Best-Selling Vehicles in America – 2015

© Ford Motor CompanyRecord Sales
Reports are in: U.S. auto sales reached 17,470,659 units, making 2015 the best automotive sales year — ever. Led by strong truck and crossover sales, 2015 saw an increase of 5.7 percent compared to 2014, breaking the record set back in 2000. Several major brands recorded record sales — Jeep continues to be strong with a 25 percent increase compared to 2014, and other consistently strong performers include Subaru, Lexus, Nissan and Ford. General Motors leads all other manufacturers in the U.S. with a 17.6 percent market share, followed by Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Sales and Chrysler/FCA group, all of which showed healthy year-over-year gains. Here’s a look at the best-sellers in America for 2015, according to numbers compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports and goodcarbadcar.net.

© Hyundai Motor America20. Hyundai Sonata
2015 Sales: 213,303
Vs. 2014: -1.7%
The Hyundai Sonata was all-new for the 2015 model year, and the redesigned sedan saw healthy sales since its introduction. Although overall sales are slightly off from a year ago, December sales had an impressive increase of 27.3 percent compared to December 2014. Sonata is available with a number of different powertrains, including a very efficient plug-in hybrid system.

© FCA US LLC19. Jeep Cherokee
2015 Sales: 220,260
Vs. 2014: 23.4 %
Jeep introduced an all-new Cherokee in 2014, and while the design is somewhat unusual, the crossover has been a hit with consumers. Sales have continued to grow — this was the Cherokee’s best sales year on record, and has helped Jeep to its sixth consecutive year of annual sales growth. Cherokee is available in a number of trim levels and boasts Jeep’s legendary off-road capability.

© General Motors18. GMC Sierra
2015 Sales: 224,139
Vs. 2014: 5.8%
The twin to the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra finishes off 2015 with great sales momentum, reporting a 17 percent increase in December vs. 2014. Trucks in general have seen great success in 2015, and the Sierra’s bump in sales can also be attributed to the updated 2016 model that includes refreshed styling and a number of new luxury and convenience features.

© General Motors 17. Chevrolet Cruze
2015 Sales: 226,602
Vs. 2014: -17.0%
The only passenger car on this list from General Motors, 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. Sales have been slow for this small car in the last few months, dropping just over 5 percent compared to December 2014. 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.

© Hyundai Motor America16. Hyundai Elantra
2015 Sales: 241,706
Vs. 2014: 8.9 %
As Hyundai’s sales leader, Elantra has been instrumental in helping the Korean car company achieve its best sales year ever in 2015. The stylish compact sedan or hatchback is a great value, offering an impressive list of standard equipment, good fuel economy and Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000 mile warranty with five years of complimentary roadside assistance. A new Elantra is slated to arrive later this year.

© Ford Motor Company15. Ford Explorer
2015 Sales: 249,251
Vs. 2014: 18.7%
Although Ford achieved modest overall sales growth in 2015, the company fields four of the top 20 best-sellers, and Explorer is clearly doing its part to grow sales for the company. With an increase of more than 17 percent in December vs. 2014, the 7-passenger crossover is enjoying strong sales as the revised 2016 model starts to show up in dealerships. Note: Explorer sales figures include sales of the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility.

© General Motors14. Chevrolet Equinox
2015 Sales: 277,589
Vs. 2014: 14.6%
December 2015 marked the 13th consecutive month of record crossover sales for Chevrolet, and the Equinox played a big part with impressive sales growth year over year. One of three Chevrolet models among the top 20 best-sellers, the Equinox is holding its own in the very competitive compact SUV market, and has seen five years of record sales since the second generation launched in 2010.

© Nissan North America, Inc.13. Nissan Rogue
2015 Sales: 287,190
Vs. 2014: 44.2 %
Nissan’s small crossover was redesigned more than a year ago, so the company has to be happy about a steady sales increase of more than 40 percent in the second year of the new generation’s sales, as well as an impressive 78 percent increase in December sales year over year. Rogue features a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, and with its advanced Xtronic transmission with Eco mode, it has an EPA fuel economy rating as high as 33 mpg.

© Ford Motor Company12. Ford Fusion
2015 Sales: 300,170
Vs. 2014: -2.2%
Fusion holds the honor of being the best-selling domestic-brand passenger car on this list. December sales were up 10.4 percent compared to 2014. 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. Rumor has it that an all-new Fusion will be coming later in 2016.

