Best-Selling Cars in America By Brand
For the last few years, automobile sales in America have been robust and consistent, 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 10 top-selling models. But not every automaker has a high-volume model such as the Ford F-150 (almost 900,000 sold last year) or the Toyota RAV4 (more than 400,000 sold last year). So which vehicles are popular with consumers but sell in lesser numbers? The following vehicles represent the best-selling models from nearly every car company offering vehicles in America. Figures get compiled from auto manufacturer sales reports and are based on total volume in 2019. Note: Many exotic or exclusive car companies do not report individual model sales figures.
Total Sales: 62,876
Last year Honda’s luxury brand introduced an all-new RDX for the 2019 model year and it quickly became the best-selling member of the Acura lineup. The RDX features a prominent Acura Diamond Pentagon Grille flanked by new Jewel Eye headlights that now include seven LED lighting elements, making them among the brightest on the road. Power for the Acura RDX comes from a new VTEC Turbo 2.0-liter direct-injection engine that produces 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system also receives updates, delivering up to 70 percent of available torque to the rear axle while employing dynamic torque vectoring to sharpen performance and handling in all weather and road conditions.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Total Sales: 9,444
Named after Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps — considered by many to be one of the greatest driving roads in the world — the Stelvio arrived in the U.S. for the 2018 model year. The third vehicle in the Alfa Romeo lineup, Stelvio quickly became the best-selling model for the brand. The front-end appearance of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio takes design cues from the Giulia sport sedan, and the overall shape of this new 5-passenger SUV is very sleek. With standard full-time all-wheel drive, Stelvio is available with two powerful engines, including a 2.9-liter V6 producing 505 horsepower in the top-level Quadrifoglio.
Aston Martin Vantage
Total Sales: NA
Aston Martin makes some of the most beautiful high-performance sports cars on the market, but they don’t make very many of them. Although the company does not release sales data for individual models, we did learn that the Vantage is the brand’s best-seller. The Vantage name has been around for more than 50 years; however, the current sports car wearing the name was introduced a few years ago.
Powering the Vantage is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing 503 horsepower teamed with an 8-speed automatic transmission — enough power to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed approaching 200 mph. Last year Aston introduced a limited-edition Vantage AMR that puts a 7-speed manual gearbox into this powerful sports car.
Total Sales: 67,516
Small crossovers continue to gain popularity in America, and nearly every car company has hopped on that bandwagon. The Audi Q5 is an excellent example as the best-selling vehicle offered by a company that until 10 years ago didn’t even offer an SUV. The Q5 was all new for the 2018 model year, designed 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 delivers even better driving dynamics than its predecessor.
Bentley Continental GT
Total Sales: NA
When Bentley introduced the all-new Continental GT more than 15 years ago, it completely changed the design aesthetic and makeup of the legendary British marque. Now this high-performance GT has been thoroughly updated, and with a 54 percent increase in sales over 2018 it becomes the best-selling model in the Bentley lineup. Available as a coupe or convertible, the Continental GT is powered by either a twin-turbo V8 or twin-turbo W12 engine, the latter boasting a plentiful 626 horsepower. As expected, the interior is all Bentley, employing the highest-quality materials with natural leather, sustainable wood veneers and polished chrome details.
Total Sales: 70,110
The most popular player of BMW’s lineup, the X3 was all new for the 2018 model year. The updated model received more aerodynamic styling, a “three-dimensional” kidney grille, available full LED headlights and a roof spoiler at the rear. The interior also received a complete refresh, centered around a large 10.25-inch touchscreen display. For 2020 BMW adds performance to the X3 lineup with the introduction of the X3 M, which boasts more aggressive styling and up to 510 horsepower. The X3 is produced alongside the rest of the BMW X lineup in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Total Sales: 102,402
Encore is the smallest vehicle in the Buick lineup, and with a starting price below $25,000 it’s a great entry into the premium crossover segment. Encore comes well equipped with features such as a power driver’s seat, a 7-inch color display with backup camera and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. Encore is available in four trims ranging from the base level to the well-equipped top-of-the-line Essence, all powered by a fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. Decent fuel economy and a low starting price contribute to making this small Buick the most popular model in the lineup by far.
