Best-Sellers by Brand
For the last few years U.S. vehicle sales have been fantastic, with more than 17 million new vehicles sold each year. The surprising fact is that more than 25 percent of total sales can be accounted for by just 10 top-selling models. But not every automaker has a high-selling model such as the Ford F-150 (almost 900,000 sold last year) or the Toyota RAV4 (more than 400,000 sold last year). What are the popular vehicles that sell in numbers a bit smaller? Here we reveal the best-selling model from almost every car company in America. Sales figures are compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports and goodcarbadcar.net, and are based on the total sales in 2017.
Total Sales: 54,886
The MDX is not only Acura’s best-selling model, it outsells all the brand’s passenger cars combined. Acura delivered a refreshed MDX for the 2017 model year sporting updated styling headlined by a new Acura Diamond Pentagon grille. This new MDX went on sale in mid-2016; last year the innovative MDX Sport Hybrid joined the lineup. The MDX Sport Hybrid uses a 3.0-liter V6 engine teamed with one electric motor on the front axle and two additional electric motors on the rear. Total output is 321 horsepower, while handling is further enhanced by the system’s ability to direct power to individual rear wheels.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Total Sales: 8,903
The sexy Italian sport sedan from Alfa Romeo just entered the U.S. market late last year, so while sales are not terribly strong, the Giulia did have its best sales month in December. Giulia is available in several trim levels, topping out at the high-performance Quadrifoglio. With a 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 engine putting out more than 500 horsepower, the Giulia holds the record with the fastest lap of the famed Nürburgring race circuit in Germany by a 4-door production sedan.
Aston Martin DB11
Total Sales: NA
This British marque does not release sales for each model, but we are told that the new DB11 is Aston’s best-selling model. The DB11 is built on a new lighter, stronger and more space efficient bonded aluminum structure, and its 600-horsepower twin-turbocharged V12 engine makes it the most powerful DB in Aston’s history. Easily identified as an Aston by the iconic grille, the DB11 combines beautiful curves with high-tech details such as the expressive LED headlights and taillights.
Total Sales: 57,640
Small crossovers continue to gain in popularity and just about every car company is getting on that bandwagon. The Audi Q5 is an excellent example as one of three SUVs offered by a company that until 10 years ago didn’t even offer one. Building on the success of the Q5, Audi has recently introduced an all-new 2018 Q5 with styling cues taken from its larger Q7 sibling, including the Singleframe grille flanked by stylish LED headlights. In addition to the updated styling, the Q5 is larger in nearly every dimension, while at the same time weighs about 200 pounds less. With improved aerodynamics, an updated quattro all-wheel-drive system and a stronger chassis, the Q5 should deliver even better driving dynamics than its predecessor.
Total Sales: 1,152
It may not sell in large numbers, but Bentley’s new SUV has already become the marque’s best-seller after barely a year on the market. Not unexpectedly, the Bentayga offers the ultimate in luxury with full leather seating in a choice of 15 different hides, air suspension, LED active headlights, a panoramic sunroof, soft-close doors, Wi-Fi connectivity and an 8-inch touchscreen display with navigation, voice control and a 60-gigabyte hard drive. The big SUV is rather quick as well, thanks to its full-time all-wheel drive and the 600-horsepower twin-turbo W12 engine under the hood.
BMW 3 Series
Total Sales: 59,449
Not only is the 3 Series BMW’s best-selling model line in America, the German automaker has sold more than 14 million units worldwide since its introduction 40 years ago. Currently in its sixth generation — codenamed F30 — the 3 Series is available as a sedan, wagon and Gran Turismo 4-door hatchback (2-door and convertible models are now named the 4 Series). The entry-level 3 Series is the 320i with a 2.0-liter engine generating 180 horsepower. The BMW 3 Series is available with all-wheel drive and a variety of engines, including a plug-in hybrid in the 330e as well as a 320-horsepower turbocharged engine in the 340i.
Total Sales: 88,035
The Encore is the smallest vehicle in the Buick lineup, and with a starting price of around $25,000 it’s a great entry into the luxury crossover segment. Encore comes well equipped with such features as a power driver’s seat, 7-inch color display with backup camera and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. The Encore Sport Touring trim became part of the lineup for 2016, powered by a 153-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with direct injection and start/stop technology combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Good fuel economy and a low starting price help explain how this small Buick has become the most popular model in the lineup by far.
