The Best Selling Vehicles of 2016 in the U.S. Revealed

January 06, 2017

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As everyone looks forward to 2017’s shiny new cars, we’re looking back at the best selling vehicles of 2016. Why? For one thing, you may be able to get a good deal on them at the end of the year. “Even if a car isn’t redesigned or significantly changed for the new model year, dealers will always find it easier to sell “next year’s model” than last year’s, and that means they’re more willing to give out discounts on remaining inventory as the model year comes to a close,” AutoTrader points out.

And if you want to buy a new car in 2017, choosing a 2016 winner is a safe bet.

Here are the Top 5 Best Selling Cars, SUVs and Trucks of 2016.

The Best-Selling Cars of 2016

Model MSRP Gas Mileage Engine IIHS Safety Rating
1. 2016 Toyota Camry $23,070 25/35 2.5L 4-cylinder/ 3.5L V6 Top Safety Pick +
2. 2016 Toyota Corolla $17,300 28/37 1.8L 4-cylinder Good (marginal rating for small overlap front crashes)
3. 2016 Honda Accord $22,205 27/37 2.4L 4-cylinder/3.5L V6 Top Safety Pick +
4. 2016 Honda Civic $18,640 31/42 1.5L/2L 4-cylinder Top Safety Pick +
5. 2016 Nissan Altima $22,500 27/39 2.5L 4-cylinder Top Safety Pick +

*Sales statistics from GoodCarBadCar.com

toyota corollaIn movies, the homecoming queen is always the overlooked girl who gets a stunning makeover — like the Chevrolet Malibu, the Kia Optima and the Toyota Prius all did in 2016. But Cinderella stories don’t often happen in Car World. As hard as these cars try to be popular, the best-selling cars in 2016 are the same ones that always win, according to GoodCarBadCar: the Toyota Camry and Corolla, followed by the Honda Accord and Civic. The Nissan Altima rounds out the top five. If you’re asking, “What is the best selling car in 2016?”. The answer is the Camry with 355,000 sold.

Why are these the best-selling cars of 2016 (and 2015, and 2014)? They hit the sweet spots American buyers want. They’re practical but also stylish, affordable but not cheaply made, safe but not boring. Take the Toyota Camry, for instance, with its sporty exterior, comfy interior, high safety marks and frisky handling. Kelley Blue Book nails it: “If when car shopping in the past you’ve had a hard time choosing between reason and emotion, the 2016 Toyota Camry sedan is the compromise you’ve been hoping for.”

The 2016 Toyota Corolla crams the Camry’s good looks and nice features into a smaller package, with a starting price of just over $17,000. You know your Corolla will keep rolling; Toyota says 90 percent of Toyota Corollas sold in the last ten years are still on the road today. The 2016 Honda Accord is priced just a little below the Camry, and it gets glowing reviews for its power, efficiency and styling. (You won’t find a 2016 hybrid Accord; Honda paused production for the model year while moving its factory operations to Japan.)

And the last two best-selling cars of 2016? The Honda Civic is a small but zippy pick, and the Nissan Altima a popular and reliable sedan.

The Best-Selling SUVs of 2016

Model MSRP Gas Mileage Engine IIHS Safety Rating
1. 2016 Honda CR-V $23,845 26/33 2.4L 4-cylinder Top Safety Pick +
2. 2016 Toyota RAV4 $24,350 23/29 2.5L 4-cylinder Top Safety Pick +
3. 2016 Nissan Rogue $23,330 26/33 2.5L 4-cylinder Top Safety Pick
4. 2016 Ford Escape $23,330 22/31 1.6L/2L/2.5L 4-cylinder Good (poor rating for small overlap front crashes)
5. 2016 Ford Explorer $31,050 17/24 2.3L 4-cylinder/3.5L V6 Good (marginal rating for small overlap front crashes)

*Sales statistics from GoodCarBadCar.com

Honda CR-V 2016According to the sales stats from GoodCarBadCar, the best-selling SUVs of 2016 are all small and stylish (no behemoths here). First and second on the list are the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, which are perennially locked in a battle for dominance. What’s the real difference between these two? According to Consumer Reports’ comparison, “both are roomy, comfortable, and versatile vehicles that come from trustworthy brands with a well-deserved reputation for fuel economy and reliability.” CR-V gives the RAV4 the edge, however, because of its quieter cabin, better safety features, and intuitive infotainment system.

Third on the list of the best-selling 2016 SUVs is the Nissan Rogue, one of the rare crossovers that can seat seven people. Despite its sporty vibes, the Rogue was perceived to be not much fun to drive by Edmunds.com. The 2016 Ford Escape is fourth, popular for its three available engine options and hands-free liftgate. Rounding out the list is the 2016 Ford Explorer, a robust SUV with nifty options like a blind-spot alert system and adaptive cruise control.

The Best-Selling Trucks of 2016

Model MSRP Gas Mileage Engine IIHS Safety Rating
1. 2016 Ford F-Series $26,540 18/25 3.5L V6/2.7L V6/ 5.0L V8 Top Safety Pick
2. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado $27,195 18/24 4.3L V6/ 5.3L V8/ 6.2L V8 Good (marginal rating for small overlap front crashes)
3. 2016 Ram 1500 $26,145 21/29 3.0L V6/ 3.6L V6/5.7L V8 Hemi Good (marginal rating for small overlap front crashes and roof strength)
4. 2016 GMC Sierra $27,815 18/24 4.3L V6/ 5.3L V8/ 6.2L V8 Good (marginal rating for small overlap front crashes)
5. 2016 Toyota Tacoma $23,660 19/24 2.7L 4-cylinder/3.5L V6 Good (poor rating for headlights)

*Sales statistics from GoodCarBadCar.com

ford f150 2016Any truck fan knows the best-selling pickup of 2016: the Ford F-150, which has held the top position for more than 40 — yes, forty — years. It’s versatile, from the basic, gravel-haulin’ XL trim to the fancy-pants Limited version with Mojave leather and eucalyptus wood trim. The F-150’s no slouch in the field; you can tow up to 12,200 pounds with a  top-of-the-line model. (It’s big brothers, the F-250 and F-350, are factored into sales numbers as well.)

Second on the list of top-selling trucks in 2016, according to GoodCarBadCar, is the Chevrolet Silverado. The 2016 Silverado is a trusty partner for hauling and towing with superior handling and decent gas mileage (with the 4.3L V6 engine). Third is the Dodge Ram pickup series. The popular 2016 Ram 1500 has the best gas mileage of any full-size pickup, according to Dodge. The Tradesman trim is built for the working man or woman, with a max towing capacity of 10,650 pounds and max payload of 1,880 pounds.

If you like big grilles (and you cannot lie), the 2016 GMC Sierra is for you: In-your-face front styling with LED lighting makes a statement. However, the Sierra’s not all flash and dazzle. It’s tough and surprisingly comfortable. The fifth best-selling pickup of 2016 is the Toyota Tacoma, a compact and easygoing but rugged favorite. The Tacoma’s also the cheapest pickup on the 2016 bestsellers list.


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