March 30, 2023

The Most Popular Cars in America in 2022

The number one car, the Ford F-Series, sold over 650,000 units last year.

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In the United States in 2022, the most popular cars were from brands like Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet, and Honda. Although the most popular car was the Ford F-Series pickup truck, with 653,957 units sold in 2022, the brand with the plurality of the top 25 most-sold cars was Toyota. The brand made up 22 percent of the top 25 car models sold. Let’s delve into further interesting statistics about the most popular cars in America.

The Most Popular Cars in America in 2022

By Units Sold

Check out the most popular cars of 2022, such as the Ford F-Series and the Honda Civic.1

Car make and model Total units sold in 2022
Ford F-Series 653,957
Chevrolet Silverado 513,354
Ram Pickup 468,344
Toyota RAV4 399,941
Toyota Camry 295,201
GMC Sierra 241,522
Honda CR-V 238,155
Toyota Tacoma 237,323
Tesla Model Y 231,400
Jeep Grand Cherokee 223,345
Toyota Highlander 222,805
Toyota Corolla 222,216
Chevrolet Equinox 212,072
Ford Explorer 207,673
Tesla Model 3 198,200
Nissan Rogue 186,480
Jeep Wrangler 181,409
Hyundai Tucson 175,307
Subaru Crosstrek 155,142
Honda Accord 154,612
Mazda CX-5 151,594
Subaru Outback 147,262
Nissan Altima 139,955
Ford Escape 137,370
Honda Civic 133,932

Toyotas made up 22 percent of the top 25 most popular models. Learn about the best auto insurance for Toyotas.

By State

While the Toyota RAV4 dominated the Northeast, the Ford F-Series was the most popular car in the South and Midwest. Altogether, Toyotas were the No. 1 cars in 15 states, compared to 14 states for the Ford F-Series.2 The Tesla Model Y electric vehicle was only No. 1 in one state: California.

State Best-selling car in 2022
Alabama Chevrolet Silverado
Alaska Ram 1500/2500/3500
Arizona Chevrolet Silverado
Arkansas GMC Sierra
California Tesla Model Y
Colorado Ford F-Series
Connecticut Toyota RAV4
Delaware Chevrolet Silverado
District of Columbia Toyota RAV4
Florida Toyota Corolla
Georgia Ford F-Series
Hawaii Toyota Tacoma
Idaho Ford F-Series
Illinois Toyota RAV4
Indiana Chevrolet Silverado
Iowa Chevrolet Silverado
Kansas Ford F-Series
Kentucky Chevrolet Silverado
Louisiana Ford F-Series
Maine Ford F-Series
Maryland Toyota RAV4
Massachusetts Toyota RAV4
Michigan Ford F-Series
Minnesota Chevrolet Silverado
Mississippi Ford F-Series
Missouri Chevrolet Silverado
Montana Ford F-Series
Nebraska Chevrolet Silverado
Nevada Ram 1500/2500/3500
New Hampshire Toyota RAV4
New Jersey Honda CR-V
New Mexico Chevrolet Silverado
New York Toyota RAV4
North Carolina Toyota RAV4
North Dakota Chevrolet Silverado
Ohio Chevrolet Silverado
Oklahoma Chevrolet Silverado
Oregon Toyota RAV4
Pennsylvania Toyota RAV4
Rhode Island Toyota RAV4
South Carolina Chevrolet Silverado
South Dakota Ford F-Series
Tennessee Ford F-Series
Texas Ford F-Series
Utah Ford F-Series
Vermont Ford F-Series
Virginia Toyota RAV4
Washington Toyota RAV4
West Virginia Chevrolet Silverado
Wisconsin Chevrolet Silverado
Wyoming Ram 1500/2500/3500

DID YOU KNOW?

California has the highest number of electric vehicle charging ports of any state by far, with 27 per electric vehicle as of September 2021.3 Perhaps that is part of the reason why the state has the highest number of electric vehicle registrations, which make up nearly 40 percent of the national total as of the end of 2021.4

Selling Vehicles in the U.S.

Buying a new car? You’re not alone. In 2021, the last time the Bureau of Transportation Statistics released national data, Americans purchased about 2,376,000 vehicles. That said, car sales have been on the decline since 2016, with the largest percentage decrease of 28 percent occurring between 2019 and 2020.

Year Number of passenger motor vehicles sold in thousands of units Average domestic auto inventories in thousands of units, seasonally adjusted Total expenditure on new and used cars in millions of dollars
2010 3,791 806.3 $287,877
2011 4,146 744.3 $304,446
2012 5,120 956.6 $333,302
2013 5,433 1147.5 $352,050
2014 5,610 1242.9 $375,171
2015 5,595 1221.4 $405,499
2016 5,146 1138.6 $412,652
2017 4,593 1078.8 $427,848
2018 4,087 839.8 $443,979
2019 3,544 661.5 $436,692
2020 2,560 504.6 $460,816
2021 2,376 212.3 n/a
2022 n/a 92.9 n/a

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly had an effect on car buying — it caused supply chain issues, labor shortages, and car shortages. Plus, inventories had already been on the decline since 2015.5

Even though Americans are buying fewer cars, they’re spending more on them. From 2019 to 2020, as car sales decreased by 28 percent, total spending on new and used cars increased by 6 percent. As anyone who has shopped for a used car or new vehicle knows, the new car shortage has caused prices to skyrocket.

NOTE:

As of December 2022, the average car buyer has paid above the MSRP (manufacturer retail price) every month since July 2021.

While the average price of a new car in 2022 was $48,301, the average price of a used car was $28,219. Fifty-three percent of car shoppers would like to buy new cars, 32 percent would like to buy used cars, and 15 percent are undecided, according to our research.

Conclusion

Despite the decline in vehicles sold, car ownership in the U.S. isn’t going anywhere. In fact, as electric vehicles (EVs) become more commonplace and manufactured by larger players aside from Tesla, we expect a greater number of the most popular vehicles in 2023 to be EVs.

For more information, read our frequently asked questions below, or check out our research on what consumers are looking for in new cars. While price is a top factor in buying decisions for 54 percent of car shoppers, most people’s budgets don’t match the average prices of cars. Many customers have to sacrifice features they want to buy cars they can afford. We hope to see prices decrease in 2023 as supply chains and labor shortages return to pre-pandemic conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the No. 1 selling car in the world?

According to Focus2Move.com, the bestselling passenger car in the world in 2022 was the Toyota Corolla, which sold 1.12 million units.

What are the top 10 cars not to buy?

Consumer Reports found that these 10 cars are the least reliable:

  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Ford EcoSport
  • Jeep Compass
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Subaru Ascent
  • Tesla Model S
  • Volkswagen Atlas
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volvo XC90

What is the most successful car?

The most successful car worldwide is the Toyota Corolla. It’s been in production since 1966 and has sold about 50 million units as of 2021.

Citations

  1. 25 Best-Selling Cars of 2022. Kelley Blue Book. (2023, Jan 10).
    https://www.kbb.com/best-cars/top-10-25-best-selling-cars-trucks-suvs/

  2. Most popular cars in America. Edmunds. (2023).
    https://www.edmunds.com/most-popular-cars/

  3. Charging Stations By State. EVAdoption. (2021, Sep 31).
    https://evadoption.com/ev-charging-stations-statistics/charging-stations-by-state/

  4. Maps and Data – Electric Vehicle Registrations by State. Alternative Fuels Data Center. (2023).
    https://afdc.energy.gov/data

  5. Domestic Auto Inventories. FRED Economic Data. (2023, Mar 3).
    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/AUINSA