Most Popular Truck in America
Want to know the most popular pickup truck in America? We have all the best selling full size trucks right here:
Total new registrations of light trucks* and SUVs in the US broke 9 million in 2018 and around 12 million in 2019. Pickup trucks broke 2 million in 2018 and came in at about 2.8 million for the 2019. Despite the pandemic, in 2020 pickups sold about 3 million units.
*Note that the definition of a “light truck” is defined by GVW and includes pickups, SUVs, CUVs and even some station wagons.
Best selling truck of all time
The Ford F-Series has been the most popular truck and best-selling truck in the US for more than 44 years. It is extremely likely the Ford F-Series will reach an almost unbelievable 45-year streak in 2021 as the most popular truck in America.
The Ford F-Series has also been the most popular vehicle in the US period, for nearly 40 years.
The first F-series, the Ford F1, was introduced way back in January, 1948, nearly 73 years ago. Although popular in post-war America, it took 29 years to move to the top of the best selling full size trucks list. It has been there ever since.
The F-Series includes the F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 pickups and the F-550, F-650 and F-750 chassis models.
The F-Series was introduced in 1948 with the Ford F-3 pickup. The second generation appeared as a 1953 model, the Ford F-100.
Ford announced the new all-electric F-150 Lightning on May 20, 2021. It is scheduled to go on sale as a 2022 model year truck. With Ford Intelligent Backup Power, and enough power to run your home in a blackout for up to 10 days, the new electric F-150 will probably help extend the F-150’s reign in the future. It also has a 9.6 kW option to run power tools and other accessories, using eleven 120 volt and 240 volt outlets.
Most popular truck in America: full-size pickup
|Full Size Pickup||2019 Sales||2020 Sales (approx.)|
|1. Ford F-Series pickup||580,000 Units||850,000 Units|
|2. Ram pickup||416,000 Units||630,000 Units|
|3. Chevrolet Silverado pickup||395,000 Units||575,000 Units|
|4. GMC Sierra pickup||162,000 Units||230,000 Units|
|5. Toyota Tundra pickup||90,000 Units||110,000 Units|
|6. Honda Ridgeline pickup||27,000 Units||33,000 Units|
|7. Nissan Titan/Titan XD pickup||30,000 Units||31,000 Units|
In 2018 for every new automobile sold, 1.9 new light trucks sold.
In 2019 that jumped to 2.5 new light trucks sold for every new automobile.
If you ask what is the best selling truck in America, it seems like they all are!
You can see in the chart the Ford F-series pickups continue their traditional dominance as the most popular pickup truck in the US.
Any list of best-selling full-size trucks starts with the Ford F-150.
The Ram pickup isn’t the most popular truck in America but it’s making a run for it. The Ram pickup probably won’t ever bet the best selling truck in America but it “picked up” second place. That spot traditionally belonged to the Chevy Silverado, which is now at number three.
More top selling trucks in America
The list continues with Chevy Silverado’s sister pickup, the GMC Sierra, at number four. Then you have the Toyota Tundra (#5), Honda Ridgeline (#6) and Nissan Titan and Titan XD (#6).
Believe it or not, the Ford F-series trucks have been the most popular truck in America for over 44 years. Its reign started as the most popular truck in 1977, according to Ford.
America’s favorite truck is going electric, too. Ford has announced a new all-electric version of the F-150 and a hybrid version is available as a 2021 model. This hybrid F-150 has a twin turbo EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine called the “PowerBoost.” This is coupled with a 10-speed auto transmission with an embedded electric motor. With the combined gasoline engine and electric with a full charge the PowerBoost has 430 horsepower and 570 lb.-ft. of torque.
The most popular fuel for full-size pickup trucks is gasoline or flex fuel. Diesel fuel is used in the heavy-duty versions of these trucks and ranges from 12% of all trucks sold (Chevy Silverado) to high-teens (GMC Sierra and Ford F-Series) to 20% (Ram and Nissan).
Most popular pickup in America, mid-size
In the mid-size pickup category, you can see how Toyota dominates. It easily outsells the second most popular mid-size truck, the Chevy Colorado.
Another import, the Nissan Frontier, is number three. That beats the Ford Ranger.
A new American pick up truck: Gladiator
The new Jeep Gladiator came in at #6 and first shipped in April 2019. The Gladiator started out as a 2020 model year and is now the fifth most popular mid-size.
|Mid Size Pickup||2019 Sales||2020 Sales (approx.)|
|1. Toyota Tacoma pickup||176,000 Units||240,000 Units|
|2. Chevrolet Colorado pickup||98,000 Units||120,000 Units|
|3. Ford Ranger pickup||46,000 Units||83,000 Units|
|4. Nissan Frontier pickup||53,000 Units||72,000 Units|
|5. Jeep Gladiator pickup||18,000 Units||40,000 Units|
|6. GMC Canyon pickup||28,000 Units||32,000 Units|
Keep your eye on the Jeep® Gladiator mid-size pickup (also known as the Jeep JT). It resembles a Jeep Wrangler JLU Unlimited with a pickup bed attached. It started shipping in May 2019. Is is a 2020 model and is already very popular.
We saw a lot of Gladiators at the 2019 SEMA Show, such as this one sporting the overland style, complete with mounted tent. (The 2020 SEMA Show was cancelled.)
With 18,000 sold in less than half a year, 2020 could see the Gladiator threaten the Ford Ranger’s position, especially with incentives offered by FCA. The Gladiator is also very versatile if you want to go off-road or just look the part.
You may also be interested in our latest article on Jeep® owner demographics.
Will the Tesla Cybertruck ever be the most popular?
Ehh, probably not.
But judging by the publicity around its November 2019 unveiling, at one time it was the most discussed truck in America.
It certainly stands out with a unique profile and all-electric drivetrain. With the optional Tri Motor AWD version you get acceleration from zero t0 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. And you get 7,500 lbs. towing capacity.
You can pre-order the Tesla Cybertruck now. Tesla claims production starts late 2021. The Tri Motor AWD trim version begins production in late 2022.
Ford’s new F-150 Lightning electric truck will go on sale as a 2022 model year vehicle.
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