The 25 Best Selling Cars, Trucks, & SUVs of 2022 (so far)

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Keeping track of car sales in 2022 requires careful management of expectations. As supply chain issues continue to affect dealers’ stocks, it is difficult for those in the market to find new cars to buy — let alone at a reasonable price. So it’s no surprise that many automakers are reporting a drop in sales compared to last year. However, some models managed to break through the chaos. Here is a list of the 25 best selling cars, SUVs, and trucks of the first quarter of the year. We will update this list every three months as more sales figures are released.

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25- Subaru Crosstrek (37,463 units sold)

The Outback and Forester typically have the highest sales position in Subaru’s lineup, but the smaller Crosstrek surpassed both during the first quarter of 2022. Its sales are up 7 percent year-over-year.

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24- Nissan Altima (38,295 units sold)

With sales up 20 percent during the first quarter, the mid-size Altima sedan outperforms the Sentra compact sedan once again. Sintra’s sales fell 27 percent.

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23- Honda Civic (38,515 units sold)

Like many of the other cars on this list, the Civic has been experiencing supply problems that contributed to a 31 percent drop in sales during the first quarter of this year. This is despite the fact that the Civic sedan and hatchback have been restyled for 2022.

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22- Hyundai Tucson (39,655 units sold)

It’s no surprise that Tucson is the Hyundai representative on this bestseller list. Not only is it redesigned for 2022, it also competes in the popular crossover segment, and sales are up 20 percent compared to this time last year.

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21- Ford Escape (39,962 units sold)

Sales of the Ford Escape are down 3 percent compared to the first quarter of last year, and you’d better watch out, because the more premium Bronco Sport is catching up in terms of sales. Baby Bronco sold just over 29,000 units during the first quarter.

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

Tesla managed to sell a lot of vehicles in the first quarter of 2022, and the Model 3 and Model Y made up the vast majority of deliveries. But since Tesla doesn’t separate US sales numbers from its global ones, we use Car News Sales estimates.

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19. Honda Accord (42,039 units sold)

The Compact is always our favorite, even though sales are down 10 percent compared to last year. The search with the Toyota Camry is no longer the best-selling SUV in the country, but we still chose it over the popular Toyota.

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

Honda appears to be removing the old stock HR-V in anticipation of the new 2023 model arriving later this year. Despite its age, the current HR-V jumped 61 percent in sales during the first quarter of 2022.

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17. Ford Explorer (42,736 units sold)

The Explorer hasn’t kept pace with its midsize SUV competitors lately, with sales down 35 percent compared to last year. Meanwhile, both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander gained more than last year and are now found much higher on this list.

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16. Nissan Rogue (45,235 units sold)

Nissan Rogue sales are down 48 percent compared to this time last year, which means it’s way behind many of the other competitors on this list. And that’s despite the fact that Nissan combines sales figures for both the standard Rogue and the smaller Rogue Sport.

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15. Jeep Wrangler (45,551 units sold)

A Wrangler is to Jeep as 501s is to Levi’s, but it’s not the brand’s best-selling model. The Grand Cherokee has far surpassed this iconic all-wheel drive as of late, and we can’t help but wonder how much of the 23,573 Ford Bronco sold in the first quarter impacted the Wrangler’s 8 percent decline over 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. Sales are down 35 percent compared to last year. The 300-hp GR Corolla hot hatchback that debuted is certainly exciting, but it wouldn’t be able to boost the Corolla’s volumes significantly due to its proper positioning.

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

Mazda sales have been on the rise lately, and the CX-5 is taking the lead. Newly updated for 2022, its sales are up 24 percent compared to last year.

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12- Toyota Tacoma (182 53 units sold)

Toyota still dominates the midsize pickup in terms of sales, ahead of the Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado. But the Tacoma is down 20 percent compared to this time last year.

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

Teslas aren’t cheap and easy to come by these days, but the Model Y still finds its way onto a lot of American trails. Automotive News estimates that the electric car maker delivered 55,000 in the first quarter.

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10- Chevy Equinox (56.036 units sold)

The Equinox is now third in the mainstream crossover sales race during the first quarter of 2022. Sales are down 11 percent compared to last year, though.

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9. GMC Sierra (56617 units sold)

The upscale twin of the Chevy Silverado finds its way into the top 10 bestsellers during the first quarter. Sales of heavy-duty models are up from a year ago, while sales of the Sierra 1500 light-duty model are down.

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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 previous model is still among the best-selling cars in the country. However, its sales are down 38 percent compared to this time last year.

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7- Toyota Camry (61.505 units sold)

Although SUVs have largely taken over this list, the Toyota Camry remains the best-selling vehicle and is neither an SUV nor a pickup truck. The Camry is down 21 percent but still outperforms the second best passenger car, the Corolla, by a large 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 it has ever been. Sales are up 3 percent compared to this time last year.

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

Similar to the Highlander, we’re not used to seeing Jeep midsize SUVs topping our bestseller list. Now that the three-row L models and the new two-row models are sold out, the numbers are up 36 percent from last year.

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4- Toyota RAV4 (101.192 units sold)

The RAV4 has solidified its position as the best-selling non-pickup truck in recent years, and looks to continue into 2022. Sales are down 11 percent but still have a wide margin compared to the next best-selling model on this list.

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3 – Chevy Silverado (118,796 units sold)

The Silverado 1500 light-duty is getting an update for 2022, and will need to regain some sales momentum to overtake the Ram for second place. However, the heavy-duty model is up compared to last year.

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2. RAM Pickup (127,116 units sold)

Ram’s truck lineup was 15 percent lower than last year, but it managed to overtake the Silverado for silver in race sales—so far.

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1. Ford F-Series (140701 units sold)

Not even a 31 percent drop could knock the F-series lineup from its place at the top of the sales rankings. Later this year, Ford will begin selling an electric version of the F-150 called the Lightning.

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