Total Sales: 68,312
The XT5 was an all-new model for Cadillac in 2017, replacing the SRX crossover, and the new model quickly became the brand’s bestseller. In fact, the XT5 makes up almost half of Cadillac’s annual sales. With a unique chassis and structure, the XT5 is lighter and stiffer than the model it replaces while offering a roomier interior. Featuring fresh styling inside and out, the XT5 is well equipped with the latest high-tech features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the latest version of Cadillac’s CUE interface. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the XT5 is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower.
Total Sales: 585,864
The perennial runner-up to the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet’s Silverado rounded out a strong sales year with a 25 percent increase in December 2017 versus a year ago. Silverado is available in many configurations with different cab and trim-level options, ranging from a basic work truck to the ultra-luxurious High Country. Chevrolet also offers many special-edition packages on the Silverado, including the Black Out Edition, Special Ops Edition and Texas Edition. Silverado can be ordered as a half-ton, three-quarter ton or the most capable one-ton Silverado HD. Look for an all-new Silverado coming to showrooms later this year.
Total Sales: 118,274
An all-new minivan for the 2017 model year, the Pacifica has taken the place of the Town & Country in the Chrysler lineup. After just a year on the market, the modern-day minivan has moved up the sales chart to be the second-best selling minivan in America. With modern styling and a slew of innovations, the Pacifica is arguably the best minivan Chrysler has built since it created the category more than 30 years ago. Pacifica can be equipped with seating for up to eight occupants, which still leaves plenty of cargo space in the rear. Passengers enjoy an available Uconnect Theater featuring a 10-inch high-res touchscreen display with a variety of inputs and integrated games. A plug-in hybrid version of the Pacifica is also available, making this the first hybrid minivan ever sold in America.
Dodge Grand Caravan
Total Sales: 125,196
The original minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan offers more style, versatility and technological innovation than any other time in its 30-year history. The lineup has been simplified down to four trim levels: SE, SE Plus, SXT and GT. The standard engine for all trim levels is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 producing 283 horsepower, combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission to deliver EPA fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway / 20 mpg combined. The future of the Grand Caravan is unclear with the new Chrysler Pacifica now on the market.
Total Sales: 12,685
The modern version of the 500 was launched in 2007, and 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of the original 500. Fiat’s subcompact 500, which combines Italian styling with efficiency and technology, is offered in both coupe and convertible versions, as well as the all-electric 500e, 5-passenger 500L and all-wheel-drive 500X crossover. The Fiat 500 is powered by a 101-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir engine with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. Fiat also offers the high-performance fun-to-drive Abarth, which bumps its grunt to 160 horsepower.
Total Sales: 896,764
The Ford F-Series pickup truck has been the best-selling vehicle in America for 36 years, and 2017 marked its 41st year as America’s best-selling pickup truck. The F-Series shows no signs of slowing, finishing 2017 with its best overall sales since 2005. For some perspective on this sales leader, there were more F-Series trucks sold last year than the two top-selling SUVs combined. Another contributing factor to the 2017 F-Series sales juggernaut was the arrival of an all-new Super Duty, boasting plenty of innovative features and impressive capability. Adding to the truck’s success is an updated 2018 F-150, which is on sale now.
Total Sales: 16,196
Genesis was an all-new brand for the 2017 model year, launched by parent company Hyundai to move its clientele upscale. Once Genesis spun off as its own brand, the model formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis was renamed the G80, and in its first year on the market it is already one of the top-selling luxury sedans in America. The G80’s 3.8-liter V6 engine produces 311 horsepower, combined with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. A new G80 Sport joined the lineup last year with unique front and rear fascias, copper accents, 19-inch dark-alloy wheels and a new 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 powerplant producing 365 horsepower.
Total Sales: 217,943
The GMC Sierra full-size pickup truck had a strong showing throughout most of last year; and with a healthy 13.5 percent increase in December versus a year earlier, the big truck’s sales stayed almost even with 2016. Virtual twin to the Chevrolet Silverado, the Sierra features GMC IntelliLink with a new 7-inch touchscreen display, an available remote-locking tailgate, wireless phone charging and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For those seeking a luxuriously appointed pickup truck, GMC also offers the fully-equipped Sierra Denali with leather seats, magnetic ride control, a powerful V8 engine and LED headlights.
Total Sales: 219,017
All new for the 2017 model year, the redesigned Honda CR-V has been successful thanks to strong sales thus far. Sales in November 2017 were down slightly, but the small crossover ended the year posting its best numbers ever, making it Honda’s best-selling model. The CR-V’s success lies in its ability to offer consumers a comfortable, small crossover with great utility and excellent fuel economy. In fact, CR-V’s 2.4-liter 185-horsepower engine teamed with a new continuously variable transmission makes it one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers on the market.
