Best-Selling Vehicles in America — 2019 Q1

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The first three months of auto sales in 2019 are now on the books, and some wind has faded from industry sails. Overall sales are down about 3 percent compared to the same time period in 2018, with a total of 3.9 million vehicles sold so far this year. Passenger car sales continue to trend downward, their sales supplanted by popular crossovers and SUVs. And as it has been for years, the top three best-selling vehicles in America are all pickup trucks. Several major brands saw big sales increases in Q1, including Kia, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. General Motors continues to lead all other manufacturers in the U.S. with a 17 percent market share, followed by Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Sales, and Chrysler / FCA group. What follows are the best-selling models in America for the first quarter of 2019, according to numbers compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports. Note: General Motors and Ford have moved to reporting only quarterly sales with no monthly data.

© Mazda North American Operations25. Mazda CX-5
2019 Sales: 37,496
Vs. 2018: -12.4 %
Although Mazda’s compact crossover had strong sales in 2018, the CX-5 started 2019 a bit slower with sales down in March by almost 17 percent. Adopting the styling of the larger CX-9 when it was redesigned a few years ago, the CX-5 was refined in nearly every way, including a revised chassis, an updated SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine, a new interior and many available features. The CX-5 was the first Mazda to feature G-Vectoring Control, which enhances vehicle responsiveness and stability while reducing sideways sliding of occupants. For 2019 Mazda turned up the heat by adding the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels, both powered by the turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine producing 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque; i-ACTIV all-wheel drive is standard.

© General Motors24. GMC Sierra
2019 Sales: 40,546
Vs. 2018: -2.2 %
The best-seller in the GMC lineup, the Sierra had ended 2018 on a positive gain, but in the first three months of 2019 the truck’s sales experienced a slight decline overall. Like its Silverado sibling, the Sierra is completely new for the 2019 model year. Larger in practically every dimension, the new Sierra boasts a range of new comfort, convenience and safety features. One of Sierra’s standout features is its MultiPro Tailgate, which offers six positions for easier loading as well as use as a standing work station. A range of engine / transmission options are available, including a new 2.7-liter turbo as well as a new turbodiesel powertrain.

© Subaru of America23. Subaru Forester
2019 Sales: 40,656
Vs. 2018: 9.6 %
The Forester is all new for the 2019 model year. Although the popular crossover ended 2018 with a slight dip in sales, 2019 is looking quite good for Forester. The new fifth-generation 2019 model is the roomiest version ever offered with a 1.2-inch-longer wheelbase, more rear-seat legroom and rear cargo capacity. The new Forester offers improvements in crash protection, comfort, quietness and driving dynamics, powered by an updated direct-injection 2.5-liter Boxer engine that produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist technology is now standard on the Forester.

© Ford Motor Company22. Ford Fusion
2019 Sales: 41,683
Vs. 2018: -3.5 %
Ford has announced that it will be ending production of its passenger car models, including the best-selling American passenger car — the Fusion. Despite its imminent demise, the Fusion is holding its own with a slight decline in the first quarter of 2019. Fusion has been refreshed for the 2019 model year with subtle exterior design changes, interior improvements and standard Co-Pilot360, which includes automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot information system, lane-keeping assist and a rearview camera.

© Subaru of America21. Subaru Outback
2019 Sales: 41,808
Vs. 2018: -5.2 %
One of the vehicles that helped define the crossover segment, the Outback is Subaru’s best-selling model. In fact, the company recently celebrated the 2 millionth Outback sold in America. Sales of this wagon / SUV were up about 10 percent in March versus a year earlier, helping to make it the company’s best March ever and the 88th consecutive month of yearly month-over-month growth. The last extensive redesign of the Outback was for the 2015 model year, and last year Outback received revised exterior styling and interior updates with more premium materials. Chassis suspension and steering updates target a smoother ride with a more direct driving experience. New multimedia features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Nuance voice recognition, and Steering Responsive LED Headlights are offered.

© FCA US20. Jeep Cherokee
2019 Sales: 49,420
Vs. 2018: -2.4 %
Jeep updated the Cherokee for 2019 and based on the record sales in 2018, the redesign was the right thing to do. Cherokee sales were down 23 percent in March, but overall the SUV is holding its own for the year. Cherokee returned to the lineup as a 2014 model after a 12-year hiatus and, like all Jeep products, this popular SUV delivers legendary off-road capability with available features including a lifted off-road suspension with skidplates, tow hooks, Selec-Terrain traction control, Jeep Active Drive Lock with rear locker and Selec-Speed Crawl Control. The 2019 Cherokee received updated styling as well as an upgraded interior and increased cargo room. A new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is added, and a lightweight hands-free power liftgate is now available.

