10 Best-Selling Cars (and Trucks) of May

While automakers have been making impressive gains throughout the first half of 2013 (so far), some models have performed more admirably than others. Trucks have been a significant common denominator throughout, as the housing market regains its health and construction as a whole increases.

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New-car sales added a healthy 8 percent in May, to end the month above 15 million annualized sales as an industry. This picks the pace back up after April, when a slight slump put the numbers off a bit. The gains were helped by consumer confidence that reached a five-year high in May, while new-car prices roughly stayed put for the first time since Cars.com started tracking them back in November of 2011. New cars ran an average of $32,426 in May, according to CNW Marketing Research — at up just 0.4 percent over May of last year, consumers might be looking at a possible plateau after a string of year-over-year price increases.

Here are 10 models that led auto sales last month:

10. Toyota Corolla

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Though in the last year of its product cycle before the 2014 refresh, the Toyota (NYSE:TM) Corolla still proves to be a best seller in the compact car category. With a sleeker look and more space though, the new, redesigned Corolla will certainly bolster the model’s status and could very well find itself crawling up the sales list upon its release.

9. Ford Escape

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Ford’s (NYSE:F) badly-needed redesign of the Escape crossover is paying off, as the car has been selling in record numbers. It couldn’t have happened at a better time, too — crossover SUVs have seen booming sales as consumers downsize from larger, fuel-guzzling full-size SUVs and trucks.

8. Ford Fusion

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Though critiqued for lack of originality due to the significant similarities to Aston Martin, the new, sportier Fusion seems to be putting it aside as buyers are flocking to the car like never before. What’s more, the new car has made Ford a serious contender in the super-competitive midsize sedan market.

7. Honda Civic

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Honda’s (NYSE:HMC) Civic has had its ups and downs over the last couple of years, but the latest rendition seems to be a winner as indicated by its May sales numbers. However, Honda will have to keep an ace up its sleeve once Toyota’s just-released 2014 Corolla hits the market. 

6. Ram Pickup

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Ram’s new parent Fiat (FIATY.PK) shows that it’s not making any compromises when it comes to big American trucks, as Ram has found a seat on the crazy ride that has been truck sales so far this year. 

5. Nissan Altima

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Nissan had a phenomenal month during May, and leading the pack was its flagship Altima. While Nissan has operated in the background behind the other Japanese big guns, the company’s performance last month should be enough to put them on notice that Nissan is a company to be reckoned with.

4. Honda Accord

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Honda’s restyled Accord has made crucial steps in navigating away from the car’s previously sleepy image, with harder lines and a sportier presence to better compete in the exploding midsize sedan market.

3. Toyota Camry

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Toyota’s old faithful maintained a firm grip on its class, rounding out another solid month despite levels being down over current comparables. Though it was refreshed fairly recently, keep an eye on the rapidly evolving market — we might see a mild redesign sooner than you might expect.

2. Chevrolet Silverado

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Chevy’s (FM) Silverado line performed admirably, and that’s even before the new models have hit showroom floors. While the figures are certainly impressive, just wait until the overhauled models make it the market. 

1. Ford F-Series

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Ford’s F-Series took the top spot and by a long shot. With over 70,000 units moved, it beat the next in line contender by close to double the sales volumes, further asserting itself as America’s favorite truck.

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