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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New plug-in hybrid SUV

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe starts at $59,495

The Grand Cherokee 4xe is premium, inside and out.

Jeep/Stellantis

Last year, Jeep electrified the Wrangler, its most iconic model, with an innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain (PHEV). Not long after, the brand announced a similar version of the Grand Cherokee. The upscale electrified off-roader offers plenty of standard tech and features, solid safety equipment, and 25 miles of all-electric range. Today, Jeep announced pricing for the SUV, which will start arriving in dealers this spring.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The 4xe powertrain delivers up to 25 miles of all electric range. Jeep/Stellantis

Pricing for the 4xe lineup starts at:

  • Grand Cherokee 4xe: $59,495
  • Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe: $64,280
  • Grand Cherokee Overland 4xe: $67,555
  • Grand Cherokee Summit 4xe: $71,615
  • Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe: $76,095
The Grand Cherokee 4xe comes with a turbocharged 2.0-,item inline-four that combines with two electric motors for a total output of 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The 4xe powertrain includes plug-in hybrid technology, which enables all-electric driving. In the Grand Cherokee, there's up to 25 miles of electric range, which could enable a completely gas-free ownership experience for people with short commutes. Once the electric range is exhausted the vehicle functions like a normal hybrid, and the batteries must be recharged to replenish range.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The Grand Cherokee joins the Wrangler 4xe in Jeep's electrified lineup.Jeep/Stellantis

Fortunately, the 4xe's premium starting price buys a premium SUV, even at the base level. Standard features include Capri leather upholstery, a 10.1-inch touchscreen and 10.25-inch passenger display. A dual-pane panoramic moonroof and heated power seats are also standard. A full suite of advanced safety systems come standard as well. All 4xe trims come with full-speed forward collision warnings, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, LED headlights, and more.

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The 2023 Sequoia is all-new and a huge improvement over its predecessor.

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The Toyota Tundra and Sequoia were two of the oldest vehicles on the market, but that's all different now. The new Tundra is already on the streets, and today Toyota released a load of specs and details on the all-new 2023 Sequoia. The full-size SUV gets a major update for the new model year with completely fresh styling, impressive new tech, and a powerful standard engine. We don't have pricing details yet, but Toyota says the 2023 Sequoia will be available starting in summer 2022.

2023 Toyota Sequoia In addition to new styling, the SUV gets a twin-turbo hybrid V6 powertrain and a load of updated tech.Toyota

Five trims of the Texas-built SUV will be offered: SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone. All 2023 Sequoia models get the impressive twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-Force Max engine from the all-new Tundra. It makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque, and sends it to the rear or all four wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain delivers a max towing rating of up to 9,000 pounds, which is a solid number and a massive increase over the previous Sequoia.

Toyota offers automatic-leveling air suspension and adaptive suspension settings with modes for Comfort, Sport S+, and Custom. The Sport drive modes also improve throttle response and changes transmission shift points. The electric motor handles most propulsion duties below 18 mph, but after that the gas engine steps in. The motor is constantly involved when the truck is in Tow/Haul mode.

2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro models get under-body cladding and beefier tires.Toyota

Similar to the high-end treatment given to the Tundra, Toyota will offer a Capstone trim for the new Sequoia that brings unique upholstery and trim materials, 22-inch chrome wheels, power side steps, American Walnut inlays, and more. That said, even the standard Sequoia SR5 offers plenty of standard gear. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, along with heated seats and more. An available Premium Package adds an enormous 14-inch infotainment display, power third-row seats, a hands-free liftgate, and additional power outlets.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 will also be standard for the SUV. The system includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and rear seat reminders. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts is also standard.

2023 Toyota Sequoia The new Capstone trim is a super-plush trim with an interior rivaling those in many luxury brands.

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