© FCA US19. Jeep Wrangler
2019 Sales: 49,978
Vs. 2018: -10.0 %
An all-new Jeep Wrangler was introduced last year, helping the iconic off-roader achieve its best sales ever; however, Wrangler is experiencing a slow start to 2019. The updated model retains its 7-slot grille and round headlights, but is more aerodynamic than the previous generation. Two hardtops, a new Sunrider soft-top and a new Sky One-Touch power top are offered. Both 2- and 4-door versions are available in Sport, Sport S, Rubicon and Sahara trim levels. The new Wrangler is much improved, offering a more comfortable ride on-road while retaining its legendary off-road capability.

© Nissan North America18. Nissan Altima
2019 Sales: 51,480
Vs. 2018: -5.3 %
Once Nissan’s best-selling model, the Altima has experienced a decline over the last two years, allowing the hot-selling Rogue to claim its position as the top-selling Nissan in America. Nissan had hopes of reversing that trend with an all-new Altima introduced for the 2019 model year; although sales were up slightly in March compared to a year ago, overall numbers are still in decline. The new Altima features updated styling inside and out as well as a range of new features. Two powertrains are offered, including the first production engine that uses variable compression — a lower compression ratio provides more power, while a higher ratio gets better fuel economy. Nissan also offers the new Altima with all-wheel drive for the first time.

© Toyota Motor Corporation17. Toyota Highlander
2019 Sales: 52,621
Vs. 2018: -0.5 %
Toyota’s 7-passenger crossover had impressive sales in 2018 when it recorded its best sales year ever. However, at the beginning of 2019 the pace is off a bit with a slight decline in March and flat sales overall. Highlander benefitted from a major update a few years back that included performance upgrades, refreshed styling and a new SE trim level. The SE stands out as a sportier version with 19-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, dark paint for the front grille, dark headlight housings and dark roof rails. Also available is the fuel-efficient Highlander Hybrid, which features a direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 gas engine teamed with an electric drive motor-generator to produce a total of 306 horsepower while delivering a combined 29 mpg.

© Nissan North America16. Nissan Sentra
2019 Sales: 56,793
Vs. 2018: -5.3 %
As with other manufacturers, Nissan continues to experience a general decline in passenger car sales. Even though Nissan’s passenger car sales are down 12 percent compared to a year ago , Sentra is clearly bucking the trend by holding relatively steady with last year’s sales rate, including a slight increase in March versus one year ago. A member of the Nissan lineup for more than 35 years, Sentra is currently in its seventh generation. Available in a wide trim range with two powertrain choices, Sentra received several upgrades for the 2018 model year. Most noteworthy: Automatic Emergency Braking is now standard on all Sentras (except those equipped with manual transmissions).

© FCA US15. Jeep Grand Cherokee
2019 Sales: 57,749
Vs. 2018: 8.0 %
The Jeep brand had considerable success last year which stands to reason, given the overall popularity of SUVs in America. Jeep experienced record sales last year, and for 2019 the Grand Cherokee is leading the charge with a 26 percent increase versus March of 2018. The 5-seat Grand Cherokee continues its tradition of offering impressive off-road capability in an attractive package. Available in several trim levels and 4WD systems, the Grand Cherokee line ranges from the off-road-focused Trailhawk to the luxurious Summit. Jeep also offers the high-performance Trackhawk, boasting a staggering 707 horsepower.

© Toyota Motor Sales USA14. Toyota Tacoma
2019 Sales: 58,183
Vs. 2018: 8.2 %
Toyota’s popular midsize pickup truck finished 2018 with record sales, and 2019 is continuing this upward momentum. Toyota’s midsize pickup was all new for the 2016 model year, featuring a more aggressive design, a new V6 engine, a smoother ride and stellar off-road capability. The Tacoma is available in several configurations with two cab styles, two bed lengths, five trim levels and a choice of 2WD or 4WD. Toyota also offers the off-road-ready Tacoma TRD Pro, featuring 2.5-inch inch Fox shocks front and rear, combined with a larger front sway bar and TRD-tuned front springs that provide an additional one inch of lift. Look for a refreshed Tacoma with updated styling and new features to arrive later this year.

