Best-Selling Vehicles in America — September Edition

© Ford Motor CompanyBest-Sellers . . . So Far
The first eight months of 2016 are in the books, and it appears that the yearly automotive sales growth the country has been experiencing may be hitting a plateau. Vehicle sales are basically flat, up just 0.5 percent year over year, with August sales down by 3.5 percent. Almost every major manufacturer had declines in August with the exception of Chrysler / FCA, which recorded a 3.1 percent increase compared to August 2015. Other brands reporting strong sales growth for August include Jeep and Subaru, the latter posting its first month ever with more than 60,000 vehicles sold. General Motors continues to lead all other manufacturers in the U.S. with a 16.8 percent market share, followed by Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Sales and Chrysler / FCA group. Here’s a look at the best-selling models in America after the first eight months of 2016, according to numbers compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports and goodcarbadcar.net.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience20. Hyundai Sonata
YTD Sales: 139,932
Vs. 2015: -1.1%
The Hyundai Sonata was all new for the 2015 model year, and the redesigned sedan had been posting healthy sales numbers since its introduction. However, Sonata sales were down almost 32 percent compared to August of 2015, and the first eight months of sales resulted in a slight decline for this stylish ride. The 4-door Sonata is available with a few different powertrains, including a very efficient plug-in hybrid system. Sonata received a number of improvements for the 2016 model year, including better fuel economy and the availability of an Automatic Emergency Braking system.

© FCA US LLC19. Jeep Cherokee
YTD Sales: 142,498
Vs. 2015: 2.1%
Things continue to look good for the Jeep brand, with overall sales up more than 15 percent for the year. Cherokee posted a very large increase for the month of August, besting the same month of 2015 by more than 40 percent. This very capable 5-passenger crossover continues to be Jeep’s best-selling model. Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep off-road capability with available task-specific features that include lifted off-road suspension with skidplates, tow hooks, Selec-Terrain traction control, Jeep Active Drive Lock with rear locker and Selec-Speed Crawl Control.

© General Motors18. GMC Sierra
YTD Sales: 146,372
Vs. 2015: 3.2%
The GMC Sierra — twin to the Chevrolet Silverado — has had a strong showing throughout the year; however, August sales fell for the big truck. The Sierra is still looking positive for the year — in fact, year-to-date sales are the best since 2006. This success could be easily attributed to any number of updates the Sierra had for the 2016 model year, including revised styling as well as new features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

© General Motors17. Chevrolet Malibu
YTD Sales: 148,868
Vs. 2015: 14.4%
The Chevrolet Malibu has been completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, and it’s clear from sales numbers that the new look has been well received. A finalist for 2016 North American Car of the Year, the Malibu 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.

© Nissan North America16. Nissan Sentra
YTD Sales: 155,806
Vs. 2015: 11.2%
Sentra sales are down about 9 percent compared to August of 2015, but overall sales are looking good for the compact sedan. Sales for the brand also look good — up about 6 percent year-over-year. Sentra’s overall impressive growth can be attributed to the introduction of a new model for 2016 with updated styling, retuned suspension and a freshened interior. Apparently the changes have been well received.

© General Motors15. Chevrolet Equinox
YTD Sales: 158,475
Vs. 2015: -17.7%
One of just three Chevrolet models among the top 20 best-sellers, the Equinox is holding its own in the very competitive compact SUV market. That said, the small crossover saw a drop in sales of about 40 percent compared to August of 2015, so holding onto this position may become difficult as the year progresses. Equinox received a number of updates for the 2016 model year, including fresh styling and some new high-tech features.

© Ford Motor Company14. Ford Explorer
YTD Sales: 169,279
Vs. 2015: -0.1%
The Explorer had a slight sales decline at the beginning of 2016, but this family-sized SUV has been a fixture on the best-sellers list and has made an impressive comeback over the last few months. The revised 2016 Explorer brings a fresh look, new features and a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine good for 270 horsepower. Note: Explorer figures include sales of the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility, which is reportedly the most popular vehicle for law enforcement officers.

© Ford Motor Company13. Ford Fusion
YTD Sales: 189,892
Vs. 2015: -8.1%
Fusion continues to hold the honor of being the best-selling domestic-brand passenger car on this list. At the beginning of the year sales were strong, but they have declined in recent months; August sales are down 33 percent compared to one year ago. 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. Sales may get a boost now that the revised 2017 Fusion has started rolling into showrooms.

© Ford Motor Company12. Ford Escape
YTD Sales: 206,699
Vs. 2015: 2.5%
In terms of sales, this small 5-passenger crossover from Ford has experienced some ups and downs in the last year. August numbers reveal a sales decrease of about 3 percent compared to 2015, but ultimately the Escape remains one of the best-selling SUVs in America. Available with a fuel-efficient EcoBoost powertrain as well as innovative features such as a hands-free tailgate release, the Escape also continues to be Ford’s best-selling SUV.

