The 20 Most Popular Car Models in America

America's love affair with the car has hit some bumps in the road, due to the economic uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. car sales slumped by almost a quarter in 2020, due to an enforced pause in manufacturing.

And this resulted in delays to launches and deliveries downstream, meaning those keen to buy a new model when car showrooms reopened in the summer were often unable to, due to low inventory.

However, what remains unchanged is Americans' appetites for Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) over smaller passenger cars—read on to learn the most popular car models on sale in the U.S. today.

A Subaru Outback
A Subaru Outback is seen during the Vienna Car Show press preview at Messe Wien Manfred Schmid/Getty Images

20. Subaru Outback (153,294 sold)

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is a widely respected, full-size pickup truck and the only station wagon that sells in significant numbers in the U.S.

A Subaru Forester e-Boxer
A Subaru Forester e-Boxer is seen during the Vienna Car Show press preview at Messe Wien Manfred Schmid/Getty Images

19. Subaru Forester (176,996 sold)

Subaru's standard all-wheel drive and adventuresome image apply perfectly to the Forester compact SUV, and sales were impressively only down by two percent in 2020.

Ford Escape
The 2021 Ford Escape was built for an active lifestyle Ford

18. Ford Escape (178,496 sold)

Ford's Escape crossover is designed to appeal to the on-road, family-car demographic. However, sales of the compact crossover dropped significantly in 2020.

Honda Accord
The 2021 Honda Accord won rave reviews Honda

17. Honda Accord (199,458 sold)

Despite a 26 percent decline in sales in 2020, the 2021 Honda Accord's impeccable driving dynamics, practical interior and value won universal rave reviews.

Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler stays true to its heritage Jeep

16. Jeep Wrangler (201,311 sold)

The Wrangler's World War 2-era military design actually hides a wide range of creature comforts—but this Jeep still saw a 12 percent fall in sales.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee remains the best-selling Jeep in the U.S. Jeep

15. Jeep Grand Cherokee (209,786 cars sold)

Although the Grand Cherokee remains the best-selling Jeep in the US, the off-road brand's numbers have fallen along with other Jeep models.

Toyota Highlander Most Popular Car US Models
The 2020 Toyota Highlander is displayed at the New York International Auto Show Spencer Platt/Getty Images

14. Toyota Highlander (212,276 sold)

Boasting the appeal of an old-school family station wagon, the Toyota Highlander rose several spots in this year's car sales ranking.

Ford Explorer Most Popular us Car Models
The 2021 Ford Explorer is primed for modern-day exploration Ford

13. Ford Explorer (226,217 sold)

The Ford Explorer offers three rows of seats, plenty of space for shifting bulky cargo and comes equipped with much of the connectivity and safety features. All this goes some way to explaining why the Explorer is one of the few models to witness a rise in sales.

Nissan Rogue
The latest generation of Nissan Rogue included a significant redesign Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

12. Nissan Rogue (227,935 sold)

Although the Nissan's Rogue compact SUV redesign involved more attractive styling, modernised interior tech and improved performance, this did not prevent car sales slumping 35 percent.

Toyota Corolla
Toyota Corolla compact hatchback sedan on display at Brussels Expo Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

11. Toyota Corolla (237,178 sold)

The 2021 Toyota Corolla continues the manufacturer's tradition of building inexpensive, safety-minded, and well-equipped compact cars.

Toyota Tacoma
The Tacoma TRD Pro is introduced at the Chicago Auto Show Scott Olson/Getty Images

10. Toyota Tacoma (238,806 sold)

The Toyota Tacoma has been described as an alluring cross between a practical mid-size pickup truck and an off-road toy, leading to a mere four percent fall in sales compared with the previous year.

2020 GMC Sierra AT4
The 2020 GMC Sierra AT4 is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show Raymond Boyd/Getty

9. GMC Sierra (253,016 sold)

The full-size pickup truck GMC Sierra had a relatively-strong year and is increasingly perceived as one of the few bright spots in the industry, with sales rising nine percent compared with last year.

Honda Civic
2020 Honda Civic Type R is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show Raymond Boyd/Getty

8. Honda Civic (261,225 sold)

Honda's popular Civic compact car debuted a more refined appearance, new features and a improved cabin design—but this did not prevent a 20 percent slump in sales through 2020.

Chevrolet Equinox
The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox is among the most popular compact crossovers Chevrolet

7. Chevrolet Equinox (270,994 sold)

The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox is among the most popular compact crossovers, although purchases decreased by 22 percent in 2020.

Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry boasts hybrid technology and high standard of comfort Toyota

6. Toyota Camry (294,348 sold)

The highly rated Toyota Camry family sedan retained its best-selling passenger-car title in 2020, despite a 13 percent drop in sales.

A Honda CR-V
A Honda CR-V is seen during the Vienna Car Show Manfred Schmid/Getty Images

5. Honda CR-V (333,502 sold)

Despite its impressive versatility winning many accolades, the recently updated Honda CR-V still saw a 13 percent drop in sales last year.

Toyota RAV4
A Toyota Rav4 Prime is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

4. Toyota RAV4 (430,387 sold)

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 offers something for almost everyone, meaning few should be surprised the car saw only a slight four percent decrease in sales.

Ram Pickup
The 2019 Ram 3500 heavy duty pickup truck is introduced at the North American International Auto Show Scott Olson/Getty Images

3. Ram Pickup (563,676 sold)

Pickup trucks were among the few models to increase in sales in the first quarter, and the 2021 Ram Pickup has been viewed as raising the bar for the entire breed of pickups.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 makes its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

2. Chevrolet Silverado (586,675 sold)

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is a widely-respected full-size pickup truck and the model was down only 0.5 percent while the heavy-duty trucks increased by a mammoth 14 percent.

Ford F-Series
Ford's performance powerhouse the F-Series has retained its position at the top spot Ford

1. Ford F-Series (787,422 sold)

Ford's performance powerhouse the F-Series has retained its position at the top spot, despite a 12 percent decrease compared with 2019.

The iconic car manufacturer offers the 2021 F-150 with an astonishing six powertrains—including a hybrid for the first time—in addition to three cab configurations and both long and short bed lengths.