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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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Ford Bronco to rule SEMA this year

The Bronco RTR features a fun livery and several off-road upgrades.

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The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is an opportunity for the aftermarket and manufacturers to come together on wildly customized vehicles and to show off the latest parts and tech in the space. Now that the Ford Bronco has finally made its way to the public, it's not surprising to see several wild SEMA takes on the hottest SUV to hit the market in some time.

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods The tracks are said to improve the Bronco's abilities in deep snow and ice.Ford

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods

The new Bronco is capable and rugged on its own, but Tucci Hot Rods felt it needed more. The shop gave it that boost with a set of tracks in place of wheels, which are said to be great for deep snow and ice. This Bronco features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed manual transmission to go with its Mattracks 88-Series quad tracks.

2021 Bronco RTR Fun-Runner by RTR Vehicles

Vaghn Gittin Jr's RTR Vehicles imagined a Bronco package that could be installed at the dealer. The result is the Fun-Runner, which features several Ford Performance and Ford Licensed Accessories parts. It's based on a 2021 two-door Bronco Badlands, and comes with an eye-catching wrap, an Ultimate Dana 44 front axle, Ultimate Dana 60 semi-float rear axle, RCV Performance CV axles, and a performance intake for its four-cylinder engine.

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions SEMA presents an excellent opportunity for shops to show off their skill and imagination.Ford

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions

BDS is a subsidiary of Fox Shocks and has worked with Ford for quite some time. The results of that long-running relationship are on display with the BDS Bronco, which features Fox 2.5 PES coilovers, BDS rear adjustable control arms and track bar, swaybar disconnect, and 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires. The Bronco's bumpers have been replaced with CrawlTek Revolution units that feature a recessed winch mount, recovery hooks and more.

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The new Si gets many improvements over the standard Civic.

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The 2022 Civic and Civic Hatchback are just starting to hit our streets, but Honda's already moved on to higher performance versions of the car. The automaker just announced the Civic Si, which lands between the standard cars and the red-hot Type R in the Civic lineup.

2022 Honda Civic Si The Si's manual transmission gets rev-matching from the Civic Type R.Honda

The 2022 Civic Si gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The VTEC unit has been updated with broader power curves and better output at the top of the rev range. It's paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission that features the handy rev-matching feature from the Civic Type R. The system can detect downshifts and blips the throttle to perfectly align engine revs with the shift.

Honda tightened up the new Si's body with an 8 percent bump in torsional rigidity and a 13 percent increase in bending rigidity over the previous model. The 2022 Civic Si also rides on a longer wheelbase and has a wider rear track for better stability. Honda says that at 107.7 inches, the Si has the longest wheelbase in its class, which should give the car a stable and comfortable ride.

2022 Honda Civic Si The 2022 Civic Si's interior is clean and sporty. Honda

The Si's cabin borrows heavily from the standard Civic, but the sporty car gets more aggressive front sport seats with stronger bolstering and better thigh and shoulder supports. Honda raised the seats' bottom cushion by half an inch at the front for better thigh support. A 9-inch touchscreen display is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12-speaker Bose stereo with Centerpoint 2 tech and SurroundStage digital signal processing are also standard.

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