Best-Selling Cars in America
Up until 2020 and its multifaceted strain on people and finances, automobile sales in America had been robust and consistent, with more than 17 million new vehicles sold each year. While that number has dropped by more than 14 percent compared to a year earlier, the surprising fact is that almost one third of total vehicle 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 800,000 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 are compiled from auto manufacturer sales reports based on total volume in 2020. Note: Many exotic or exclusive car companies do not report individual model sales figures.
Total Sales: 52,785
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. In fact, the RDX outsells all of the passenger cars in the Acura lineup combined. 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 matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system also received 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: 10,284
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. Despite the company not releasing sales data for individual models, we did learn that Vantage is the brand’s best-seller. The Vantage name has been around for more than 50 years, although 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: 50,435
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. For 2020 Audi added its first plug-in hybrid Q5 SUV, featuring a 2.0-liter engine with an electric motor positioned between the engine and the 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission for a combined system output of 349 horsepower. The Q5 55 TFSI e gets an electric-only range of 20 miles and receives an EPA combined rating of 65 MPGe.
Bentley Continental GT
Total Sales: NA
Bentley introduced the third generation of the high-performance Continental GT last year, and while most car companies saw a downturn in 2019 sales, the new Continental GT helped Bentley achieve record sales. Although the general shape of the Continental GT remains familiar, up front a larger grille with stylish headlights adds to the new look. The interior is as elegant as one would expect from this legendary British marque, with the highest-quality materials and “diamond-in-diamond” quilted leather seats with 20 power adjustments as well as heating, cooling and massage functions. Available as a coupe or convertible, the Continental GT can even be fitted with a Naim 2200-watt, 18-speaker system with Active Bass Transducers built into the front seats. Proper Bentley power comes from either a twin-turbo V8 or a 6.0-liter W12 engine producing 626 horsepower.
Total Sales: 59,941
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. BMW also offers additional performance for the X3 lineup via an X3 M with more aggressive styling and up to 510 horsepower. The German automaker has also added a new plug-in hybrid X3 xDrive30e to the lineup. The X3 is produced alongside the rest of the BMW X lineup in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Buick Encore GX
Total Sales: 44,841
Buick added the all-new GX to its Encore lineup for 2020, and the small crossover is already the brand’s best-selling model. The new GX has premium styling both inside and out, as well as a more spacious cabin and improved cargo-carrying capacity versus the standard Encore. Two turbocharged engines are offered, including a 155-horsepower 1.3-liter turbo with available all-wheel drive. In addition to its long list of standard equipment — which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto — the Encore GX gets the latest in advanced safety and driver-assist technologies.
Total Sales: 35,223
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 more than one-fourth of Cadillac’s annual sales. For the 2020 model year, Cadillac revamped this luxury crossover with fresh styling, updated features and a 237-horspower turbocharged engine as standard equipment on Luxury and Premium Luxury trims. Inside, the updated XT5 has 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: 594,094
Chevrolet introduced an all-new Silverado 1500 for the 2019 model year. The updated pickup continues to comprise more than a third of Chevrolet’s total annual sales, and this will likely continue with fresh styling as well as improved performance and capability. Chevrolet’s best-seller can be configured in hundreds of ways with different cab sizes, bed lengths, drive systems and trim levels that range from the basic Work Truck to the luxurious and powerful High Country. With seven engine / transmission combinations, the Silverado 1500 can be set up for whatever task necessary — including towing up to 13,400 pounds when the need arises. For those who require additional towing power, the Silverado 3500 HD bumps up to a max tow rating of 36,000 pounds for the 2021 model year.
Total Sales: 93,802
The Pacifica premiered a few years back to replace the aging Town & Country minivan in the Chrysler lineup, and for 2021 the minivan gets a complete refresh. Pacifica gets a new visage designed to give the minivan more of a sport-utility vibe. The primary grille is much larger than the previous version, while the lower grille mimics the style of the upper. All-new headlights incorporate a new LED running light style; LED headlights and taillights are standard on all versions of the 2021 Pacifica. All-wheel drive is available for the first time; Pacifica’s seamless system requires no driver interaction, and it can transfer up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels. Chrysler designed the AWD system so it wouldn’t interfere with one of the Pacifica’s most popular features: Stow n’ Go seats.
Total Sales: 77,245
The Charger returned to the Dodge lineup in 2006 as a 4-door sedan, carrying some styling cues of original 1960s muscle cars and offering a powerful V8 engine. Today’s Charger is still a large 4-door sedan with sporty styling and a comfortable, spacious interior. Replete with plenty of high-tech features, Charger is available with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, electric power steering, pushbutton start and a high-end audio system. And in keeping with tradition, Charger has powerful engine choices including the R/T Scat Pack with a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8, or the latest entry: the SRT Hellcat Redeye with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 producing a mind-blowing 797 horsepower. With a top speed of more than 200 mph, the Hellcat Redeye is the most powerful mass-produced sedan in the world.