Total Sales: 198,210
Since its redesign at the beginning of last year, the Elantra surged ahead to become the best-selling model in the Hyundai lineup — surprising, given the general popularity of crossovers versus passenger cars. Elantra sales were down slightly compared to a year ago, but the model made it on overall top 20 sales list thanks to a strong December, with numbers up more than 9 percent compared to a year earlier. Available as a sedan or sportier GT, Elantra features a signature hexagonal grille that closely ties it to the current Hyundai lineup. The Elantra comes well equipped with entertainment and convenience features and is available with the latest high-tech safety equipment.
Total Sales: 40,739
Infiniti began a complete refresh of its model lineup in 2014 with the Q50, which replaced the G sedan. Sales peaked in 2016, and even though sales dipped only slightly last year, Infiniti gave the Q50 a quick refresh to keep momentum going. The 2018 Q50 receives updates to front and rear styling as well as some improvements inside the cabin. The Q50 offers a choice of four powertrains, ranging from a fuel-efficient hybrid to a high-performance twin-turbo V6 that can produce as much as 400 horsepower in the limited-edition Q50 Red Sport 400.
Total Sales: 18,946
When Jaguar introduced the all-new F-PACE there was clear demand for such a vehicle — the sporty crossover is not only Jaguar’s best-selling model, it made up almost half of the brand’s sales in 2017. With styling that keeps with the rest of the Jaguar lineup — certainly a good thing — the F-PACE puts the “sport” in sport-utility vehicle. Power options range from a 247-horsepower turbocharged 4-cyliner engine to a high-performance supercharged V6 putting out 380 horses. With Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminum Architecture and an advanced torque-on-demand all-wheel drive system, the F-PACE offers the performance expected from a Jaguar SUV.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Total Sales: 212,273
The Jeep brand had considerable success last year, largely due to America’s love affair with the SUV. The flagship Grand Cherokee leads the Jeep procession with its best annual sales since 2000. The SUV continues its tradition of offering impressive off-road capability in an attractive package. Available with several 4WD systems and trim levels, the Grand Cherokee line added the off-road-focused Trailhawk and the luxurious Summit to the lineup to bolster sales momentum. Jeep now brings the high-performance Trackhawk into the lineup— with a staggering 707 horsepower as its calling card.
Total Sales: 117,596
Kia made several updates to the Forte for the 2017 model year — a new front bumper, a revised tiger nose grille, redesigned headlights with available Xenon HID, and new available LED taillights. The new look seems to be well received since Forte had a 14-percent increase in sales for 2017 versus 2016, putting it on the top of the Kia lineup in terms of sales. As with other models from the Korean automaker, the Forte offers impressive value via standard equipment that includes an AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system, USB input jacks, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The new standard 2.0-liter engine produces 147 horsepower and can be teamed with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission; it is rated at 34 mpg on the highway. An all-new Forte is slated to arrive in showrooms later this year.
Total Sales: NA
A few years ago, Lamborghini replaced the aging Gallardo with the all-new Huracan, and the sleek exotic sports car easily became the brand’s best-selling model. Of course there were only two Lamborghini models for sale in 2017, and the extreme Aventador is out of reach for most consumers. The Huracan is available as a coupe or convertible and can be had with all-wheel drive or – for the true enthusiast — rear-wheel drive. Power comes from a 5.2-liter V10 engine that puts out as much as 610 horsepower. While the Huracan produces impressive performance stats — it can reach 60 mph in around 3 seconds and tops 200 mph — the powerful sports car is actually easy to drive every day. Lamborghini recently added its first crossover to the lineup — the Urus — which we expect to become the brand’s next best-seller.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Total Sales: 19,153
Land Rover has earned a reputation for building vehicles with true off-road capability; however, with the Range Rover Sport the company added excellent on-road performance to the package. Outselling the larger Range Rover as well as the smaller Evoque, the Range Rover Sport features full-time 4-wheel drive with electronic traction control, an 8-speed automatic transmission and a long list of safety feature acronyms. A range of engines are available, ranging from a fuel-efficient diesel to a 550-horsepower supercharged V8 in the Range Rover Sport SVR. Not only can the Range Rover Sport top 150 mph, it can also crawl its way through three feet of water —perhaps not at the same time.
