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Top 10 best-selling cars of the first half of 2014, by class

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New car sales are beating expectations, with most automakers seeing gains. But which cars are doing the best, according to data released yesterday and compiled by the Cars Examiner?

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Overall, the nation's best-selling vehicles for the first half of 2014 include the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram full-size pickups; the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima midsize cars; and the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic compact cars. (See sales charts of the Top 30 overall best-sellers)

Hidden from the list of the most popular overall cars, though, are the niche models. There's no luxury or performance car in the Top 30. There's no minivan, no subcompact car, no full-size SUV.

The charts with this article address this, while also providing facilitating sales comparisons among competing vehicles. See America's best-selling vehicle so far in 2014 in each approximate market position below -- an asterisk denotes a different best-seller than in 2013.

Subcompact cars: Kia Soul
Compact cars: Toyota Corolla*
Midsize cars: Toyota Camry
Large cars: Chevrolet Impala
Entry-luxury cars: BMW 3-Series/4-Series
Luxury cars: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Sporty cars: Chevrolet Camaro
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
*New winner compared to 2013.

The charts are sorted by 2014 year-to-date sales, but also include comparable data for the first half of 2013 and the full years of 2013 and 2012. Each automaker publishes the sales of its own products, most of which are available in press releases here.

See also:
Sales charts of 2014's best-selling cars by class, year-to-date
Top 30 best-selling cars of 2014, year-to-date
Top 10 best-selling cars of 2013, by class