The 10th month of 2017 only reinforced the fact that this will not be another record-setting year for auto sales. Despite a bump from Southern buyers replacing their flood-damaged vehicles, numbers were down across the board compared to both September and last year.
But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some real bright spots. Honda is in the middle of a renaissance and is being rewarded handsomely for it. There are more American models to crack the top 10 than there have been lately, and the takeover of American roads by crossovers is continuing with little resistance. For a closer look at the brightest automotive stars in an uncertain time, these are the 10 best-selling vehicles of October 2017, according to Good Car, Bad Car.
10. Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevy Equinox has been flirting with the ten spot for the better part of 2017, and in October, it finds itself back on the list. Chevy’s compact crossover is a 2018 model, despite having gone on sale in the first quarter of 2017. Benefitting from an all-new design, customers have quickly made it one of the most popular American vehicles on the road. In October, Chevy moved 25,272 units, up from 19,664 a year before. That means the redesign has contributed to an impressive 28.50% bump in sales over 2016.
9. Toyota Camry
With 2017 models being pushed at a steep discount and all-new 2018 models benefitting from a major national ad campaign, Toyota is putting the full court press on moving the midsize Camry. It sold 26,252 units in October. That’s down compared to September, and as a result, it fell two spots to the number nine position. And compared to October 2016’s 29,562 units sold, sales are down 11.20% year over year.
8. Honda Accord
Honda’s all-new Accord is in a similar position as the rival Camry. But with 26,740 units sold in October, it moves up two positions to the number eight spot. Compared to October 2016’s 25,551 sales, the numbers are up a healthy 4.70%. With rave reviews from virtually everyone who’s driven one, there’s a good chance that the Accord could climb even higher before the year is out.
7. Honda CR-V
Honda’s compact crossover is still wildly popular, but it looks like it may be reaching its saturation point. In October, the CR-V climbed one spot. But with 27,773 units sold, the numbers are down from September. What’s more, compared to October 2016’s 30,306 sales, numbers are down a not insignificant 8.40% year over year.
6. Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue has spent 2017 as a stalwart of the best-seller list, thanks to its competitive pricing and good value. The good times continued through October, with 30,286 of the compact crossovers finding new owners. Compared to October 2016’s 21,179 units sold, this represents an impressive 43% sales bump.
5. Honda Civic
During 2017, we saw Honda introduce an all-new Accord, CR-V, and Civic. The fact that all three earned spots on this list proves that the brand is doing something right. The red-hot compact was the right choice for 30,319 car buyers in October, making it the most popular car in America. Compared to the 26,359 units it sold in October 2016, these newest sales numbers account for an even 15% sales increase year over year.
4. Toyota Rav4
Toyota’s most popular vehicle (and the best-selling non-pickup in America) is on its way to permanently locking down the number four spot on our monthly list. With 34,086 sales in October, the Rav4 stays put for yet another month. A year ago, Toyota sold 26,429 of its compact crossover. This represents an impressive 29% sales bump. If anything, it’s proof positive that crossovers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
3. Ram Pickups
Once again, we’re at the Overlook Hotel portion of the best-seller list, where the top three have always been here. Fiat Chrysler’s long-serving Ram pickups take home the bronze for yet another month with 44,201 trucks sold. Compared to October 2016’s 43,891 sales, Ram is holding steady with a meager 0.70% sales increase. That’s still impressive, considering that the Ram hasn’t changed much over the past year.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
America’s second-favorite vehicle in October 2017 is, was, and always will be, the Chevy Silverado. Chevy’s full-size pickups were good for 53,157 sales last month. Compared to October 2016, and its 49,768 sales, Chevy’s truck numbers are up a healthy 6.80% year over year.
1. Ford F-Series
This brings us to the king, the Ford F-Series. The most popular vehicle in America couldn’t beat its September numbers, but with 75,974 units sold, it was still enough to handily beat everything else on the market. And compared to October 2016’s 65,542 sales, it’s 15.90% up over numbers a year ago too. With the refreshed 2018 model at dealers now, we don’t see the F-150 being seriously challenged anytime soon.