20 Best-Selling Vehicles of 2015 — March Edition

© Ford Motor CompanyTop Sellers
Vehicle sales in America are off to a good start in 2015. With two months in the books, overall sales are up 9.2 percent compared to the first two months of 2014. With gas prices at record lows, it’s no big surprise that trucks sales are seeing the most success with an impressive 15.3% increase over last year. Cars sales are also up — 2.8 percent higher in 2015. Here’s a look at the best-sellers after two months of sales, according to numbers we compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports.

© Fiat Chrysler Automobiles20. Jeep Cherokee
YTD Sales: 29,180
Vs. 2014: 30.9%
The Cherokee just rejoined the Jeep lineup last year and it couldn’t have looked more different than the original. The sleek lines and modern take on the traditional Jeep grille really make the Cherokee stand apart from other midsize crossovers. Given the Jeep’s impressive off-road capabilities, perhaps the heavy snows of early 2015 have helped the Cherokee crack the top 20 list.

© Nissan North America19. Nissan Sentra
YTD Sales: 29,749
Vs. 2014: 38.6%
The Nissan Sentra is currently in it seventh generation, and while the small sedan has not been changed much since 2012, it has seen excellent sales growth so far in 2015. Chalk up some of this growth to Sentra’s excellent value, featuring such items as standard USB connection port, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, illuminated steering wheel audio controls and cruise control.

© Fiat Chrysler Automobile18. Chrysler 200
YTD Sales: 29,962
Vs. 2014: 30.5%
Chrysler completely redesigned the 200 for 2015, and based on its stylish exterior and premium-looking interior, it’s no surprise this entry model is seeing such a healthy sales increase so far this year. In addition to its good looks, the 200 is the first midsize sedan with a standard 9-speed automatic transmission, which helps it achieve an EPA-estimated 36 mpg.

© Ford Motor Company17. Ford Focus
YTD Sales: 32,497
Vs. 2014: 16.4%
It may be the 17th best-seller in America, but according to Ford the Focus has been the best-selling nameplate in the world for the last three years. With engines ranging from the efficient 1.0-liter EcoBoost to the powerful 252-horsepower EcoBoost found in the ST, the Focus is a great small-car option.

© Ford Motor Company16. Ford Explorer (includes sales of Police Interceptor Utility)
YTD Sales: 35,649
Vs. 2014: 33.3%
While Ford overall has only seen a modest sales increase so far in 2015, the company fielded five of the top 20 bestsellers, and the Explorer is clearly doing its part to grow sales for the company. With an increase of more than 33 percent year over year, the 7-passenger crossover should see even better sales later this year when the revised 2016 model arrives in showrooms.

© General Motors15. Chevrolet Cruze
YTD Sales: 36,994
Vs. 2014: -4.3%
The only passenger car on this list from General Motors, the Cruze is one of the most successful small cars the Detroit-based automaker has ever delivered, with more than three million sold globally since its launch in 2010. The Cruze received a slight face-lift for 2015, as well as high-tech features including OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

© Nissan North America14. Nissan Rogue
YTD Sales: 37,068
Vs. 2014: 19.5%
Nissan’s small crossover was redesigned in 2014, so the company has to be happy about the nearly 20 percent sales increase in the second year of the new generation’s sales. The Rogue features a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, and with its advanced Xtronic transmission with Eco mode, Rogue gets EPA fuel economy ratings as high as 33 mpg.

© American Honda13. Honda Civic
YTD Sales: 39,737
Vs. 2014: -8.4%
The Civic is one of three Hondas among the 20 best-sellers, but sales of the compact sedan and coupe continue to decline — surprising given the Civic’s redesign in 2014. Introduction of a new Special Edition that features over $1,100 worth of telematics, audio, comfort, convenience and style upgrades for just $700 over the LX sedan might give Civic the boost it needs.

© Ford Motor Company12. Ford Escape
YTD Sales: 40,969
Vs. 2014: -3.8%
This small 5-passenger crossover from Ford continues to hold its own in sales, especially following its redesign a few years ago. Available with the fuel-efficient EcoBoost powertrain as well as innovative features including a hands-free tailgate, the Escape remains one of Ford’s best-selling vehicles overall.

