The best-selling car in America is the Toyota Camry, a midsize sedan that has taken first place almost every year since 2000. Toyota routinely sells more than 400,000 Camrys annually, a five-passenger front-wheel-drive model built at a manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. Indeed, that plant has made Camrys since 1988 and in 2014, the 10-millionth Kentucky-built Camry rolled off the assembly line. Let’s take a look at the Camry and some of the other best-selling cars in America.
Best-Selling Midsize Car
We already mentioned that the Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in America. Competition in the midsize segment is fierce with every major and minor manufacturer fielding at least one model. This segment is defined by roomy models with a price point that begins below $25,000. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available only on select models — Chrysler 200 and Ford Fusion — and standard with the Subaru Legacy.
Besides the Camry, the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion routinely top the 300,000 annual unit sales mark. The Accord is the only model that is also sold as a coupe, while the Camry, Accord and Fusion also offer hybrid variants.
Best-Selling Compact Car
Front-wheel drive is universal across the segment as are four-cylinder engines. Most models hold as many as five people.
Besides the two top sellers, the Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Accent and Ford Focus are strong sellers. The Volkswagen Jetta also makes a mark too. This segment has a price point that begins below $20,000.
Best-Selling Subcompact Car
The subcompact market has been growing as these models are generally priced from below $15,000. That’s a price point that puts new car affordability in front of more consumers.
The leading model in this segment is the Nissan Versa. Actually, the sedan is known as the Versa and the four-door hatchback is called the Versa Note. Nissan has been the segment leader for years, as these small cars are roomy, affordable and offer excellent fuel economy.
Other top sellers in the subcompact segment — marked by small, front-wheel drive models seating up to five people — include the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit.
Best-Selling Large SUV
Utility vehicles are comprised of traditional body-on-frame sport utility vehicles such as the Ford Expedition, Toyota 4Runner and Chevrolet Tahoe. However, most models built today fall under the crossover utility vehicle mantle, a term that describes car-based models such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Pathfinder and GMC Acadia.
Large SUVs include both two- and three-row models, and the segment is led by the Ford Explorer with more than 200,000 units sold. This utility vehicle seats up to seven people across three rows and is sold in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations.
Models in this segment routinely start at around $30,000 and can run more than twice that amount for the largest and most luxurious models. Other top sellers include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, Honda Pilot and the Chevrolet Traverse. Among the best-selling traditional SUVs is the Chevrolet Tahoe.
Best-Selling Compact SUV
Small utility vehicles include compact and subcompact models that typically seat five and offer standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The compact Honda CR-V is the best-selling small SUV with more than 300,000 units sold in most years. But its competition is stiff as the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Chevrolet Equinox are within striking distance.
The subcompact SUV segment is an emerging one, with the Nissan Juke and Subaru XV Crosstrek among the most recognizable models. New models from Jeep, Honda, Mazda and Chevrolet will meet expanding consumer demand in the coming years. A price point beginning around $20,000 for the smallest models is common.
Best-Selling Large Pickup Truck
While the Toyota Camry takes bragging rights for the best-selling car in America, the Ford F-150 is the best-selling truck. Furthermore, it is the best-selling passenger vehicle with more than 700,000 units sold each year.
Large pickup trucks seat two to six people, are available in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations, come in different lengths and cab choices, and offer various bed sizes. A basic, large pickup truck routinely sells for about $25,000, but you can easily pay more than $50,000 for one that comes loaded.
Other competitors include the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500 and the GMC Sierra. The Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan are two other models that round out this segment.
Best Selling Small Pickup Truck
Until 2014, the small or midsize pickup truck market was dominated by two players: the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. The Tacoma had two-thirds of the market with the remaining one-third controlled by Nissan. Base models in this segment start around $20,000, but can run nearly twice that when fully equipped.
These trucks are available in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations and are powered by an in-line four-cylinder or V6 engine. An assortment of cab styles and bed sizes are available for vehicles that hold from two to five occupants.
Most recently, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have returned to the segment after a three-year hiatus. Combined, both trucks are making inroads with the Colorado on track to supplant the Frontier as the second-best selling small truck in America.