The new year is here, and with it, the last bit of data from last year’s automotive industry. Now that the world’s automakers have sorted through the details, they’ve put together exhaustive reports detailing markets, sales, segments, and everything in between. What does that mean for consumers? We finally get to find out which vehicles were the most popular, and give our best guesses as to why.
With 2015 officially underway, last year’s automotive best-sellers are just that — old news. But still, we can look to the past to try and predict the future, or at least surmise which direction the markets will turn, and which way consumer preferences are bending — if at all.
2014 as a whole saw oil prices plunge casting some serious ramifications for how consumers shop for cars. With gas around $2 per gallon in great swaths of the U.S., SUVs and pickups tend to excel on the showroom floor while the hybrids and the like tend to suffer After all, Americans do love their pickup trucks, compact SUVs, and efficient consumer-grade sedans.
But getting down to the nitty-gritty, what were the best-selling vehicles of all 2014, as supplied by Cars.com? Read on to see the top 10.
10. Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion sedan managed to squeak in at the number 10 spot this year, with dealers having sold nearly 307,000 units throughout the year. That marks a 3.9% increase over 2013, and is great news for Ford, which is trying to make inroads with consumers who have been buying up competitors’ vehicles — like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry — in droves. Though it typically costs a bit more than the others, the American-branded, versatile sedan seems to be catching on with buyers.
9. Honda Civic
One of two vehicles among the top 10 that actually saw a decline in year-over-year sales, Honda’s ever-popular Civic went home with almost 326,000 new owners last year. However, that figure comes up short of the 336,000 that were sold in 2013, a 3% reduction. That could be due to increased competition from other vehicles in its segment, or that consumers are looking at bigger cars or SUVs. There was a general decline among most compacts, and that was something that Honda couldn’t avoid. Another thing to consider is that the Civic’s aesthetics are getting a bit dated, and consumers may be itching for a redesign.
8. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V was having a hell of a year. Then the 2015 mid-cycle refresh hit showrooms and sales went wild, becoming the fourth best-selling vehicle in November (for a 37.7% surge) behind the three pickup trucks. That momentum carried over into December with another 12.6% surge, and helped the CR-V ultimately post a 10.2% increase in 2014 over 2013. In all, Honda sold 335,000 CR-Vs last year.
6. Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla had an incredibly strong month in December to finish off the year, with a 33.5% increase in sales for the month over December 2013. Behind that push, the Corolla finds itself in sixth place on the list of 2014’s best-sellers. For the whole year, just shy of 339,500 Corollas were sold, compared to 302,000 for 2013. That represents a 12.3% boost year-over-year, and propelled the Corolla up to the sixth spot from ninth last year.
5. Honda Accord
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Honda’s best-selling vehicle for 2014 was the Accord. The Accord has established quite the legacy for itself, and has become a staple on yearly and monthly best-seller lists. 2014 was no different, as sales of the Accord went up by 5.9% overall, with more than 388,000 sold. Last year, the Accord found itself in fourth place, but this year, was overtaken by another close competitor.
4. Toyota Camry
Toyota’s engineers gave the Camry a needed kick in the pants for 2015, after renewed efforts from around the industry to reinvigorate the midsize sedan. The effects have been quite apparent; the sportier, bolder look has driven sales of the Camry considerably, with 428,606 moving off of dealer lots over the course of the year, good for a 4.9% increase year-over-year. In the logjam that is the midsize sedan market, this year the Camry came out on top.
3. Ram Pickup
If one brand and vehicle really put on a show last year, it was Ram. Sales of Ram pickups shot up an incredible 23.6% overall, putting it right in the mix with the best that Chevy and Ford had to offer. Total Ram pickup sales tallied up to just under 440,000. Compare that to 2013’s total of 355,000, and the difference is fairly staggering. Sales in December alone increased by 32.4%, with more and more consumers seeing Ram as a viable option to the other two big truck producers.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
The second-place finisher in the truck wars — and also in terms of overall vehicle sales — was the Chevrolet Silverado. Despite the incredibly rough year that parent company General Motors had to suffer through, Chevrolet turned out one of its best years. Sales jumped more than 10% this year over 2013, for a total of 529,755.
1. Ford F-150
Despite a sticky year due to the production slow-down related to the introduction of the new model, the Ford F-150 remained the number one best-seller throughout the entire year, having moved 753,851 units. That’s more trucks than there were minutes in the entire year, Ford Trucks rep Mike Levine noted, amounting to roughly one every 42 seconds. The 2015 model represented under 10% percent of the mix, though, as Ford continues to work on rolling them off the assembly line as soon as possible.