Total Sales: 108,307
Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the popular Lexus RX tops the Lexus charts with sales that are considerably higher than all other models in the lineup. One of the first luxury crossovers when it debuted as a 1998 model, the RX combines the utility of an SUV with the ride and comfort of a luxury sedan. The updated look features an aggressive grille, the overall design has more sharp angles, and the blacked-out C-pillars create a floating roof effect. Inside, the RX is optimized for five occupants; a larger 7-passenger version will join the lineup later this year.
Total Sales: 31,031
Redesigned for 2016, Lincoln’s midsize SUV experienced a healthy sales increase that year – the best numbers it had seen since 2008 – however, sales remained flat for 2017. The MKX features the classic Lincoln grille, a quiet ride and was the first Lincoln to offer Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. While the standard engine is a 303-horsepower V6, Lincoln has added a new 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged Ti-VCT EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. MKX is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and can be purchased in a variety of trim levels, topping out at the lavishly-equipped Black Label.
Total Sales: 5,531
Maserati added a second sedan below the flagship Quattroporte a few years ago with the introduction of the all-new Ghibli. Smaller, lighter, and more dynamic than the Quattroporte, the Ghibli’s exterior styling clearly ties in with the rest of the Maserati lineup, while interior appointments include leather sport seats, high-gloss trim, a high-end audio system and — of course — the traditional Maserati clock with blue face. Power options range from a twin-turbo 345-horsepower V6 engine to the Ghibli S Q4 with its 404-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive. While Ghibli is currently the best-seller in the Maserati lineup, it is followed closely by the Levante, Maserati’s first entry into the luxury SUV marketplace.
Total Sales: 127,563
Mazda seems to have found the sweet spot with the CX-5 — the small 5-passenger crossover has experienced sales increases every year since its introduction in 2012. For 2017 Mazda introduced an all-new CX-5 that features updated styling enhanced by a specially-developed Soul Red Crystal paint that enables both brighter highlights and darker shadows to accentuate the lines and details of the design. The CX-5 will features G-Vectoring Control, which is designed to achieve high levels of vehicle responsiveness and stability while reducing sideways sliding of the occupants for a more comfortable ride. Power comes from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower yet has an EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg on the highway.
Total Sales: 77,477
With an expanded lineup that includes a coupe and convertible in addition to the 4-door sedan, the C-Class is doing well in the tough luxury car market. Even more surprising, the C-Class maintains its place as the top seller in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, outselling the brand’s crossover SUV offerings. The C-Class’s success helped Mercedes-Benz achieve its place as the top-selling luxury brand in America for 2017. Equipped with rear or 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the C-Class is available as the C300, the C350e plug-in hybrid or the more powerful AMG C43 and AMG C63.
McLaren Sports Series
Total Sales: NA
The British automaker builds some of the sexiest and highest-performance exotic sports cars available, and most of the vehicles they sell fall under the Sports Series. The Sports Series consists of the 570GT, 570S and the new 570S Spyder. These three models are all powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 putting out 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Power gets directed to the rear wheels via a quick-shifting 7-speed gearbox. Performance numbers are in line with some of the fastest production cars on the road: 60 mph comes up in just 3.3 seconds and 100 mph in 6.6 seconds with a top speed in excess of 200 mph. McLaren doesn’t sell a lot of these vehicles, but sales are increasing every year as new models are rolled out.
Total Sales: 32,232
Considerably larger than the original version from the 1960s, the current MINI is still one of the smallest cars on the market. And like that original, the MINI is still front-wheel drive, fuel efficient and great fun to drive. MINI returned to the U.S. market 15 years ago in 2002 and has sold more than 750,000 cars in that time. The MINI Cooper was redesigned for the 2015 model year and is powered by a fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.5-liter engine 3-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower, while the Cooper S upgrades to a larger 2.0-liter engine that bumps horsepower to 189. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission optional.
Total Sales: 35,310
The Outlander is Mitsubishi’s midsize 7-passenger crossover which was refreshed for the 2016 model year. Sales of the Outlander have never been stellar, but the refresh does seem to have helped as sales have increased dramatically over the last two years. The Outlander starts below $25,000 and can range up to the GT with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system. Two engines are available, including the 3.0-liter MIVEC V6 engine that produces 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque.
Total Sales: 403,465
Small crossovers are clearly among the most popular vehicles with American shoppers, and Nissan has capitalized on this with the versatile Rogue. A strong showing over the last several months has helped Rogue become Nissan’s best-selling model for the first time. In the latter part of 2016, Nissan introduced an updated 2017 Rogue with fresh styling and new features. The Rogue has a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an advanced Xtronic transmission with Eco mode, boasting an EPA fuel economy rating as high as 33 mpg. The 2017 Rogue is also available as a hybrid and as a smaller model called Rogue Sport. Coincidentally, last year also happened to be Rogue’s best sales year ever.