2015 Nissan Rogue11. Nissan Rogue
YTD Sales: 215,160
Vs. 2015: 14.4%
Nissan has found the perfect crossover formula with the Rogue, and it continues to experience impressive sales growth in 2016. August sales are up almost 20 percent compared to the same month last year. The stylish crossover 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. Rogue is one of three Nissans on this 2016 best-sellers list.

© Nissan North America, Inc.10. Nissan Altima
YTD Sales: 197,644
Vs. 2015: -8.8%
August was the second month in a row during which the Altima had a large drop in sales compared to a year ago. Even though sales were down almost 40 percent compared to August of 2015, the Altima still remains Nissan’s best seller. The popular family sedan has been 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. Fuel economy also received a bump for the new model year.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.9. Toyota RAV4
YTD Sales: 230,942
Vs. 2015: 15.0%
Toyota’s RAV4 crossover experienced impressive sales last year, and with a redesigned model now arriving in showrooms it’s no surprise that this trend continues. August sales jumped almost 9 percent compared to 2015, bucking the overall drop for the brand. The new model features edgier styling, and it’s 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.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.8. Honda Accord
YTD Sales: 231,415
Vs. 2015: 0.1%
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 were down 26 percent in August compared to one year ago, with overall sales remaining flat year to date. An all-new 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid has been added to the lineup, featuring a number of high-tech features and impressive fuel economy, which could attract additional buyers.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.7. Honda CR-V
YTD Sales: 231,609
Vs. 2015: 0.9%
Bolstered by strong August sales, the CR-V managed to move up the ranks and claim the title of best-selling SUV — at least for last month. In fact, this was the second record-setting month in a row for Honda’s compact crossover. The CR-V continues to offer consumers a comfortable, small crossover with great utility and excellent fuel economy, so we’ll keep an eye on sales as the year progresses.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.6. Toyota Corolla
YTD Sales: 244,651
Vs. 2015: -3.0%
The Corolla certainly is 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 its introduction. Sales were down slightly in August compared to 2015, bringing overall sales down a bit as well. Actually, sales of all Toyota cars are down 8 percent compared to the first eight months of 2015. Corolla continues to be one of the best-selling passenger cars in America, thanks in part to its impressive fuel economy, roomy interior and extensive list of standard features.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.5. Honda Civic
YTD Sales: 255,599
Vs. 2015: 15.4%
Demand for the all-new Civic continues to grow — sales in August increased 2.4 percent versus August 2015. 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. This increase in sales makes Civic the current leader in compact cars.

© Toyota Motor Sales USA4. Toyota Camry
YTD Sales: 266,746
Vs. 2015: -8.6%
The Camry used to battle with Honda Accord for top passenger car in America, but these days it’s Civic nipping at Camry’s (w)heels — Toyota sold a mere 57 more Camrys than Honda sold Civics in August 2016. Completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, Camry’s new styling and updated features have paid dividends. Although sales are down compared to last year, Camry still allows Toyota to hold onto this coveted No. 1 passenger car spot.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience3. Ram Truck
YTD Sales: 308,970
Vs. 2015: 4.6%
Ram trucks continue to have a lock on this third-place spot, even with a slight decrease in August sales versus 2015. A fuel-efficient EcoDiesel that claims 29 mpg on the highway and the popular off-road Rebel trim are helping to boost sales of this full-size pickup. Ram hopes the sales momentum will continue with the introduction of a more powerful HD pickup later in 2016.

© General Motors2. Chevrolet Silverado
YTD Sales: 380,176
Vs. 2015: -1.8%
The perennial runner-up to the Ford F-Series, Silverado has been refreshed with updated styling and a number of new features for 2016. A strong April helped Silverado put some positive annual sales numbers on the board, but the last four months have seen slight declines compared to 2015. Even with a slight drop in sales for the year, the big truck doesn’t show any sign of losing its No. 2 spot. The updated Silverado is available in a number of configurations and engine choices with a variety of high-tech features.

© Ford Motor Company1. Ford F-Series
YTD Sales: 527,847
Vs. 2015: 6.7%
The Ford F-Series truck has worn the sales crown as best-selling vehicle in America for more than 30 years and shows no signs of giving up the throne. Sales continue to be strong for this popular pickup. According to some rough calculations, more than 2,000 Ford F-Series trucks are sold every day in America. An all-new F-Series HD will begin arriving in showrooms shortly with a number of innovative features and impressive capability.

Data: Automaker sales releases, goodcarbadcar.net

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