Top 40 Best-Selling Vehicles In America In 2003


2003 Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer was America’s best-selling
SUV in 2003, America’s sixth-best-selling vehicle overall

America’s new vehicle market shrunk by 1% in 2003. More than half the vehicles appearing on this list of best sellers reported declining sales compared with 2002. 

America’s three best-selling vehicles were also America’s three best-selling trucks in 2003. All three – the top-selling Ford F-Series, second-ranked Chevrolet Silverado, and the fastest-rising Dodge Ram – posted year-over-year gains. America’s four most popular cars did not fare so well. The top-selling Toyota Camry was down 5%, Honda Accord sales slid by less than 1%, the Ford Taurus dropped 10%, and the Honda Civic was down more than 4%.

Remember 2003? America went to war in Iraq, SARS wreaked havocFinding Nemo grossed $340 million in North America. And the Ford Explorer was the best-selling SUV in the United States. Sales were down 14% from 2002, however. The Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Suburban rounded out the top ten list of best-selling SUVs. That’s nine Detroit sport-utilities and one Japanese cute-ute. In 2010 there were four Detroit SUVs among the top 10; none bigger than the Chevrolet Traverse. Moreover, the Honda CR-V was the best-selling SUV in America in 2010.

Before you scan this list and head back to check out 2002’s top 40 best-selling vehicles in America, consider one more interesting fact: 30% of the vehicles in the top 30 were built by General Motors. In October 2011, 20% of America’s 30 best-selling vehicles were built by General Motors.

Rank
Best-Selling Vehicle
2003 Sales
% Change 
From 2002
#1
Ford F-Series
845,586
+ 3.9%
#2
Chevrolet Silverado
684,302
+ 4.9%
#3
Dodge Ram
449,371
+ 13.2%
#4
Toyota Camry
413,296
– 4.8%
#5
Honda Accord
397,750
– 0.3%
#6
Ford Explorer
373,118
– 14.0%
#7
Ford Taurus
300,496
– 9.7%
#8
Honda Civic
299,672
– 4.3%
#9
Chevrolet Impala
267,882
+ 34.7%
#10
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
261,334
+ 4.7%
#11
Toyota Corolla *
257,696
+ 26.3%
#12
Chevrolet Cavalier
256,550
+ 7.7%
#13
Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan
233,394
– 4.7%
#14
Ford Focus
229,353
– 5.7%
#15
Ford Ranger
209,117
– 7.5%
#16
Jeep Grand Cherokee
207,479
– 7.5%
#17
Nissan Altima
201,240
– 0.3%
#18
Chevrolet Tahoe
199,065
– 5.1%
#19
GMC Sierra
196,689
– 2.7%
#20
Ford Expedition
181,547
+ 11.1%
#21
Ford Escape
167,678
+ 15.3%
#22
Jeep Liberty
162,987
– 4.8%
#23
Pontiac Grand Am
156,466
+ 3.7%
#24
Toyota Tacoma
154,154
+ 1.4%
#25
Honda Odyssey
154,063
+ 0.4%
#26
Honda CR-V
143,909
+ 1.6%
#27
Ford Mustang
140,350
+ 1.4%
#28
Chrysler Town & Country
140,007
– 4.4%
#29
Chevrolet S10
136,573
– 9.5%
#30
Chevrolet Suburban
135,222
– 10.5%
#31
GMC Envoy
127,782
+ 15.4%
#32
Pontiac Grand Prix
125,441
– 3.6%
#33
Chevrolet Malibu
122,771
– 27.5%
#34
Hyundai Elantra
120,858
+ 0.2%
#35
Toyota Highlander
120,174
+ 6.2%
#36
Dodge Neon
120,101
– 4.8%
#37
Volkswagen Jetta
117,867
– 19.0%
#38
Saturn Ion
117,230
+ 1832.6%
#39
Buick LeSabre
114,572
– 15.7%
#40
Ford Windstar
113,465
– 23.8%

Source: ANDC 
* Corolla sales figures do not include sales of the Matrix as recent Corolla sales figures do

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