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Top Best-Selling Cars, SUVs, and Trucks for 2021 in the US

By Daisy Emah-Emah Updated: 07/26/2022 Posted: 10/12/2021

2020, to say the least, was a very challenging year with a lot of negative issues that severely impacted multiple sectors of the global economy. The automobile sector wasn’t spared either. 


Many dealerships and car manufacturers experienced a significant decline in car sales due to the biting effects of the pandemic, its effect on the income of potential customers, and a shortage of semiconductors that affected the manufacture and supply lines of most automakers. 


According to Motor Intelligence, in the third quarter, U.S. auto sales fell 13.4% due to the chip shortage as a result of the Covid-19 breakout in many manufacturing lines and their subsequent shutdown. Even after re-assigning scarce chips to the most desirable models, sales performance remained below-par.


Fortunately, despite fuzzy forecasts, 2021 has proved to be much better than anyone expected as the lockdown waslifted and economies were gradually opened up to trade and other import/export activities. 


According to Car and Driver, a lot more people have visited car dealerships within the first three quarters of 2021 despite the financial drawbacks in 2020, and according to Motor Intelligence, year-to-date sales after the first nine months of 2021 was approximately 11.8 million, an increase of 14.2% compared to the same period in 2020 -. 


Suffice to say, depending on taste, preference, and planned use, many more people are purchasing vehicles as the world gradually opens up and manufacturers race to clear the demand backlog amidst a shortage of vehicle chips. 


Are you looking to buy a new vehicle or change your old vehicle? 


We put together the top best-selling vehicles for 2021 in the US market to help you decide and broke it down into three categories, – Trucks, SUVs, and Sedans, highlighting the specific vehicle type and their specifications. 


Take a look.


Top 3 Best-Selling Trucks

According to statistics, the top 3 best-selling vehicles in the US are all trucks. This is because trucks are perfect for adventures both on-road and off-road, have great towing capabilities, and can haul virtually everything.

Trucks can handle virtually anything and have a long lifespan, saving on the cost of replacing vehicles occasionally. 


Best-selling Trucks


Here are the top 3 best-selling trucks for 2021.

  1. Ford F-Series 

The Ford F-Series ranked highest in sales with a total of 534,831 units sold, shrinking Ram Pickup and the Chevrolet Silverado — in that order; at a starting price of $30,985 even though sales dropped by 9% in the first quarter.  


Ford’s popular pickup truck F-150 lineup has a nicely outfitted cabin and awesome productivity features including an onboard generator. It comes with no fewer than 6 powertrains including the hybrid model. The hybrid model has quick acceleration. The F-150 comes with a wide range of engine options, gas, diesel, and hybrid. A maximum towing capacity of 14,000 pounds.  


The F-150 is also available with several engines:  3.3-liter V6 290-hp, 265 lb-ft torque; turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 325 hp, 400 lb-ft; 5.0-liter V8 400 hp, 410 lb-ft; turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 250 hp, 440 lb-ft; turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 400 hp, 500 lb-ft. Its hybrid powertrain is Ford’s PowerBoost which combines the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with an electric motor and a battery pack of 430 hp, 570 lb-ft. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. 


The EPA estimates combined/city/highway 24/24/24 mpg. 


  1. 2022 Ram 1500

The Ram Pickup passed the Chevy Silverado as No. 2 behind the Ford F-Series. Ram trucks saw a rise in sales by 8% in the first three quarters with 434,773 units sold at a $35,670 starting price, according to Car and Driver


The Ram pickup is a combination of luxury and power, with a luxury-grade interior that provides a cushy ride. Ram’s luxury and capability cannot be matched by half of the other trucks thanks to its sophisticated suspension. It also has huge on-and-off-road capabilities.


Ram 1500 comes with 4 powertrain choices – mild-hybrid eTorque 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 305 horsepower at 6,400 rpm, 269 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. Its EPA city/highway fuel economy – 20/25 for 2WD, 20//26 mpg  HFE 2WD, 19/24 mpg for its 4WD. 


A turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 with 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, and 480 lb-ft of torque at 3,950 rpm.

Its EPA city/highway fuel economy –  22/32 for 2WD, 23/33 mpg (HFE 2WD), for 21/29 4WD


A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with/without eTorque with 395 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 410 lb-ft of torque at  3,950 rpm. Its EPA city/highway fuel economy – 15/22 mpg for 2WD, 15/21 mpg for 4WD, 18/23 mpg for eTorque, and 2WD, 18/22 mpg for eTorque and 4WD.


A supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the TRX with 702 horsepower at 6,100 rpm, and 650 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. Its EPA city/highway fuel economy of 10/14 mpg. It comes with 8-speed automatic transmission for all models.


  1. Chevrolet Silverado

The Silverado sales went down by almost 5% but the HD version gained ground, according to Car and Driver. The Silverado came third on the chart with 407,266 units sold starting at $29,000. 


The Chevrolet Silverado comes with a diverse selection of strong engines and solid handling for a pickup truck with much-improved interior quality and tech features. It comes with a stout power turbo-four engine and quick acceleration, a roomy cabin with plenty of storage, and also a trick 15-view camera system that makes towing easier. 


The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has four engine options: a 2.7-liter turbo-four with 310 hp and 420 lb-ft torque. Comes with RWD or 4WD drivetrain options and 8-speed automatic transmission.