© Ford Motor Company13. Ford Escape
2019 Sales: 60,702
Vs. 2016: -9.9 %
This small 5-seat crossover from Ford has been the best-selling American-brand SUV for many years, as well as the second-best-seller in the Ford lineup. Escape had its best sales year ever in 2017 and has dropped off since hitting that peak. Sales were down last year, and March numbers declined almost 20 percent compared to a year earlier. Redesigned for the 2017 model year, Escape is available with front or all-wheel drive in addition to updated styling and an array of new features. For 2018 Ford added a higher-end SEL trim to the Escape lineup that includes leather seats, a power liftgate and the latest version of SYNC, Ford’s high-tech infotainment and connectivity system. Ford recently took the wraps off an all-new 2020 Ford Escape with fresh styling and new powertrains, including the return of the Escape Hybrid. Look for the new model to arrive in showrooms this fall.

© Ford Motor Company12. Ford Explorer
2019 Sales: 61,922
Vs. 2018: -1.4 %
The Ford Explorer remains a fixture on this list; in 2017 the pioneering SUV had its best annual sales since 2005 and was only slightly off that figure for 2018. This family-size SUV offers many high-tech convenience and safety features including the latest version of SYNC, Ford’s voice-activated infotainment system. For 2018 SYNC Connect featured new 4G connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices. Two EcoBoost engines are available, including a powerful 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 365 horsepower. Look for an all-new Explorer as well as an Explorer Hybrid to help boost sales when the model line goes on sale later this year.

© American Honda Motors11. Honda Accord
2019 Sales: 64,411
Vs. 2018: 4.6 %
Honda introduced an all-new Accord late in 2017, and while it was better than the previous generation in nearly every way, sales did not seem to reflect these improvements. Now sales appear to be recovering, with March seeing a five percent increase versus last year. Available in a variety of trim levels as a 2-door or 4-door, Accord can even be equipped with a manual transmission — a nod to driving enthusiasts. The Accord is built on a lighter, more rigid body structure designed to improve handling and comfort. Honda offers this popular sedan with a number of power options that include two new turbocharged engines, a 10-speed automatic transmission and a new generation of Honda’s 2-motor hybrid system.

© American Honda Motors10. Honda Civic
2019 Sales: 78,185
Vs. 2018: -4.8 %
The all-new Civic had its ups and downs in 2018, and ultimately this small Honda was unable to retain the best-selling-car crown. In March 2019 Civic had a 3.3 percent sales increase compare to 2018, which has helped the car remain the best-selling passenger car in the Honda lineup. The tenth generation debuted early in 2017 featuring fresh styling, improved aerodynamics, new vehicle architecture, a more spacious interior and two new engines. Fuel economy also is impressive — rated as high as 42 mpg with a new turbocharged powerplant. Standard equipment on the Civic now includes Honda Sensing, which has automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.9. Toyota Corolla
2019 Sales: 78,606
Vs. 2018: 1.0 %
Corolla is one of the most time-honored names in the Toyota lineup, and recently the company celebrated the 1 millionth Corolla built in the brand’s Mississippi assembly plant. While sales are up overall for the compact Toyota, March 2019 was down 22 percent compared to the previous year. The introduction of an all-new Corolla — along with a Corolla Hybrid — slated to arrive later this year might have something to do with this sales dip. Last year Toyota equipped all Corollas with Toyota Safety Sense-P, which includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beam headlights. A new hatchback trim joins the Corolla lineup as well, adding a bit of sportiness to the popular passenger car.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.8. Toyota Camry
2019 Sales: 81,684
Vs. 2018: -10.0 %
Sales of the Camry were down last year, but the popular sedan continued its reign as best-selling passenger car in America, with 2018 marking the 16th year in this top position. Camry has experienced a slow start to 2019 with March sales down almost 5 percent compared to 2018. The Camry was redesigned a few years ago with an updated grille, integrated headlights and sculpted lines that give the sedan a more engaging presence, as well as a completely new interior and choice of fuel-efficient, powerful engines. For those looking for even more performance, a Camry TRD with performance suspension and brakes as well as a cat-back exhaust will come to market later this year.

