The final sales numbers are in and we now have the list of the best selling cars in 2011. For some automakers, it was a nail-biter right up to the end.

1. Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid – The all-new midsize Toyota Camry sedan, on sale since October, has really made a big difference in the automaker’s drive to build and sell what has become the number one selling passenger car in the United States in 2011. Toyota recorded sales of 33,506 Camrys in December and closed out the year with sales of 308,510 units.

2. Nissan Altima Nissan’s midsize Altima, with December sales of 25,976, managed to end the year with total sales of 268,981 units. That’s up 17.3 percent compared with year-ago levels and cinched the number two spot in best selling cars in 2011.

3. Ford Fusion Although its design is a little dated, the Ford Fusion still succeeded in racking up calendar year sales of 248,067, up 13.2 percent year-over-year. In December, the midsize Fusion sold 21,622. With an all-new 2013 Fusion due out early this year, come this time next year, the Fusion may wind up 2012 sales in a higher spot.

4. Toyota Corolla The compact Toyota Corolla sold 21,009 units in December and closed out 2011 by selling 240,259 units.

5. Honda Accord Here’s another vehicle that’s due for a redesign. Speculation is that the Honda Accord Coupe Concept the Japanese automaker will unveil at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show signals the production coupe and sedan coming out in the fall. For 2011, however, the Accord racked up sales of 235,625, down 16.3 percent compared to the same time last year. For the month of December, Honda reported Accord sales of 17,667.

6. Chevrolet Cruze Chevy’s popular Cruze compact sedan, meanwhile, was close behind the Accord midsize car in total sales numbers, selling a total of 231,732 for the 2011 calendar year. That’s up 846 percent year-over-year. The Cruze sold 16,675 units in December.

7. Hyundai Sonata With sales of 225,961 for the year, up 15 percent compared with the same period in 2010, the Hyundai Sonata and Sonata Hybrid are in solid seventh place of best selling cars in 2011. For the month of December, a total of 17,340 Sonata and Sonata Hybrid vehicles were sold.

8. Honda Civic The compact Honda Civic, with December sales of 20,545 and calendar year sales of 221,235 winds up the year in eighth position.

9. Chevrolet Malibu With an all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu going on sale in the first quarter of 2012, the outgoing 2012 Malibu still didn’t do too bad in overall sales for 2011. The Malibu sold 13,034 units in December and closed out the year with sales of 204,808, up 3.0 percent year-over-year.

10. Chevrolet Impala Rounding out the top ten list of best selling cars in 2011 is another midsize Chevrolet sedan, the Chevrolet Impala. December sales amounted to 10,379 and the Impala sold a total of 171,434 vehicles for the 2011 calendar year.

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