The Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2008

By David Thomas  on January 4, 2009

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

Best Sellers

Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David