors. This includes such features as smartphone integration capability, Bluetooth, keyless entry, full power accessories, and integrated Pandora Internet Radio functionality. Options include rear seat entertainment, voice activation, navigation, and real-time traffic information.
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Toyota Corolla
Like its Camry big sister, the number nine best seller, Toyota Corolla is another of America’s favorite cars. The remarkable thing about the Corolla is the appeal it holds across practically every demographic. Young male college students buy Corollas, as do retired grandmothers in their seventies. If ever a model can be said to have universal appeal, it is Toyota’s Corolla. And, it’s been that way for nearly fifty years of continuous production. Introduced to the US market in 1968, the Corolla is currently offered in one configuration—a four-door sedan—but in four different trim levels. Fresh off of a redesign for the 2013 model year, the Corolla is now in its eleventh generation. Power comes from a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine generating 140 horsepower and 126 ft-lbs of torque in its standard configuration. A six-speed manual transmission is offered with the more basic trim packages, while a four-speed automatic and a continuously variable transmission are offered for shiftless drivers. With its redesign came a more dynamic appearance, however the driving traits long native to the model remain the same. A Corolla is a car that doesn’t demand much of its driver, nor does it return a great deal other than solid, reliable point A to point B transportation with comfort and reasonable fuel economy. And guess what? That’s exactly what most people want in a car.
Top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2013: Ford Escape
The only American manufacturer to score two spots on this list of the 10 best selling cars of 2013, Ford wisely based this generation of its Escape compact utility vehicle on its dynamic Focus model. Because of this, the Escape looks more like a tall wagon than a small SUV and it delivers a driving experience more akin to that of a car than a SUV. While it lacks the outright agility of the Focus, it does offer a more engaging driving experience than most of its competition. Three trim levels are offered, along with a choice of three four-cylinder engines. The most notable of the engine options is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant capable of producing 240 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs of torque. This endows the Escape with the power of a V6, but the fuel consumption of an inline four. The standard transmission offering is a six-speed automatic. Both front-drive and all-wheel drive powertrains are available. Sweet bits of kit include xenon headlights, keyless entry and start, self-parking, a handsfree power-operated rear liftgate, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and voice activated comfort and convenience functions.