Best-Selling Cars, Trucks, And SUVs In 2020

Americans still love trucks.

With the tumultuous year 2020 finally over, we can look back and see how all of the chaos affected automotive sales in the United States. Here’s a hint: the numbers for most of these models are down year over year.

20. Subaru Outback:

153,294 Units (Down 15.4 Percent)

Be prepared to see a lot of SUVs and crossovers on the 2020 bestseller list. To start, here’s the Subaru Outback that blends takes the classic look of a station wagon but adds a lifted suspension and all-wheel drive for more utility.

19. Subaru Forester:

176,996 Units (Down 1.8 Percent)

The Subaru Forester has a refresh on the way, but buyers are still attracted to the existing version of the crossover. It was also Subaru’s strongest selling product.

18. Ford Escape:

178,496 Units (Down 26.1 Percent)

Even with sales down over a quarter from last year, the Ford Escape proved to be a strong seller. We are interested to see how it performs in 2021 when the Bronco Sport has a full year on the market potentially to lure customers away from this more smoothly styled crossover.

17. Honda Accord:

199,458 Units (Down 25.5 Percent)

Here is the first of the very few traditional sedans to make the bestseller list. The refreshed Accord debuted in October 2020 to keep the sedan competitive for the years to come.

16. Jeep Wrangler:

201,311 Units (Down 12 Percent)

The Jeep Wrangler is famously rugged, and that toughness clearly attracts buyers. The company is even expanding the range with the 4Xe plug-in hybrid.

15. Jeep Grand Cherokee:

209,786 Units (Down 14 Percent)

A new generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in 2021, but, even in its final year, the existing model remains very popular.

14. Toyota Highlander:

212,276 Units (Down 11.3 Percent)

The latest generation of the Toyota Highlander went on sale in February, and buyers loved it so much that the three-row crossover earned a solid spot on the bestseller list.

13. Ford Explorer:

226,217 Units (Up 20.9 Percent)

In its first full year of sales, the sixth-generation Ford Explorer remained a popular entry in its segment. Although, the buyers had to deal with lots of recalls.

12. Nissan Rogue:

227,935 Units (Down 35 Percent)

Sales dropped by over a third from last year, but the Nissan Rogue remained a bestseller. A redesigned model went on sale in October 2020, which should keep the crossover popular going forward.

11. Toyota Corolla:

237,178 Units (Down 22.2 Percent)

Folks shopping for a small sedan (or hatchback) continue to see the allure of the Corolla.

10. Toyota Tacoma:

238,806 Units (Down 4 Percent)

The bestseller list enters the top ten, and get ready to see quite a few pickups. The Toyota Tacoma is the only midsize truck among them, though.

9. GMC Sierra:

253,016 Units (Up 8.9 Percent)

General Motors reports the sales numbers for the Sierra 1500 and heavy duty both separately and together. However, Ford and Ram only offer the total for all variants. For easier comparison, the number above is the sum for all of the available models, too.

8. Honda Civic:

261,225 Units (Down 19.8 Percent)

Similar to the Grand Cherokee, there’s a new generation of the Civic coming in 2021. Despite its age, the existing Civic still proved popular.

7. Chevrolet Equinox:

270,994 Units (Down 21.7 Percent)

Chevy had to delay introducing the updated Equinox, but buyers didn’t seem to care. Customers still purchased enough of them to be among the best-selling vehicles on the market.

6. Toyota Camry:

294,348 Units (Down 12.7 Percent)

Even in a world where crossovers are increasingly popular, there’s still a lot of love for the venerable Camry. For the 2021 model year, the sedan receives styling and tech upgrades that should keep it high on the bestseller list next year.

5. Honda CR-V:

333,502 Units (Down 13.2 Percent)

The Honda CR-V received a refresh for the 2020 model year that tweaked the styling slightly and a hybrid powertrain option. Buyers responded by putting it in the top five of America’s best-selling vehicles.

4. Toyota RAV4:

430,387 Units (Down 3.9 Percent)

The Toyota RAV4 is the direct competitor to the Honda CR-V, and nearly 100,000 people apparently preferred putting Toyota in their driveway in 2020.

3. Ram Pickups:

563,676 Units (Down 11 Percent)

Pickups are a big business in the US. The exciting news from Ram this year was the introduction of the performance-focused TRX with the Hellcat V8.

2. Chevrolet Silverado:

594,094 Units (Up 3.2 Percent)

The Bowtie’s pickups remained very popular in 2020. For the 2021 model year, Chevy made the Silverado available with the Multi-Flex tailgate.

1. Ford F-Series:

787,422 Units (Down 12.2 Percent)

The Ford F-Series is once again the most popular vehicle among buyers in the country. According to the Blue Oval, its family of trucks has scored the title of America’s best-selling pickup for the 44th straight year.


If you’re just looking for a breakdown of the 2020 bestseller list, then here you go.

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