The 20 Best-Selling Vehicles in America for 2017

The auto industry in the United States continues to grow at a healthy pace due in part to the increasing sales of SUVs and pickup trucks. Even though sales in 2017 was down by .4 million, the sales number was still well over 17 million, reflecting the continuing strength of the auto industry.

One of the trends that has arisen in the auto industry in the past few years is the preference in the American market to purchase larger vehicles over smaller ones. Two of the most popular categories that accounted for almost half of the total sales were compact SUVs and mid-size crossover SUVs. Sales for were compact SUVs and mid-size crossover SUVs and pick-up trucks amounted to over 55% of all 2017 sales.

Let’s take a look at the 20 best-selling vehicles for 2017:

  1. Hyundai Elantra:

In 2017 198,210 Hyundai Electra cars were sold during 2017. In the previous year, 2016, 4.9% more of them were sold.


  1. Ford Fusion:

In 2017 209,623 Ford Fusion cars were sold which is 21.1% less than the number sold the year before.


  1. Toyota Highlander:

215,775 Toyota Highlander SUVs were sold in 2017, which is an increase of 12.7% from 2016.


  1. GMC Sierra:

In 2017 217,943 trucks were sold in the United States. In 2016 1.7% more were sold.


  1. Nissan Sentra:

There were 218,451 cars sold in the United States in 2017 while 1.7% less were sold in 2016.


  1. Jeep Grand Cherokee:

In 2017 240,696 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs were sold which is an increase of 13.4% from 2016.


  1. Nissan Altima:

2017 saw the sale of 254,996 Nissan Altima cars, but this was a decrease of 17% from 2016.


  1. Ford Explorer:

271,131 Ford Explorer SUVs were sold in 2017, increasing in number by 9.1% since 2016.


  1. Chevrolet Equinox:

In 2017 290,458 Chevrolet Equinox SUVs were sold, increasing in number by 19.9% since 2016.


  1. Ford Escape:

The Ford Escape SUV increased in sales by 0.4% since 2016 by selling 308,296 units.


  1. Toyota Corolla:

In 2017, 308,695 Toyota Corolla cars were sold, which is 14.4% less than the units sold in 2016.


  1. Honda Accord:

There were 322,655 Honda Accord cars sold in 2017. In 2016 6.5% more were sold.


  1. Honda Civic:

2017 saw the sale of 377,286 Honda Civic cars, while in 2016 +2.8% less were sold.


  1. Honda CR-V:

In 2016, 377,895 of this SUV were sold to the American public which increased by +5.8% since 2016.


  1. Toyota Camry:

There were 387,081 cars sold in 2017 while in 2016 0.4% more were sold.


  1. Nissan Rogue:

In 2017 22.3% Nissan Rogue SUVs were sold than in 2016. Customers purchased 403,465 in the United States.


  1. Toyota Rav 4:

There were 407,594 Rav 4 SUVs sold in 2017, which is 15.7% more than in 2016.


  1. Ram:

In 2017, 500,723 Ram trucks were sold while in 2016 2.3% less were sold.


  1. Chevrolet Silverado:

In 2017, 1.9% more Chevrolet Silverado trucks were sold than in 2016. There were 585,564 purchased in the United States.


  1. Ford F-Series:

There were 896,764 Ford F-Series vehicles sold in 2017. This was an increase of 9.3% from 2016.

The 2017 sale numbers for SUVs and trucks were quite high even though they were not as high as 2016. Let’s see what happens in 2018.

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Automobiles: the Road to the Present


Every year, car designs are getting better, faster, safer and comfy. Big brands like BMW, Mercedes, and Toyota have taken an unwavering stand in the world market. The auto industry itself is a multibillion-dollar sector today. Today, car innovations are taking the world by storm. The electric, the hydrogen and the driverless, these are concepts that once sounded so surreal. If people like Benz or Maybach were to wake from their graves now, they would be surprised at what their inventions have been turned into. Not to say they wouldn’t like it.

Europe took the lead in 1886

The first automobile was made in 1886 in Germany. It was nothing but a steam-powered carriage that could hardly accommodate two people. The world was looking for a better option than horse-drawn carriages, and Karl Benz seized the day with his gasoline powered car. Europe became the first commercial car maker in the world.

The US springs to action in 1893

By 1893 the United States had seen inventions by Wilhelm Maybach, William Morrison and Frank Duryea contribute significantly to the automobile industry. In 1908 an automobile manufacturing plant in the USA was being run by Ransom Olds, and later on General Motors. Ford, Cadillac, and Oldsmobile followed soon with creative vehicle designs.

1891, Need for speed and luxury

From 1891, there were many car manufacturers in the industry. This pushed manufacturers to focus on making their models faster and comfortable. The first luxurious car was manufactured by Packard in Ohio in 1899, USA. Renault in France made the first closed car in the same year. In 1901, Mercedes introduced the fasted car capable of 90 km/hr. +

The world war in 1914 increases demand

The World War 2 created a huge demand for motor vehicles and aircraft engines. A year earlier, Ford had become the biggest manufacturer of automobiles aided by their moving assembly concept. Citroen in France as well as Opel located in Germany soon copied the moving assembly concept and started to produce cars in bulk by 1924.

The 1960s, smaller car inventions and the rise of Asian manufacturers 

After the war, manufacturers focused on improving engine performance and making their body designs more compact. Smaller cars like the Beetle by Volkswagen started a trend of smaller vehicle manufacturing. Smaller vehicles consumed less fuel. In the same period, Toyota in Japan began producing vehicles that could compete in the European and USA markets. In 1969 Nissan’s Datsun took the world’s center stage with its rear wheel drive and two doors.

The 1980s, Globalization

Auto manufacturers in the USA, as well as Europe, started merging and forming big conglomerates through the world. Manufactures from different countries set up plants in various parts of the world to meet the demand for their cars. With improved economies in many parts of the world, luxury and fast car manufacturers started to get a bigger share of the market.


There is still a struggle to reduce fuel consumption and waste emissions. In 2007 GM introduced Chevrolet Volt. This car can run on battery power alone, no fossil fuels. In 2010 Nissan Leaf became the first mass-produced electric vehicle. Mercedes Benz on their G –Code model used a multi-voltaic paint that absorbs solar energy and turns it into electrical power for powering the vehicle.

In 2014 Tesla Motors introduced Model S cars that could move completely on autopilot. This follows other driverless cars by Google, Mercedes, and Nissan. Driverless cars is a matter of public acceptance now.

Interesting facts 

  • In 2013 alone 72.2 million cars were sold globally. Of these, 64 million were passenger cars
  • Volkswagen remains the top leader in manufacturing, while GM has the biggest number of vehicles sold
  • Germany has the highest vehicle ownership; 536 cars per 1000 inhabitants. Japan follows with 493 per 1000 inhabitants
  • The number of sales for cars in the world has doubled, but the number of two models introduced has remained constant
  • The top auto manufacturing nations within the world include Germany, Italy, France and Britain

Carby country  

German: Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, and Benz. 

Italy: it is the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ferrari. 

France: Citroen, Alphine, Renault Peugeot and Bugatti.  

Britain: McLaren, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and Land Rover 

USA: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac  

Japan: Suzuki, Honda, Lexus, Toyota, Infiniti, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Nissan 

Korea: Hyundai and, Kia and Daewoo 

China: Geely, Chery, Hong qi, Brilliance and BYD  

 The vehicles that we see on our roads today started as very small inventions. Today they are faster, more comfortable, environmentally friendly and affordable.

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