The Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2008


The final chapter on 2008 has now closed, as automakers reported their final sales figures today. We’ll break out some of the biggest winners and losers of the year in a separate post, but first we wanted to put together the final list of 2008’s best-selling cars, SUVs and trucks.

Even after sky-high gas prices and an economic meltdown, the top performers haven’t really changed. Trucks like the Ford F-Series and Chevy Silverado still outperformed any car on the market. And besides the long-running economy car picks of the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, there weren’t any tiny, fuel-sipping cars on the list.

We also list the top car sales for the month of December, where the biggest move was made by the Chevy Malibu: It’s now the No. 3 midsize sedan on the market behind the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, besting Nissan Altima sales by a whopping 44 units.

The Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2008

  • Ford F-Series: 515,513
  • Chevy Silverado: 465,065
  • Toyota Camry: 436,617
  • Honda Accord: 372,789
  • Toyota Corolla: 351,007
  • Honda Civic: 339,289
  • Nissan Altima: 269,668
  • Chevy Impala: 265,840
  • Dodge Ram: 245,840
  • Honda CR-V: 197,279

December 2008’s Top 10 Best-Selling Cars

  • Ford F-Series: 41,580
  • Chevy Silverado: 33,340
  • Toyota Camry: 25,275
  • Honda Accord: 22,348
  • Toyota Corolla: 22,129
  • Chevy Impala: 21,148
  • Chevy Malibu: 17,355
  • Nissan Altima: 17,311
  • Honda Civic: 17,302
  • Dodge Ram: 16,618
By David Thomas | January 5, 2009 | Comments (26)
Tags: Best Sellers



44/17311 = 0.0025 = 0.25%
Which is insignificant.

And how many Matrix did Toyota counted into the Corolla sales?

They don't break that number out unfortunately which I constantly complain about. But it supposedly is less than what Pontiac is selling of the Vibe.


Totally thought i'd see the Prius in there. Maybe it did better in 07.

The Prius saw a decrease of 12.6% in 2008 from the year before, mainly due to a very slow past three months when gas prices tanked.

Chevy Malibu is a strong contender, I see its numbers going up every time. Good job GM

To GM, please improve upon, and not the other way around on the next Malibu model.

i've seen many new Malibus on rental lots so I wonder how many of those sales are actually sales to customers??!!


did J miss the sarcasm?

how did the Impala sneak up there? rentals as well??? but that did not help the Sonata ...


It makes sense for Toyota to count Matrix sales as the Corolla as they do not sell a Corolla coupe, and Honda sells a Civic coupe. Just because they use a different name means nothing. The Solara is a Camry coupe, so it counts as well, just like how Honda sells an Accord sedan and coupe. Over half of Impala sales are for fleets.


So, I guess Chevy should stop building the Impala so that they don't sell to rentals....

I love the fleet argument (insert sarcasm here). Apparently rental companies and police departments like the Impala. So be it.

And I have gotten a Sonata 7 of 8 times when renting from Avis.

1/3 of Malibu and Impala sales are fleet sales.


Nice to see the Accord still hanging on despite all the negativity that it received Great job Honda with 3 models in the top 10.

Roger Eglle

The clear difference between the Japanese autos and the American autos on the list are the Jap autos sell legitimately without requiring "Red Tag - Employee Pricing - Please Just Buy Our Inferior Garbage" marketing ploys that the likes of GM-Ford-Chrysler rely on.

Avis is buying more Sonata's because they hold more value than the current American junk they buy. GM which sells upwards of 34% of their Malibus and 52% of their Impalas to Rental car companies. What a shameful practice.

Does GM, Ford, or Chrysler actually make an attractive, high quality, sought after car? The answer is NO and don't say the Malibu as it's been a dismal sales failure.



The Matrix apparently is not the same as the Corolla, otherwise please explain why is the rear suspension setup differently.
Also, as long as they do not badge it under the same name, it is not the same model. Shall we count the Sierra's sales into the Silverado's?

Randy Auvil

We have a 2008 Impala SS and have determined it to be a fine vehicle. It has good looks, is quiet, and powerful. I see why sales are brisk.


Honda and Toy Ota doesn't have the employee price, but they have the Honda Days and the Toyotathon..

By the way, my friend tried to buy a Tundra and the dealerships wanted to sell them overpriced trash... no way.

Dave Wong

What a foolish post by Mr. Eglle. The Cadillac CTS, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, Chevy Corvette, Chrysler 300 blow away all those carbon copy imports in style, looks, power, and class. Too many consumers are biased and ignorantly buying into the myth of "inferior" American cars.

Jeremy Letterman


Uncle B

Unemployment is rising fast, and wages if you do get a job are dismal! we are in for a beating! the (GRD) great republican depression is getting deeper each day, with no signs of recovery and the government is panicking about it! In the lists of popular cars, the closest thing to a "Survival vehicle" is the pick-up truck! too bad they aren't sold with more economical engines! Every American knows, no job, but have pick-up truck and a strong back, still have chance at self-employment, and a good survival tool otherwise!


toyota does not use kills resale value.


I think back in the 70's when U.S. auto makers first started making fuel efficient cars but produced junk it gave them a bad reputation. The American people still think that the foreign cars are better. American car manufacturers need to figure out a way to get the people to try the small cars of today so they can shake that reputation though some people are so closed minded that they will never see the light. I own a 2007 G6 GT and I love it.


Delrayii -- the domestics are better than they have been in the past, particuarly Ford, but they still get beat by Toyota, Honda, Subaru over the long haul.

Jeremey L -- just cause it is the top seller, doesn't mean it is the best.

Dave Wong -- the myth, as you call it, is supported by multiple outside sources using the experiences of millions of consumers. The Japanese brands, no matter where the cars are built, are far more reliable vehicles. The domestics are also rarely competative in face to face comparos of the cars people drive.

South Tx - the Toyota thon and Honda days don't really compare to the middle of the product year promotions you see out of detroit. Now times are different right now, but in years past those promotions were only used at the end of the model year to move the old stuff and make room for the new.

Randy A -- the impalla is also sold heavily to rentals, taxi fleets, and police vehicles. A substantial portion of their sales come from these sales.

The Matrix isn't the same as the Corolla, it may share some parts, but it isn't the same. It is however the same as the Pontiac Vibe.

Adam - yes Honda makes a Civic coupe, but the Matrix is not a Corolla coupe, it isn't a coupe at all, but a wagon

Dave T - The Prius sold 180,000 units in 2007 and 160,000 units in 2008. Their decline at teh end of the year was less than the overall car market in the US declined. You also have to remember that their is a new Prius hitting dealer lots in the next few weeks. A cars sales almost always see a significant decline in the last full year of production before a new model version is released. And it is usually over 12%.


If you have a brain you can figure out that Yes, some are fleet and that is why the value drops - supply and demand!

Hyundai?? Look at the value after 1 year. Ford is much better.


what about mecedes?????

What a foolish post by Mr. Eglle. The Cadillac CTS, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, Chevy Corvette, Chrysler 300 blow away all those carbon copy imports in style, looks, power, and class. Too many consumers are biased and ignorantly buying into the myth of "inferior" American cars.


I have a 2008 Impala . the only thing we have replaced is oil, tires and did a front end alighnment
It gets good gas millage and you could not ask for a more reliable car

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