On the overall listing of best-selling vehicles in the U.S., full-size pickups nearly always dominate, followed by midsize and economy cars, and some compact SUVs. (See the list of 2012's top 30)
But how do different vehicles fare throughout the market as they duke it out with their direct competitors, according to sales data released Thursday and compiled by the Cars Examiner? Which were the 10 most popular cars in various classes in the last year?
See 2012's best-selling vehicle in each approximate market position below -- an asterisk denotes a new winner compared to 2011 -- and click through the slideshow to see charts of the top-10 best-sellers in each of the classes. You can also use the links below to jump to one particular market class.
Subcompact cars: Kia Soul
Compact cars: Honda Civic*
Midsize cars: Toyota Camry
Large cars: Chevrolet Impala
Entry-luxury cars: BMW 3-Series
Luxury cars: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Compact crossovers/SUVs: Honda CR-V*
Midsize crossovers/SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox
Large crossovers: Ford Explorer/Interceptor
Large SUVs: Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
Entry-luxury crossovers/SUVs: Lexus RX
Luxury crossovers/SUVs: BMW X5
Vans: Dodge Grand Caravan*
Pickups: Ford F-Series
Asterisks denote a new winner compared to 2011.
The charts are sorted by 2012 sales, but also include data for 2011 and 2010. Each automaker publishes the sales of its own products, most of which are available in press releases here.