Best-Selling Vehicles in America — February Edition

© Ford Motor CompanyTop Sellers of 2016 . . . So Far
The first month of 2016 is complete and vehicle sales numbers are in. Overall U.S. sales are slightly down year over year, but many analysts attribute this to major snowstorms on the East Coast and don’t believe this is an indicator of a slowing market. There were a few standouts among the major brands in January — Dodge saw an almost 20 percent increase year over year, with Jeep at around 15 percent growth. A number of brands saw record January sales, including Hyundai, Subaru and Audi. General Motors continues to lead all other manufacturers in the U.S. with a 17.7 percent market share, followed by Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Sales and Chrysler/FCA group. Here’s a look at the best-sellers in America after the first month of 2016 sales, according to numbers compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports and goodcarbadcar.net.

© General Motors20. GMC Sierra
YTD Sales: 14,381
Vs. 2015: 13.9%
The twin to the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra starts off 2016 with great sales momentum, reporting a 14 percent increase in January vs. 2015. Trucks in general have seen great success in the last several months, and the Sierra’s bump in sales can also be attributed to the updated 2016 model that have refreshed styling and a number of new luxury and convenience features.

© General Motors19. Chevrolet Malibu
YTD Sales: 14,746
Vs. 2015: 24.1%
The Chevrolet Malibu has been completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, and it’s clear from the sales numbers that the new look has been well received. The 2016 Malibu — a finalist for 2016 North American Car of the Year — is new from the ground up with a roomier interior, high-tech features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, fresh styling and a new hybrid powertrain expected to deliver up to 48 mpg in the city.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience18. Hyundai Sonata
YTD Sales: 15,209
Vs. 2015: 23.0%
The Hyundai Sonata was all-new for the 2015 model year, and the redesigned sedan has seen healthy sales since its introduction. In fact, last month was the best January ever for Sonata. The stylish 4-door sedan is available with a number of different powertrains, including a very efficient plug-in hybrid system.

© FCA US LLC17. Jeep Cherokee
YTD Sales: 15,347
Vs. 2015: 1.3%
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 January sales on record, and has helped Jeep to its 28th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Cherokee is available in a number of trim levels and boasts Jeep’s legendary off-road capability.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience16. Nissan Sentra
YTD Sales: 16,144
Vs. 2015: 12.2%
Sentra saw a very healthy sales jump in January, moving the compact sedan into the top-20 list after dropping off last year. Nissan has just introduced a new Sentra with updated styling, retuned suspension and a freshened interior — the company is hoping these changes will help sustain Sentra’s sales momentum.

© Ford Motor Company15. Ford Explorer
YTD Sales: 16,614
Vs. 2015: -2.5%
The Explorer may have seen a slight decline in the first month of 2016, but this family-sized SUV has been a fixture on the best-selling list. A revised 2016 model brings a freshened look, new features and a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine good for 270 horsepower. Note: Explorer sales figures include sales of the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility.

© General Motors14. Chevrolet Equinox
YTD Sales: 18,574
Vs. 2015: -5.0%
Chevrolet had its best January since 2005, and although Equinox sales had a slight decline in January, it still played a big part with impressive sales growth year over year. One of just two 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.

© American Honda13. Honda CR-V
YTD Sales: 19,208
Vs. 2015: -17.2%
After holding the top SUV sales spot for the last year, the CR-V saw a major sales decline in January and dropped in ranking by several places. The CR-V still offers up a comfortable small crossover with great utility and excellent fuel economy, so we’ll keep an eye on sales as the year progresses.

© Ford Motor Company12. Ford Escape
YTD Sales: 19,219
Vs. 2015: -4.2%
This small 5-passenger crossover from Ford has seen some ups and downs in the last year, but ultimately 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 a hands-free tailgate release, the Escape remains Ford’s best-selling SUV.

