Top 10 Most Popular American Cars in the US

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The top-three best-selling vehicles in the U.S. last year come from American automakers.

But how do other American cars fare? Using 2015 sales data from GoodCarBadCar, we have compiled a list of the best-selling American cars in the U.S.

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10. Jeep Cherokee – 220,260

Despite its divisive styling, the Jeep Cherokee came in 19th place overall last year with 220,260 units sold. It appears that its controversial design isn’t keeping shoppers away, with the Cherokee’s sales increasing 23.4 percent over last year’s 178,508 figure.

9. GMC Sierra – 224,139

The GMC Sierra is the first pickup truck to break the top 10 list with 224,139 units sold last year, making a 5.8 percent increase over 2015’s sales of 211,833 units. The GMC Sierra came in 18th place overall.

8. Chevrolet Cruze – 226,602

The Chevrolet Cruze recently underwent significant changes and the all-new model is poised for success in a crowded segment. Finishing 17th place overall, Chevrolet sold a total of 226,602 Cruze vehicles last year but that was a 17 percent decrease compared to 273,060 in 2015. But the roll out on the all-new model is now in full force, so expect those numbers to increase this year.

7. Ford Explorer – 249,251

The Ford Explorer was once widely considered the most popular SUV in the marketplace, but competition has become fierce in the segment. Last year, the Explorer finished 15th overall having sold 249,251 units. It’s worth noting, however, that those sales include the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, which had 24,942 units sold to agencies around the nation. Still, overall the Explorer saw an 18.7 percent increase in sales compared to the year before when Ford sold 209,994 units.

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6. Chevrolet Equinox – 277,589

The Chevrolet Equinox is a competitive full size SUV offering and its sales prove it’s quite popular with shoppers. Last year, the Equinox finished 14th place overall and sold 277,859 units. That’s a 14.6 percent increase compared to 2015’s 242,242 figure.

5. Ford Fusion – 300,170

The Ford Fusion arguably faces the stiffest competition, having to persuade Toyota Camry buyers. It managed a 12th place finish last year with 300,170 units sold. In 2015, Ford managed to move 306,860 units so it actually saw a 2.2-percent decrease.

4. Ford Escape – 306,492

As popular as the Ford Explorer is, the Ford Escape could be cannibalizing some of its sales. The smaller and more stylish SUV is also more affordable, further attributing to its sales success. In 2015, Ford sold a total of 306,492 Escapes, which is good enough for an 11th place overall finish. It saw a minor growth of 0.1 percent compared to 2015’s sales of 306,212.

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3. Ram Pickup – 451,116

And then here comes the pickup trucks. Ram lags behind its competitors, but its sales figures are nothing to laugh at. A total of 451,116 Ram pickup trucks were sold last year, a modest 2.6 percent increase compared to the year prior when Ram moved 439,789 units off the lot. The Ram pickup finished third place overall.

2. Chevrolet Silverado – 600,544

While the Chevrolet Silverado is catching up to the Ford F-Series, it still has a lot of ground to make up if it wants to one day be the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. For now, Chevrolet is enjoying a 13.4 percent increase in sales after moving 600,544 units compared to 2015’s number of 529,755.

1. Ford F-Series 780,354

For many years, the Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling vehicle. The move to lightweight aluminum didn’t scare off shoppers either with a 3.5 percent increase year-over-year to 780,354 units. It’s hard to believe that an American vehicle will dethrone the Ford F-Series anytime soon, or any vehicle from around the world for that matter.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Perry F. Bruns Perry F. Bruns on Jul 05, 2016

    Also, as of 2016, the Equinox is no longer made at the Spring Hill, Tennessee plant, but only at the plants in Ingersoll and Oshawa facilities in Ontario, making it a Canadian vehicle built for American and Canadian customers of an American automaker.

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    • Pawntec Pawntec on Jul 05, 2016

      Do you realize that Canadian's are also American's too? As also Mexican's and any other country's in the America's. LoL

  • Downeaster Downeaster on Jul 05, 2016

    Thus proving American buyers are idiots

    • Jamisonjon Jamisonjon on Jul 05, 2016

      Yep. The only vehicles on that list I'd consider are the Cruze or Fusion, but only if they would offer them in wagon form like the rest of the globe gets. Happy birthday America :(