In 2009, the United States recorded the fewest car sales in over 50 years, just barely over 5.4 million. The recovery hasn’t been pretty, recording an expanding bubble of car sales from 2011, peaking at 7.9 million in 2014, but slowing again in recent years. In 2017, just 6.3 million new cars were sold, and so far in 2018, car sales are up a scant two percent over the same time in 2017. Analysts predict new car sales will peak in 2018, though, citing the average light vehicle age now crossing the 12-year mark. Here are the best-selling cars in the Country, so far in 2018.
America Loves Pickups
America’s love-affair with the pickup sees no sign of abating, and they still dominate the new car sales market. In fact, Ford F-Series has been the Nation’s best-selling vehicle, of any kind, for 43 years and counting. This year, Ford F-series is followed, though not closely, by two other pickups, Chevrolet Silverado and RAM Trucks. Just the top three pickups make up 42.7% of the top-ten sales, and 11.3% of all light vehicle sales, so far in 2018.
- Ford F-Series – 451,138, 4.9% over 2017
- Chevy Silverado – 287,183, 9.2% over 2017
- RAM Series – 233,539, 6.7% under 2017
Many Choose SUVs
Active lifestyles and bigger families, not to mention a little bit of status, which explains SUVs’ place in the ranking. Since its introduction in the mid-1990s, the SUV, from compact to full-size, has had a solid spot in the American auto market. The best-selling modern SUVs are on the small side, making the best of space and fuel economy, and four made it to the top-ten so far in 2018. The four best-selling SUVs in the top-ten account for 33.3% of top-ten sales and 8.8% all light vehicle sales in 2018.
- Nissan Rogue – 215,202, 10.0% over 2017
- Toyota RAV4 – 198,390, 7.4% over 2017
- Honda CR-V – 179,580, 4.1% under 2017
And Finally, the Sedans
Aside from one compact SUV, the rest of the top-ten are dominated by three sedans known for fuel economy and reliability. Toyota Camry has been America’s best-selling car for 15 years and counting. Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla have been duking it out for years, smaller and more economical versions on the same theme.
- Toyota Camry – 178,795, 1.1% over 2017
- Honda Civic – 176,242, 0.3% over 2017
- Chevy Equinox – 164,476, 23.2% over 2017
- Toyota Corolla – 161,462, 8.5% under 2017
All-told, the 2.3 million top-ten best-selling cars in America account for 26.4% of all car sales, so far in 2018. That’s a bit over ten models out of so many available. What makes a best-selling car? When you’re choosing from over 275 available models, what is it that stands out? Looking at the best-selling cars of 2018, it’s got to be the perfect blend of utility, fuel economy, reliability, style, and budget, and the top-ten have it in spades.