Here Are the Most Popular Trucks and SUVs So Far In 2021

Vehicles are selling like crazy. Whether trucks, SUVs-it doesn’t matter. And whether new or used, inventories are way down. Coming out of the pandemic and feeling better about the economy has prompted consumers to buy up whatever is on dealership lots. So we present the top 10 most popular trucks and SUVs from the first quarter of 2021. 

10. Chevy Equinox

The 2021 Chevy Equinox driving in a tunnel
2021 Chevy Equinox | Chevy

Not all vehicles are seeing increases in sales. The Equinox was the fifth most popular vehicle in the US this time last year. Now it has slipped to 10th losing almost 14% sales year over year. Still, it sold 63,218 in 2021.

9. Toyota Highlander

A silver 2021 Toyota Highlander parked
2021 Toyota Highlander | Toyota

Sales of the Toyota Highlander are up 33.3% over this time last year. Much of this can be attributed to its redesign. Last year it was sitting at 13th place so the refresh is paying for itself.

8. Ford Explorer

2022 Ford Explorer Timberline Spy Shot
2022 Ford Explorer Timberline Spy Shot | Driving Live

Last year the Ford Explorer was seeing a lot of build issues and overall quality problems after its complete redesign in 2019. Sales were way down as a result. Now, the Explorer seems to be gaining its old form. Sales are up by almost 16 % year over year. 

7. Toyota Tacoma

2021 Toyota Tacoma parked on the trails
2021 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

The midsize pickup truck segment is still hot as is the Toyota Tacoma. In spite of it not having been refreshed in years it continues to see healthy sales. For 2021 sales are up almost 25% over last year. In 2020 its sales ranking was 9th place. Now, it is 7th with sales of 66,449.

6. Nissan Rogue

A white 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport at sunrise
2021 Nissan Rogue Sport | Nissan

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This should convince Nissan to get with the redesign on its other models. All-new for 2021, Rogue sales are through the roof, up 45.2%. With 86,720 sold it is solidly in 6th place.

5. Honda CR-V

A Toyota CR-V hybrid on display
The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. the Toyota RAV4 | Mark Ralston / AFP via Getty Images

The CR-V has seen its volume continue to increase, moving it from 6th to 5th place for 2021. Sales so far are up almost 32% from 2020. The compact crossover segment continues to be hot.

4. Toyota RAV4

The Toyota Motor Corp. 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid sports utility vehicle | Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In the compact crossover segment, the RAV4 has both the CR-V and Rogue beat, selling 114,255 so far in 2021. At this rate, it will once again see yearly sales of over 400,000 units.

3. Chevy Silverado

Pictured is a red 2021 Chevy Silverado outdoors.
2021 Chevy Silverado | Xinhua/Joel Lerner via Getty Images

Whether due to the criticized fascia design or microchip shortage the Silverado 1500 and HD saw sales shrink 13.2% in 2021 so far. This puts the Silverado behind the Ram pickup truck moving from 2nd to 3rd place so far in 2021.

2. Ram Pickup

A Black 2021 Ram 1500 TRX on the trails
2021 Ram 1500 TRX | Stellantis

Sales of the Ram 1500 have increased 15.6% over last year. This leaf frogged it over the Silverado. Sales are calculated for both the combined sales of the Ram 1500 and Classic pickups. 

1. Ford F-Series

The front end of the ford f150 pickup truck on the road
2021 Ford F-150 King Ranch Truck | Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

You know the F-Series is number one because Ford continues to beat us over the head with the news. But in such a competitively strong segment Ford loves the inference that being number one also means the best pickup sold.  Sales in 2021 are 203,797.