Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata
2011 sales: 225,961

A sensation when it was introduced early in 2010, the Sonata would probably have sold more models last year with more production capacity. As it was, sales climbed 15% over the previous year. The danger going forward is that the swoopy lines of the sixth-generation Sonata suffer design decay: the accelerated aging of a fashion-forward car. Much will depend on Hyundai's continued ability to elevate its image from "value" and "price" to "aspirational."

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 25 2012: 6:21 AM ET
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