The year may be almost out, but the numbers are already in: 2017 will be the first year since the Great Recession where auto sales haven’t increased year-over-year. This may be an oversaturation of the market due to a glut of used cars, economic anxiety, or shift in consumer habits. But one thing is for certain: 2017 has been a tumultuous year. And if any industry is feeling that right now, it’s the automotive industry.
So as we come down the stretch into the final month, we see plenty of familiar top-sellers, but also a few models that are having a surprisingly strong showing in an otherwise lackluster sales year. With statistics from Good Car Bad Car, and The Wall Street Journal, here are the 10 best-selling vehicles in America in November 2017.
10. Ford Explorer
Ford’s long-serving midsize SUV is usually one of the top-sellers in its segment. But it rarely gets hot enough to crack the overall top 10. Well, here we are. In November, Ford sold 24,110 Explorers, a healthy bump over October’s sales numbers (19,421), and an impressive 22.8% sales bump compared to November 2016.
9. Ford Escape
The popular compact Escape is a major reason why the Explorer rarely cracks the top 10. But for November the Ford models both round out the bottom end of the list. In November, Ford moved a respectable 25,101 Escapes. That’s a small bump over October sales, but an impressive 9.1% increase over November 2016’s sales numbers.
8. Toyota Rav4
Just a few months ago, the Toyota Rav4 was the best-selling non-pickup truck model in America. With the year coming to a close, it looks like American shoppers have gotten their fill of the ubiquitous compact crossover. The Rav4 fell to the eight spot, the lowest it’s fallen in some time. That said, Toyota still managed to move 28,736 of them. That’s a steep decline compared to October’s numbers (34,086), but compared to November 2016, it’s actually a 2.2% sales bump.
7. Honda Civic
For all the talk that compact and midsize cars are being driven extinct by the rise of crossovers, the Honda Civic has been able to hold on to a spot on the top 10 best-seller list all year. Honda moved a respectable 31,181 of them in November. That’s a slight bump over October’s 30,319 sales and a whopping 23.2% bump over November 2016’s numbers.
6. Nissan Rogue
Like the Civic, Nissan’s Rogue has been a staple of the best-seller list all year. But unlike the Honda, the Rogue is an example of that dreaded compact crossover that threatens the sedan with extinction. Still, there’s a reason why consumers love them so much. Easy to drive, safe, and well-equipped, Nissan moved 32,006 Rogues in November. That’s a slight bump over October’s 30,286 sales, and a 20.2% jump compared to November 2016.
5. Honda CR-V
After spending most of the year falling behind its rival, the Toyota Rav4, the CR-V was riding high in November. Honda’s best-selling model found an impressive 32,206 buyers last month. That’s a big jump over October’s 27,773 sales. It’s also a 25% increase over November 2016’s sales.
4. Toyota Camry
Toyota has launched a full-on PR offensive to make America’s best-selling midsize sedan, the Camry, look exciting and fun. And for the most part, it seems to be working. The new-for-2018 model had one of its strongest showings in years last month, selling 34,991 units. That’s a huge bump compared to October’s 26,252 sales. It’s also a 24.1% bump compared to November 2016. Does this mean the midsize sedan market is starting to stabilize? Only time will tell.
3. Ram Pickups
We now reach the Overlook Hotel portion of this list, where the top three best-sellers have always been here. America’s eternal bronze medalist, the Ram pickup, did well enough to hang in there in November. Moving 36,714 trucks, Ram’s aging lineup saw a nearly 8,000 unit sales drop compared to October. What’s more, sales are down a barely-there 0.5% compared to last November. An all-new-for-2019 model is on its way. We think it can’t get here soon enough.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
America’s favorite runner-up fared better than its rivals from Ram, but not much better. In November, Chevy sold 46,441 of its full-size trucks. Compared to October’s 53,157, that’s down dramatically. But compared to November 2016, Chevy beat those numbers by 2.6%. Also like Ram, an all-new Silverado is slated to appear sometime next year.
1. Ford F-Series
The king is here, long live the king. Like its rivals, Ford’s numbers were down compared to October. But when you’re moving 72,769 units a month — nearly twice as many trucks as rival Ram, there really isn’t much cause for concern. Compared to November 2016, the numbers for America’s best-selling vehicle for 35 years straight are just slightly up by 0.9%.
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