Total Sales: 49,879
As the replacement for the SRX crossover, the XT5 was an all-new model for Cadillac in 2017, and it quickly became the brand’s best-seller. In fact, the XT5 makes up almost one-third of Cadillac’s annual sales. For the 2020 model year, Cadillac revamps this luxury crossover with fresh styling, updated features and a 237-horspower turbocharged engine that comes standard on Luxury and Premium Luxury trims. Inside the updated XT5 is the latest Cadillac user interface with one-touch phone pairing, 15-watt wireless charging for mobile devices and a new rear-pedestrian alert system.
Total Sales: 575,600
Chevrolet introduced an all-new Silverado for the 2019 model year, and while sales were down at the beginning of 2019, the final yearly figures reflect a nice recovery. The best-selling model in the Chevy lineup by more than 200,000 units, the new Silverado is longer and wider than its predecessor, which means more passenger space as well as more cargo room. Through an extensive use of mixed materials, engineers were able to lighten Silverado by an impressive 450 pounds, with 88 pounds of that coming off the body. Silverado received updated styling inside and out as well variety of powertrains, ranging from a new turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant to V8 options with dynamic fuel management.
Total Sales: 97,705
The Pacifica premiered a few years back to replace the aging Town & Country minivan in the Chrysler lineup. Although sales are down compared to 2018, the Pacifica still accounts for the bulk of Chrysler sales. With contemporary styling and a slew of innovations, 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. For 2020 Chrysler adds a Red S Edition to the Pacifica lineup, featuring a range of high-end features such as Nappa leather seats and a Harman Kardon audio system.
Dodge Grand Caravan
Total Sales: 122,648
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 to four trim levels: SE, SE Plus, SXT and GT. The standard engine for all trims 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: 3,267
The modern version of Fiat’s 500 launched in 2007, and 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of the original 500. The subcompact 500 combines Italian styling with efficiency and technology and is offered in both coupe and convertible versions, as well as the 5-passenger 500L and all-wheel-drive 500X crossover. The Fiat 500 is powered by a 135-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 variant, which bumps the 500’s grunt to 160 horsepower.
Total Sales: 896,526
After another year of impressive sales, the Ford F-Series extends its streak as not only the top-selling model in the Ford lineup, but as the best-selling vehicle in America for 38 years — 43 years as best-selling truck. With almost 900,000 sales for the year, Ford’s full-size truck sold almost as many as the top three passenger cars combined. The F-150 is driving strong sales thanks to updated styling, added safety and convenience features, and a standard 3.3-liter V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower joining Ford’s lineup of powerful turbocharged EcoBoost powerplants.
Total Sales: 11,901
Genesis was an all-new brand for the 2017 model year, launched by parent company Hyundai to move its clientele upscale. With two luxury sedans in its portfolio, last year Genesis added the sportier G70 sedan to the family and it quickly became the brand’s best-seller. The G70 is available with rear-or all-wheel drive, and in a surprising move Genesis offers the G70 with an available manual gearbox. Exterior styling matches that of the rest of the Genesis lineup, while inside G70 designers created a nice mixture of luxury amenities with driver focus. The G70 gets power from either a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 365 horsepower.
Total Sales: 232,323
The best-seller in the GMC lineup, the Sierra was completely new for the 2019 model year. Larger in practically every dimension, the new Sierra 1500 boasts a roomier cabin as well as a range of new comfort, convenience and safety features. One Sierra standout is its MultiPro Tailgate, which offers six positions for easier loading, as well as use as a standing workstation. A range of engine / transmission options are available, including a new 2.7-liter turbo as well as a new turbodiesel powertrain.
Total Sales: 384,168
Completely redesigned a few years back, the CR-V remains the best-selling model in the Honda lineup with a slight bump in 2019 sales versus 2018. The CR-V’s success lies in its ability to offer consumers a comfortable, small crossover with great utility and excellent fuel economy. For 2020 Honda refreshes the CR-V’s exterior styling and adds the first hybrid to the CR-V lineup. Similar to the Honda Accord Hybrid, the CR-V Hybrid employs a 2-motor hybrid powertrain that teams two electric motors with a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine for a combined output of 212 horsepower, making it the most powerful variant in the CR-V lineup.
