10 Best-Selling Cars, Trucks, and SUVs of 2020 (So Far)

Written by Zach Shefska

Zach Shefska is Chief Executive Officer of Your Auto Advocate. Zach co-founded Your Auto Advocate in 2019 after convincing his then retired father (sorry, dad) to join him in an attempt to make the car buying process more confidence-inspiring and consumer friendly.

October 12, 2020

Unlike years past, the best selling cars, trucks, and SUVs are hard to come by right about now. 

With record low inventory levels, car dealers are finding it harder than ever before to keep their dealerships stocked with the vehicles shoppers are looking for. Whether it be an in demand pick up truck, a crossover SUV, or even an in demand sedan, finding a good deal on one of the best selling cars so far in 2020 is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Although vehicle sales have been lower in 2020 than in 2019, the automotive industry’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic has been swift and sharp. Second quarter sales numbers from the major global manufacturers were grim (many reporting 40% declines in year over year sales), however sales numbers for the third quarter showed signs of recovery (declines of only 10% year over year). As the auto industry continues to dig its way out, car buyers are finding it harder than ever before to locate the vehicle’s they’re interested in. This is in part due to a substantial decrease in supply as a result of factory shutdowns from the coronavirus.

All that being said, ten vehicles are still the best selling cars of 2020 (so far), and below we’ll cover each of them.

10. Nissan Rogue (167,401 units sold)

This compact crossover SUV rounds out the top ten best selling cars of 2020 so far. Although the internet proclaims a hatred for Nissan’s CVT transmission, evidently enough people don’t watch Scotty Kilmer on YouTube to stop buying them. Nissan just barely cracks the top ten with the Rogue.

9. GMC Sierra (174,645 units sold)

The first of many pickup trucks on this list, the GMC Sierra offers great performance, luxury accommodations, and a price range that goes from “wow, that’s reasonable,” to “wow, a truck can be that expensive?” You can purchase a new GMC Sierra for less than $30,000 or nearly $70,000 depending on the trim level and how many options you select.

8. Chevrolet Equinox (191,727 units sold)

Chevy’s only entry on the top ten list that isn’t a pickup truck (can you guess where the Silverado is on this list?), the Equinox has outsold the Rogue (and many other compact SUVs) so far this year. With their production facilities located in Ontario, Canada, Chevrolet has had less trouble producing the Equinox then some of their foreign competitors.

7. Honda Civic (200,941 units sold)

Honda’s first of two entrants on the top ten best selling cars of 2020 list, the Civic, is the second best selling sedan thus far in 2020. With over 200,000 units sold so far this year, Honda has seen steady demand for their reliable, MPG friendly sedan.

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6. Toyota Camry (204,945 units sold)

The most sold sedan of 2020 thus far is the Toyota Camry. Outselling the Civic by a mere 4,000 units, the Camry takes the crown as the most popular and best selling sedan in the United States for 2020. Production and logistics issues have negatively impacted Toyota’s ability to stock their dealer’s with inventory, but nonetheless, they lead the way when it comes to sales so far for 2020.

5. Honda CR-V (237,334 units sold)

The second most popular compact SUV in the United States so far in 2020 is the Honda CR-V. With nearly a quarter of a million units sold, the CR-V is as popular as ever, as consumers continue to flock towards SUVs and pickup trucks instead of sedans, coupes, and wagons.

4. Toyota RAV4 (302,574 units sold)

The best selling vehicle of 2020 that isn’t a pickup truck is the Toyota RAV4. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is made in a Kentucky manufacturing plant, and Toyota’s strong sales numbers may reflect their ability to keep that plant operational throughout most of the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike other models, Toyota has been able to keep a steady supply of RAV4s in the market to meet consumer demand.

3. Ram Pickup (402,410 units sold)

The third best selling vehicle in the United States for 2020 is the Ram Pickup truck. With over 400,000 units sold so far in 2020, Ram has a strong foothold in the US pickup truck market, and provides a glimpse into the rabid appetite for pickup trucks in America.

2. Chevrolet Silverado (409,967 units sold)

Chevrolet’s second entrant on the top ten best selling cars list is the Chevrolet Silverado. With nearly 410,000 units sold in 2020 so far, the Silverado has outsold the Equinox two to one. Consumer demand for pickup trucks is unwavering, and Chevrolet has been able to keep up.

1. Ford F-Series (589,034 units sold)

America’s favorite way to get from point a to point b is in a Ford F-Series pickup truck. Whether it be the 2020 F-150, or the off road ready Raptor, Ford is owning the pickup truck market with their industry leading 589,000 units sold so far in 2020. With two manufacturing locations in Dearborn, Michigan, and Claycomo, Missouri, Ford has been able to mitigate too many negative impacts from Coronavirus and maintain decent inventory levels for their dealer network. With the new 2021 F-Series coming to market in a few short weeks, we anticipate many of Ford’s sales to transition to the new model year instead of the outgoing 2020.

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  1. Terri

    Will you do explain how to pre-order a vehicle? Can I find out when a 2021 will hit the ground at a dealership? Do I need a stock # or VIN? Do I deposit cash to pre order? How much? Will my lender (pre-approved) approve of a pre-order? Thanks for your very helpful services!!

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