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Ask GCBC: What Are The Best-Selling Import Cars In America?

2015 Subaru Forester

In this latest addition to the ever-growing list of content made available by GCBC, we’re allowing you to ask us to sort the sales data the way you want it. In fact, you can ask anything, and we might just choose to answer your question even if you ask, “Where’s the best Chinese food in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island?” If you want to ask a question, email [email protected]

This week, Tom from America wanted to know the following: “What are the best-selling import cars in America? Not just the Toyota Camry, which is built in America, but the vehicles of any kind that are built outside of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico?”

That’s simple enough. We’ll exclude import brand vehicles such as the Toyota Camry, America’s best-selling car in each of the last 14 years, a Japanese-branded machine that’s assembled in Indiana. We’ll include for contention vehicles like the Buick Encore, which wears an American badge but is built in South Korea. 

Vehicles which are assembled outside of the U.S, Canada, and Mexico – the NAFTA zone – are eligible for this list of America’s 15 most popular import vehicles in the first two months of 2016.

Best-Selling Import Autos
2016 YTD
2015 YTD

Subaru Forester
24,143 22,669 6.5%
Kia Soul
21,033 18,107 16.2%
Nissan Rogue °
18,814 13,953 34.8%
Toyota 4Runner
15,972 13,365 19.5%
Mazda 3
14,826 16,769 -11.6%
Mazda CX-5
14,642 13,394 9.3%
Subaru Impreza/WRX
13,530 14,712 -8.0%
Toyota Prius/Prius Plug-In
13,518 15,184 -11.0%
Kia Forte
13,516 11,971 12.9%
Jeep Renegade
Subaru Crosstrek
12,577 12,919 -2.6%
Hyundai Tucson
12,554 6905 81.8%
Buick Encore
10,793 8386 28.7%
Kia Sportage
10,663 6461 65.0%
BMW 3-Series
7882 10,747 -26.7%

° Total Rogue sales are up 0.7% to 21,561, with 11,589 (down 9.7%) of the Rogues sold so far this year built in Smyrna, Tennessee. 

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.