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May 2013 Best-Selling Vehicles by Segment

Battles have raged this month for the top spot in each market segment, with Ford pulling out the big guns and landing not just one, not two, but four number one titles. Mercedes and BMW have continued their duel for the top luxury sedan, with BMW coming out on top by a slim 1,294 units. May has brought with it some changes to the segment leaders, however many vehicles have refused to give up their spot, like the Nissan Versa and Toyota Camry. With the summer months coming up, there will be more changes to the segment's top-selling vehicles. Kids will be heading off to college, the weather will heat up, and adventure will grab hold in the minds of many, playing key factors when it's time to buy that next vehicle. Paragraphimage

Subcompact Car: Nissan Versa 8,614 units

There seems to be no stopping the Nissan Versa. Once again it has made its way to the top of the subcompact segment, selling over 8,600 units in May, even though it's down from the same month last year. The next closest vehicle in the segment was the Ford Fiesta, but it came up almost 2,000 units short. It's the perfect car for someone who will be setting off to college in the months to come, and you won't have to sacrifice styling or cargo space. With a starting price of $11,990 and great fuel economy, it's easy to see why so many people are buying it up. Paragraphimage

Compact Car: Honda Civic 30,268 units

The Honda Civic has managed to grab hold of the top seller for the compact segment, taking the top spot from the Toyota Corolla. It has outsold its top competitor by 2,271 units for the month of May, with others trailing behind. The Civic has earned top safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS, making it the first and only small car to have these ratings. With its redesign for the 2013 model year, it's no wonder these things are selling like hot cakes, especially with a price tag under $20,000 and good gas mileage. Paragraphimage

Midsize Car: Toyota Camry 39,216 units

It seems like there's no keeping the Camry down. Even though the Honda Accord managed to nab the top spot for the midsize car segment before, this month the Toyota Camry fights back and regains its title. The Camry crushed the competition, selling almost 6,000 more units than its closest opponent. With decent fuel economy for its class and a great starting price, the Camry fits into many different lifestyles, keeping it in the forefront of America's mind when shopping for a new car. Not only is the Toyota Camry the best-selling vehicle in its segment, it is also the best-selling car in America. Paragraphimage

Minivan: Honda Odyssey 14,200 units

When the HondaVac was announced, we knew the 2014 Honda Odyssey would be a force to be reckoned with when it hits showroom floors, but the current Honda Odyssey is still selling strong. This month, the automaker managed to sell 14,200 units. The next top-selling vehicle was the Dodge Grand Caravan, which sold 12,794 units, keeping it just behind the Odyssey. Surprisingly, the Odyssey is one of the most expensive vehicles in the segment, but it still manages to pull in the big numbers. The people at Honda must be doing something right to make their vehicle seem like the best choice. Paragraphimage

Pickup Truck: Ford F-Series 71,604 units

As always, the Ford F-Series is the top-selling pickup for the month. When compared to the same month last year, Ford has sold 16,768 more units, which is a 30 percent increase. There was no other automaker even close to these numbers, and the number two of the segment was the Chevrolet Silverado with 43,283 units sold. With the way trucks are selling today, it isn't likely that we will see another brand at the top of this list any time soon. We can only expect for these numbers to increase when the new Atlas production model hits showroom floors. Paragraphimage

Two-Row Crossover: Ford Escape 29,123 units

Just like the previous segment, Ford leads the pack. The Ford Escape has sold almost 30,000 units this month, giving the vehicle a 26.2 percent increase when compared to May of last year. The Escape has remained at the top of this segment for quite some time, and is expected to remain if the sales numbers are anything to go on. The Toyota RAV4 was the next closest vehicle, with 20,780 units sold, but even that number isn't enough to overpower the Ford. The automaker is clearly on top of its game as it has landed four top spots on our list this month. Paragraphimage

Three-Row Crossover: Ford Explorer 16,861 units

Once again Ford has claimed the top spot of this segment. The Ford Explorer outsold its competition with 16,861 units this month, making this the third segment where Ford comes out as number one. With decent gas mileage for its size and an available EcoBoost engine, the Explorer is capable in almost any environment, making it ideal for many different lifestyles. Whether packing hiking or snow gear, or mountains of groceries, the Ford Explorer can handle it. Starting at $29,100, the Ford Explorer is one of the most iconic vehicles in the automaker's lineup. Paragraphimage

Luxury Sedan: BMW 3 Series 9,307 units

Coming in at number one in the luxury sedan segment this month is the BMW 3 Series, narrowly beating out the Mercedes-Benz C-Class by 1,294 units. The battle between these two cars rages every month, with the winner constantly changing. The BMW 3 Series has increased sales by 47.2 percent since May last month, helping to lock in the top spot. Mercedes has also seen a large increase, but only by 20.5 percent. With the rate that the C-Class is selling, it's likely that BMW will claim the number one spot next month. One factor that may come into play is the total number of cars sold so far this year, with Mercedes leading in those numbers. Paragraphimage

Luxury Crossover: Lexus RX 8,714 units

As the first luxury crossover, the Lexus RX triumphs over its competition by selling 8,714 units this month. Many didn't think that this car would amount to anything and that the automaker was just waiting money, but Lexus has proven everyone wrong. Now you can rarely find a dealership that doesn't sell a crossover of some kind. There was such a big gap between the number one and two spots in the segment, almost a 5,000 unit difference, which shows that innovation does pay off.  With comfortable seating for five and enough cargo space to meet almost any need, the Lexus RX remains as the luxury crossover of choice with a price tag of $39,660. Paragraphimage

Sports Car/Convertible: Ford Mustang 8,797 units

This is the month of Ford, as well as sports cars and convertibles. The top seat for this segment has been taken from the Chevrolet Camaro and given to the Ford Mustang. With 8,757 units sold this month, the Mustang beats out the Camaro by a slim 868 units. Convertibles and sports cars are the vehicles of the summer, letting you drive with the top down to feel the wind blowing through your hair or cruise down the road in style. Sales for the Mustang are down when compared to May of last year, but with the summer months coming up, sales will no doubt pick up.

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  • 2013 Honda Civic
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  • 2013 Honda Odyssey
  • 2013 Ford F 150 Lariat
  • 2013 Ford Escape
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  • 2013 Bmw 3 Series
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  • 2013 Ford Mustang
  • 2013 Ford F Series