© General Motors11. Chevrolet Equinox
YTD Sales: 41,278
Vs. 2014: 14.2%
One of three Chevrolet models among the top 20 best-sellers, the Equinox adds the same 4G LTE connectivity found in the Cruze. While the Equinox has seen a nice increase in sales, the launch of the smaller Chevrolet Trax later this model year may eat into Equinox numbers.

© Toyota Motor Sales USA10. Toyota RAV4
YTD Sales: 41,767
Vs. 2014: 25.3%
The RAV4 is moving into its third year of the current generation, which makes the 25 percent increase year over year even more impressive. With carlike comfort and handling combined with the utility of an SUV, the stylish RAV4 solidifies its place in the top 20.

© Ford Motor Company9. Ford Fusion
YTD Sales: 42,426
Vs. 2014: -4.9%
The Fusion holds the honor of being the best-selling domestic passenger car on this list. With available all-wheel drive and a variety of engine choices — including a very efficient plug-in hybrid — the Fusion makes a great option as a stylish family sedan.

© American Honda8. Honda Accord
YTD Sales: 42,627
Vs. 2014: -5.7%
It’s a little surprising that Accord sales are so far below the Toyota Camry, although Honda claims Accord is the best-selling car among retail customers, implying that Camry gets a big boost from fleet sales. Apparently the Accord is quite popular with Car and Driver magazine — this year marks the 29th time it’s been named to the publication’s annual “10Best Cars in America” list.

© American Honda7. Honda CR-V
YTD Sales: 45,509
Vs. 2014: 16.72%
Ten years ago the best-selling SUVs on the market were truck-based offerings from domestic car companies, so a lot has changed in a decade. Now the crossover is winning the hearts and wallets of America, and the Honda of crossovers — the CR-V — is all new for 2015 and continues to see a healthy increase in sales. In fact, the CR-V passed the Accord to become the best-selling Honda in America.

© Nissan North America6. Nissan Altima
YTD Sales: 54,882
Vs. 2014: 2.8%
It may be one of only two Nissans in this list of 20 best-selling vehicles in America, but the Altima brings a lot to the party. The stylish sedan offers a nice mix of comfort, style and — most importantly to the majority of shoppers — great fuel economy.

© Toyota Motor Sales USA5. Toyota Corolla
YTD Sales: 55,196
Vs. 2014: 14.9%
The Corolla certainly is an old-timer — at least in name. Although the car was redesigned last year, the name has been around since 1966, and according to Toyota more than 40 million Corollas have been sold since it was introduced. Now in its eleventh generation, the Corolla is the best-selling compact car in America.

© Toyota Motor Sales USA4. Toyota Camry
YTD Sales: 59,705
Vs. 2014: 14.1%
The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord often battle for the title of top-selling passenger car in the U.S., but in the last ten years the Camry has been able to solidify its lead. With an all-new 2015 Camry in showrooms, Toyota seems to be having no problem holding onto this coveted distinction.

© Fiat Chrysler Automobiles3. Ram Truck
YTD Sales: 59,916
Vs. 2014: 10.2%
The Ram 1500 passed by the Toyota Camry and moved into the third spot last year, and with continued strong sales, the Ram is holding on to its new position. Helping sales of the full-size pickup is a new fuel-efficient EcoDiesel that claims 28 mpg. In September Ram announced the EcoDiesel would make up 20 percent of production.

© General Motors2. Chevrolet Silverado
YTD Sales: 81,501
Vs. 2014: 24.4%
The perennial runner-up to the Ford F-Series, the Silverado was completely redesigned for 2014 with new styling and a series of new engines. The updated truck carried over its base price from the previous generation, which has helped GM’s offering take a slight bite out of the F-150’s lead.

© Ford Motor Company1. Ford F-Series
YTD Sales: 109,606
Vs. 2014: 7.0%
The Ford F-Series pickup truck has worn the sales crown as best-selling vehicle in America for more than 30 years. With sales up year over year, this versatile pickup shows no signs of relinquishing its throne. With an all-new F-150 just coming to market, Ford should continue to see success in the U.S.

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3 Comments

    1. Bob Johnson

      Silverado is alright if you want a truck that is basically the same as it was 20 years ago with updated sheet metal and interior. Also their “new” engines are the same old engine just with a half a##$d variable valve system, and direct injection.

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