Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: March 2014

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The final month of winter continued to be a challenging one for many automakers. Poor weather through large swaths of the country dampened sales in many regions buried under snow and ice. March capped off a weak sales quarter, which saw inventories swell and incentive spending boosted to lure customers into showrooms. The past month proved that signs of spring are finally upon us, and for some automakers the thaw came early to dealers across the U.S., especially those selling trucks and luxury cars.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: February 2014

In fact, trucks led much of the sales gains for March, with especially strong performances from Ram, Ford and Toyota. The Ram brand had its best month for pickup sales in a decade, and the brand as a whole posted a 29 percent gain year-over-year in March versus March 2013. Ford's F-Series was up as well, jumping 5.1 percent for the month, while Toyota's Tundra posted its best sales month since August 2008. The Chevrolet Silverado saw a 6.8 percent gain, while the GMC Sierra sales were up by 22 percent.

By Aaron Bragman | April 1, 2014 | Comments (23)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: February 2014

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Winter dragged on in February and car sales for many automakers remained in hibernation, at least for the first half of the month. Shoppers shunned popular sedans like the Honda Accord (down 12.1 percent), Ford Fusion (down 14.3 percent), Toyota Camry (down 7.3 percent) and Hyundai Sonata (down 30.1 percent). They did buy more Chevrolet Malibus and Nissan Altimas, however, placing the Altima atop the car-only pile for February, a roost it last held in March 2013.

February's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

That wasn't the only changing of the guard. Shoppers gravitated toward the Chevrolet Cruze last month (up 21.7 percent versus a weak February 2013) but drifted from the Honda Civic (down 5 percent versus an also-weak February 2013); the Civic hasn't been absent from the top 10 best-sellers list since September 2012.

As we expected, snow-ready cars had their day. We reported Feb. 20 that sales for all-wheel-drive vehicles were up some 20 percent in the first part of the year. Indeed, shoppers preferred off-road brands: Land Rover gained 3 percent and Subaru climbed 24 percent. Jeep saw the highest gains, with sales up 47.4 percent. Shoppers bought more Jeep Cherokees, Grand Cherokees and Wranglers than 16 other nameplates across Fiat Chrysler's five U.S. brands. Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales, said February's harsh weather across most of the country "has been ideally suited" for the brand, which had the best February in its 73-year existence.

By Kelsey Mays | March 3, 2014 | Comments (10)

Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy

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There's a certain crowd of people who don't really care what car they drive, in particular. They just want whatever is the cheapest way to get from A to B, period. They want something new, something with a warranty, something efficient. They probably don't even take into consideration the well-written expert reviews on a site like Cars.com penned by experienced automotive journalists.

More Top 10s

It is for those people that we've compiled the following list, the top 10 cheapest cars to buy and fuel, the cars that deliver the biggest financial bang for your hard-earned buck.

By Aaron Bragman | February 24, 2014 | Comments (23)

Top 10 Most Iconic Cars of the Last 25 Years

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Aside from Hollywood and the military, there's no industry that creates as many icons as the car business. Whether it's through expressive styling, performance under the hood or some other factor, the auto industry has a knack for taking steel, glass and rubber, and creating cars and trucks that become universally symbolic. It's these iconic cars that offer a window into America's history with the automobile.

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With so many from which to choose, we decided to narrow our focus to cars from the past 25 years. From an initial list of 30 contenders we whittled down to the 10 you see here. Be sure to let us know in the comments section below what cars you think are the most iconic and which ones we missed.

By Mike Hanley | February 4, 2014 | Comments (21)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: January 2014

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Automakers didn't quite experience a Denver Broncos-sized shellacking in January, but it was rough sledding for many. January is typically a weak sales month — and the weather, which brought a polar vortex to the Midwest and freezing temperatures to the Gulf Coast, kept even more shoppers at home.

January 2014's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

Eight of the top 10 best-sellers saw sales slide, and the results booted the Honda CR-V off the list, while the Toyota Corolla returned after a one-month hiatus.

