Best-Selling Vehicles in America — March Edition

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With two months of vehicle sales in the books, the 2017 numbers reveal a slight decline following record sales last year. Current sales stand at 2,475,700 units — about 1.5 percent below a year ago. There were a few standouts among the major brands in February, with record numbers reported by Hyundai, Nissan, Honda and Subaru, which had its 63rd consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. General Motors continues to lead all other manufacturers in the U.S. with a 17.5 percent market share, followed by Ford Motor Company, Chrysler / FCA group and Toyota Motor Corporation. Here’s a look at the best-sellers in America after the first two months of 2017, according to numbers compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports and goodcarbadcar.net.

© Hyundai Motor America20. Hyundai Elantra
YTD Sales: 29,139
Vs. 2016: 33.3%
Hyundai got a jump on the new model year when the redesigned 2017 Elantra began arriving at dealers about a year ago. Elantra has since surpassed Sonata as the brand’s best-selling model, underscored by a robust 33 percent increase in February sales versus 2016. The new design features a signature hexagonal grille that closely ties Elantra to the current Sonata design, and includes such high-end features as HID headlights with Dynamic Bending lights, as well as vertical LED daytime running lights — unusual in this vehicle class. A new turbocharged Elantra Sport will be joining the lineup this year, as well as an all-new Elantra GT.

© Nissan North America19. Nissan Sentra
YTD Sales: 29,454
Vs. 2016: -19.8%
Although Nissan had record sales in February, most of this success came from trucks and SUVs — car sales are starting the new year in decline. Sentra sales are following suit; however, the small car is still one of the best-selling compacts in America. A new Sentra was introduced early last year with updated styling, retuned suspension and a freshened interior. Available high-tech features include Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Joining the Sentra lineup this year is a new high-performance NISMO edition.

© General Motors18. GMC Sierra
YTD Sales: 31,350
Vs. 2016: 6.0%
The GMC Sierra had a strong showing throughout most of last year and is continuing the trend for 2017. With a 16 percent increase in sales versus February of 2016, the big truck is holding its own in a very tight market. 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 capability. The Sierra also has impressive capability — even with its fuel-efficient V6 engine, the pickup can tow up to 7,400 pounds when properly equipped.

© Ford Motor Company17. Ford Fusion
YTD Sales: 32,027
Vs. 2016: -29.3%
Ford’s best-selling passenger car has experienced a sales decline over the last few months compared to a year earlier, which is somewhat surprising since a refreshed 2017 model began arriving in showrooms in the middle of 2016. That said, the rest of the Ford car lineup also had a sales drop of more than 21 percent compared to the first two months of 2016. With available all-wheel drive and a variety of engine choices — including a very efficient plug-in hybrid — the Fusion still makes a great option as a stylish family sedan.

© General Motors16. Chevrolet Cruze
YTD Sales: 35,316
Vs. 2016: 29.1%
Counter to the waning popularity of the passenger car, the Chevrolet Cruze has experienced strong growth in the first two months of 2017. Redesigned for the 2016 model year and now featuring a hatchback version, Cruze has a standard turbocharged 153-horsepower 1.4-liter direct-injection engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or an available 6-speed automatic. Cruze achieves 40 mpg highway, with start-stop technology improving efficiency in stop-and-go driving. Available in more than 40 countries, Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling model around the world with more than 4 million sold since 2008.

© FCA US LLC15. Jeep Grand Cherokee
YTD Sales: 36,226
Vs. 2016: 17.0%
The Jeep brand had great success last year, and that trend seems to be continuing into 2017. Leading Jeep’s charge is the flagship Grand Cherokee, posting a positive sales jump compared to February of 2016. The Grand Cherokee continues its tradition of offering impressive off-road capability in an attractive SUV 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.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience14. Ford Explorer
YTD Sales: 39,346
Vs. 2016: 0.9%
Although Explorer experienced sales fluctuations last year, this family-size SUV has been a fixture on the best-sellers list and continues to retain its position. The 2017 Explorer offers many high-tech convenience and safety features including the latest version of SYNC, Ford’s voice-activated infotainment system. Two EcoBoost engines are available, including a powerful 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 365 horsepower. Note: Explorer figures include sales of the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility, which is reportedly the most popular vehicle for law enforcement officers and experienced a 30 percent sales increase year over year in 2016.

© General Motors13. Chevrolet Equinox
YTD Sales: 40,038
Vs. 2016: 4.3%
One of just three Chevrolet models among February’s top 20 best-sellers, the Equinox continues to hold its own in the very competitive compact SUV segment. Although overall sales were down last year, the small crossover is seeing a nice recovery in 2017 — February sales were up 13 percent compared to a year ago. An all-new 2018 Equinox will be arriving later this year with an updated design and a number of new features.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.12. Honda Accord
YTD Sales: 42,991
Vs. 2016: -7.6%
Although Accords may not be rolling off dealer lots at the same phenomenal rates as years past, the popular family car is still one of the best-selling passenger cars on the market. Sales have been in decline over the last few months, with February recording a drop of 9 percent compared to a year earlier. An all-new 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid has been added to the lineup, featuring several high-tech features and impressive fuel economy that could attract additional buyers.