© Toyota Motor Corporation7. Toyota RAV4
2019 Sales: 83,820
Vs. 2018: -8.4 %
Toyota’s RAV4 crossover experienced impressive sales in 2018; however, the momentum has slowed somewhat for the first three months of 2019. One of the original compact crossovers on the American market, the RAV4 has been completely redone for the 2019 model year. With bold new styling, improved capability, better performance and an array of new safety and convenience features, this fifth-generation RAV4 is likely to remain popular with American car shoppers. In addition to the updated styling and efficient powertrains, the RAV4 now comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, as well as lane departure alert.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.6. Honda CR-V
2019 Sales: 87,280
Vs. 2018: 6.4 %
With a strong finish to 2018, Honda’s popular CR-V is continuing to experience strong sales for the first three months of 2019. Completely redesigned a few years back, the CR-V remains the best-selling model in the Honda lineup. The CR-V’s success lies in its ability to offer consumers a comfortable, small crossover with great utility and excellent fuel economy. Available with front or all-wheel drive, the CR-V can now be equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine producing an impressive 190 horsepower. Higher trim levels also come with Honda Sensing, the brand’s suite of high-tech safety features, as standard equipment.

© General Motors5. Chevrolet Equinox
2019 Sales: 88,500
Vs. 2018: 7.4 %
Chevrolet’s second-best-selling vehicle after the full-size Silverado pickup, the redesigned 2018 Equinox seems to be resonating well with consumers. Equinox had record sales in 2018 and the upward movement is continuing in the first quarter of 2019. Equinox stands out with projector-beam headlights, LED running lights, wider horizontal taillights and LED taillights for upper trim levels. Inside, the new Equinox features a down-and-away instrument panel with a low windshield base for improved outward visibility. Three engine choices for Equinox are a 170-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo, a 252-horse 2.0-liter turbo combined with a new 9-speed automatic transmission, and a 136-horsepower 1.6-liter turbodiesel.

© Nissan North America, Inc.4. Nissan Rogue
2019 Sales: 93,814
Vs. 2018: -19.4 %
Small crossovers are clearly among the most popular vehicles with American shoppers, and Nissan has capitalized on this with the versatile Rogue. Although sales this year are trending downward, the Rogue continues to hold onto its position as the best-selling SUV in America. Rogue has a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an advanced Xtronic transmission with Eco mode, boasting an EPA fuel-economy rating as high as 33 mpg. Rogue also is available as a hybrid and as a smaller model called Rogue Sport. All Rogues are now available with ProPILOT Assist — Nissan’s first step toward building autonomous vehicles.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience3. Chevrolet Silverado
2019 Sales: 114,313
Vs. 2018: -15.7 %
Chevrolet introduced an all-new Silverado for the 2019 model year; however, it seems like consumers are not embracing the new model — sales were down in the first quarter of 2019. This is the first time in many years that the perennial runner-up to the Ford F-Series has dropped below the Ram pickup. The new Silverado is longer and wider than its predecessor, which means more passenger space as well as more cargo room. Through an extensive use of mixed materials, engineers were able to lighten Silverado by an impressive 450 pounds, with 88 pounds of that coming off the body. Silverado gets updated styling inside and out as well variety of powertrains, ranging from a new turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant to V8 options with dynamic fuel management.

© FCA US LLC2. Ram Truck
2019 Sales: 120,026
Vs. 2018: 15.4 %
Ram ended 2018 with a strong showing, posting record sales for the third year in a row, and it seems like the big truck is on its way to setting a new record in 2019. With a March sales increase of almost 10 percent versus a year earlier, the Ram has moved up as the second-most-popular truck in America. The new Ram features updated exterior styling and the interior is one of the nicest on the market. Six trim levels are available, as well as a new lineup of powertrains that will eventually include a hybrid system. Ram also announced that the previous-generation will continue to be sold as Ram 1500 Classic to fill demand as the company ramps up production of the new model. A new Ram Heavy Duty that boasts a new diesel with 1,000 lb-ft of torque is likely to help Ram hold onto this sales position.

© Ford Motor Company1. Ford F-Series
2019 Sales: 214,611
Vs. 2018: 0.2 %
Thanks to strong sales in 2018, the Ford F-Series extended its streak as the best-selling vehicle in America to 37 years — 42 years as best-selling truck. Sales in 2019 are relatively flat so far, but certainly enough to keep the F-150 at the top. The F-150 is driving strong sales with updated styling, added safety and convenience features, and a new 3.3-liter V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower joining Ford’s lineup of powerful turbocharged EcoBoost powerplants.

Data: Automaker sales releases

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