© Ford Motor Company11. Ford Escape
2015 Sales: 306,492
Vs. 2014: 0.1%
This small 5-passenger crossover from Ford had begun to see a slight decline in sales compared to 2014, but over the last few months that trend has turned around. Sales of the Escape are up 9.2 percent compared to December 2014, and the Escape still manages to be one of the best-selling SUVs in America. Available with the fuel-efficient EcoBoost powertrain as well as innovative features such as hands-free tailgate operation, the Escape remains Ford’s best-selling SUV.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.10. Toyota RAV4
2015 Sales: 315,412
Vs. 2014: 17.8 %
The RAV4 is finishing its third year of the current generation, which makes the almost 18 percent increase in sales 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. Look for an all-new RAV4 — including the first RAV4 Hybrid — to begin arriving in showrooms soon.

© Nissan North America, Inc.9. Nissan Altima
2015 Sales: 333,398
Vs. 2014: -0.7 %
It may be one of only three Nissans on this list of 20 best-selling vehicles in America, but the Altima brings a lot to the party. The stalwart sedan offers a nice mix of comfort, style and — most important to the majority of shoppers — great fuel economy. Nissan sales in general are still up more than 7 percent for the year, making the brand the sixth best for sales in America, slightly behind Honda.

© Honda North America8. Honda Civic
2015 Sales: 335,384
Vs. 2014: 2.9%
The Civic is one of three Hondas among the 20 best-sellers. Although sales of the compact sedan and coupe had been declining, December saw a big jump with a 29.4 percent increase over December 2014. This impressive boost in sales is due to the appearance of an all-new Civic, which has recently begun arriving in Honda showrooms.

© Honda North America7. Honda CR-V
2015 Sales: 345,647
Vs. 2014: 3.2%
Ten years ago the best-selling SUVs on the market were truck-based offerings from the domestic car companies, but now crossovers are leading the charge — seven are among the 20 bestsellers of 2015. The CR-V is the best-selling crossover of 2015, due in a large part to its full redesign last year. Calendar 2015 was the fourth year of record sales for CR-V.

© Honda North America6. Honda Accord
2015 Sales: 355,557
Vs. 2014: -8.4%
Accord was once at the top of the sales charts, but sales ended up 8.4 percent lower than last year. Available as a sedan or coupe, Accord did see a healthy increase in December 2015 compared to December 2014. Honda saw record sales in 2015, but these gains were primarily in trucks and SUVs, which achieved an increase of 9.7 percent in 2015.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.5. Toyota Corolla
2015 Sales: 363,332
Vs. 2014: 7.0%
The Corolla certainly is an old-timer — at least in name. Although the car was redesigned in 2014, 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 11th generation, Corolla is the best-selling compact car in America. The redesign has certainly been well accepted — Corolla is holding steady as the fifth-most-popular vehicle in America with its best-ever sales year in 2015.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.4. Toyota Camry
2015 Sales: 429,355
Vs. 2014: 0.2 %
The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord used to battle for the title of top-selling passenger car in the U.S., but in the last 10 years Camry has been able to solidify its lead. Completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, Camry’s new style and updated features have paid dividends. With a strong 18 percent sales increase in December, the Camry achieves a slight increase for the year and maintains its top-selling passenger car title.

© FCA US3. Ram Truck
2015 Sales: 451,116
Vs. 2014: 2.6%
The Ram 1500 passed the Toyota Camry and moved into third place in 2014, and holds onto this spot for 2015. A new fuel-efficient EcoDiesel that claims 29 mpg on the highway and some special-edition trims helped to boost sales of the full-size pickup. Ram hopes to keep sales momentum going with the introduction of a more powerful HD pickup in 2016, as well as the new Rebel off-road Ram.

© General Motors2. Chevrolet Silverado
2015 Sales: 600,544
Vs. 2014: 13.4%
The perennial runner-up to the Ford F-Series, Silverado was completely redesigned for 2014 with new styling and a series of new engines, and as a result has seen some impressive sales increases. With its best December sales since 2005, the Silverado continues to eat away at Ford’s lead, but in the end it locks in a still-impressive second-place finish.

© Ford Motor Company1. Ford F-Series
2015 Sales: 780,254
Vs. 2014: 3.5%
The Ford F-Series pickup truck has earned the crown as the best-selling vehicle in America — 2015 marks the 34th consecutive year at the top, and the 39th year as the best-selling truck. Sales ended up slightly higher for the year, and it was the best December for the F-Series in more than a decade. Doing some simple math reveals the staggering popularity of F-150: in America more than 2,000 Ford F-Series trucks get sold every day.

Data: Automaker sales releases, goodcarbadcar.net

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