Special Report

Best-Selling Cars in America

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If you’re in the market for a new car, truck, or SUV, the U.S. automotive market offers one of the world’s widest selections of models from dozens of brand names.

But despite this large number of choices found on new car dealership lots nationwide, Americans tend to gravitate to a particular group of vehicle types, or segments, led by a long-standing national love affair with the Big Three pickup trucks.

The Chevrolet Silverado, Ram Pickup (spearheaded by the Ram 1500), and Ford F-Series (led by the F-150) regularly top the list of the best selling new vehicles in the U.S. And though U.S. new vehicles sales dropped by 15% last year compared to 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 150,000 of these trucks have been sold in a typical month so far in 2021.

Another trend in the U.S. auto market has been the rise in popularity of crossovers over the past 20 years. Consumers have been ditching their sedans for these roomier small SUVs. American consumers are also enamored with the biggest, heaviest, more fuel-hungry passenger vehicles — medium- to full-size SUVs. These new cars have the worst fuel efficiency on the market.

This explains why, despite the huge number of models, manufacturers tend to sell three vehicle types in the United States: the crossover, the SUV, and the pickup truck. The market is so weak for sedans and compact cars that last year Ford stopped making them for the U.S. market altogether. In fact, nearly none of the best selling models on this list is sedan or smaller vehicle type. Here are the slowest selling cars in America.

To determine the best-selling vehicles in America by brand, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed sales data for the second quarter of 2021 for every model sold in the U.S. from vehicle data site GoodCarBadCar. Total Q2 2021 manufacturer sales data in the U.S. is also from GoodCarBadCar. The list is ordered alphabetically.

Here’s a list of the bestselling vehicles in America by brand

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Acura: MDX
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 19,803 units (+119.2% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Acura sales in Q2: 39.2%

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Alfa Romeo: Stelvio
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 2,757 units (+37.7% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Alfa Romeo sales in Q2: 54.9%

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Audi: Q5
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 18,835 units (+133.3% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Audi sales in Q2: 28.5%

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BMW: X3
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 21,285 units (+125.0% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. BMW sales in Q2: 22.0%

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Buick: Encore GX
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 26,245 units (+183.5% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Buick sales in Q2: 39.8%

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Cadillac: Escalade
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 7,203 units (+46.0% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Cadillac sales in Q2: 30.2%

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Chevrolet: Silverado
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 164,730 units (+34.5% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Chevrolet sales in Q2: 38.2%

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Chrysler: Pacifica
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 13,229 units (+19.5% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Chrysler sales in Q2: 70.0%

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Dodge: Charger
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 22,363 units (+95.2% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Dodge sales in Q2: 35.9%

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Fiat: 500X
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 403 units (+2.0% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Fiat sales in Q2: 45.2%

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Ford: F-Series
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 158,234 units (-12.5% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Ford sales in Q2: 35.3%

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Genesis: GV80
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 5,646 units
> Share of all U.S. Genesis sales in Q2: 51.0%

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GMC: Sierra
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 75,495 units (+40.3% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. GMC sales in Q2: 49.3%

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Honda: CR-V
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 119,433 units (+76.4% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Honda sales in Q2: 27.4%

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Hyundai: Tuscon
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 50,370 units (+47.3% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Hyundai sales in Q2: 21.2%

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Infiniti: QX50
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 7,324 units (+49.5% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Infiniti sales in Q2: 41.0%

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Jaguar: F-Pace
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 2,775 units (+46.1% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Jaguar sales in Q2: 56.8%

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Jeep: Wrangler
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 69,019 units (+22.2% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Jeep sales in Q2: 32.8%

Kia: Forte
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 34,431 units (+101.5% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Kia sales in Q2: 16.7%

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Land Rover: Range Rover Sport
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 3,699 units (-2.7% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Land Rover sales in Q2: 21.4%

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Lexus: RX
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 28,703 units (+79.8% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Lexus sales in Q2: 34.4%

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Lincoln: MKC
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 6,393 units (+17.0% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Lincoln sales in Q2: 27.2%

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Mazda: CX-5
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 51,871 units (+73.7% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Mazda sales in Q2: 49.0%

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Mercedes-Benz: GLE-Class
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 19,037 units (+100.4% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Mercedes-Benz sales in Q2: 20.6%

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Mini: Cooper
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 6,151 units (+68.8% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Mini sales in Q2: 65.9%

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Mitsubishi: Outlander Sport
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 8,627 units (+105.0% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Mitsubishi sales in Q2: 34.3%

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Nissan: Rogue
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 95,569 units (+102.3% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Nissan sales in Q2: 34.1%

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Porsche: Cayenne
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 6,003 units (+57.1% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Porsche sales in Q2: 31.7%

Ram: Pickup
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 164,232 units (+39.8% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Ram sales in Q2: 87.5%

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Subaru: Forester
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 48,271 units (+3.2% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Subaru sales in Q2: 30.0%

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Tesla: Model Y
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 42,800 units
> Share of all U.S. Tesla sales in Q2: 58.4%

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Toyota: RAV4
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 106,940 units (+24.7% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Toyota sales in Q2: 18.7%

Volkswagen: Tiguan
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 37,887 units (+49.6% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Volkswagen sales in Q2: 33.3%

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Volvo: XC60
> Total U.S. sales Q2 2021: 12,702 units (+91.2% from Q2 2020)
> Share of all U.S. Volvo sales in Q2: 34.8%

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