Top 40 Best-Selling Vehicles In America In 2004


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A quick examination of 2004’s 30 best-selling vehicles in America list will reveal that 26.7% of the nameplates were General Motors products. In October 2011 that figure was 20%, for some perspective, and in 2003 the number had been 30%. GM was still selling cars by the boatload, but market share was certainly in decline. General Motors market share in 2002 was 28.6% and fell slightly to 28.3% in 2003. GM market share slid to 27.5% a year later.

G.W. Bush was reelected president, Michael Phelps won eight medals at the Athens Olympics, the National Hockey League season never began, and Honda sold a hatchback Civic in North America. It was 2004, and the U.S. new vehicle market grew by 1.4%. The Ford F-Series alone was up 11.5%, equal to 93,925 more sales than in 2003. This means, you could say, 40% of the market’s growth came as a result of the growth of America’s best-selling vehicle, a crazy feat indeed. 

Sales of America’s best-selling car, the Toyota Camry, were up 3.3% from 2003. The best-selling SUV in the United States was the Ford Explorer but sales fell 9.1% from more than 370K to less than 340K. Trailing the Explorer on the best-selling SUV list were Chevrolet’s TrailBlazer and Tahoe, Ford’s Escape, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty, Ford Expedition, Honda CR-V, Dodge Durango, and GMC Envoy. Yep, just the one import among the ten most popular sport-utility vehicles in America. The minivan crown was worn by the Dodge Grand Caravan – its lead over the Toyota Sienna was more than 83,000 units strong.

Embarrassingly, the Buick LeSabre remained a member of the top 40 in 2004. The Chevrolet Cavalier was way up in 16th spot. The Ford Taurus certainly wasn’t the most exciting car in America in 2004 but Americans bought nearly a quarter million of of them anyhow.

You can see America’s top 40 best-selling vehicles from 2002 here. 2003’s list can be scanned here. Start searching for other types of best seller lists here. Below, you’ll find America’s top 40 best-selling vehicles in 2004.

Rank
Best-Selling Vehicle
2004 Sales
% Change 
From 2003
#1
Ford F-Series
939,511
+ 11.5%
#2
Chevrolet Silverado
680,768
– 0.5%
#3
Toyota Camry
426,990
+ 3.3%
#4
Dodge Ram
426,389
– 5.1%
#5
Honda Accord
386,770
– 2.8%
#6
Ford Explorer
339,333
– 9.1%
#7
Honda Civic
309,196
+ 3.2%
#8
Chevrolet Impala
290,259
+ 8.4%
#9
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
283,484
+ 8.5%
#10
Ford Taurus
248,148
– 17.4%
#11
Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan
242,307
+ 3.8%
#12
Toyota Corolla *
238,143
– 7.6%
#13
Nissan Altima
235,889
+ 17.2%
#14
GMC Sierra
213,756
+ 8.7%
#15
Ford Focus
208,339
– 9.2%
#16
Chevrolet Cavalier
195,275
– 23.9%
#17
Chevrolet Tahoe
186,161
– 6.5%
#18
Ford Escape
183,340
+ 9.4%
#19
Jeep Grand Cherokee
182,313
– 12.1%
#20
Chevrolet Malibu
179,806
+ 46.5%
#21
Jeep Liberty
167,376
+ 2.7%
#22
Ford Expedition
159,846
– 12.0%
#23
Toyota Sienna
159,119
+ 50.8%
#24
Ford Ranger
156,322
– 25.2%
#25
Honda Odyssey
154,238
+ 0.1%
#26
Toyota Tacoma
152,932
+ 0.8%
#27
Honda CR-V
149,281
+ 3.7%
#28
Chrysler Town & Country
142,523
+ 18.0%
#29
Dodge Durango
137,148
+ 27.0%
#30
GMC Envoy
134,897
+ 5.6%
#31
Pontiac Grand Am
133,707
– 14.6%
#32
Toyota Highlander
133,077
+ 10.7%
#33
Pontiac Grand Prix
133,551
+ 4.9%
#34
Ford Mustang
129,858
– 7.5%
#35
Honda Pilot
128,158
+ 19.9%
#36
Chevrolet Suburban
119,545
– 11.6%
#37
Chevrolet Colorado
117,475
+ 3223.2%
#38
Chrysler PT Cruiser
115,955
+ 7.6%
#39
Toyota 4Runner
114,212
+ 4.5%
#40
Buick LeSabre
114,157
– 0.4%

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

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