Two of the biggest losers — the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Silverado — both pulled in a monster sales month in January 2013, but the Camry's descent has more weight. Even as Toyota turned up the spigot on purchase incentives versus year-ago levels, shoppers gave the automaker's best-seller the cold shoulder. Some may have gravitated toward competitors like the Nissan Altima (up 4.9 percent), while others may have ditched the family sedan altogether. From the Chevrolet Malibu to the Hyundai Sonata, a number of popular nameplates saw January sales slide.

By Kelsey Mays | February 3, 2014 | Comments (14)

The Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2013

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Even as 2013 cars sales stalled a bit in December, new-car sales overall still landed around 15.6 million units for the year. That's up 8 percent over 2012, and it marks the best sales since 2007. If 2014 sees similar gains, the experts are right: Happy days for the industry will be here again.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2013

Does that mean happy days for the consumer? Yes, but with caveats. Even as discounts edged upward, ballooning MSRPs sent transaction prices to nearly $33,000 per car by December, according to CNW Marketing Research. Compare that to all of 2012, when transactions averaged as low as $30,184 at the beginning of the year. New cars got pricier, yet shoppers still bought them.

By Kelsey Mays | January 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2013

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In 2013, Cars.com readers were most interested in knowing what were the best-selling vehicles, what had changed on vehicles between model years, kinds and capacity of seating, proper vehicle care and, most of all, our advice on which cars to buy — specifically affordable used ones. Our post advising car shoppers on the best used cars for $10,000 was the No. 1 post of the year — not surprising considering 40 million used cars were sold in 2012. Our perennially popular post advising readers on which cars fit three child-safety seats secured the No. 4 spot. Meanwhile, maintenance advice posts also proved popular, finding fixed positions at Nos. 3, 7 and 10. Find out what else was popular in 2013.

1. 10 Cars for $10K: The Best Used Cars for $10,000
2. Which Three-Row SUVs Offer Second-Row Captain's Chairs?
3. Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?
4. Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?
5. Best Hybrids for the Money 2013
6. 2014 Toyota RAV4: What's Changed
7. How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?
8. 2014 Honda Accord: What's Changed
9. Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2012
10. How Long Do Tires Last?

By Matt Schmitz | December 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ten Cars That Won't See 2015

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Automakers give all sorts of reasons for canceling a model. Sometimes it comes from a deliberate one-and-done cycle, as Scion often employs. Other times a car too similar to its corporate siblings — compare the ultra-luxury Maybach brand to an optioned-out Mercedes-Benz S-Class — and allowed to age without a redesign can spell doom. And some cars just plain stink: Four of our 10 Worst Cars of the 2000s sputtered out with no direct replacement.

Whatever the cause, cancellations often coincide with lackluster sales. Consider former Volvo spokesman James Hope, whose eulogy for the now-defunct S40 and V50 was short and sweet. "The S40 and V50 are great cars," Hope said. "Our focus, however, needs to be on our [sales] volume vehicles."

More than a dozen models were discontinued in 2013. We polled our editors to see which cars we think will meet their end next year.

By Kelsey Mays | December 18, 2013 | Comments (28)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Nissan Rogue once again took to the No. 1 spot this week on our list of most-read reviews as the entire top four remained unchanged from last time around. Newcomers to the list this week were the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid and 2014 Hyundai Equus, both making their debuts in the past week and landing at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. Meanwhile, the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution came in at No. 10. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
3. 2014 Infiniti Q50
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Ford Explorer
6. 2013 Toyota RAV4
7. 2013 BMW 328i
8. 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid
9. 2014 Hyundai Equus
10. 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

By Matt Schmitz | December 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Nissan Rogue returned to the top spot this week on our first list of most-read reviews since before the Thanksgiving holiday. The lone newcomer to the list was the 2014 Ford Explorer, which bowed in just enough time this week to nab the No. 10 spot. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
3. 2014 Infiniti Q50
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2013 Dodge SRT Viper
6. 2013 BMW 328i
7. 2014 Cadillac XTS
8. 2013 Toyota RAV4
9. 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
10. 2014 Ford Explorer

By Matt Schmitz | December 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

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