Total Sales: 175,094
Over the last few years, Elantra has gained enough momentum to become the best-selling model in the Hyundai lineup — surprising, given the general popularity of crossovers over passenger cars. The Elantra was all new for the 2019 model year and sales are starting to reflect the increased interest in this small car. December 2019 sales were up almost 25 percent versus 2018; however, it wasn’t enough to make year-over-year sales positive. With a new hood, front fascia, grille and headlights, the Elantra has a more chiseled look than its predecessor. Three engine options are available, including a 201-horsepower unit for the Elantra Sport. Hyundai also offers Elantra with the latest high-tech safety features including automatic emergency braking.
Total Sales: 43,162
The QX60 — Infiniti’s family-friendly 3-row luxury crossover — received revised exterior styling for the 2018 model year that reflects the contemporary design language of Nissan’s luxury brand, including a new signature grille, headlights, turn signals and new wheel designs. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the QX60 gets power from a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. For 2019 Infiniti adds forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, predictive forward collision warning and blind-spot warning as standard equipment for all trim levels of the QX60.
Total Sales: 15,491
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 makes up almost half the brand’s sales and easily outsells all of Jaguar’s passenger cars combined. 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 the 550-horsepower supercharged V8 powering the new high-performance F-Pace SVR. 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: 242,969
The Grand Cherokee continues to lead the sales charge at Jeep, and in 2019 the capable SUV recorded its best sales ever. The 5-seat SUV continues its tradition of offering impressive off-road capability in an attractive package. Available in several trim levels and 4WD systems, the Grand Cherokee line ranges from the off-road-focused Trailhawk to the luxurious Summit. Jeep also offers the high-performance Trackhawk, which boasts a staggering 707 horsepower. For 2020 Jeep is adding more standard equipment across the Grand Cherokee lineup, as well as making the latest advanced safety features available on the base-level Laredo.
Total Sales: 98,033
The Kia Soul enters its third generation with the introduction of a completely new 2020 model, featuring all-new styling and an array of new equipment. While Soul sales are down slightly compared to 2018, it achieved high enough numbers to beat the Sorento as Kia’s best-seller. Even as the Soul retains its iconic shape, it receives a modern look with slim headlights, LED daytime running lights and boomerang-shaped taillights that frame the rear window. Available in multiple trim levels, the Soul LX is the entry-level version with standard equipment that includes cloth seat trim, a trip computer, a 7-inch color touchscreen display, Android Auto / Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, one USB port, a split-folding rear seat and 16-inch steel wheels.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Total Sales: 25,768
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 an extensive list of safety features. A number 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 claw its way through three feet of water — just not at the same time.
Total Sales: 111,036
The popular RX tops Lexus charts once again, boasting 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. Last year Lexus upped the utility of the RX with the addition of the RX L, which is slightly larger and offers seating for up to seven via a new third row. Both the original and L versions of the RX are available as the RX 350 or the RX 450h, the latter featuring a powerful and fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. Lexus is adding new tech for the 2020 model year; the RX will be the first in the lineup to feature Android Auto connectivity to go with the already available Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration.
Total Sales: 28,573
The midsize MKX crossover has been the best-selling model in the Lincoln lineup for the last few years, and now the new Nautilus assumes the brand’s best-selling mantle. The Nautilus draws on styling cues from the flagship Continental sedan and the full-size Navigator SUV, including the bold signature grille and beltline trim. Acoustic glass reduces wind noise and Ultra Comfort seats can be adjusted up to 22 ways. Standard power for this new luxury SUV comes from a 245-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and an available 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 produces 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines get combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission and include auto stop-start. New driver assistance technologies include lane centering and evasive steering assist.
Total Sales: 154,545
Mazda’s compact CX-5 has just achieved its fourth year of record sales — in fact, current CX-5 sales are higher than the combined sales of all other Mazda models. Adopting the styling of the larger CX-9 when it was redesigned a few years ago, the CX-5 is refined in nearly every way with a revised chassis, an updated SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine, an attractive interior and many available features. The CX-5 is the first Mazda to feature G-Vectoring Control, which enhances vehicle responsiveness and stability while reducing sideways sliding of occupants. For 2019 Mazda turned up the heat by adding the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels, both powered by the turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine producing 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque; i-ACTIV all-wheel drive is standard.
