March 2009: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars

Corolla The usual suspects are back for March’s list of the 10 best-selling cars, trucks and SUVs in America. The most significant mover is the Chevy Malibu, which moved from No. 10 to No. 9. The Honda Accord also moved up past the Toyota Corolla, but it’s often that high on the list. March is typically the month when car sales ramp up for the calendar year.

While overall sales were down for most manufacturers, losses weren’t as bad as they were in February. GM was down 45% in March 2009 versus March 2008, but that’s better than the 52% decline it saw in February 2009 versus February 2008. The same can be said for Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Toyota and Honda. Nissan did see a slightly worse sales decline in March, down 37.7% versus March 2008 compared to a 37.1% dip between February 2008 and 2009 sales.

The top 10 vehicles list is below.

  • Ford F-Series: 32,728
  • Toyota Camry: 25,783
  • Chevy Silverado: 23,508
  • Honda Accord: 22,722
  • Toyota Corolla: 22,257
  • Honda Civic: 20,645
  • Nissan Altima: 19,521
  • Dodge Ram: 19,328
  • Chevy Malibu: 14,772
  • Honda CR-V: 12,959
By David Thomas | April 1, 2009 | Comments (8)
Tags: Best Sellers



i like the CRV but it never really wowed me at all and im actually very suprised to see that the forester isnt on this list, ive been seeing quite a bit of them lately i wonder how many they sold in march?

The forester is cool and all but I see more outbacks on the road, though not on the level of anything on this list.

I own the new Accord and my pops has the new CRV. I can say they are both fantastic cars and deserve to be on the list.

Surprises: More Accords than Civics, the insane domination of the Ford F-150, again.


Pretty much the same top ten, month after month. You do see some that pop in and out like the Malibu or the Impala. Nice to see the Altima on the list. This is one nice looking car.


again and again CAMRY still #1 car, TOYOTA ROCKS...


One has to look beyond the silly rankings and factor in the incentives used to drive sales. I'm still shocked that the old generation Camry, which is over due for a new platform, is still crushing the Malibu in sales. I don't factor in the Accord as it doesen't have nearly the level of incentives that the Camry and Malibu have. For the record I think the Malibu has the best handling hands-down, but the Accord is the best over-all in terms of quality (materials, lay-out, build, etc).
Although I'm a Audi nut, this list proves conclusively that Honda must be the best small car company out there. They have 3 cars on the the list and yet average the least amount of incentives. I think the Subaru Forester would be on the list if not for the small dealer network they have. The Forester and Altima are both very good bargains.


I recently bought a new pick-up as I'm a General Contractor by trade and tend to wear out pick-ups every five to six years. Much to my own surprise I purchased a Dodge Ram. I've been driving GM's all my life but in my due diligence I found the two best pick-ups are the Ram and the Tundra. If the Ram wasn't $2600 cheaper I probably would have went with the Toyo. Now is a great time to get a truck!

woooooh very informative news...coool...

Daren Davis

Not only because I sell them, but it is nice to see my two top sellers on the list. Corolla is still a hot item and Camry is right behind them. I am upset a lil that our Tundra has not been given much of a chance. Honestly, TUNDRA is the best truck on the road. All truck buyers need to give the Tundra a chance.

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