The top-selling cars in the country

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

It’s interesting to analyze the information about the most popular and top-selling cars in the United States; even more interesting is the fact that in 2014, one of the most popular cars in the country was not made in the U.S. — Hyundai sold more than 240,000 Elantras in this year. The sedan was named “North American Car of the Year” at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

If we take a look at the top-selling cars in the United States, we can say that it is all about Japan. The Camry (made by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota) was the most popular — 429,355 cars sold in 2015. The Toyota Corolla finished in second place with 363,332 cars sold. The Honda Accord came in the honorable third place with 355,557 cars sold in 2015. The Nissan Altima and Honda Civic were also among the top-selling cars, selling 333,398 and 335,384 units respectively.

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Now let’s have a quick look at the graph showing us the leading car brands in the U.S. as of the end of 2015. As we can see, Ford is on top here with more than 2,501.86 thousand units sold, while Chevrolet sold more than 2,125.35 thousand units last year. The vehicle sales of Toyota, Honda and Nissan were also impressive 2,098.55 thousand units, 1,409.39 thousand units and 1,351.42 thousand units, respectively.

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In 2016, the most popular North American car brand was Ford Division, with more than 185,012 thousand vehicles sold. Chevrolet was second with a bit under 170 thousand cars sold. The other popular North American car brands included Jeep, GMC and Ram.

So which car can be called the people’s choice? Honda had the highest index score of customer satisfaction with an index score of 86. BMW and Toyota had the same index score of 85. Lexus and GMC also shared the same index score of customer satisfaction (84), while Chevrolet and Mercedez-Benz had 84 and 81 respectively.

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About Pavel Prikhodko

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning


Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.


In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.


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One thought on “The top-selling cars in the country”

  1. I think that sales for Toyota are going to jump quite high when the new car comes out come march. What is suprising is not seeing some better known-newer brands like Tesla up here.
    I live in the Birmingham area. I think that I have seen atleast (3) Model X cars everyday consistently here almost since the inital release. Im wanting one / probably getting one very soon.

    Dont know how the Scion is up there… Such an ugly car.. haha

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