2013 Toyota Camry side view

Ford’s F-Series trucks have ended another calendar year at the top of the U.S. sales charts. Counting F-150 and Super Duty models under one “F-Series” label, the Ford truck lineup surpassed sales of all challengers including the Toyota Camry, which for 2012 again became the best-selling car in the U.S.

The best-selling vehicles in the U.S. for the 2012 calendar year came from the segments you might expect: full-size (and high-profit) trucks at the top, followed by compact and midsize sedans, with a couple compact crossovers at the bottom. No car came close to passing the Toyota Camry, which finished 2012 with 404,886 sales. The Honda Accord followed the Camry in December and overall in 2012, and the Nissan Altima about 29,000 units behind the Accord.

The Honda Civic outsold the Toyota Corolla, and we expect that trend to continue until the redesigned Toyota arrives in dealerships to compete with the refreshed Honda.

The Ram truck completed the year in seventh place, with 293,363 units — we’d be surprised if that total doesn’t rise in 2013 with a full year of the refreshed full-size pickup. At the bottom of the top 10 chart for 2012 is the newly restyled Honda CR-V and Ford Escape crossovers. The new 2013 Toyota RAV4 should make calendar year 2013 interesting for those who watch compact crossover sales.

Honorable mentions include the Ford Focus and Ford Fusion, both of which just fell short of qualifying on the 2012 list.

Vehicle  December 2012 All of 2012
Ford F-Series 68,787 645,316
Chevrolet Silverado 50,699 418,312
Toyota Camry 31,407 404,886
Honda Accord 29,428 331,872
Honda Civic 33,118 317,909
Nissan Altima 23,966 302,934
Ram Truck 30,211 293,363
Toyota Corolla 24,679 290,947
Honda CR-V 25,733 281,652
Ford Escape 20,131 261,008

Source: The automakers

By Zach Gale

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