Top 10 Best-Selling Cars - The Short List

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

It’s hard to believe more than 50 percent of 2019 is already gone. Where does the time go?

I can’t answer that question, but I can fill you in on what the best-selling cars and trucks in the United States have been. As mentioned above, the year is half gone, which makes it a great time see which “cars” – including crossovers and trucks, of course – have proven to be the most popular in America through the month of June. So, without belaboring the point, here are the 10 best-selling models.

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10. Toyota Corolla: 152,868

Kicking this list off is the august Toyota Corolla. For 50-plus years across 12 generations, more than 43 million examples of this small car have been sold around the globe. Deliveries in the U.S. for the first half of 2019 are, understandably, slightly less impressive. Still, dealerships pushed out nearly 153,000 examples, meaning this small car outpaced super-popular vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Tacoma and even Honda Accord.

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9. Honda Civic: 169,172

Speaking of the company that Soichiro built, the best-selling car offered by Honda is the smooth and sophisticated Civic. In fact, Americans snapped up just shy of 170,000 of the little buggers through June of this year. At that rate, the automaker is on-track to sell around 340,000 of them in 2019. That, folks, makes the Civic an absolute blockbuster. Not that you didn’t already know that…

8. Chevrolet Equinox: 174,157

But moving along, besting even that Honda’s showroom performance is a crossover from Chevrolet. In the first half of 2019 the bow-tie brand sold more than 174,000 examples of its practical and surprisingly pervasive Equinox, an increase of more than 11 percent compared to the same time period last year. For reference, the once-popular Malibu sedan accounted for a mere 65,171 sales in the first half of 2019, a decline of nearly 15 percent.

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7. Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport: 175,267

Next up, the Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport. Yes, Nissan combines the sales of these different, though similarly named models, likely to gin up a higher overall figure. Toyota used to do exactly the same thing with its Corolla and Matrix. Anyway, more than 175,000 Rogues of various sort were delivered in the first half of 2019, enough to make this “nameplates,” plural, the Nissan brand’s top-selling “models” in the U.S., outpacing the second-place Sentra sedan by in excess of 65,000 units.

6. Toyota Camry: 176,008


Moving along, Toyota stores across the land pushed out and astonishing 176,008 Camrys through the end of June. That means the Capital T is on track to deliver more than 350,000 examples by year’s end. The Camry has been the best-selling car in the United States for the last 16 years. I predict it will be 17 when it’s time to replace my paper calendar with a new one for 2020.

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5. Honda CR-V: 176,944

But outselling the Camry, and its own showroom sibling, the Civic, is Honda’s CR-V crossover. A whisker shy of 177,000 copies have been delivered to eager, or more likely, disinterested customers through June. That is enough to make it Honda’s most-popular nameplate in ‘Murica. And if you can believe it, the CR-V outsold the entire Acura brand by a factor of nearly 2.4 during this time period! WOW!

4. Toyota RAV4: 200,610

Besting this Honda so far in 2019 is the Toyota RAV4. More than 200,000 of these little rascals have been delivered in the first half of the year. That performance is enough to make it the fourth best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

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3. Chevrolet Silverado: 256,777

But in third place comes the Chevrolet Silverado family of light- and heavy-duty trucks. Combined, bow-tie dealerships moved more than 256,000 of these rough-and-ready pickups in the first half of 2019, handily outpacing the RAV4 just mentioned.

2. Ram Pickups: 299,480

But here’s a shocker, Ram is outselling the ‘Rado! FCA’s in-house truck division is blowing the doors off these days. Through June, dealers have delivered nearly 300,000 light- and heavy-duty rigs. That’s a tremendous showing for what was, not that long ago, something of an underdog brand. It just goes to show you what can happen when you offer innovative features and segment-leading interiors.

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1. Ford F-Series: 448,398

But topping even Ram’s strong showroom performance, and by a wide margin, was the Ford F-Series at the number one vehicle on this list of the top 10 best selling cars. This diverse range of pickups continues to sell in practically inconceivable numbers. Just short of 450,000 examples were moved through June of this year, an astounding performance, one that puts Dearborn on track to deliver nearly 897,000 trucks for all of 2019. That’s a huge number, but slightly behind what they did in 2018 when sales hit 1.075 million

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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