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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:

2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT: Feature

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:

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:

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:

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Front Three Quarters

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:

2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition

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:

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X Front Quarter

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:

2020 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:

2020 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:

2021 Nissan Rogue Front

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:

2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition

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:

2020 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:

2019 GMC Sierra Denali: First Drive

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:

2016 Honda Civic Sedan

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:

2021 Chevy Equinox facelift

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:

7. Toyota Camry: 343,439 units

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:

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid: First Drive

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:

4. Toyota RAV4: 427,168 units

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:

2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition Front

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:

3. Chevrolet Silverado: 531,158 units

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:

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor Front

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.

  Model Total Sales Difference From Last Year
20. Subaru Outback 153,294 -15.4 Percent
19. Subaru Forester 176,996 -1.8 Percent
18. Ford Escape 178,496 -26.1 Percent
17. Honda Accord 199,458 -25.5 Percent
16. Jeep Wrangler 201,311 -12 Percent
15. Jeep Grand Cherokee 209,786 -14 Percent
14. Toyota Highlander 212,276 -11.3 Percent
13. Ford Explorer 226,217 20.9 Percent
12. Nissan Rogue 227,935 -35 Percent
11. Toyota Corolla 237,178  -22.2 Percent
10. Toyota Tacoma 238,806 -4 Percent
9. GMC Sierra 253,016 8.9 Percent
8. Honda Civic 261,225 -19.8 Percent
7. Chevrolet Equinox 270,994 -21.7 Percent
6. Toyota Camry 294,348 -12.7 Percent
5. Honda CR-V 333,502 -13.2 Percent
4. Toyota RAV4 430,387 -3.9 Percent
3. Ram Pickups 563,676 -11 Percent
2. Chevrolet Silverado 594,094 3.2 Percent
1. Ford F-Series 787,422 -12.2 Percent
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