Top 10 Most Popular Import Cars in the US

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Believe it or not, imported cars from Japan and Korea outsell their American competitors in the U.S.

We have already taken a look at the top 10 most popular European cars sold in the U.S. last year, and now it’s time to see which imports do the best. Last year, 13 automakers reported record new vehicle sales with the grand total passing the 17-million mark for the first time since 2001.

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10. Hyundai Sonata – 213,303

The Hyundai Sonata has become a real competitor in the sedan segment and came in 20th place overall last year. The Korean automaker sold 213,303 units, which is actually a 1.7-percent decrease compared to 2014’s figure of 213,936.

ALSO SEE: Hyundai Sonata 2.4 Limited Review

9. Hyundai Elantra – 241,706

The more compact and affordable offering from Hyundai saw 241,706 units moved in 2015, helping it land in 16th place overall. The Hyundai Elantra is gaining steam thanks to a redesign, notching an 8.9-percent increase compared to 2014 when Hyundai sold 222,023 units.

ALSO SEE: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Review

8. Nissan Rogue – 287,190

The Nissan Rogue remains a popular SUV in today’s marketplace, coming in 13th place overall with 287,190 sold last year. It’s a massive 44.2-percent jump compared to the year before, when only 199,199 Nissan Rogues were sold.

7. Toyota RAV4 – 315,412

Still, the Toyota RAV4 remains more popular, coming in 10th place overall. A total of 315,412 units were sold last year, which is a 17.8-percent increase compared to 2014 when Toyota sold 267,698 units.

6. Nissan Altima – 333,398

The Nissan Altima is the automaker’s best-selling model with 333,398 units sold in 2015. Sales of the Nissan Altima remained steady year-over-year after moving 335,644 in 2014 – a minor 0.7-percent decrease. The Nissan Altima came in ninth place overall.

5. Honda Civic – 335,384

The new Honda Civic is working wonders for the brand and it was named‘s Car of the Year. Expect sales for the popular model to pick up this year, but last year, the company sold 335,384 units, a 2.9-percent increase compared to 2014 when 325,981 Civics were sold. Overall, it came in eighth place.

ALSO SEE: 2016 Honda Civic Review

4. Honda CR-V – 345,647

It’s literally the most popular crossover and SUV available today, with the Honda CR-V coming in seventh place overall. Last year, the brand sold 345,647 units, which was a 3.2-percent increase compared to 2014’s number of 335,019.

3. Honda Accord – 355,557

The Honda Accord got some major changes this year, which partly explains why it saw an 8.5-percent decrease in sales last year. Last year, a total of 355,557 Honda Accords were sold, while 2014, it was a more popular option with 388,374 sold. Still, the Accord was the sixth best-selling car in the U.S. last year.

ALSO SEE: 2016 Honda Accord Review

2. Toyota Corolla – 363,332

To little surprise, the Toyota Corolla came in fifth place overall with 363,332 units sold. It’s a nice seven-percent increase for the nameplate, which sold 339,498 in 2014.

1. Toyota Camry – 429,355

Unless you pay very little attention to car sales, you would know that the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for many years. In fact, the only thing that beats out the Camry in terms of sheer volume are pickup trucks. Coming in fourth place overall, the Camry sold 429,355 units last year, a slight increase of 0.2 percent compared to 2014 when Toyota sold 428,606 units.

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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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  • Rochester Rochester on Jun 14, 2016

    I wonder what this list would look like if you compile it for first-time buyers into the brand, ignoring the crowd who's on their second or third or 10th Accord.

  • Bruce Bruski Snave Evans Bruce Bruski Snave Evans on Jun 14, 2016

    I wonder why you refer to some of these as "Imports" -the Camry is assembled here with more US made parts than either the Ford F150 or the Chevy Silverado, and most of these cars are assembled here. So, don't call them imports. Perhaps "Foreign" brands?

    • Emperius Emperius on Jun 14, 2016

      This globalist multi-national approach towards the NWO Technocracy must stop.