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The 25 best-selling cars, trucks and SUVs of 2022 (so far)

The 25 best-selling cars, trucks and SUVs of 2022 (so far)

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Tracking car sales in 2022 requires careful handling of expectations. As supply chain issues continue to affect dealers’ inventories, it is difficult for market participants to find new vehicles to buy, let alone at a reasonable price. So it’s no surprise that many automakers are reporting sales declines compared to last year. Still, some models manage to break through the chaos. Here’s our list of the top 25 best-selling cars, SUVs, and trucks in the first quarter of the year. We will update this list quarterly as more sales figures are released.

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25. Subaru Crosstrek (37,463 units sold)

The Outback and Forester usually occupy the top sales spots in Subaru’s lineup, but the smaller Crosstrek surpassed both in the first quarter of 2022. Sales were up 7 percent from last year.

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24. Nissan Altima (38,295 units sold)

With sales up 20 percent in the first quarter, the Altima midsize sedan is once again selling the Sentra compact sedan. Sentra’s turnover fell by 27 percent.

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23. Honda Civic (38,515 units sold)

Like many cars on this list, the Civic has been experiencing delivery issues that contributed to a 31 percent drop in sales in the first quarter of this year. That’s despite the Civic sedan and hatchback being redesigned for the 2022 model year.

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22. Hyundai Tucson (39,655 units sold)

It’s no surprise that the Tucson is Hyundai’s representative on this list of bestsellers. Not only was it redesigned for 2022, it competes in the popular compact crossover segment, with sales up 20 percent from this time last year.

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21. Ford Escape (39,962 units sold)

Sales of the Ford Escape were down 3 percent from the first quarter of last year, and it’s better to watch out as the more distinctive Bronco Sport is catching up in sales. The “baby Bronco” sold just over 29,000 units in the first quarter.

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20. Tesla Model 3 (40,200 units sold, estimated)

Tesla managed to sell many vehicles in the first quarter of 2022, and the Model 3 and Model Y accounted for the vast majority of deliveries. But because Tesla does not separate US sales figures from global figures, we use Automotive News sales estimates.

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19. Honda Accord (42,039 units sold)

The Accord is a perennial favorite of ours, although sales dropped 10 percent from last year. It’s no longer in the hunt with the Toyota Camry for the best-selling non-SUV in the country, but we’d still prefer it over the popular Toyota.

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18. Honda HR-V (42,168 units sold)

Honda appears to be clearing out the inventory of the old HR-V in anticipation of the new 2023 model arriving later this year. Despite its age, the current HR-V increased in sales by 61 percent in the first quarter of 2022.

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17. Ford Explorer (42,736 units sold)

The Explorer has been failing to keep up with its midsize SUV competitors of late, with sales dropping 35 percent from last year. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander both gained ground last year and are now much higher on this list.

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16. Nissan Rogue (45,235 units sold)

Nissan Rogue’s sales were down 48 percent from this time last year, meaning it’s lagging behind many of the other compact crossover competitors on this list. And this is despite Nissan combining sales figures for both the standard Rogue and the smaller Rogue Sport.

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15. Jeep Wrangler (45,551 units sold)

The Wrangler is to Jeep like 501s are to Levi’s, but it’s not the brand’s best-selling model. The Grand Cherokee has outperformed this iconoclastic 4×4 lately, and we wonder how the 23,573 Ford Bronco sold in the first quarter influenced the Wrangler’s 8 percent drop from last year.

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14. Toyota Corolla (47,501 units sold)

The Toyota Corolla is synonymous with fuel efficiency, reliability and affordability, but its popularity is declining. Turnover fell by 35 percent compared to last year. The 300hp GR Corolla hot hatchback that just debuted is certainly exciting, but due to its niche status will never be able to significantly increase Corolla volumes.

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13. Mazda CX-5 (50,653 units sold)

Mazda sales have been on the rise lately, with the CX-5 leading the way. Freshly updated for the 2022 model year, sales were up 24 percent from last year.

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12. Toyota Tacoma (53,182 units sold)

Toyota still rules the mid-size pickup stick in terms of sales, beating the Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado. But the Tacoma was down 20 percent from last year around this time.

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11. Tesla Model Y (55,000 units sold, estimated)

Teslas aren’t cheap or easy to get these days, but the Model Y is still making its way into many American driveways. Automotive News estimates that the EV automaker delivered 55,000 in the first quarter.

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10. Chevy Equinox (56,036 units sold)

The Equinox is now in third place in the regular sales race for compact crossovers through the first quarter of 2022. However, sales fell 11 percent compared to last year.

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9. GMC Sierra (56,617 units sold)

The luxury twin of the Chevy Silverado is making its way into the top 10 best-selling vehicles in the first quarter. Sales of the heavy-duty models rose from last year, while the light-duty Sierra 1500 fell.

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8. Honda CR-V (58,579 units sold)

It’s almost time for a new Honda CR-V for 2023, but the outgoing model remains one of the best-selling vehicles in the country. However, sales fell 38 percent compared to this time last year.

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7. Toyota Camry (61,505 units sold)

While SUVs have largely taken over this list, the Toyota Camry remains the best-selling vehicle that is neither an SUV nor a pickup truck. The Camry dropped 21 percent but still beat the second best passenger car, the Corolla, by a significant margin.

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6. Toyota Highlander (66,026 units sold)

We’re not sure what drives the Toyota Highlander’s popularity, but it’s higher on this list than ever. Sales were 3 percent higher than around this time last year.

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5. Jeep Grand Cherokee (75,117 units sold)

As with the Highlander, we’re not used to seeing the Jeep mid-sized SUV so high on the best-seller list. With both the three-row L and the new two-row models on offer, numbers are up 36 percent from last year.

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4. Toyota RAV4 (101,192 units sold)

The RAV4 has cemented its place as the best-selling non-pickup in recent years, and it looks set to continue into 2022. Sales fell 11 percent, but it still has a wide margin over the next best-selling model on this list.

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3. Chevy Silverado (118,796 units sold)

The lightweight Silverado 1500 is getting an update for 2022, and it will need to regain some sales momentum to pass the Ram for second. However, the heavy-duty model increased from last year.

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2. Ram Pickup (127,116 units sold)

Ram’s pickup lineup was down 15 percent from last year, but still managed to outpace the Silverado for the silver medal in the sales race — so far.

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1. Ford F Series (140,701 units sold)

Even a 31 percent drop couldn’t knock the F-series lineup out of its place in the sales rankings. Later this year, Ford will start selling an electric version of the F-150, the Lightning.

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