Confirming the suspicions harbored by many automotive journalists that the vast majority of the car-buying public has zero interest in vehicles that are actually fun to drive, the Toyota Camry has earned the top spot as the best selling car of December 2009. As if that fact itself were not discouraging enough to end the year on, the even less impressive Toyota Corolla managed to snag the Number 2 spot, followed closely by the Honda Accord (3rd), Honda Civic (4th), and finally, the Chevy Malibu (5th). The singular reason for this, at least by our good friend Timothy Cain’s analysis, appears to be that many consumers value basic functions over frivolous things such as “performance” and “aesthetics.” This would explain the quasi-success of the PT Cruiser.
Surprisingly absent from the elite 5 was the Ford Fusion, which is perhaps the only vehicle outside of a Subaru lot that enjoyed a successful run in 2009. Another notable exclusion was the 2009 & 2010 MY BMW 328i, which despite the brutal recession has been spotted in overabundance in the fetid armpit alternatively known as “New Jersey.” With no rational explanation for this anomaly, RideLust is forced to conclude that we are living in the end times. We hope this scores us mad page hits from those Nostradamus nutjobs.