© Nissan North America, Inc.11. Nissan Rogue
YTD Sales: 19,762
Vs. 2015: 26.3%
Nissan’s small crossover was redesigned more than a year ago, so the steady increase in sales is even more impressive. Rogue finished off 2015 with an increase of more than 40 percent over 2014. Rogue features a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, and with an advanced Xtronic transmission with Eco mode it has an EPA fuel economy rating as high as 33 mpg.

© Ford Motor Company10. Ford Fusion
YTD Sales: 19,877
Vs. 2015: 0.9%
Fusion holds the honor of being the best-selling domestic-brand passenger car on this list. Sales have held steady for the last year, and 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. Look for a revised 2017 Fusion coming to showrooms soon.

© American Honda9. Honda Accord
YTD Sales: 20,765
Vs. 2015: -1.2%
At one time Accord was at the top of the sales charts, but sales still remain below levels from a year ago. Available as a sedan or coupe, the Accord remains one of the best-selling passenger cars in America. Honda sales overall are up compared to last year, in fact 2016 saw the best January for the company on record.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience8. Toyota RAV4
YTD Sales: 21,554
Vs. 2015: 8.7%
Toyota’s RAV4 crossover has seen impressive sales figures over the last year, and with a redesigned model coming to market, this trend is likely to continue. The new RAV4 features edgier styling and is now available as a hybrid. All RAV4 Hybrids are 4WD — the gas engine combines with an electric motor to drive the front wheels, while an additional electric motor provides power to the rear wheels.

© Nissan North America7. Nissan Altima
YTD Sales: 22,156
Vs. 2015: -16.1%
It may be one of only two Nissans on this list of 20 best-selling vehicles in America, but the Altima brings a lot to the party. Nissan’s best-seller gets refreshed for the 2016 model year with new exterior and interior styling, enhanced technology and connectivity, a new Altima SR sports trim and new available safety features. Fuel economy also gets a bump to 27 mpg city / 39 mpg highway for the new model year.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.6. Toyota Corolla
YTD Sales: 22,362
Vs. 2015: -18.3%
The Corolla is certainly an old-timer — in name at least. 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. Overall Toyota sales had a dip in January, due in part to this large decline in sales of one of its best-selling vehicles.

© American Honda Motors5. Honda Civic
YTD Sales: 26,741
Vs. 2015: 43.0%
It appears that the all-new Civic has been well received based on the large increase in sales. The 10th generation of this popular compact features fresh styling, improved aerodynamics, new vehicle architecture, a more spacious interior and two new engines. Fuel economy is also impressive, rated as high as 42 mpg with the new turbocharged powerplant. This increase in sales makes Civic the current leader in compact cars.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.4. Toyota Camry
YTD Sales: 26,848
Vs. 2015: 0.3%
The Camry used to battle with the Honda Accord for top passenger car, but now Civic is nipping at the Camry’s heels. Completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, Camry’s new style and updated features have paid dividends. Although sales remain flat year over year, Toyota still holds onto this coveted No. 1 spot.

© FCA US3. Ram Truck
YTD Sales: 29,938
Vs. 2015: 4.6%
The Ram 1500 passed the Toyota Camry and moved into third place last year, and with strong January sales the big truck currently holds this podium spot. A new fuel-efficient EcoDiesel that claims 29 mpg on the highway and some special-edition trims are boosting 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
YTD Sales: 37,863
Vs. 2015: 4.9%
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 been seeing some impressive sales increases. The updated truck is available in a number of configurations with a variety of high-tech features. Each month GM’s offering take a slight bite out of the F-150’s lead, but it is still unlikely to knock Ford’s best-seller off its top spot.

© Ford Motor Company1. Ford F-Series
YTD Sales: 51,540
Vs. 2015: -5.2%
The Ford F-Series pickup truck has worn the sales crown as best-selling vehicle in America for more than 30 years. Sales are down slightly for January, but numbers are still high enough for the F-150 to hold onto its crown. Doing some simple math, there are more than 2,000 Ford F-Series trucks sold every day in America.

Data: Automaker sales releases, goodcarbadcar.net

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