Fiat 124 Spider
Total Sales: 1,711
The current Fiat 124 Spider arrived for the 2017 model year, marking its return after a 30-year absence from the U.S. market. The result of a collaboration between Fiat and Mazda, the Fiat 124 Spider is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but with Italian styling and a Fiat drivetrain, suspension and tuning. The double-wishbone front suspension, multi-link rear suspension and steering are all tuned for a dynamic driving experience. The soft-top can be manually operated from the driver’s seat and stows behind the seats without a tonneau cover. Powering the rear-wheel-drive 124 Spider is Fiat’s 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder engine producing 160 horsepower (164 in Abarth), teamed with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. The Spider is Fiat’s best-selling model in America; the company has announced the sporty roadster has been discontinued.
Total Sales: 787,422
With annual sales that far outpace the competition, the Ford F-Series extended its streak in 2020 as the best-selling vehicle in America for 39 years — 44 years as best-selling truck. Sales in 2020 were down slightly from last year, yet certainly strong enough to keep Ford’s large truck offering in the No. 1 spot. This trend is unlikely to end anytime soon since Ford comes to market with a completely new 2021 F-150. With fresh styling, an updated interior, a new hybrid powertrain, a range of innovative and versatile new features and a class-leading 14,000-pound towing capacity, the 2021 Ford F-150 will likely continue the F-Series juggernaut.
Total Sales: 9,436
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, Genesis added the sportier G70 sedan to the family in 2019 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: 253,106
The best-seller in the GMC lineup, Sierra’s 2020 sales ended on a high note, bucking the overall decline in U.S. auto sales. Like its Chevrolet Silverado sibling, the Sierra pickup was completely new for the 2019 model year. Larger in practically every dimension, the new Sierra boasts a range of new comfort, convenience and safety features. One standout is the truck’s MultiPro Tailgate that 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 and a new turbodiesel powertrain. For 2021 GMC expands Sierra’s standard features and increases the trailer-towing capability to 36,000 pounds on properly equipped 3500 HD variants.
Total Sales: 333,502
Continuing its reign as the best-selling vehicle in the Honda lineup, the CR-V’s success lies in its ability to offer consumers a comfortable, small crossover with great utility and excellent fuel economy. Last year Honda refreshed the CR-V’s exterior styling and added the first hybrid to the lineup. Similar to the Honda Accord Hybrid, the all-wheel-drive CR-V Hybrid uses 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: 123,657
Hyundai introduced the latest version of the Tucson in 2018 when it received updated styling as well as a range of new features and powertrains. This 5-occupant crossover comes well equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen display, multiple USB chargers, a rearview camera and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Forward collision-avoidance assist and lane-keeping assist are both standard as well, with additional safety and technology features available such as blind-spot collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert. Look for an all-new 2022 Tucson to arrive in spring 2021.
Total Sales: 22,880
The QX60 — Infiniti’s family-friendly 3-row luxury crossover — received revised exterior styling for the 2018 model year that reflected 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. Advanced safety features including forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, predictive forward collision warning and blind-spot warning are standard equipment for all trim levels of the QX60. Expect to see a new QX60 based on the recently introduced QX60 Monograph arriving sometime in 2021.
Total Sales: NA
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 also typically 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. Look for an updated 2021 F-PACE to arrive in showrooms soon, with new features as well as updated styling inside and out.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Total Sales: 209,786
The 5-seat Grand Cherokee 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 a high-performance Grand Cherokee Trackhawk that possesses a staggering 707 horsepower. For 2020 Jeep added more standard equipment across the Grand Cherokee lineup, as well as the latest advanced safety features now available on all trims. Later this year an all-new 2021 Grand Cherokee L with seating for up to seven passengers will arrive in showrooms.
Total Sales: 84,997
Kia introduced an all-new Forte in 2019 with fresh styling and a range of updated features. Kia’s top seller is powered by a 2.0-liter 147-horsepower engine matched to a 6-speed manual gearbox, and is rated as high as 37 mpg on the highway. Standard equipment on this small sedan includes air-conditioning, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera with dynamic parking guide, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, forward collision avoidance, lane departure warning and driver attention warning.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Total Sales: NA
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: 101,059
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. A few years ago 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. The RX is also the first Lexus to offer Android Auto connectivity in addition to existing Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration.
Total Sales: 26,227
Lincoln has been quickly revamping its entire SUV lineup, and one of the newest to join the group is the 5-passenger Corsair. Replacing the MKC, the new Corsair is easily recognizable as a Lincoln thanks to styling cues borrowed from the larger Nautilus and Aviator models — specifically similar grille and headlight treatments. However, the Corsair does have an overall style all its own with deep contouring along the side panels, which adds depth to the overall design. The Corsair may be an entry-level model in the Lincoln lineup, but inside it features upscale materials to create a premium feeling within the cabin. Corsair also features active noise control, and sounds that occupants do hear are chimes recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A range of new technology can be found in this small crossover; for example, owners will be able to use their smartphones as keys to the Corsair.
