The Toyota Corolla has long dominated global sales charts as the world’s best-selling car. In 2021, however, another Toyota model, the hugely popular RAV4 compact SUV, took the top spot as the world’s best-selling car.
The Toyota RAV4 is the world’s best-selling car
In 2021 Toyota sold 1,132,000 units of the RAV4, making it the best-selling car in the world. The Toyota RAV4 beats the Toyota Corolla, with 1,104,000 compact cars sold in 2021. After the Corolla, the next best-selling cars are the Honda CR-V compact SUV (903,000 units sold) and the compact Nissan Sentra (693,000 units sold).
What were the best-selling cars in the world in 2021?
Here are the top 10 best-selling cars in the world in 2021:
- Toyota RAV4: 1,132,000 units sold
- Toyota Corolla: 1,104,000 units sold
- Honda CR-V: 903,000 units sold
- Nissan Senta: 693,000 units sold
- Toyota Camry: 681,000 units sold
- Honda HR-V: 670,000 units sold
- Ford F-150: 562,000 units sold
- Toyota Hilux: 549,000 units sold
- Tesla Model 3: 508,000 units sold
- Honda Accord: 481,000 units sold
As you can see, Toyota dominates the list of the world’s best-selling cars, according to IOL. Along with the RAV4 and Corolla, the Camry midsize car and the Hilux midsize pickup made the top 10. Honda also has a few models on the list, including the aforementioned CR-V compact SUV, as well as the HR-V subcompact SUV and the Accord mid-sized car.
What were the best-selling cars in the United States in 2021?
Here are the top 10 best-selling cars in the United States in 2021:
- Ford F Series: 726,004 units sold
- Ram Pickup: 569,388 units sold
- Chevrolet Silverado: 519,774 units sold
- Toyota RAV4: 407,739 units sold
- Honda CR-V: 361,271 units sold
- Toyota Camry: 313,795 units sold
- Nissan Rogue: 285,602 units sold
- Jeep Grand Cherokee: 264,444 units sold
- Toyota Highlander: 264,128 units sold
- Honda Civic: 263,787 units sold
As you can see, it’s a slightly different story in the US than in the rest of the world. Unlike the rest of the world, large pickup trucks are very popular in the US. The three best-selling cars in America are full-size trucks: the Ford F-Series (726,004 units sold), the Ram Pickup (569,388 units sold), and the Chevrolet Silverado (519,774 units sold).
However, the Toyota RAV4 more than holds its own in America. With 407,739 units sold in 2021, the RAV4 is the best-selling model without a pickup in the US
Why is the Toyota RAV4 SUV so popular?
The Toyota RAV4’s high sales total is due to a number of reasons. First, compact SUVs like the RAV4 are becoming more and more popular in both the US and the world. The RAV4 is also very versatile. It has the utility of an SUV, but the agility and fuel economy of a sedan.
The RAV4 is also suitable for a wide range of buyers. You can go budget-friendly with the LE trim or luxurious with the Limited trim. For extremely low fuel consumption, the RAV4 offers a hybrid model, as well as a plug-in hybrid model with the RAV4 Prime. And for off-road enthusiasts, the RAV4 offers the TRD Off-Road trim.
Third, the RAV4 is fun to drive. This is especially the case with the RAV4 Prime, which delivers a sports car acceleration with a 0-100 km/h time of just 5.5 seconds.
In addition, the RAV4 offers many advanced technologies. This includes an easy-to-use infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, as well as driver assistance technologies such as lane-keeping assistant and dynamic radar cruise control.
In addition, the RAV4 is a very reliable vehicle, with a well-deserved reputation for many miles and years. In addition, the RAV4 has attractive styling, with a bold and sporty design.
Will the Toyota RAV4’s popularity continue?
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The Toyota RAV4 earned the title of best-selling automotive world, despite not being redesigned since the 2019 model year. Often when a car gets a redesign, sales will increase, while outdated models don’t sell as well.
Toyota often goes through six-year redesign cycles, so the RAV4 should become one in a few years. But until then, given its history and all it has to offer, there’s no reason to believe the RAV4’s popularity won’t continue.
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