30. Subaru Crosstrek
While sales numbers across the industry were down, Subaru actually had a pretty good year. The automaker had 3 models on the top 30 list in 2020, one more than last year. While we think the Crosstrek is just a lifted wagon, but all of the sporty plastic cladding draws buyers to this "crossover."
29. 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. With a spunky redesign on the way in 2021 (for model year 2022), the sales of the Tucson may keep climbing higher and higher.
28. Honda Pilot
The Honda Pilot squeaks onto the top 30 list at #28. While its CR-V crossover sibling is in the top 5, the much larger Pilot lags behind. But since large SUVs are selling up a storm, and these sales numbers are nothing to sneeze at.
27. Chevrolet Traverse
Chevy Traverse sales numbers were basically flat year over year. And while that may not sound too stellar, it was good enough to keep other competitors like the Honda Pilot at bay.
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. Ford Transit Vans
Yes, you read that correctly. The commercial Ford Transit van was the 25th best-selling vehicle in 2020. We are thinking that the ever-growing popularity of online shopping (and delivery) is driving the increased demand for these vans. It's even higher on the list than in 2019.
24. Jeep Cherokee
23. Nissan Altima
As with many sedans, the Nissan Altima had a bad 2020. Sales were 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. Mazda CX-5
21. 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.
20. Subaru Forester
Subaru's Forester leapfrogged its formidable sibling, the Outback, when it came to sales in 2020. This compact crossover SUV underwent a complete overhaul for the 2019 model year, so expect to see the Forester on the best-seller list for years to come as compact crossovers become the class to beat.
19. Ford Escape
18. Honda Accord
17. Jeep Wrangler
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 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.
14. Toyota Highlander
13. 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.
12. 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. Good thing a complete redesign is on the horizon for 2021! Even with the drop, it still placed a respectable 12th.
11. 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 last year (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.
10. 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 two spots from last year, and sales show no signs of slowing as a redesigned model is on the horizon.
9. 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. It jumped up to #9 from a lowly 16th-place last year.
8. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
6. Toyota Camry
5. 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!
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.