For the third month in a row, an American car is at the top of the top selling small cars July 2011. As for the rest of the top ten, there are only a couple of shifts in places. The perennial best-sellers remain firmly in contention for top selling small cars July 2011.

We’ll cover the five top selling small cars July 2011 in some detail and mention numbers six through ten at the end.

1. 2011 Chevrolet CruzeWith its five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in more stringent 2011 testing and Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze remains solidly in first place of top selling small cars July 2011. Sales in July of 24,648 again cinched the first-place spot for Cruze for the third-consecutive month. Year-to-date sales totaling 147,620 units are another indication of the Chevy small sedan’s consumer popularity.

2. 2011 Toyota CorollaThe 2011 Toyota Corolla compact car moves up from fourth place in June rankings to a solid second

place of top selling small cars July 2011. For July, the Corolla sold a total of 17,577 units and through July accounted for sales of 154,324. That’s still off 8.1 percent from year ago levels, but does show improvement from its recent slide. Although last redesigned in 2008, the Corolla has a lot of good attributes, but competition is tough.

3. 2011 Volkswagen JettaJuly sales of 15,713 units (13,383 sedans and 2,330 Sport Wagens) were sufficient to land the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta in the number three spot of top selling small cars July 2011. Last month, the Jetta was in sixth place. For the year though July, the Jetta sedan and SportWagen together have sold 107,465 units, up 63.6 percent year-over-year.

4. 2011 Hyundai ElantraAnother IIHS Top Safety Pick, the all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra posted sales of 15,181 for the month of July, moves down one spot to fourth place position of top selling small cars. Calendar year-to-date Elantra sales total 118,482 units. The Elantra’s styling, performance, fuel economy ratings, and impressive features are more than adequate reasons why consumers are flocking to this new small car from Hyundai.

5. 2011-2012 Ford FocusAlthough sales in July of 14,889 units of the compact 2011-2012 Ford Focus weren’t enough to secure

June’s second place spot this month, being in fifth place isn’t all that bad. Calendar year-to-date sales total 112,913, up 7.3 percent year-over-year.  Expect Focus sales to continue to improve with the all-new 2012 model. The completely redesigned 2012 Ford Focus is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Numbers six through ten of the top selling small cars July 2011 are as follows (with sales numbers in parentheses): No. 6 – the all-new 2012 Honda Civic (14,006), No. 7 – the 2011 Kia Soul urban small car (10,131), No. 8 – the 2011 Mazda Mazda3 (9,288), No. 9 – the 2011 Kia Forte sedan and hatchback (7,560), and No. 10 – the all-new 2012 subcompact Hyundai Accent (6,938).

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