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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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Electric vehicle concepts

Nissan shows off new concepts and plans for future EVs

Nissan showed off a group of funky concept vehicles at the announcement.

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Nissan is approaching the release of Ariya, its brand-new EV, but there are plans for much more in the automaker’s near future. Today, the Japanese company announced Nissan Ambition 2030, its plan to develop electrified vehicles and become a more sustainable company. Beyond new vehicles, the roadmap includes investments in battery recycling and charging infrastructure, new battery tech, and more widespread safety technologies.

Nissan Ambition 2030 The automaker plans for 50 percent electrification by 2030.Nissan

Nissan’s plans include 23 new electrified models by 2030. The target covers 15 new EVs and a target of 50 percent electrification. The automaker says it plans to launch a proprietary solid-state battery by 2028, and notes that it will develop a pilot production facility in Yokohama, Japan by 2024. Solid state technologies are not yet commercially viable but will offer faster charging times and better energy densities than lithium ion battery packs.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept Surf-Out is a concept truck with super funky styling.Nissan

While the focus was on the news of its electrification plans, Nissan’s concept vehicles stole the show. The Surf-Out concept truck features a long, low cargo surface and unique all-terrain tires. Typical of concept cars, the Surf-Out’s styling and design are over-the-top. The cabin is surrounded on three sides by glass and open to the bed in the rear. Instead of a grille, there’s a glass panel with an illuminated Nissan logo. It's unlikely Surf-Out or the other concepts shown will make it to production unchanged, but they show that the automaker is looking to explore bold designs with its electrified vehicles.

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New hot hatch

Toyota teases GR Corolla hatchback

The Instagram teaser contains many hints at the new GR Corolla.

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Toyota isn't always top of mind when it comes to performance cars, but the Japanese giant has a few tricks up its sleeve. There's the Supra, which the automaker partnered with BMW to produce and there's also the not-for-the-U.S. GR Yaris. The hotted-up hatchback features tremendous power and a four-wheel drive system, but buyers here can only watch jealously as our friends in Europe and elsewhere get all the fun. That's about to change for U.S. buyers, however, as Toyota has begun teasing the GR Corolla hatchback, which we will get.

The automaker posted a cryptic image to Instagram a month ago, but it's still making the rounds on the internet today, with users of the GR Corolla Forum still discussing the post today. The teaser, which is of the Corolla's interior, features hints as to what we might see when the car debuts. The navigation screen shows GR Four road, which points to the car's four-wheel drive system, while a G:16 on the clock in the gauge cluster represents the G16E-GTS engine that the car is expected to get. The GR Yaris also sports that engine, where it produces 268 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Toyota GR Corolla GR, or Gazoo Racing, is Toyota's motorsport armToyota Europe

The GR Corolla should break cover next year, but we don't yet know if it will be a 2022 or 2023 model. As far as pricing goes, Toyota may pull out some surprises, but the car will likely be far more expensive than an everyday Corolla. The smaller GR Yaris is priced starting at nearly $40,000 in Europe, so the Corolla's price tag should be around or slightly above that number.

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