The number one car, the Ford F-Series, sold over 650,000 units last year.
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.
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|
|Tesla Model Y||231,400|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||223,345|
|Tesla Model 3||198,200|
Toyotas made up 22 percent of the top 25 most popular models. Learn about the best auto insurance for Toyotas.
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|
|California||Tesla Model Y|
|District of Columbia||Toyota RAV4|
|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|
|Rhode Island||Toyota RAV4|
|South Carolina||Chevrolet Silverado|
|South Dakota||Ford F-Series|
|West Virginia||Chevrolet Silverado|
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
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|
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.
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.
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.
According to Focus2Move.com, the bestselling passenger car in the world in 2022 was the Toyota Corolla, which sold 1.12 million units.
Consumer Reports found that these 10 cars are the least reliable:
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.
25 Best-Selling Cars of 2022. Kelley Blue Book. (2023, Jan 10).
Most popular cars in America. Edmunds. (2023).
Charging Stations By State. EVAdoption. (2021, Sep 31).
Maps and Data – Electric Vehicle Registrations by State. Alternative Fuels Data Center. (2023).
Domestic Auto Inventories. FRED Economic Data. (2023, Mar 3).