Compared to 2011, the Honda Civic dethroned the Toyota Corolla as the best-selling compact for 2012, while the Chevrolet Cruze finished in fourth behind the Ford Focus.
Honda sold 317,909 Civics in 2012 – an increase of nearly 97,000 units from 2011 – which was enough for it to take compact sales crown. Although Toyota sold 50,688 more Corollas in 2012 than it did the previous year, it was only good enough for second place. Sales of the Ford Focus increased from 175,717 units in 2011 to 245,922 units last year, while the Chevrolet Cruze slipped from second place in 2011 to fourth place in 2012 (237,758 units).
The Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, Mazda3, and Nissan Sentra held steady behind the class sales leaders. The Elantra and Mazda3 saw noticeable sales increases in 2012, but Jetta and Sentra sales decreased 6936 and 8596 units, respectively.
The Subaru Impreza and Kia Forte swapped places from 2011 to 2012, though the redesigned Forte may change that. Combined sales of the outgoing Dodge Caliber and all-new Dart placed the Chrysler Group compact in eleventh place, though the Dart outsold the Forte by 1829 units in December.
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Source: The automakers