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9 Hottest Selling Cars in 2013

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U.S. car sales seem to be the main bright spot in an otherwise sluggish economy. Sales are up by 8.2% over the first half of 2013, compared to the same period last year. Some models have even shown double digit growth over 2012 sales. Most of these models have seen significant changes including full redesigns for the 2013 vehicles.  Many of these benefited from increases in fuel economy, which has been a major driver for sales thanks to high gas prices.

Many auto manufacturers have introduced hybrid models to boost sales. Toyota released an Avalon Hybrid and Lexus introduced the Lexus ES-300h. Crossover utility vehicles, or CUVs are another fast growing segment with much better fuel efficiencies than full-size SUVs. The redesigned Ford Escape has seen solid growth as has the Subaru Forrester and the CX-5. 

Toyota Avalon, Nissan Pathfinder, and the Mazda CX-5 and the have all doubled their 2012 five-month sales figures. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the nine models that sold most units and are up by 25% compared to the same period of last year.  Find the full list and detailed write-ups on each of the 9 vehicles here.

These are the top nine selling autos this year with the percentage change in sales for the first part of 2013 compared to 2012 and the MPG for each vehicle.

9. Ford Escape - Pct. change in sales: 29.7%, Fuel economy: 26 mpg

8. Hyundai Elantra - Pct. change in sales: 29.9%, Fuel economy: 32 mpg

7. Chevrolet Tahoe - Pct. change in sales: 30.6%, Fuel economy: 17 mpg

6. Ford Explorer - Pct. change in sales: 33.8%, > Fuel economy: 20 mpg

5. Subaru Forester - Pct. change in sales: 35.9%, Fuel economy: 23 mpg

4. Lexus ES-Series - Pct. change in sales: 92%, Fuel economy: 24 mpg

3. Toyota Avalon - Pct. change in sales: 107.9%, Fuel economy: 25 mpg

2. Mazda CX-5 - Pct. change in sales: 171.8%, Fuel economy: 29 mpg

1. Nissan Pathfinder - Pct. change in sales: 202.0%, Fuel economy: 22 mpg

Nissan’s recently pricing changes have certainly helped them claim the top spot in terms of year over year growth. We’ll keep looking out to see how the rest of the year goes for car sales. Summer is typically a good time to pick up a new car as dealers try to clear the lots to make room for next year’s models.