See also: Best-sellers by class
Until about a decade ago, the nation's top-three best-selling vehicles were always the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and Dodge Ram, respectively – the full-size pickup trucks from the Big Three Detroit automakers. But more recently, although the F-Series has remained practically unshakeable at No. 1, the Silverado's spot was closely challenged by affordable, fuel-efficient passenger cars, and the Ram slipped well down the best-seller list.
However, according to sales data released today by various automakers and compiled by the Cars Examiner, the old order is inching ever closer to re-establishing itself, amidst an overall rise in sales. In the first six months of 2014, the F-Series, Silverado, and Ram (which no longer falls under the Dodge brand) ranked 1, 2, and 4, respectively. Ford's sales of 365,825 represent a comfortable margin over the Silverado's 240,679 – even though the Silverado was just redesigned last year and Ford's F-150 model, the F-Series line's biggest seller, has a redesigned 2015 model coming out only later this year.
So far this year Ram sold 203,860 of its pickups, which saw upgrades to different models in the past two years. This puts it within hailing distance of the No. 3 Toyota Camry and even the Silverado, which has seen higher prices but flat sales after its redesign. The Ram has marched steadily up the sales charts year by year since 2010, when it was down in 10th place.
See sales charts of the 30 best-selling vehicles of 2014 year-to-date, with comparisons to 2013 and 2012, in today's slideshow.
Among passenger cars, the Toyota Camry midsize sedan remains at the top, in the No. 3 position overall. The Camry, last redesigned as a 2012 model, is looking at a significant update later this year for 2015. But it's already comfortably outpacing the newer Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Ford Fusion, which rank fifth, sixth, and ninth, respectively.
In seventh place, the redesigned-for-2014 Toyota Corolla took the title of best-selling compact car that the Honda Civic had held last year, bumping the Civic to No. 8 despite a few updates of its own. Another Honda rounds out the top-10 list – the CR-V compact crossover, the best-selling crossover or SUV, edging out the competing Ford Escape (No. 11) by 154,692 sales to 152,890.
Farther down the best-seller list, Nissan has seen its Sentra compact sedan and Rogue compact crossover jump in the rankings. The Sentra, redesigned for 2013 and updated for 2014 to address some critics' complaints, is the No. 22 seller of the first half of 2014 – an improvement from the 30th place it saw in 2013 and 43rd in 2012. The Rogue, fully redesigned for 2014, improved to 21st place so far this year from 24th in 2013 and 26th in 2012.
A new face on the best-seller list is the Jeep Cherokee, a compact crossover reintroduced for 2014 to replace the Liberty, a traditional SUV that had not been especially popular in recent years. It is the No. 27 vehicle so far this year. Two other Jeeps (but, besides the Ram, nothing else from Chrysler) are also on the list: the No. 24 Grand Cherokee midsize SUV and No. 25 Wrangler traditional off-road model.
One perennial best-seller is notable for managing to stay on the list: the Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan, whose 2014-model redesign abandoned its predecessor's focus on maximum size for the money. The new model is significantly fancier and costlier sedan, but it held on to a No. 28 slot, down from 2012's No. 21 slot, back when it was a value-focused fleet staple.
Also notable are a few cars that narrowly missed the Top 30 cut.
There's no minivan among the 30 best-selling cars in the U.S. In the first half of 2014, though all four popular models are in the top 40: the Dodge Grand Caravan (34th), Chrysler Town & Country (35th), Honda Odyssey (39th), and Toyota Sienna (41st). And three 2014-model redesigns – the Kia Soul subcompact hatchback, Subaru Forester compact crossover, and Toyota Highlander midsize crossover – saw sales bumps that brought them close to the list but only to Nos. 31, 32 and 33, respectively.