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Most Popular Trucks and SUVs in the United States in 2021

Familiar faces at the top of the list.

  • The Ford F-Series is once again tops among the country’s most popular trucks and SUVs in 2021.

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander climb up into the top 10 list.

  • Chevrolet Equinox nosedived from 6th to 15th place, Ford Explorer slips from 10th to 11th.

There are some very familiar faces among the most popular trucks and SUVs in the U.S. for the 2021 calendar year, but the ongoing microchip shortage did bring shuffle things around a little.

Throughout the year, 15,060,287 light-duty vehicles were sold, an increase of 3.3% over 2020. Passenger cars such as sedans and hatchbacks represented 22.3% of that total, while pickup trucks amounted to 18.8%, and SUVs and crossover made up the remaining 58.9%.

10. GMC Sierra (248,924 units sold)

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

Combined sales of the GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD were down by 26.3% in the fourth quarter of 2021, and down by 1.6% overall through 2021. As a result, the full-size pickup dropped three spots on the list compared to 2020.

9. Toyota Tacoma (252,520 units sold)

The Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling midsize pickup by a landslide, beating the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator by about 150,000 units in both cases. Sales were down 31.0% in Q4 2021, up by 5.7% over the year, resulting in the Tacoma slipping from 8th to 9th place.

8. Toyota Highlander (264,128 units sold)

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Sales of the Toyota Highlander were down by 20.3% in the fourth quarter, close to the entire industry’s 21.4% drop, but throughout 2021, the midsize crossover saw its sales increase by 24.4% That’s good for an 8th place finish among the most popular trucks and SUVs in the United States, climbing up from an 11th place in 2020.

7. Jeep Grand Cherokee (264,444 units sold)

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Photo: Jeep

The introduction of the long-wheelbase Jeep Grand Cherokee L gave the midsize utility vehicle a shot in the arm, and the redesigned regular-wheelbase Grand Cherokee is just arriving as well. Sales were up 31.4% in Q4 and up 26.1% throughout the year, resulting in the Jeep climbing from 12th to 7th place.

6. Nissan Rogue (285,602 units sold)

Despite a 15.8% sales decrease in the fourth quarter, the Nissan Rogue managed to rise from 9th to 6th place on the list of the most popular trucks and SUVs, thanks to a stellar 2021 calendar year sales increase of 25.3%.

5. Honda CR-V (361,271 units sold)

There’s quite a step up from 6th to 5th place, and the Honda CR-V had no trouble keeping its ranking in 2021. That despite a 26.0% drop in sales in Q4, but an 8.3% increase overall.

4. Toyota RAV4 (407,739 units sold)

The Toyota RAV4 is the country’s best-selling crossover again, although its rival CR-V caught up a little. Sales were down by 26.2% in the fourth quarter and down by 5.3% throughout the year.

3. Chevrolet Silverado (519,774 units sold)

General Motors had to do some juggling because of the microchip shortage, sacrificing sedan and crossover sales to meet the high demand for full-size pickups and SUVs. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD saw their sales drop by 36.3% in Q4 and by 11.4% throughout the calendar year, and as a result, it dropped from 2nd to 3rd place on the list.

2. Ram Pickup (569,388 units sold)

It was a tough year for all domestic truck manufacturers, but Stellantis seems to have managed Ram 1500 and Ram HD production well, as its best-selling nameplate saw its sales drop by only 16.5% in the fourth quarter, and rise by a scant 1.0% throughout the year. The reward is beating out the Silverado for a 2nd place finish on this year’s list, which is no small feat.

1. Ford F-Series (726,004 units sold)

2020 Ford Super Duty

Like GM and Stellantis, the Blue Oval had to manage a microchip shortage without losing its crown among the most popular trucks and SUVs in the U.S., and has succeeded. Combined Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty sales slipped by only 3.6% in Q4 and by 7.8% throughout 2021.

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