The Toyota Camry is the best-selling car for Q1 of 2022? I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you. Except, not at all. Because the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for 19 years, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. See why the Camry continues to forge ahead in sales during unprecedented times of auto-industry chaos.
America’s best-selling passenger car
Now, it’s important to note that when we say the Camry is the best-selling car, we mean car—this excludes trucks and SUVs. Americans love our giant, “but what if I need 80 cubic feet of cargo space” vehicles. They guzzle gas, they’re hard to park, but we love them. That’s why the real powerhouses in vehicle sales tend to be the heavy hitters.
But, among passenger cars, the 2022 Toyota Camry reigns supreme.
So far, in 2022, the Camry has moved 61,505 units. That’s far shy of the 140,701 Ford F-150 Series units sold, but it’s incredibly impressive for the sedan market right now. Even with gas prices soaring, trucks stay a top seller. But, small cars like the Camry will always be needed, wanted, and beloved.
Camry sales dropped 21% but still holding strong
Car and Driver reports that sales of the Camry have dropped 21%, but even that massive dip saw the Camry substantially above the next-best-selling car: the Corolla.
According to HotCars, Toyota sold 313,795 Camry sedans in 2021—a 7% increase over the last year. With numbers like that, it’s not hard to see why the Camry is seeing a dip now. Most new cars are more expensive than usual, which can spook budget buyers who would usually be delighted to buy a Camry.
That, combined with supply shortages and trouble accessing inventory, can take a big bite out of sales.
The 2022 Camry outsold the Corolla by over 14K cars
Who doesn’t love a little sibling rivalry? The Toyota Corolla was the second-best-selling car, moving 47,501 units for the first quarter of 2022. That’s just over 75% of the Toyota Camry’s total sales.
One of the reasons for the sales difference may be size—Americans generally prefer bigger cars, and the midsize Camry offers more passenger and cargo room than the compact Corolla.
The Camry outsold the 2022 Honda Accord by nearly 20K cars
The rivalry between the Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry is still alive and well. Critics overall may prefer the Accord, but the public is voting with their wallets—and the Camry comes out on top. The Honda Accord sold 42,039 units for the first quarter of 2022. That’s only 68% of the Toyota Camry’s total sales.
Why is the 2022 Camry a best-seller?
There’s a good reason—well, more like a dozen good reasons—that the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car for almost two decades.
The 2022 Toyota Camry is cheap and cheerful, starting at just $25,295 for the base Camry LE model. It’s long-lasting and reliable, and while it may not be very exciting, it gets you exactly what you need.