Total Sales: 21,429
The compact-premium SUV market is getting crowded, but the Macan certainly stands out from said crowd. The fifth vehicle in the current Porsche lineup, Macan added for the 2014 model year with sales increasing every year since the introduction. Styled after the larger Cayenne, Macan still embodies all qualities expected from the iconic German sports car brand. Macan comes with full-time all-wheel drive, and is available with various powertrains ranging from a 2.0-liter 252-horsepower 4-cylinder engine to a 440-horsepower V6 in the Macan Turbo with Performance Package.
Total Sales: 500,723
Ram continues to capitalize on America’s love affair with the pickup truck, posting record sales for the second year in a row. Sales were down slightly in December 2017 compared to a year earlier, but good enough to keep this full-size truck on the podium as the third best-selling vehicle in America. Featuring many body styles and available powertrains, Ram continues to iterate special editions that keep customers returning to the brand. The latest to join the Ram lineup is the Limited Tungsten Edition, billed as the most luxurious Ram pickup ever. Look for an all-new 2019 Ram to roll out later this year.
Total Sales: 3,071
The fortwo is the only model currently offered by smart in the U.S., so by definition it is the brand’s best-seller. The fortwo was redesigned for the 2016 model year; however, sales are down from 2014 and are not showing any signs of recovery — in fact, sales in 2017 were down more than 50 percent compared to a year earlier. Smaller than any other production car on the road, the fortwo is rather unique in that there is only room for two, the engine is in the rear and the car is rear-wheel drive. Also unique are the plastic body panels which mean no door dings or rust and (relatively) easy replacement. While the body panels are light and flexible, the frame of the passenger compartment is a “tridion safety cell” made up of ultra-high-strength steel. Going forward the smart fortwo will only be available as an electric car.
Total Sales: 188,886
The Outback was one of the first crossovers when it originally came to market in 1995, offering a carlike ride with SUV capability. The current Outback is much larger than that original, but the premise remains intact. With a 3.3-percent sales increase versus last year, the Outback has moved past the Forester, Subaru’s previous top seller. With full-time all-wheel drive, a comfortable ride on- and off-road as well as the innovative Eye-Sight suite of active and passive high-tech safety features, the Outback stands out in a very crowded crossover marketplace.
Tesla Model S
Total Sales: 28,800
A unique alt-fuel vehicle in the American marketplace, The Model S offers impressive performance and a driving range that exceeds 250 miles in an attractive electric sedan. The Model S is currently one of three models in the Tesla lineup — built alongside the Model X SUV —and a new less-expensive Model 3 that is just now coming to market. The Model S is available in different configurations ranging from the base-level 75 to the P100D, which has the capability of reaching 60 mph in less than 3 seconds when in “Ludicrous” mode.
Total Sales: 407,594
Toyota’s RAV4 crossover experienced impressive sales in 2016, and with a redesigned model that trend continued into 2017. Even though sales were down slightly in December 2017, the small crossover ended up having its best sales year on record, making RAV4 not only the best-selling Toyota, but the best-selling SUV in America. The RAV4 features edgy styling and is available in several trim levels. Also available with front- or all-wheel drive, the RAV4 can be powered by a 2.5-liter gas engine or a more powerful and efficient hybrid powertrain.
Total Sales: 115,807
The entire Volkswagen lineup was affected by the diesel emissions scandal and the Jetta was no exception. Sales have dropped considerably over the last few years; however, the small sedan is still outselling all other VW models. The VW Jetta offers great value in a fun-to-drive 4-door sedan with prices starting below $18,000. The base-level Jetta S has a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces 150 horsepower while delivering up to 40 mpg on the highway and 28 in the city with its 5-speed manual transmission. The Jetta is the only Volkswagen to be named a Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Look for an all-new Jetta coming to market later this year.
Total Sales: 30,996
The Volvo XC90 returned to the market in 2016 with a complete redesign after a 12-year run for the original XC90. With strong sales for the second-gen model, the XC 90 offers an elegant interior with a unique vertical touchscreen interface. Not surprisingly, the new XC90 offers a suite of high-tech safety features, including one of the first systems to automatically apply the brakes if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car. The XC90 is powered by a state-of-the-art 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that is both supercharged and turbocharged to produce 316 horsepower and a stout 295 lb-ft of torque. Volvo has also added a plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 that bumps total power to around 400 horsepower while achieving 53 MPGe.