The number is staggering — 17.4 million new cars and trucks were purchased in the United States in 2016, dominated by sport utility vehicles and pick-up trucks. The Ford F-Series again paced the industry surpassing 800,000 in sales and about 250,000 more than the runner-up Chevrolet Silverado.

The Ford F-Series again paced the top-20 list of best-selling vehicles in the United States in 2016.
The Ford F-Series again paced the top-20 list of best-selling vehicles in the United States in 2016. Image/Courtesy of Ford.

Twelve of the top-20 best-selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2016 were either SUVs or pickup trucks. The reason: a combination of versatility and lowering gas prices. The sale of pickups has increased for years. Only six manufacturers are represented in the marketplace, but the combined sales were more than 2.2 million.

The 2016 car market had two surprising results. Compact-car sales fell 6.1 percent in 2016 and midsize vehicle sales fell 11.2 percent. As a result, the trucks and SUV sales combined for 35 percent of the market last.

Ford again led the manufacturer total with four vehicles among the top-20. Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Chevrolet had three vehicles each on the list.

Here’s the list of the 20 best-selling cars and trucks of 2016 and the percentage of gain or loss from 2015 sales. Vehicles listed with hyperlinks were reviewed by TheWeeklyDriver.com in recent years.

20. Hyundai Elantra: 208,319. -13.8%.
19. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 212,273. +8.1%.
18. Nissan Sentra: 214,709. +5.5%.
17. GMC Sierra: 221,680. -1.1%.
16. Chevrolet Malibu: 227,881 +17%.
15. Chevrolet Equinox: 242,195. -12.8%.
14. Ford Explorer: 248,507. -0.3%.
13. Ford Fusion: 265,840. -11.4%.
12. Ford Escape: 307,069. +0.2%.
11. Nissan Altima: 307,380. -7.8%.
10. Nissan Rogue: 329,904. +14.9%.
9. Honda Accord: 345,225. -2.9%.
8. Toyota RAV4: 352,139. +11.6%.
7. Honda CR-V: 357,335. +3.4%.
6. Toyota Corolla: 360,483. -0.8%.
5. Honda Civic: 366,927. +9.4%.
4. Toyota Camry: 388,616. -9.5%.
3. RAM Trucks: 489,418. +8.7%.
2. Chevrolet Silverado: 574,876. -4.3%
1. Ford F-Series: 820,799. +5.2%.

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