30. Hyundai Elantra
The Hyundai Elantra is an enjoyable ride with a terrific fuel economy and great features for your money. It's also available for just around $20K. On the downside, it's construction is on the cheaper side, which is probably drivers prefer something a little pricier.
29. Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco returned in 2022 with two new trims, including the Everglades and Raptor. While the Bronco offers incredible off-road capability and potent engines, it's poor fuel economy prevents it from being the most practical option for drivers.
28. Kia Sportage
The fun and affordable Kia Sportage is available for under $25K, making this SUV a must for drivers on a budget. But its less-than-desirable fuel economy keeps it from reaching a spot in the top 20. Still, nearly 90,000 units sold is nothing to scoff at.
27. Honda HR-V
The Honda HR-V is one of the most popular subcompact SUVs on the market but its limited features and underpowered powertain keep it from reaching the top 20, nor reaching the coveted 100,000 units sold.
26. Toyota 4Runner
The Toyota 4Runner is overdue for a redesign, but buyers don't seem to care. This is a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." And Toyota isn't going to mess with a good thing if its 10-year-old design sells enough to land at #26 on this list.
25. Honda Civic
24. Subaru Outback
After many years, the Outback slipped to Subaru's second best-selling vehicle. Technically, it's a station wagon (and the only station wagon on the list), but don't tell the masses! They've convinced themselves that the Outback is a "short" crossover. Whatever works; the sales numbers don't lie.
23. Nissan Altima
As with many sedans, the Nissan Altima had a bad 2020. Sales have been depressed thanks to the pandemic, but buyers are also turning away from passenger cars in droves. Unfortunately, it's beginning to affect the Altima. It still managed to crack the top 30, however.
22. Ford Escape
21. Honda Accord
20. Subaru Crosstrek
While sales numbers across the industry were down, Subaru actually had a pretty good year. The automaker had three models on the top 30 list in 2022. While we think the Crosstrek is just a lifted wagon, but all of the sporty plastic cladding draws buyers to this "crossover."
19. Mazda CX-5
18. Hyundai Tucson
In past years, Hyundai's top seller was the Elantra. Now Hyundai has caught up with the rest of the industry by having a compact crossover as its #1 model. Now with a spunky redesign for 2022, the sales of the Tucson may keep climbing higher and higher.
17. Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue doesn't finish near the top of our compact SUV rankings, and a dated design didn't help it in the sales department either. Numbers for the Rogue tumbled year over year, causing it to fall a whopping six places in the rankings. Even with the drop, it still placed a respectable 17th. The good news is the redesign in 2021 has been helping sales.
16. Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is selling like hotcakes, and it is the only purely electric vehicle. In fact, in 2019 it crossed the threshold to become the all-time best-selling vehicle that features a plug. This is the highest ranking ever for an electric vehicle.
15. Jeep Wrangler
14. Ford Explorer
Ford bungled the rollout of the redesigned 2020 Explorer when it released in calendar year 2019. With production issues and low availability, the Explorer dropped a stunning 28% year over year. Once Ford got a handle on things, sales rebounded, and the Explorer once again found itself within the top 15 for the year.
13. Tesla Model Y
Despite its not so affordable price tag, the Tesla Model Y managed to make the top 15, selling over 160,000 units. That's pretty impressive and it looks like people are ready to make that switch to electric after all. Do the gas prices have anything to do with it? Probably.
12. Chevrolet Equinox
11. Toyota Highlander
10. GMC Sierra
The Sierra trail's the big 3's truck models by a considerable margin, but GMC is making up ground since its 2019 redesigned with an innovative tailgate. While most carmakers saw sales decline during the pandemic year of 2020, the Sierra actually sold more units than it did in 2019. However, it dropped from #9 to #10 this year.
9. Toyota Corolla
The Corolla is one of the few passenger cars to have passed 200,000 units sold in 2020. A redesigned 2020 model was released two years ago (including a brand-new hybrid offering), and that helped to entice more buyers. Still, it fell just outside the top 10, a place where it had been firmly entrenched during the previous decade.
8. Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep's Grand Cherokee lept to the top of Jeep's pack of models. It's no coincidence that Jeep's largest model is on a sales high with low gas prices. With bigger SUVs in vogue, Jeep is releasing its biggest model yet, the Wagoneer. So keep your eyes peeled next year to see if it makes the list.
7. Toyota Tacoma
We told you to get ready to see Toyota's name. Much like compact crossovers, mid-size pickup trucks also saw big sales gains. The Tacoma, however, is the only mid-size truck that makes this list. It's up three spots from last year, and sales show no signs of slowing as a redesigned model is on the horizon.
6. Honda CR-V
Honda's top-selling vehicle in 2020 was the CR-V. It squeaked ahead of the Toyota Camry. Since 2014, this crossover and the Civic have battled it out for the brand's top spot. In recent years, buyers have preferred SUVs to sedans. A new CR-V Hybrid model added even more to the sales column!
5. Toyota Camry
4. Toyota RAV4
The #1 SUV and #1 non-truck in the U.S. is the Toyota RAV4, which underscores just how important the 2019 redesign was for the RAV4. Toyota didn't want to mess with a good thing. Thankfully, we still find it one of the best bets in the segment.
3. Ram Pickup
After a surprise second-place finish in sales last year, Ram finds itself back in familiar third place territory. It's clear that buyers appreciate the relatively new design of the fifth-generation Ram 1500 (or maybe just the good deals that can be readily found at dealerships). Ram didn't slide by much, though. They're basically running neck-in-neck with Silverados.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
Chevy and Ram both released redesigned models in 2019. And in a surprising win for Ram, it helped them hop into 2nd place above Chevy. The trend didn't continue last year, as Chevrolet's Silverado squeaked out a few more sales to win back the 2nd place spot behind perennial leader Ford.