Best-Selling

Ranked: 20 best-selling new SUVs in the U.S. in 2021

Several Honda vehicles make the list of best-sellers.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Dealerships are welcoming 2021 and 2022 models to their lots while some 2020 versions still remain. After a year of unpredictable sales due to COVID-19, SUV sales are set to get back on track in 2021.

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 SUVs in the U.S. in 2019 click here and to see 2020's results click here.

No. 20 - Kia Sportage (30,511 sold)

Kia Sportage Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia Sportage slots below the popular Sorento and Telluride in the company's lineup, and above the Niro. It offers budget-friendly pricing for a two-row SUV and in top trim levels, the Sportage's interior is near premium.

No. 19 - Jeep Cherokee (37,923 sold)

2020 Jeep Cherokee Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Jeep Cherokee has undergone some changes for the 2021 model year. Jeep has made a number of driver assistance features standard, introduced the Latitude Lux and 80th Anniversary Edition models, and discontinued the Overland trim level.

No. 18 - Chevrolet Traverse (38,037 sold)

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The three-row Chevrolet Traverse was set for a refreshfor the 2021 model year but the coronavirus pandemic set those plans back a year. Still, it's a good SUV and it's obvious that many buyers feel that way too.

No. 17 - Lexus RX (38,087 sold)

2021 Lexus RX Black Line Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The Lexus RX is the company's best-selling SUV. For the 2021 model year, the RX 350 and 450h get standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert technology. Also, power-folding side mirrors are now standard and a wireless charger is available on the RC 350.

No. 16 - Hyundai Santa Fe (39,040 sold)

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Hyundai Santa Fe has been refreshed for the 2021 model year bringing with it a fresh face, new lighting signatures, an available hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive, and new driver assistance and safety technology.

No. 15 - Honda Pilot (45,366 sold)

2021 Honda Pilot Elite

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The three-row Honda Pilot is the largest SUV that the company sells. For 2021 Honda has added the Pilot Special Edition to its lineup bundling black 20-inch wheels and trim with a wireless phone charger and hands-free power lift gate. A nine-speed automatic transmission is now standard across the lineup.

No. 14 - Subaru Crosstrek (47,786 sold)

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

Subaru has given the Crosstrek a mid-generation once-over for the 2021 model year. That includes a fresher exterior design, new Sport trim level, available 2.5-liter engine that delivers 182 horsepower, and added standard safety technology.

No. 13 - Jeep Wrangler (49,464 sold)

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Jeep Wrangler has been brought to market in a number of new variants for the 2021 model year and is about to add another, the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

No. 12 - Toyota 4Runner (49,525 sold)

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition

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

The Toyota 4Runner has stayed mostly the same for several years now but that's not stopping buyers from heading straight for it at their dealership. For the 2021 model year, Toyota debuted the 4Runner Trail Edition, which brings together TRD Pro enhancements and new LED headlights.

No. 11 - Hyundai Tucson (50,048 sold)

2022 Hyundai Tucson Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The last-gen Hyundai Tucson is still on sale in the U.S. while the 2022 model year version makes its way to dealership lots. For 2022, the compact SUV receives many of the design attributes of Hyundai's cars while gaining eco-friendly powertrain options and an upscale interior.

No. 10 - Jeep Grand Cherokee (55,198 sold)

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Overland: Exterior Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is about to split into two. The redesigned, three-row Grand Cherokee L goes on sale later this year. The two-row model is going to be held over until 2022,.

No. 9 - Mazda CX-5 (55,633 sold)

2021 Mazda CX-5 Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The Mazda CX-5 is the company's most popular vehicle. For the 2021 model year the SUV has its largest-ever infotainment display, new safety features, and an available Carbon Edition.

No. 8 - Ford Escape (56,850 sold)

2020 Ford Escape Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Ford Escape was completely redesigned for the 2020 model year and hasn't undergone any big changes in the last year. It continues to be reliable, have gobs of cargo space, and deliver a balanced ride.

No. 7 - Chevrolet Equinox (63,218 sold)

2020 Chevrolet Equinox Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Equinox is a perfectly fine two-row SUV. It was destined to get a refresh for the 2021 model year but COVID-19 put those changes on hold until the 2022 model year.

No. 6 - Subaru Forester (67,146 sold)

2020 Subaru Forester

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

The Subaru Forester is one of the most popular SUVs you can buy. The 2021 version is mostly a holdover from the previous model year and continues to come standard with all-wheel drive and Subaru's long list of safety and driver assist technology.

No. 5 - Nissan Rogue (86,720 sold)

2021 Nissan Rogue

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The redesigned Nissan Rogue is a formidable compact SUV and it's obviously gaining attention with buyers who are choosing it more than twice as often as any other Nissan vehicle.

No. 4 - Toyota Highlander (91,510 sold)

2021 Toyota Highlander Platinum AWD

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

Toyota's three-row Highlander was redesigned for the 2020 model year and for 2021, a new trim level is added - XSE. Highlander L, LE, and XLE gain headlight enhancements while Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ becomes standard throughout the lineup.

No. 3 - Ford Explorer (92,284 sold)

2020 Ford Explorer Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Ford Explorer was redesigned for the 2020 model year. Since then, the SUV hasn't undergone any major changes. Part of the vehicle's sales come from Police Utility Vehicle fleet sales.

