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Ranked: 10 best-selling new trucks in the U.S. in 2021

Nissan revealed a redesigned Frontier in February. It goes on sale in the summer of 2021.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Dealerships are welcoming 2021 and 2022 models to their lots while some 2020 versions still remain. Before the pandemic, truck sales were rebounding nicely as fleet orders and personal vehicle investments continued.

Below is a list of the best-selling SUVs through May 3, 2021. Many automakers report their sales results quarterly. These rankings have been determined using sales numbers provided by the individual automobile manufacturers.

The vehicles on this list are bound to change order as new information becomes available. Stay tuned!

To see the 20 best-selling new cars in the U.S. in 2019 click here and to see 2020's results click here.

No. 10 - Nissan Frontier (10,780 sold)

2020 Nissan Frontier Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In its last year before a complete model redesign, the 2021 Nissan Frontier carries over everything from the 2020 model. For the 2022 model year, the truck gets a complete redo.

No. 9 - Jeep Gladiator (18,882 sold)

2021 Jeep Gladiator Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Jeep's truck is sticking with most of its features and options for the 2021 model year. There is a new engine that those who tow might be interested in.

No. 8 - Chevrolet Colorado (24,083 sold)

2021 Chevrolet Colorado

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The exterior of the Chevrolet Colorado has been updated for the 2021 model year and it now has a fresh face. Chevy has also discontinued the base model Colorado.

No. 7 - Toyota Tundra (26,646 sold)

2020 Toyota Tundra Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Toyota has added two new special editions to the Tundra lineup as the model enters its final months on sale before the next-generation truck is introduced. The 2021 Toyota Tundra Nightshade Special Edition and 2021 Toyota Tundra Trail Edition join the lineup and Lunar Rock replaces the Army Green paint color as an option.

No. 6 - Ford Ranger (36,967 sold)

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Not much has changed on the Ford Ranger for the 2021 model year. It continues to be a competitive midsize truck with high towing and hauling capacities, a strong engine, and connected steering. The truck is available in two- or four-wheel drive. A Tremor off-road package is now available.

No. 5 - GMC Sierra (62,917 sold)

2020 GMC Sierra Photo courtesy of GMC

Improvements to the GMC Sierra for the 2021 model year were all centered around towing. The truck has more available trailering features for 2021 as well as improved towing capacity with its turbodiesel and turbo-four engines. It continues to have the MultiPro tailgate as an option.

No. 4 - Toyota Tacoma (90,897 sold)

2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Toyota has added two new special editions to the Tacoma lineup for the 2021 model year, making it 33 possible combinations - the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Nightshade Edition and 2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition. Otherwise, the Tacoma has stayed pretty much the same.

No. 3 - Chevrolet Silverado (126,591 sold)

2020 Chevrolet Silverado RealTree Edition Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The formula for Chevy trucks remains unchanged in 2021. The company is giving buyers more variety to choose from as well as making the multifunction tailgate from the GMC Sierra available on the Silverado. Trucks with the turbodiesel and turbo-four engines are able to tow more than they used to.

No. 2 - Ram Pickup (148,836 sold)

2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Ram 1500 kept all its good stuff for the new model year, but added a few new models to give buyers more to choose from. This includes the high-powered Ram 1500 TRX, which is designed to take the Ford Raptor on head-to-head. The top-tier Ram models are still among the most luxe in the segment and the available adaptive air suspension delivers a smooth-as-silk ride.

No. 1 - Ford F-Series (270,099 sold)

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford completely redesigned the F-150 for the 2021 model year, giving it a host of new features designed to make the lives of the brand's target customers better. The F-150 Tremor debuted in late 2020 and the new F-150 Raptor was revealed in February and will go on sale later in 2021. A Raptor R is coming down the line.

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The QX60 is all-new for 2022.

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Infiniti has released detailed specs and features for its all-new QX60 SUV. The upscale family hauler will land later this year with a reasonable starting price, updated tech, a nicely appointed cabin, and plenty more. The automaker offers its new SUV in four trims, each of which is available with all-wheel drive: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph.

The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available, and all models get a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Infiniti says that the gearbox has a low first gear that helps deliver better acceleration and power off the line, and taller upper gears for smoother cruising on the highway. The revised all-wheel drive system is more responsive and engages more quickly than the system in the previous model.


2022 Infiniti QX60 The QX60 gets leather and several luxury features as standard kit. Infiniti


An upgraded interior is in the cards for the new QX60, as all models now get leather, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard equipment. Front passengers' backsides are treated to Infiniti's excellent zero-gravity seats and a stiffer second-row seat frame reduces vibration and noise in the cabin. Infiniti says that the cabin itself has more sound-deadening materials and thicker glass in the second row, which together yield a 7 percent improvement in noise on the highway.


2022 Infiniti QX60 A digital gauge cluster comes on all but the base model.Infiniti


A 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six USB ports, nine speakers, HD Radio Bluetooth, voice commands, and SiriusXM radio are also standard. All but the base Pure trim level come with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the top Autograph model gets a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display and a smart rearview mirror.

The new QX60 goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Pricing starts at $47,875 for the base Pure model and tops out at $64,275 for the top Autograph AWD trim.

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Initial quality study

Nissan Maxima earns top spot in J.D. Power study

The Maxima earned the best model score in J.D. Power's 2021 quality study.

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J.D. Power has released the results of its 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS), and found that the Nissan Maxima achieved the highest score of any single model. The car earned a score of just 85 problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) and Nissan performed well overall in the study. The Maxima entered its sixth generation in 2016 and has remained on sale relatively unchanged since, though Nissan has updated the car with new tech and safety equipment over the years.

Nissan's scores landed it at fourth among mass market brands. The Altima, Maxima, and Murano took the top spots in their respective segments as well. The automaker also took home a top score for its Smyrna Assembly facility in Tennessee, which houses production for the Murano SUV. The six-million square-foot plant earned a gold award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects in the Americas.


2021 Nissan Maxima Infotainment was cited a a major problem area for new car owners.Nissan


Nissan's results are impressive, but Ram has an even bigger reason to celebrate. With a score of 128 PP100, the automaker was the highest-ranking brand in overall quality for the first time ever. Sister company Dodge earned the number-two spot with 139 PP100. Lexus tied with Mitsubishi at number three with a score of 144 PP100, which also made Lexus the highest-ranking premium brand.

J.D. Power surveyed over 110,000 purchasers and lessees of new vehicles for the 2021 study. Owners were asked 223 questions across nine categories on vehicle features, infotainment, seats, and others. On average, scores for the industry as a whole improve by about 3 percent each year, but progress slowed in 2021 to 2 percent. J.D. Power says that infotainment issues were the primary cause of slowing quality improvement levels.


2021 Nissan Maxima Three other Nissan models scored well in the study.Nissan

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