Total Sales: 146,420
Coming off four consecutive annual sales records, the Mazda CX-5 experienced a slight sales decline in 2020 along with most new vehicles. Although overall sales are down, the CX-5 still makes up more than half of Mazda’s total U.S. sales. When redesigned a few years ago, the CX-5 adopted the refined styling of the larger CX-9. For 2019 Mazda added the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels, both powered by the turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine rated at 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque with premium fuel and i-ACTIV all-wheel drive as standard equipment.
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 2020 the extreme 720S was the most popular model in America. Initially available as a coupe, McLaren added the Spider a few years ago equipped with a retractable carbon fiber roof that can raise or lower in 11 seconds. Both coupe and Spider boast a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine producing 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. The McLaren is very quick — the sprint to 60 mph takes 2.8 seconds, and 124 mph comes up in a hair under 8 seconds, and with enough space to stride the 720s will reach 212 mph. With standout styling, excellent handling and a wonderful V8 sound, the 720S checks all the boxes — and more.
Total Sales: 52,626
Mercedes-Benz introduced the GLC crossover in 2016 when it replaced the GLK, and since then the luxury crossover has maintained its position as the brand’s best-selling model. Sales of this premium crossover are likely to continue at a high level thanks to the introduction of the revised 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC early last year. 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 received 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: 18,774
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 added 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: 29,096
Although 2020 Outlander sales were down slightly for 2020, the midsize model continues to hold its place at the top of the Mitsubishi sales roster. 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: 227,935
Nissan’s small crossover sales were down 15 percent in 2019 and that downward trend continued into 2020; however, the Rogue still remains the best-selling vehicle in the Nissan lineup. The automaker hopes to regain some lost ground with an all-new 2021 Rogue. Built on a new platform with fresh styling, advanced safety features and a family friendly interior, the latest Rogue a features a long list of standard equipment across all trim levels including LED headlights and taillights and alloy wheels, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Access to the rear seat improves for 2021 thanks to rear doors that open nearly 90 degrees — much wider than the previous generation.
Total Sales: 18,631
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. 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 in four high-performance trim levels, including a new Macan GTS that sports a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine producing 375 horsepower.
Total Sales: 563,676
Ram introduced an all-new 1500 pickup in 2019 and followed shortly thereafter with the Ram Heavy Duty. These two offerings resulted in the fourth consecutive year of record sales — a feat that probably would have been repeated in 2020 had the pandemic not affected things. The Ram features bold 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 includes a powerful diesel and eventually a hybrid system. The updated Ram Heavy Duty now boasts a new diesel with 1,075 lb-ft of torque providing a 37,100-pound towing capacity. For 2021 Ram adds the high-performance 702-horsepower TRX, designed for tackling off-road terrain at high speeds.
Total Sales: NA
The maker of ultra-exclusive automobiles, Rolls-Royce does not sell vehicles in large volumes; however, the current sales leader for the marque is the Cullinan – the first SUV from Rolls-Royce. Cullinan is 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: 176,996
Subaru introduced an all-new Forester in 2019, and it is one of the few models that had some sales success during a difficult 2020, with only a slight decline versus 2019. The new fifth-generation Forester is the roomiest version ever offered with a 1.2-inch-longer wheelbase, more rear-seat legroom and rear cargo capacity. The Forester also offers improvements in crash protection, comfort, quietness and driving dynamics. Power comes from an updated direct-injection 2.5-liter Boxer engine that produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist technology is now standard on the Forester, as well as a new safety feature called rear seat reminder.
Tesla Model 3
Total Sales: NA
The third model of the Tesla lineup, the aptly-named Model 3 gets billed as a more affordable offering from 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 263-mile range, the Long Range trim features a larger battery that bumps range up to 353 miles. Performance is quite impressive — the dual-motor all-wheel-drive Model 3 sprints to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
Total Sales: 430,387
One of the original compact crossovers on the American market, the RAV4 was completely redone in 2019 with bold new styling, improved capability, better performance and an array of new safety and convenience features. In addition to the updated styling and efficient powertrains, the RAV4 features automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure alert as standard equipment. For 2021 Toyota adds the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid to its lineup, offering better fuel efficiency as well as much higher performance.
Total Sales: 100,705
Volkswagen’s compact crossover was redesigned a few years back specifically for the U.S. market, offering more interior space and third-row seating. Adopting Volkswagen’s current design language, the Tiguan exterior includes sharper, stronger lines and a lower, wider stance. Motivated by the German automaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine producing 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, Tiguan delivers power to the front wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen’s signature 4Motion all-wheel drive with Active Control is optional. Other options include Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit display, and an available Car-Net system offers connected vehicle services. Look for an all-new 2022 Tiguan to arrive this fall.
Total Sales: 34,251
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. For the 2020 model year the XC90 received a light exterior refresh that includes a new concave design for the front grille 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.