Last year was a banner one for auto sales. Shaking off the last effects of the massive financial crumble of 2008 and 2009, the automotive industry regained its footing in North America and — despite a record number of recalls, set rolling by General Motors — was able to bring itself largely to pre-recession levels or beyond.
Many thought that due to the strength found in 2014’s sales year, 2015 would provide a chance for the market to pull back and take a breather. But due to an onslaught of new models and better footing beneath the economy, the auto industry has just kept chugging along. An average loan APR of 4.38%, the lowest since September of last year, is probably helping too.
The industry sales stalwart, the Ford F-Series, plowed onward to lead the market. Most — if not all –major manufacturers experienced July in the black, as luxury brands helped pace sales, with conventional makes happy to follow suit.
Despite the strength of compact crossovers in the market, sedans are still holding their own, as redesigned versions of the Camry and Accord continue to draw buyers. Nissan’s Altima, although it hasn’t had a solid redesign in years, is still putting up solid numbers, an indication that the buying public still favors the sedan over a favored brand of crossover.
Read on to see the 10 cars that Americans bought the most of in July.
10. Ford Escape
Ford’s Escape has been plagued with recall issues since the current generation went on sale, but that hasn’t stopped buyers from scooping them up by the boatload. Ford moved 29,253 units of the SUV in July, a 10.1% leap over July of last year. Year-to-date, Ford has sold 175,669 Escapes, which although impressive, falls 2.1% shy of levels seen at the same time last year.
9. Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is a frequent flyer in the top 10, but it almost lost that distinction as sales in July dropped 1.9% to 30,249 units. This still leaves the Corolla up 7.4% for the year, with 220,380 models moved since January 1.
8. Honda Civic
Handily outpacing its chief rival, the Corolla, the Honda Civic added a 3.7% gain to its July sales versus 2014 at 31,139. For the year, it’s still behind the Corolla at 189,440 units, down 3.9% from the first seven months of 2014.
7. Honda CR-V
It’s been a banner year for Honda’s venerable CR-V so far. Honda has sold 194,803 units since January 1, a healthy 6.3% more than the same period of 2014. In July, Honda moved 31,785 CR-Vs, outpacing all others in its class as sales moved 11.4% higher than levels seen from July 2014.
6. Nissan Altima
Despite not seeing any major redesign action, the Altima held its own in July as it moved 33,824 units in July. That’s a gain of 27% year-over-year, and leaves the Altima at 205,873 for 2015 so far, up 1.4% against the same period last year.
5. Honda Accord
Even after the debut of a more tech-savvy and aggressive 2016 Accord, buyers proved in July that there’s still demand for the old one. Honda moved 34,496 Accords in July, a 1.6% dip versus July of last year. This leaves the Accord down 13.7% on the year so far, at 190,242 units.
4. Ram Pickup
The Ram Pickup has been on a sales roll for a while now, despite the aging nature of its design language against newer competition. Ram sold 36,019 units in July, eking out a 1.1% lift versus July a year ago. Sales of the pickup are at 248,735 for the year, up 3.9% versus the comparable period a year ago.
3. Toyota Camry
Nudging out the Ram for the bronze, the Toyota Camry — heavily redesigned for 2015 — is finding its voice after a softer start to the year. Toyota moved 38,435 units of the sedan for the month, a 3.6% slide versus the year-ago July. This brings the Camry to 254,251 Camrys sold in total since January, down 3.1% against the same period in 2014.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
Truck sales remained as hot as the weather in July, and the Chevrolet Silverado was able to take full advantage. General Motors moved 56,380 Silverado units during the month for a monstrous 33.9% leap over July of 2014’s performance, leaving Silverado sales for the year so far up 17.5% at 332,202 units moved.
1. Ford F-Series
After frame shortages, demand concerns, and curiously high incentive activity (all pertaining to the F-150), Ford seemed to quell the critics in July as it moved 66,288, with retail sales up 13% for the best July results since 2006. Overall, the F-Series picked up a 4.8% gain in July versus last year, and has moved 423,468 trucks year-to-date so far — down, however, by 1.3%.
All information courtesy of: Cars.com