30. Jeep Compass
The jeep Compass had a gangbusters 2018. In 2019, however, sales cooled 16%. It still made it into the top 30 most-sold vehicles in 2019 which just goes to show how popular it was a couple of years ago.
29. 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 and Toyota 4Runner at bay.
28. Ford Transit Vans
Yes, you read that correctly. The commercial Ford Transit van was the 28th best-selling vehicle in 2019. We are thinking that the ever-growing popularity of online shopping (and delivery) is driving the increased demand for these vans.
27. Mazda CX-5
Mazda cracked the top 30 again for the second year in a row. In fact, the CX-5's sales were up over 2% from 2018. It is by far the brand's best-performing vehicle when it comes to sales numbers. This single model makes up more than 50% of all Mazdas sold in the U.S.
26. 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.
25. Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion is the best-selling passenger car from an American automaker. That distinction, however, still isn't good enough to keep Ford from axing production by 2021.
24. Hyundai Elantra
While a number of automakers are struggling with their passenger cars, Hyundai's Elantra managed to notch only a slight decrease from the previous year. In fact, it's the automaker's top-selling model...even though it's not a crossover!
23. Subaru Forester
Subaru's Forester is nipping at the heels of the formidable Outback when it comes to sales. This compact crossover SUV underwent a complete overhaul for the 2019 model year, so expect to see the Forester on next year's best-seller list as well.
22. Subaru Outback
After many years, the Outback is still Subaru's top-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.
21. Nissan Sentra
The Sentra is also down from last year's sales numbers by a whopping 13%. That was enough its larger sibling (the Altima) to leapfrog it when it comes to total sales for the year.
20. Ford Explorer
Ford bungled the rollout of the redesigned 2020 Explorer. With production issues and low availability, the Explorer dropped a stunning 28% year over year as has fallen a whopping 7 places on the list.
19. Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Cherokee sales were on a tear last year, but they have since tapered off. The number sold dropped 20% compared to last year, and it is down from a high ranking of #13.
18. Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima had a bad 2018, but it rebounded in 2019. That's probably due to its redesign that offered better styling and improved driving experience. It jumped three places year over year.
17. Jeep Wrangler
Jeep's iconic boxy off-roader was the brand's top-selling vehicle last year, but that doesn't really come as a surprise. Sales were down somewhat, but it was most likely due to two different body styles (the JL and the JK) being offered in 2018. The updated JL was the only option around last year.
16. GMC Sierra
The Sierra trail's the big 3's truck models by a considerable margin, but GMC is making up ground in 2019 with a completely redesigned model and an innovative tailgate. Sales were up a whopping 8% (compared to its Chevy cousin which is down 1%).
15. Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander still has impressive sales numbers even though it may be due for an update. It's getting that in 2020 with the introduction of a redesigned gas model and even more efficient hybrid offering.
14. Ford Escape
The Ford Escape fits squarely in the compact crossover segment that is booming, and its sales numbers reflect that. However, the model didn't surpass its all-time sales record set in 2017. Part of the blame can be laid on a brand-new 2020 redesign that came out in the last quarter of the year.
13. Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep's Grand Cherokee lept to the top of Jeep's pack of models. Sales were up 8% year over year, and it jumps five places on the list. It's no coincidence that Jeep's largest model is on a sales high with low gas prices.
12. 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 in 2019. 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.
11. Honda Accord
The Honda Accord just misses out on the top 10 even though we prefer it over its competitor, the Toyota Camry. Regardless, it's still a top seller for the brand.
10. Toyota Corolla
The Corolla is one of the few passenger cars to have passed 300,000 units sold in 2019. A redesigned 2020 model was released a few months into 2019 (including a brand-new hybrid offering), and that helped to entice more buyers. Still, it didn't move from its 10th-place position, year over year.
9. Honda Civic
The new aggressively sporty design language that Honda has chosen for its latest generation of the Civic has pushed the compact car ahead of its competitors (including the Toyota Corolla).
8. Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is still the best-selling car in America, but it has fallen from higher positions in recent years as buyers move toward crossover SUVs. It's down one spot from last year, flip-flopping with the Chevy Equinox.
7. Chevrolet Equinox
Chevy only has 2 models on this list of top 30 best-sellers, but they are both within the top 10. The Equinox is the top-selling SUV by an American automaker and is up one spot from last year.
6. Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue doesn't finish near the top of our compact SUV rankings, but that doesn't matter because the Rogue consistently puts up stellar sales numbers. In fact, sales dropped 15% from last year, and it still ranks #6 on the list!
5. Honda CR-V
Honda's top-selling vehicle in 2019 was the CR-V. It squeaked ahead of the Nissan Rogue which beat it out last year. Since 2014, this crossover and the Civic have battled it out, flipping back and forth as buyers' preferred Honda offering. A new CR-V Hybrid model is on the way, so we only expect sales to increase!
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. Chevrolet Silverado
Like this year's Ram 1500, Chevy released a completely redesigned Silverado 1500. We didn't find it quite up to snuff, and the exterior aesthetics didn't leave us enthused. Apparently, consumers agreed and they've been opting for rival offerings instead, pushing Chevy down from their long-running #2 spot in years past.
2. Ram Pickup
Here's a big surprise this year. Ram Trucks finds itself in second place thanks to the release of a redesigned 2019 model. While it usually falls third in the truck wars, this year Ram solidly beat out Chevy (who also released a redesign of their own). It's clear which new truck buyers preferred. That's why they were up a whopping 18% year over year.
1. Ford F-150
There should be no surprise here. Ford's F-Series of trucks tops the best-seller's list for the 33rd year in a row. We'll see you at the top again next year, Ford.