The year is just beginning, and there is no better way to kick it off than listing the vehicles that made the highest sales in 2018. The ever-changing market has made it hard for a car to outsell its competitors and as a result, every automaker has been producing vehicles that will match with current times. SUVs are becoming increasingly popular, even reducing the sales of passenger cars. A report by Cox Automotive revealed that 43 percent of sales belonged to cars in 2015. This number dropped to 30 percent in 2018.
According to Edmunds, SUVs and crossovers will represent around 1 in 2 vehicles sold this year. It is not surprising that this list is dominated by SUVs from big companies like Toyota, Volkswagen, and Tesla. We have made this list based on industry chatter, momentum, and increased sales volume. Grab a chair away from your nagging little brother and let’s see which cars made the cut!
The Tacoma consistently hits all the right spots of its extremely loyal fan base, especially the Americans. Consumers love it because its girth is better than that of a full-size pickup. It was one of the best-performing midsize pickup trucks in 2018, selling up to 245,659 vehicles, a rise of 24 percent from the previous year. In 2018, the Tacoma achieved more than double the sales of the full-size Tundra pickup. The segment of midsize pickups is so competitive that it is even adding around two new entries: the Jeep Gladiator and the returning Ford Ranger.
The Ford F-Series sold more than 900,000 units in 2018. It is composed of vehicles like the Super Duty family, including the F-450, F-350, and F-250. In addition to this, there is the F-150 family that comes together with the F-150 Raptor. Since its launch, this vehicle has topped American sales charts for 40 successive years. The F-150 is the most popular one. The F Series’ best year was in 2004 when Ford sold 939,511 trucks. The F-Series trucks sold more than 450,000 units by the middle of 2018. Apart from the choice of a Power Stroke diesel engine, the F-Series also received a slight refresh.
This vehicle sold more than 400,000 units in 2018, establishing itself as the most popular on-pickup truck. The RAV4 was born in 1994 after the success of other similar vehicles like the truck-based Ford Explorer and the Jeep Cherokee. The 2018 version belongs to the fourth generation. It can be described as an economical compact-crossover SUV that is packaged in a versatile manner, including a high-mileage hybrid and a new Adventure model. Its 2.5-liter engine offers good fuel economy and decent power. The RAV4 can comfortably deal with light off-road and most snow situations thanks to its good ground clearance. It also has many standard advanced safety features.
Tesla Model 3
This special vehicle sold more than 145,800 units in 2018. A luxury all-electric sedan, the Model 3 is Tesla's answer to critics who questioned whether they would be able to mass produce a vehicle for profit. It managed to have some of the highest sales in the country for passenger cars. The range of the Model 3 can go up to 310 miles. Before incentives, this vehicle starts at 35,000 USD. Although it lacks a hatchback, it comes with excellent driving dynamics. It offers more tech features when compared to most of its rivals. However, it has very pricey options that will literally cost you at least a few fingers.
This German mean machine has sold more than 431,836 Units in the last year. Volkswagen has eaten a lot of green (cash) by selling this model; I guess that’s why they also call it the Volkswagen Rabbit. The Golf boasts of having energetic engines, a large cargo hold, adept handling, and a spacious, upscale interior. However, its fuel economy is below average. It is more enjoyable to drive when compared to most of its rivals. Volkswagen has sold around 34 million units since 1974.
This vehicle sold more than 339,081 units in the last year. The 2018 CR-V did not get a refresh because it was redesigned in 2017. There is no need for a refresh if you’re already fresher than the Fresh Prince of Bel Air right? It offers modern safety features, reliability, a comfortable ride, safety and value for money. In addition to this, it delivers thrift and zest from its turbocharged engine.