 A 5.3-liter V-8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft torque. Offers RWD or 4WD drivetrain options and 10-speed automatic transmission. A 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft torque. Drivetrain options RWD or 4WD and 10-speed automatic transmission. A 3.0-liter I-6 turbodiesel with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft torque. Drivetrain options; RWD or 4WD and 10-speed automatic transmission. 


EPA  city/highway: 23/33 mpg for the optional diesel engine. The turbo-four all-wheel drive fuel economy is 20 mpg/city and 22 mpg/highway. The 5.3-liter V-8 all-wheel-drive is estimated at 16 mpg/city and 22 mpg/highway. The  6.2-liter V-8 is estimated at 16 mpg/city and  21 mpg/highway.


Top 3 Best-Selling SUV

We see an increase in sales of SUVs thanks to lower prices than trucks, off-roading capabilities, high comfort grade, trunk space, and safety for families. SUVs are also great for people who need a ready vehicle for outdoor activities.

SUV is also the go-to vehicle for people who want a comfortable or convenient life but are not freaked out about driving or vehicles.


Best-Selling SUVs


Here is a list of the top 3 best-selling SUVs.


  1. Toyota RAV4

The RAV 4  achieved the title of best-selling non-truck in the country and has been leading its rivals. Sales went up 4 percent through the first three quarters with a total of 313,447 units sold with a starting price of $27,565.


The RAV4 has a good truckish look, car-like road manners, and standard driver-assistance features. The RAV4 comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an 8-speed automatic.


The 2021 RAV4 also makes use of a  203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with 8-speed automatic transmission, and  offers a choice of all-wheel-drive systems, depending on trim


EPA fuel economy estimates, combined/City/highway: 28/25/32 mpg. 


  1. Honda CR-V

The CR-V sales went up 22 percent over last year, making it number five on the best-selling vehicles list, with 290,140 units sold, with a starting price of $26,575.


It has an upscale cabin aura, great fuel economy for both powertrains, plentiful cargo, and interior storage.


CR-V comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter unit with 190 hp and combines it with one of the best continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs) available. The hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors that combine for 212 hp


EPA fuel economy estimates, combined/city/highway: 38/40/35 mpg.


  1. Nissan Rogue

The redesigned 2021 Rogue has made a great impact on its sales as opposed to its predecessors. Sales went up 40% with 234,647 units sold at starting price, of $27,225. 


Aside from the improved and new styling, Rogue has an improved on-road demeanor, better cabin technology, improved performance, and more adept ride-and-handling.


The Rogue also comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 181-hp at 6000 rpm, the torque of 181 lb-ft at 3600 rpm, and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at, combined/city/highway: 28/25/32 mpg.


Top 3 Best-Selling Sedans

When you think of a vehicle, the first image that probably pops into your head is a sedan. Sedans are the definition of what a vehicle looks like to a layperson.

Sedans make up the top 10 best-selling vehicles and have always retained a spot among the fastest and most popular vehicles worldwide. This is because sedans have pretty good fuel economy, pricing, and performance, sedans also have the upper hand in safety and security. 


Best-selling sedans


Here is a list of best-selling Sedans

  1. Toyota Camry

The Camry is the best-selling passenger car with a 25 percent increase than last year, with 256,769 units sold at a starting price of $26,070.


The Camry also comes with a frugal four-cylinder engine, a sorry TRD model, a very standard driver-assist, and a priority on safety.


Camry’s four-cylinder engine is combined with a silky 8-speed automatic transmission. On the XLE, XSE, and TRD models, a 301hp V6 engine is available.


The EPA fuel economy –  combined/city/highway: 46/44/47 mpg


  1. Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla sales went up by 31%, with 217,727 units sold at a $21,050 starting price. 


The Corolla is a comfortable ride with a spacious back seat and has desirable standard features. Corolla has a tradition of being affordable, and safety-conscious and is available in a sedan and hatchback.


The Corolla also comes with four cylinders that offer an economical hybrid powertrain with a manual or sport-tuned transmission.


The Corolla uses a 139-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with a CVT. The Zestier versions use a 169-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT or optional 6-speed manual transmission. 


The EPA estimates its fuel economy at, combined/city/highway: 32-52/29-53/36-52 mpg.


  1. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic sales went up by 8% and it’s safe to say the redesign of the 2022 Civic played a major role. Civic has 216,575 units sold at a $22, 265 starting price.


The Civic has zesty handling with an accommodating cabin. Civic has lots of models and price options to choose from.


Civic also comes in sedan or hatchback and uses a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder or turbocharged 1.5-liter that produces 180-hp with a 6-speed manual transmission. 


EPA fuel economy estimates  – combined/city/highway: 33/29/38 mpg


Further Reading

  1. Buying the Best Used Honda Car for Sale 
  2. How to Choose the Right Used Hyundai for Sale 
  3. Used Ford Car for Sale: How to Choose the Right One 
  4. Best Used Cars You Can Buy This Year Under $10,000


How do I Get Mine?

According to Kelly Blue Book, a recent survey of in-market auto shoppers showed that 48% of respondents said they plan to postpone their purchases. This means customers are not jumping at the idea of purchasing a new vehicle right away.   


According to CNBC, Covid-19 has led to an increase in used car sales as people avoid mass transportation and are more sensitive to auto cost in the recession. Also, consumers have easier access to inventories of used vehicles online.


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