The 10 Best-Selling SUVs of 2021

You don’t have to be a trend follower to find the list of the best-selling SUVs in 2021 to be useful information. When an SUV is one of the most popular SUVs, it usually gives you an idea of that vehicle’s quality. Basically, there must be a lot to love. Even though 2021 isn’t quite over yet (even though it kind of feels like 38 long months so far), Forbes put out a list of the best-selling vehicles of 2021 (so far). Is your SUV one of them? 

Silver Toyota RAV4 driving on a mountainous road
Toyota RAV4 | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling SUV in 2021

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 takes the top spot for best-selling SUVs in 2021. According to Forbes, Toyota has sold 313,447 2021 RAV4s so far in 2021. That’s quite a large number of compact SUVs. Even with the global chip shortage, this number is up 4.5%. 

The 2021 Honda CR-V is one of the most popular SUVs

A white Honda CR-V is seen during the Vienna Car Show press preview at Messe Wien, as part of Vienna Holiday Fair, on January 15, 2020 in Vienna, Austria. The Vienna Autoshow will be held January 16-19.
A white Honda CR-V | Manfred Schmid via Getty Images

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Okay, the 2021 Honda CR-V isn’t exactly right behind the 2022 Toyota RAV4, but that’s not really a surprise, given the number of RAV4s sold so far. Still, the 2021 Honda CR-Vs numbers are nothing to sneeze at. Honda has sold 290,140 2021 CR-Vs so far in 2021. Though this number is lower than usual, people are still gravitating towards Honda’s mix of reliability and style. 

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is selling well

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is currently the third best-selling SUV in 2021. Nissan has sold 234,647 2021 Rogue’s in the first three quarters of 2021. Its year-to-date sales are up 40%, largely thanks to its recent major redesign. 

It’s no surprise that the 2021 Toyota Highlander is on this list

A Toyota Highlander car is on display during the 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2021) at National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) on April 19, 2021 in Shanghai, China.
The Toyota Highlander | VCG via Getty Images

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The 2021 Toyota Highlander follows a long line of Highlanders that have sold well. The Highlander is known for being such a versatile SUV that it’s no wonder that the 2021 Toyota Highlander is the fourth best-selling SUV in 2021. 207,564 2021 Highlanders have been sold so far, with three months to go in the year. 

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee sold less than 200,000 cars, but it’s one of the most popular SUVs

Jeep may not have sold as many 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokees as some other car manufacturers sold SUVs, but the 2021 Grand Cherokee’s numbers are still decent. So far in 2021, 189,727 Grand Cherokees have been sold. With the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee being released, people may start scrambling to buy the three-row Grand Cherokees while they can. 

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler is a mainstay in the automotive world

green 2022 Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon parked in a desert
2022 Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon | Jeep

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There’s nothing else like the Jeep Wrangler, and the 2021 Jeep Wrangler’s sales numbers prove that. Even during this time of weird car sales, the Jeep Wrangler manages to be one of the best-selling SUVs. So far, Jeep has sold 164,709 2021 Wranglers. 

The 2021 Ford Explorer’s sales are up 1%

Technically, the 2021 Ford Explorer’s sales are up .9%, but that’s pretty close to 1%. It’s still not a huge increase, but it is an increase, and it makes the 2021 Ford Explorer one of the most popular SUVs. So far in 2021, 160,174 Ford Explorers have been sold.

The 2021 Chevy Equinox’s sales are down but it’s still one of the most popular SUVs

Even though the 2021 Chevy Equinox’s sales are down roughly 20%, it’s still one of the best-selling SUVs in 2021. It’s a weird year. The 2021 Chevy Equinox has sold 151,110 cars so far in 2021. To make matters worse, sales are down 80% compared to last September. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 continues to chug along

A white 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature compact SUV travels on a road as the sun glints off the hood
2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature | Mazda North American Operations

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The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is such a quiet, solid vehicle, and the 137,343 2021 CX-5s sold in 2021 represent that. It’s not a huge number, but it’s not insignificant, either. It demonstrates that people recognize the reliability of the 2021 Mazda CX-5, but it isn’t so flashy that hordes of people are flocking to it, either. Sales for the 2021 Mazda CX-5 are up 32.9%, showing that it remains one of the most popular SUVs out there.

The 2021 Subaru Forester remains above water

Despite the chip crisis and car shortage, the 2021 Subaru Forester’s sales are increasing. Even though they’re only u by .5%, Subaru is likely pleased by the 132,254 2021 Foresters sold so far in 2021. 

If you’re looking for a new car, any of these best-selling SUVs of 2021 would likely make a good choice. After all, they’re best-sellers for a reason. And if your SUV is on this list, you can rest assured knowing that lots of other people in the U.S. think that you made purchase decision. 

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