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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This car's auction price is already well past $100,000.

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The Toyota Supra is a car whose legend has grown, thanks in part to an appearance in a cult classic movie. Enthusiasts were already obsessed with the cars before 2001's Fast & Furious, but the Supra's leading role as a world-beating Japanese supercar cemented its place at the top of the automotive pyramid. Prices for the cars have been out of this world for years, but this 1995 Supra Turbo up for auction on Bring a Trailer might just take the cake as one of the most expensive ever sold.

The Renaissance Red Supra is absolutely mint, and shows just 7,000 miles on the clock. This fourth-generation Supra is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that was rated at 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque when new. Unlike so many of the unfortunately-optioned cars seen for sale today, this one has a six-speed manual gearbox. The car is rear-wheel drive and features a limited-slip differential.

1995 Toyota Supra The Supra has grown in value significantly in recent years.Bring a Trailer

Inside, this car is every bit as nice as we'd expected a one-owner, 7,000-mile example to be. The ivory leather upholstery looks new, as does the dash and carpeting. The driver-focused center console has a factory CD player – a big deal in 1995 – and a cassette deck.

These cars are great, no doubt about it, but six figures (or likely way more, in this case) is a crazy number for someone to pay. We'll be watching the auction, though, and so should you. There are four days left for the already silly $136,000 bid to grow – substantially.

1995 Toyota Supra The car's ivory leather interior looks brand-new.Bring a Trailer

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.

2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.

The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.

2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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