Subcompact Car: Nissan Versa - 10,270 UnitsStarting at $11,990, and with an EPA estimated 31/40 mpg city/highway, it's no wonder the 2013 Nissan Versa is the top car in this category. As 2012's top-selling subcompact, the Nissan Versa continues its reign into the new year with 10,270 units sold in January alone, an increase of 852 units when compared to January 2012. Sure to help increase its numbers will be the Nissan Versa Note, which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last month.
Compact Car: Toyota Corolla - 23,822 UnitsToyota's 2013 Corolla beat out 2012's top-selling compact, the Honda Civic, in January by 1,941 units. Along with being a 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick, the 2013 Toyota Corolla delivers 27/34 EPA estimated mpg city/highway. With a base price of $16,230, it fits almost any budget, especially considering the $500 factory cash back offer for students and recent graduates. Choosing between the three model options seems to be the only difficult decision when considering the purchase of a 2013 Toyota Corolla.
Midsize Car: Toyota Camry - 31,897 UnitsFor a midsize car, there is no better than the 2013 Toyota Camry. Also 2012's top-selling midsize car, the 2013 Camry carries over its great success into January. Although it's not the most exciting car to drive, it's certainly worth its $22,235 base price when you factor in the reliability and safety expected from Toyota. With its easy-to-use technological features, the 2013 Toyota Camry is January's midsize car of choice for getting from point A to point B.
Minivan: Toyota Sienna - 7,781 UnitsBeating out the Dodge Grand Caravan for the top spot, the 2013 Toyota Sienna is on the rise with an 18.5 increase from January 2012. Buyers got behind decent gas mileage for its class as well as the competitive base price of $26,585 of the 2013 Toyota Sienna. Coming in both seven- and eight-passenger models, the Sienna shows its versatility. As Toyota is continually improving all aspects of its vehicles, the 3013 Sienna can only improve.
Pickup Trucks: Ford F-Series - 46,841 UnitsOnce again, the 2013 Ford F-Series is at the top of the pack. With the top number of units sold out of any category on this list, Ford continues to shine in 2013. One reason for such high numbers is Ford's sales strategy of combining both medium-duty and Super Duty trucks into the same category. Stacked against the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, the Ford F-Series continues to be the top pic month after month. The F-Series also took the title as 2012's top-selling pickup and has managed to keep the title for January 2013.
Two-Row Crossover: Ford Escape - 19,939 UnitsAlthough the race to be 2012's two-row crossover of choice was close, in January 2013, the Ford Escape managed to nab the spot from the 2013 Honda CR-V by 2,130 vehicles sold. The 2013 Ford Escape, one of Ford's top five best-selling vehicles, continues to deliver. Being one of the forerunners in environmental ingenuity, Ford has been able to launch the Escape with "green" interior features from the steering wheel to the carpets, and with the available EcoBoost engine, it continues to be environmentally conscious.
Three-Row Crossover: Ford Explorer - 14,554 UnitsCompared to January 2012, the 2013 Ford Explorer increases its amount of vehicles sold by 4,588, an increase of 46 percent. Beating out its competition by 5,723 units, the 2013 Ford Explorer is the clear winner of this category, whether we like it or not. What we thought would have been a closer race in 2013 has turned into a big lead for Ford. Even with the updated models of its competition, the Ford Explorer has managed to rise to the top for January sales. Time will only tell if Ford can keep this lead.
Luxury Sedan: Mercedes C-Class - 7,214 UnitsLike it was predicted, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has claimed the title of top-selling luxury sedan from BMW's 3 Series for January 2013, with a difference of 2,383 units sold. Although this may not be for long, as BMW is coming out with its 4 Series, the two-door version of the 3 Series sedan, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has upped its game and created a vehicle filled with sophistication elegance, as one would expect from a Mercedes. The C-Class comes in six models, ranging with a base price from $35,350 for the C250 sport Sedan, to $59,800 for the C63 AMG Sedan. Each of the six models has something for everyone, which makes it the top pick for a luxury sedan.
Luxury Crossover: Lexus RX - 5,394 UnitsThe 2013 Lexus RX continues to make heads turn with the edition of the F-Sport. With comfortable seating for five and remote levers controlling the folding of the split rear seat, the 2013 RX gives the driver great cargo space to meet almost any need. The interior makes the RX feel like the luxury crossover that it is. Even with the F-Sport, comfort is never sacrificed. Starting at $39,660, the 2013 Lexus RX has little to complain about, which is why it remains as the luxury crossover of choice.
Sports Car/Convertible: Chevrolet Camaro - 4,925 UnitsAs the clear leader, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro stays at the top for January 2013. Even with its 323-horsepower, the Camaro gets an EPA estimated 30 mpg on the highway. With the base price set at $23,345, not only is this car affordable, it’s a treat to drive. The 1LE Performance Package has returned and is here to stay, making both owners and enthusiast happy. Although sales are down from January 2012, with the new editions and 1LE package making its way back permanently, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is sure to pick up as the year goes on.