Total Sales: NA
McLaren built its reputation creating lightweight sports cars that offer not only extreme performance but also occupant comfort and entertaining driving dynamics. The famed British car company doesn’t sell many vehicles annually, but in 2019 the new 600LT was the most popular model. Built in the spirit of the legendary F1 GTR race car, the 600LT is the lightest, most powerful and quickest model of the McLaren Sport Series thanks to optimized aerodynamics and its longtail design. The McLaren 600LT is available as a coupe or convertible and weighs at least 200 pounds less than its 570S counterpart. Reduced weight is only half the story — output for the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine has increased to 592 horsepower, which provides stunning performance numbers: 62 mph comes up in less than 3 seconds, with twice that speed surpassed in a mere 8.2 seconds.
Total Sales: 73,650
Mercedes-Benz introduced the GLC crossover in 2016 when it replaced the GLK, and since then the luxury crossover has experienced impressive sales success — 2019 was the GLC’s third year of record sales. The German automaker hopes to continue that momentum with the introduction of the revised 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC. With updated styling, innovative technology and a potent AMG variant, the new GLC is better than ever before. Still easily recognizable as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the 2020 model receives a new grille, updated front and rear fascias, slimmer headlights and redesigned taillights. Buyers may choose from the GLC 300 or more powerful AMG GLC 63, both available as a standard SUV or sportier SUV Coupe.
Total Sales: 22,123
The MINI Cooper may be one of the smallest cars available in America, but it still offers a premium ride with excellent performance. A few years ago MINI updated the Cooper with a new MINI logo, new alloy wheels and MINI logo projection from the driver’s side exterior mirror, as well as new interior features such as wireless phone charging and rear LED lights with a Union Jack design. For 2020 MINI adds two new versions of the Cooper that will bookend the lineup. At one end sits the new fully-electric Cooper SE; at the other resides the high-performance MINI Cooper JCW GP boasting more than 300 horsepower.
Total Sales: 40,775
Following the last update a few years ago, Mitsubishi’s Outlander midsize 7-passenger crossover experienced a dramatic sales increase; however, 2019 sales were down slightly compared to the previous year. The Outlander starts below $25,000 and tops out with the GT, featuring Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system. Two engines are available, including a 3.0-liter MIVEC V6 that produces 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. Mitsubishi also offers the Outlander as a plug-in hybrid that has the same 224 horsepower but gets 22 miles of electric-only range and impressive fuel economy.
Total Sales: 350,447
Nissan’s small crossover sales were down 15 percent in 2019 versus 2018; however, the Rogue still remains the best-selling model in the Nissan lineup. Rogue features 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. Rogue also is available as a hybrid and as a smaller model called Rogue Sport. All Rogues are now available with ProPILOT Assist — Nissan’s first step toward building autonomous vehicles — as well as Nissan Safety Shield 360.
Total Sales: 22.667
The compact premium SUV market is undeniably crowded, but the Macan certainly stands out from said scrum. The second crossover to join the Porsche lineup, Macan has experienced strong sales since its introduction in 2014; however, demand dropped slightly in 2019. Styled after the larger Cayenne, Macan still embodies all qualities expected from the iconic German sports car brand. The compact SUV has full-time all-wheel drive and is available with various powertrains including a new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 introduced for the 2020 Macan Turbo.
Total Sales: 633,694
Ram introduced an all-new 1500 pickup for 2019 and followed shortly after with the Ram Heavy Duty. These two offerings have done wonders for Ram truck sales. With a bump of 18 percent over last year’s record numbers, the brand achieved its fourth consecutive year of record sales, making Ram Truck the second-best-selling vehicle in America. The new Ram features updated exterior styling, and the interior is one of the nicest on the market. Six trim levels are available, as well as a new lineup of powertrains that will eventually include a hybrid system. The new Ram Heavy Duty boasts a new diesel powertrain with 1000 lb-ft of torque, no doubt helping Ram retain its enviable sales position in America.