© Nissan North America11. Nissan Altima
YTD Sales: 45,474
Vs. 2016: -9.9%
Once Nissan’s best-selling model, the Altima experienced a decline in 2016, allowing the hot-selling Rogue to claim its position as the top-selling Nissan in America. This sales dip has continued into 2017; however, Altima is still one of the best-selling passenger cars in the U.S. The popular family sedan was refreshed for the 2016 model year with new interior and exterior styling, enhanced technology and connectivity, a new Altima SR sports trim and new available safety features.

© Toyota Motor Sales USA10. Toyota Camry
YTD Sales: 47,811
Vs. 2016: -19.3%
The Toyota Camry held onto the title of best-selling passenger car in America for 15 years, but with a steep decline in the first two months of 2017 the popular passenger has dropped in the ranks — at least for now. Redesigned for the 2015 model year with an aggressive new grille and front bumper, the current generation continues into the 2017 model year with available LED headlights incorporating integrated front turn signals and LED daytime running lights. An all-new 2018 Camry debuted at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and will be arriving in showrooms later this year.

© Ford Motor Company9. Ford Escape
YTD Sales: 48,225
Vs. 2016: 12.0%
This small 5-passenger crossover from Ford has been the best-selling American-brand SUV for a long time, and with a strong showing so far in 2017 it appears to be holding onto this distinction. Ford recently introduced a redesigned 2017 Escape that features a new exterior look, new interior, new engines and more driver-assistance technology. Most obvious is the new raised trapezoidal grille that ties Escape’s look more closely to other Ford SUVs.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.8. Toyota RAV4
YTD Sales: 48,506
Vs. 2016: 3.0%
Toyota’s RAV4 crossover experienced impressive sales in 2016, and with a redesigned model that trend continues into the new year. The RAV4 started 2017 with its best January and February ever — impressive considering it is coming off record sales in 2016. The updated RAV4 features edgier styling and is 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.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.7. Toyota Corolla
YTD Sales: 48,506
Vs. 2016: -10.2%
The Corolla certainly is an old-timer — in name at least. Although the car was redesigned last year, the name has been around for 50 years with more than 43 million Corollas sold since its introduction. Corolla sales have declined slightly in the last few months, but the overall numbers are strong enough to make this small car Toyota’s current best-selling model overall. Corolla’s continued success can be attributed in part to its impressive fuel economy, roomy interior and extensive list of standard features.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.6. Honda Civic
YTD Sales: 50,134
Vs. 2016: -7.9%
Demand for the all-new Civic has decreased slightly in 2017; however, this could be due to the strong pace set last year for the compact model. But with sales declines for Corolla and Camry, the Civic is at least temporarily the best-selling passenger car in America. The tenth generation of this popular car 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 a new turbocharged powerplant. Civic has a lot of buzz thanks to the recent Los Angeles debut of the high-performance Civic Type R and Civic Si — both scheduled to arrive in the U.S. this year.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.5. Honda CR-V
YTD Sales: 61,185
Vs. 2016: 37.6 %
Honda’s CR-V continues to have strong sales in 2017, setting a record for February with a 26.3 percent increase over February of 2016. The CR-V continues 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.

© Nissan North America, Inc.4. Nissan Rogue
YTD Sales: 61,909
Vs. 2016: 49.8%
Nissan has discovered the perfect crossover formula with the Rogue, and it continues to maintain impressive sales growth. A strong showing over the last several months has helped Rogue become Nissan’s best-selling model for the first time, and currently the Rogue holds the distinction of being the best-selling SUV in America. In the latter part of 2016 Nissan introduced a 2017 Rogue with updated styling and features. The new 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 later in the year a smaller Rogue Sport will be joining the lineup.

© FCA US3. Ram Truck
YTD Sales: 72,815
Vs. 2016: 4.5%
Ram truck continues to have a lock on this third-place spot with a strong showing to begin 2017, following the best annual sales the pickup has experienced in the last decade. With many bodystyles and powertrains, Ram continues to iterate special editions that keep customers coming back to the brand. The latest are the Ram 1500 Rebel Black special edition that adds black wheels, brush guards and all-black Katzkin interior to the off-road-ready Ram Rebel, as well as a limited-edition Ram 1500 Copper Sport.

© General Motors2. Chevrolet Silverado
YTD Sales: 86,057
Vs. 2016: 6.2%
The perennial runner-up to the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet’s Silverado had a strong February, posting an increase of 17 percent in sale versus 2016. 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. Silverado also is available with many advanced safety technologies, including a Teen Driver feature that allows parents to view the vehicle’s maximum speed, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive.

© Ford Motor Company1. Ford F-Series
YTD Sales: 123,951
Vs. 2016: 10.4%
The Ford F-Series pickup truck has been the best-selling vehicle in America for 35 years, and 2016 marked its 40th year as America’s best-selling pickup truck. More than 26 million F-Series pickups have been sold since 1977, and the latest versions are rolling off dealer lots at an impressive rate. The F-Series shows no signs of slowing, kicking off 2017 with its best sales start since 2004. Another contributing factor to the F-Series sales juggernaut was the arrival of an all-new Super Duty, boasting plenty of innovative features and impressive capability.

Data: Automaker sales releases, goodcarbadcar.net

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