No. 2 - Honda CR-V (134,545 sold)

2021 Honda CR-V Touring Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Honda CR-V was refreshed for 2020 and received a new variant, the CR-V Hybrid. Both models continue to offer the budget-friendly features and spacious cargo area that buyers have come to know and appreciate.

No. 1 - Toyota RAV4 (155,150 sold)

2021 Toyota RAV4 Adventure AWD

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

The Toyota RAV4 was the best-selling SUV in America last year and it's on pace to repeat in 2021. For the new model year, the XLE Premium model joins the RAV4 Hybrid family while the RAV4 TRD Off-Road has gotten a TRD-stamped stainless steel front skid plate.

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The AWD ID.4 model is on its way.

Volkswagen

There was a lot of buzz when VW introduced its 2021 ID.4 all-electric crossover with rear-wheel drive earlier this year, but there's plenty more now that the Wolfsburg automaker has added an all-wheel-drive version. The 2021 VW ID.4 AWD gets another motor onboard this compact SUV that brings all-wheel-drive traction. The SUV appeals to buyers in the snow belt states but will also tickle the fancy of performance enthusiasts. Now with motors on both the front and rear axle, there is nearly fifty percent more power, with impressive gains to horsepower and torque as well as the added battery-electric boost to that scoots the 5-seater from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds (the RWD model took 7.5 seconds to achieve the same).

2021 VW ID.4 AWD An extra motor brings AWD to the ID.4.Volkswagen

On sale now, the 2021 VW ID.4 AWD Pro starts at $44,870, before federal or other incentives; this is a $3,680 premium over the rear-drive model. The AWD Pro S starts at $49,370; both models are eligible for $7,500 income-tax credits. It's worth noting that current delivery estimates for the AWD Pro are running into 2022. The AWD Pro trim has been rated by the EPA at 249 miles (only 11 miles less than the Pro RWD) while the AWD Pro S has been validated at 240 miles (as compared to 250 miles). The AWD Pro has been rated at 102 MPGe for city driving/90 highway/97 combined; the Pro S gets 93/98/88. Both are rated at 2,700 towing. Competitors include the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y.

While the AWD and RWD look the same outside, one exterior badge designates the newest variant with an "AWD" badge, plus it gets 0.6 inches of added ground clearance, slightly bigger brakes and sway bars. From the front, the electric SUV has smoothed jelly-bean styling that is highlighted by standard LED headlights and standard black roof rails that sit atop the body-colored roof. From the rear, it wears hatchback-like looks.

2021 VW ID.4 AWD The ID.4's cabin is tidy and upscale, no matter the model.Volkswagen

We drove both the Pro and Pro S versions, with different premium interior trims and found the Gradient Package ($1500) visually upscale and appealing. It brings a black roof with silver rails, along with 20-inch wheels and the availability of King's Red Metallic paint, as a $395 option. The Pro is well-equipped with attractive trim elements and an impressive collection of communication and infotainment technologies. Pro S comes with a glass roof with an electrically-retractable shade and front seats with leatherette upholstery and 12-way power adjustments (including four-way lumbar support and a massage system).

We drove the new ID.4 AWD over a course of 160 miles along a variety of roads to sample its handling and ergonomics. The interior has a clean and open feel with good visibility. Controls and gauges are well-placed and the seatbelts are height-adjustable, while a configurable console holds different drink sizes and has removable cupholders. A futuristic LED "Light" strip with 10 different ambient lighting selections extends across the dashboard and pulses with directional signals, incoming phone calls, navigation prompts and other in-cabin inputs (optional is 30-color lighting selection on the Pro S). Driving is also a bit futuristic with no stop/start button; the vehicle senses the approaching key and can start climate control, unfold side mirrors, unlock doors and illuminate door handles at night, among a number of other high-tech features. There is 30.3 cubic feet of stowage behind the rear seats and up to 64.2 cubic feet with the second row folded. Under the floor storage holds the charging cable and small items. Pro S has an adjustable trunk floor that can be raised and lowered and a ski passthrough.

Pushing the brake pedal triggers the ID.4 to begin motoring, with the option of a "D" mode for typical driving or "B" for a more regenerative driving experience. Travel Assist brings semi-autonomous driving. Notable is the fun and responsive torque-on-tap, well-balanced direct steering and a suspension system that allows the small compact to maneuver well through traffic and along twisty roadways, as well as an impressive turning radius. The vehicle dynamics control system is integrated with the stability control system and an electronic differential to seamlessly engage the front axle, when needed. Volkswagen has added a different asynchronous motor to the front with a permanent-magnetic synchronous motor at the back for a combined 295 hp. and 339 lb.-ft. of torque.

2021 VW ID.4 AWD The ID.4 AWD will start shipping in early 2022.Volkswagen

Carried over are 82-kWh battery packs and the 5 to 80 percent fast-charging time of 38 minutes, when using 125kW fast-charging. VW says it can add 62 miles of range in 10 minutes; home charging on a Level 2 charger is projected to take approximately 7.5 hours for a full charge.

Of note: VW includes three years of complimentary charging up to 125 kW, with any ID.4 purchase or lease; VW Group's Electrify America charging network has over 650 stations and more than 2,700 fast chargers.

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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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