Supply problems, skyrocketing car prices, empty dealerships and insane gas prices – there are many problems plaguing the new car market right now. Even popular, best-selling cars take the hit. Across the board, new cars are seeing lower sales than last year. This is partly due to the fact that there are simply not enough cars to sell.
But even these annoyances don’t stop Americans from buying new sedans, SUVs, and trucks. Check out the six best-selling cars for the first quarter of 2022.
6. 2022 Nissan Altima: 38,295 sold
This mid-sized sedan has a banner quarter. Sales of the Altima in 2022 are up 20% in the first quarter, but that may be partly due to Altima sales that suffered in 2021. 39 mpg on the highway. The 2022 Altima beats its brother, the compact Sentra, in sales.
5. 2022 Honda Civic: 38,515 sold
The ever-popular 2022 compact Civic sedan is struggling with a significant drop in sales. The Civic shows 31% lower figures than last year. This is due to a combination of delivery issues resulting in fewer cars being available to sell. But even with these low sales, the 2022 Civic is still at the top. This sedan sees up to 42 mpg on the highway and starts around $22,500. If Honda brings back the Civic Hybrid, it could help boost sales.
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4. 2022 Tesla Model 3: 40,200 sold
It might be surprising to see a Tesla on this list just because they are so hard to find. Tesla’s compact luxury EV still managed to move more than 40,000 cars in the first quarter of 2022. Note that these are estimated numbers as we do not have clear sales figures for the US market. In a tough market, even the cheapest Model 3 EV is a bestseller.
3. 2022 Honda Accord: 42,039 sold
Sales of Honda’s midsize sedan are down 10% from last year. The 2022 deal struggles to keep up with its closest competitor, the Camry, even as it remains a favorite of critics. The Accord starts around $26,000, offers a variety of well-stocked trim levels, and is available in a hybrid.
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2. 2022 Toyota Corolla: 47,501 sold
The Corolla 2022 is the best-selling compact sedan for the first quarter of 2022, even with a 35% drop in sales. This decline may indicate that the Corolla’s popularity is on the wane. Why do people shy away from small sedans? The 2022 Corolla is a Top Safety Pick+, starting at just over $20,000, and Toyota will be releasing an all-new GR Corolla hatchback soon.
1. 2022 Toyota Camry: 61,505 sold
The 2022 Camry Is The Only Sedan To Break In Car and driver‘s list of the top 10 best-selling vehicles, among popular SUVs and trucks. That makes the Camry the best-selling non-SUV/non-truck and the best-selling mid-size sedan. It also makes for one of the most reliable used cars.
Will the most popular cars of 2022 remain at the top?
It will be interesting to see if these best-selling cars stay at the top for the rest of 2022. Big names from Toyota, Honda and Tesla are likely to remain the most popular, but perhaps the Nissan Sentra can claw its way further up the list.
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