America's 37 Best-Selling American Cars In America In 2016, In America

U.S. sales of passenger cars declined 9% in 2016, year-over-year, as SUVs and crossovers and pickup trucks and vans boosted the overall U.S. auto industry to all-time record sales of more than 17.5 million units.


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At traditional U.S. brands, however – Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Tesla – U.S. sales of passenger cars plunged 13%. 

Among the 37 nameplates collecting sales for those marques over the course of the 2016 calendar year, including defunct nameplates such as the Dodge Avenger and all-new entries such as the Lincoln Continental and Chevrolet Bolt, only seven established models generated more sales activity in 2016 than in 2015.

The fastest-growing was the Chevrolet Volt, which is all new for 2016. Volt sales jumped 61% to 24,739 units, good enough for 22nd among these U.S. nameplates, 61st among cars overall, and 144th among vehicles overall. 2016 was the Volt's best annual performance to date.

Among continuing nameplates, vehicles which unlike the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart have not been discontinued, the most rapid decline in 2016 belonged to the Ford Fiesta, which tumbled 24%. 

The Ford Fusion was America's best-selling American car in 2016. Fusion sales nevertheless plunged 11% from 300,170 units in 2015, making 2016 the second consecutive year of decline for the Fusion. Ford builds Fusions in Hermosillo, Mexico, with Flat Rock, Michigan, production now over.

The five most American-made vehicles on Cars.com's American-Made Index wear Japanese badges.

The second-ranked vehicle on this best sellers' list, the Chevrolet Malibu, is assembled in Kansas City, Kansas.

In addition to the 25 best-selling American brand cars we displayed last year, we've extended 2016's list to include each passenger car nameplate and given space to show totals by brand, as well.

Rank
Best-Selling American 
Cars In America
2016
2015

Change
#1
Ford Fusion
265,840
300,170
-11.4%
#2
Chevrolet Malibu
227,881
194,854
17.0%
#3
Chevrolet Cruze
188,876
226,602
-16.6%
#4
Ford Focus
168,789
202,478
-16.6%
#5
Ford Mustang
105,932
122,349
-13.4%
#6
Chevrolet Impala
97,006
116,825
-17.0%
#7
Dodge Charger
95,437
96,633
-1.2%
#8
Chevrolet Camaro
72,705
77,502
-6.2%
#9
Dodge Challenger
64,433
66,377
-2.9%
#10
Chrysler 200
57,294
167,368
-65.8%
#11
Chevrolet Sonic
55,255
64,775
-14.7%
#12
Chrysler 300
53,241
53,025
0.4%
#13
Ford Fiesta
48,807
64,458
-24.3%
#14
Ford Taurus
44,098
48,816
-9.7%
#15
Dodge Dart
43,402
87,908
-50.6%
#16
Chevrolet Spark
35,511
32,853
8.1%
#17
Lincoln MKZ
30,534
30,901
-1.2%
#18
Buick Verano
30,277
31,886
-5.0%
#19
Chevrolet Corvette
29,995
33,329
-10.0%
#20
Tesla Model S †
29,156
25,202
15.7%
#21
Buick LaCrosse
27,582
42,035
-34.4%
#22
Chevrolet Volt
24,739
15,393
60.7%
#23
Cadillac XTS
22,171
23,112
-4.1%
#24
Cadillac ATS
21,505
26,873
-20.0%
#25
Ford C-Max
19,834
21,768
-8.9%
#26
Buick Regal
19,833
19,504
1.7%
#27
Cadillac CTS
15,911
19,485
-18.3%
#28
Cadillac CT6
9,169
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#29
Buick Cascada
7,153
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#30
Lincoln Continental
5,261
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#31
Lincoln MKS
4,951
6,877
-28.0%
#32
Chevrolet SS
3,013
2,895
4.1%
#33
Chevrolet Caprice PPV
1,021
1,845
-44.7%
#34
Dodge Viper
630
690
-8.7%
#35
Chevrolet Bolt
579
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#36
Cadillac ELR
534
1,024
-47.9%
#37
Dodge Avenger
45
1,326
-96.6%
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Chevrolet
736,581
766,873
-4.0%
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Ford
653,300
760,039
-14.0%
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Dodge
203,947
252,934
-19.4%
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Chrysler
110,535
220,393
-49.8%
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Buick
84,845
93,425
-9.2%
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Cadillac
69,290
70,494
-1.7%
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Lincoln
40,746
37,778
7.9%
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Tesla †
29,156
25,202
15.7%
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Total
1,928,400
2,227,138
-13.4%
Source: Automakers
* estimate supplied by HybridCars.com

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