Two pieces of information attract a lot of attention when analyzing the list of the best-selling cars in the United States in 2023: The first is that the ‘Yankees’ continue to love SUVs and pickups; the second is that the United States has turned its back on the electric car.
Not that the American market is the same as the European and, especially, the Spanish. But analyzing it will help us better understand where the shots went on the old continent. After all, Europe is a region that lags behind the United States in many aspects.
On the other side of the Atlantic, a total of 15,549,907 passenger cars and SUVs were registered in 2023, which means an increase of 12% compared to 2022. However, this is not an exceptional year because almost two million fewer cars were sold than in 2016, when the record was recorded.
In addition, these figures are far from the period of 1998–2007, when sales reached almost 16.7 million units per year on average. Still, that 12% increase isn’t bad for one sector, the auto industry, which continues to recover from microchip shortages and labor strikes at various factories.
Americans’ favorite cars: SUVs and pickups
Now, what cars do Americans buy the most? SUV and other SUVs. Of all the vehicles sold, about 3.2 million were passenger cars and 2.75 million were pickups, which means that some, more than 12.3 million, are SUVs.
The majority of drivers in the United States opt for an SUV; however, the top three positions in the list of best-selling cars are occupied by pickups. The first position for the Ford F-series, with more than 745,000 units placed on the market,
This model has been the best-selling model for many years and is the best-selling pick-up in North America for the 42nd consecutive year. They followed him with the Chevrolet Silverado, with more than 530,000 units, and the Ram Pickup, with more than 440,000 units.
Up to this point, everything is more or less normal. We know that Americans love big cars, SUVs, and trucks. But what about the electric car? Well, there is one in lime and one in sand.
The United States has turned its back on the electric car
On the one hand, the fifth position in the list of the best-selling cars in the United States in 2023 is occupied by an electric car, the Tesla Model Y. This highlights the famous paradigm shift that is happening locally and globally in the auto. industry.
The electric SUV closed last year with 385,900 units sold, but it was also the best-selling car in the world, with a total of 1.23 million deliveries, which is 64% more than a year ago. This is the first time that an electric car has topped the world sales ranking, ahead of the Toyota RAV4 and Corolla.
Returning to the United States, the emergence of Tesla did not stop there, as the Model 3 exceeded 217,000 units, becoming the third best-selling passenger car in 2023, behind the Toyota Camry and Corolla. The electric sedan surpassed models such as the Honda Accord and the Civic and occupied the twelfth position in the overall ranking.
However, even if Tesla’s numbers are amazing, among the 25 best-selling cars in the United States in 2023, there are only two electric models, and they are, precisely, the two from Elon Musk’s brand that we mentioned. The rest is combustion, and there are some hybrids.
This shows that the purchase of battery-powered cars by American drivers is not going at the expected rate or, at least, as the authorities would like. And this is even though there are many pure electric models from American brands.
It is surprising, for example, that the Ford Mustang Mach-E does not appear among the 25 best sellers. Another electric model from Ford, the F-150 Lightning, registered 24,165 units.
The ten best-selling cars in the United States in 2023
These are the best-selling cars in 2023:
- Jeep Grand Cherokee sold 244,595 units.
- Nissan Rogue has 271,458 units.
- Toyota Camry sold 290,649 units.
- GMC Sierra 295,737 units.
- Honda CR-V has 361,457 units.
- Tesla Model Y: 385,900 units.
- Toyota RAV4 434,943 units.
- Ram Pickup has 444,926 units.
- Chevy Silverado has 543,319 units.
- F-Series: 750,789 units.
As can be seen in the ranking, of the ten best-selling cars in the United States in 2023, the majority corresponds to SUVs and pickup cars. There is only one saloon and one electric.