Total Sales: NA
With a 25 percent increase in sales versus 2018, Rolls-Royce celebrates the luxury marque’s best sales in the brand’s 116-year history. Leading the charge to this impressive achievement is the first SUV from Rolls-Royce — the all-new Cullinan. Cullinan gets built on a new all-aluminum platform, dubbed the Architecture of Luxury. First used for the flagship Phantom, this aluminum spaceframe is higher and shorter for Cullinan, accommodating a first for Rolls-Royce — a tailgate. Easily recognizable as a Rolls-Royce with the iconic grille and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, the new Cullinan is designed to take its passengers through any terrain while cosseting them in the lap of luxury. Rolls-Royce has recently announced the Black Badge version of the Cullinan, which includes special trim details as well as performance upgrades.
Total Sales: 181,178
One of the vehicles that helped define the crossover segment, the Outback is currently Subaru’s best-selling model, edging out the Forester by a mere 1,000 units. The Outback ended the year confidently with December 2019 sales improving by 5 percent versus a year earlier, helping Subaru achieve its best annual sales of all time. This uptick in sales is likely due to the all-new 2020 Outback arriving in showrooms. The latest Subaru to be built on the company’s new global platform, the Outback gets updated exterior styling, many new features, a vastly improved interior, updated powertrains and the latest version of EyeSight — Subaru’s suite of advanced safety technology. All Outbacks feature Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring, vehicle dynamics control, X-Mode with hill descent control and a generous 8.7-inches of ground clearance.
Tesla Model 3
Total Sales: 180,000
The third model in the Tesla lineup, the aptly-named Model 3 is more affordable than the higher-end Model S and Model X offered by the American car company. With an enviable level of standard equipment and sleek styling that befits the rest of the Tesla lineup, the more economical Model 3 was designed for high-volume sales. Although the Model 3’s standard battery delivers a 220-mile range, the Long Range trim features a larger battery that bumps range up to 310 miles. Performance is quite impressive — the dual-motor all-wheel-drive Model 3 sprints to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Total Sales: 448,071
Toyota’s RAV4 crossover experienced impressive sales in 2018, and the momentum held for 2019 with record annual sales. One of the original compact crossovers on the American market, the RAV4 was completely redone for the 2019 model year. With bold new styling, improved capability, better performance and an array of new safety and convenience features, this fifth-generation RAV4 is likely to remain popular with American car shoppers. In addition to the updated styling and efficient powertrains, the RAV4 now has automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure alert as standard equipment. Toyota has also announced that the 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid will be arriving next summer, which will not only be more fuel efficient but also will be the second-quickest vehicle in the Toyota lineup.
Total Sales: 109,963
Volkswagen’s compact Tiguan crossover was redesigned in 2018 specifically for the U.S. market, and to say it has hit the mark is an understatement. Sales doubled in 2018 versus the previous year, and sales grew by almost seven percent in 2019. The Tiguan is built on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, featuring a roomy interior with available third-row seating. Styling is similar to the larger Atlas with sharp, strong lines and a low, wide stance. Power comes from Volkswagen’s turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine producing 184 horsepower; that power gets delivered to the front wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive with Active Control is optional, offering four drive modes to maximize traction in varying driving conditions. For 2020 Volkswagen adds standard driver assistance features as well as the brand’s next-generation telematics system.
Total Sales: 35,760
As the Swedish brand’s flagship model, the 7-seat XC90 SUV was the first Volvo built on its Scalable Product Architecture platform — now used for all 90- and 60-series Volvo products. Like the S90 and V90 models, the XC90 carries classic design cues including T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights, a grille with the large Volvo Iron Mark, and large VOLVO lettering across the liftgate. This look clearly appeals to consumers — sales were up more than 13 percent in 2019 versus a year earlier. For the 2020 model year the XC90’s overall styling remains the same; however, there are noticeable exterior tweaks. The front grille now features a concave design that has a more premium impression with two-color inlays and a chrome-accented frame. Front and rear bumpers have also been restyled, and the XC90 gets updated wheel designs. The 2020 XC90 has a new available 6-passenger configuration that replaces the second-row bench with individual bucket seats.