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Ranked: 10 best-selling new trucks in the U.S. in 2020

GMC trucks are usually near the top of the list of best-selling trucks.

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There's no denying that Americans love their trucks. They buy them for work and play, off-roading and road tripping. The ways U.S. buyers use their trucks are as diverse as the truck styles themselves.

Below is a list of the best-selling trucks through June 8, 2020. Most truck manufacturers have moved to reporting their sales results quarterly. The rankings in this article have been determined using sales numbers provided by the individual automobile manufacturers and not a third party.

The vehicles on this list are bound to change order as new information becomes available. Stay tuned!

No. 10 - Nissan Frontier (10,280 sold)

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Nissan has continually updated the Frontier over the years. For the 2020 model year, the truck got Nissan's new, next-gen engine. It also comes with a standard 7-inch infotainment screen, rearview camera, and Bluetooth. The Frontier still has a very low starting price compared to other midsize trucks.

No. 10 - Honda Ridgeline (12,138 sold)

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The Honda Ridgeline has as nice of an interior as you'll find in a midsize pickup. Its engine is powerful enough and paired with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. It can tow and haul, but not as much as much of its competition. Still, its unique tailgate and in-bed trunk set it apart.

No. 9 - Jeep Gladiator (15,259 sold)

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Jeep started selling its Gladiator pickup truck in 2019 with plenty of orders already on the books. The four-door all-terrain vehicle can town, haul, conquer, and ford, easily winning the hearts of Jeep brand enthusiasts.

No. 8 - Ford Ranger (20,980 sold)

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The Ford Ranger made a big splash when it was introduced, giving American buyers a smaller Ford truck to spend their money on yet again. Though it wasn't a completely new truck when it made its U.S. debut, Ford engineers had significantly modified the model for North American customizers, making it plenty off-road capable and a viable daily driver.

No. 7 - Chevrolet Colorado (21,430 sold)

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The Chevrolet Colorado benefits from its strong engine lineup, diverse array of build options, comfortable ride, and high towing capacity. For the 2020 model year the Colorado has gotten an updated infotainment system and an extended list of standard and available features.

No. 6 - Toyota Tundra (21,658 sold)

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There's a redesigned Toyota Tundra on the horizon but that hasn't stopped Toyota from selling a significant number of current model year Tundras. The model has a dated interior and is fuel inefficient, but it's comfortable and has a long list of standard and available features.

No. 5 - GMC Sierra (53,009 sold)

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Reviewers generally agree that the GMC Sierra has a great exterior but that its interior is lacking the refinement expected at its price point. Still, it's an incredibly capable truck, especially in its heavy-duty variants. The GMC Sierra 2500 AT4 is one of the best trucks you can buy if you want to match off-road prowess with on-road comfort and towing/hauling capability.

No. 4 - Toyota Tacoma (53,636 sold)

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The Toyota Tacoma is the top-selling midsize truck in the U.S. It got a host of new equipment for the 2020 model year including standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa integration. There's an available 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat and a larger touch screen as well.

No. 3 - Ram Trucks (128,805 sold)

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With a combination of sales from the Ram 1500 and HD pickups, Ram's pickups take third place in U.S. truck sales. Ram has found a winning formula that combines the expected capability of a truck with the refined interior more commonly found in premium or luxury SUV.

No. 2 - Chevrolet Silverado (144,734 sold)

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After a strong first quarter, Chevrolet is back in the No. 2 slot in the three-way Big Three battle for full-size truck supremacy. The Silverado is one of the most capable trucks on the market today, but is dogged by its interior design and materials choices.

No. 1 - Ford F-Series (186,562 sold)

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Ford still reigns supreme. With a diverse lineup of trucks, from the F-150 to the Super Duty and beyond, that features a number of best-in-class descriptions the automaker, Ford continues to give customers the capability and refinement they expect, which adding in fresh technology with every refresh and redesign.

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SCCA's Track Night in America events take place across the country at lesser-known tracks.

Photo by Dan Sabol

For a parent, weekends are precious. Weekends are for road trips, backyard parties, and youth sporting events. A mere 52 opportunities to connect with your family.

For the gearhead, however, a weekend can mean a long couple of days away, driving or towing to the nearest track for some full-throttle action. While the family can and often does tag along at weekend track events, devoting attention to the car, the kids, and the spouse can be a challenge.

Track Night in America 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost The Ford Mustang is sold as either a coupe (shown here) or a convertible.Photo by Chris Tonn

Since 2015, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has been offering an alternative to a weekend at the races. Their Track Night in America program is a mid-week track experience open to just about anyone with a car and a helmet. It starts mid-afternoon and leads into the twilight hours. For this dad, sneaking away from the office at noon and missing a single dinner with the family is a much better alternative to an entire weekend away.

Over the past five years, the SCCA has offered over 650 Track Night events at 47 different tracks – and finally, an event popped up in my home state of Ohio. I had a 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost coming to my door to test. I'd finally run out of excuses – it was time to get on track.

With a bunch of sweeping corners spread over a brief two miles, the Nelson Ledges racecourse between Cleveland and Pittsburgh has been thrilling racers for decades. It's a throwback to the early tracks that appeared in the 1960z – it's rustic. Many newer tracks offer a country club atmosphere – Nelson Ledges has a shack with some bathrooms, a timing building that is undergoing some repairs, and a few picnic tables. It's all about the on-track experience, and this track delivers.

Track Night in America 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost The Mustang's available High Performance package added 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels to the tester.Photo by Chris Tonn

The EcoBoost High Performance package on my tester seemed ready-made for track duties. It adds 20 horsepower to the standard turbocharged four-cylinder (up to 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque), alongside many of the suspension, braking, and aerodynamic goodies from Ford's V8-powered GT Performance Package. For me, the highlight was the 13.9-inch brake rotors being clamped by large four-piston calipers. These brakes give plenty of stopping power on track, and never felt like they were fading under the heat of stops from triple digits.

Track Night in America is meant for street cars, not race cars, as the SCCA's goal is to let people simply have fun with the cars they already have. Many other track day programs tend to encourage drivers to work their way up a "ladder" of sorts from novice track events to time trials all the way to wheel-to-wheel racing. While that's certainly an option, the SCCA just wants people to enjoy performance driving in a safe environment without the pressure to compete.

Track Night in America 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Ford gave the test car a larger rear sway bar and unique stability control tuning, elevating its on-track performance.Photo by Chris Tonn

I wish something like this had been around twenty-plus years ago as I began to make a little bit of money. While I'd long spent time at the track as an avid spectator, getting on track back then generally required a dedicated race car. I explored those options – even going so far to buy a retired SCCA Honda Civic to get back on track for myself, only to be laid off shortly after getting it home – and I found myself pushing my motorsport ambitions aside.

Track Night lets drivers self-select into one of just three groups – Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced, all based on prior track experience. There's no breaking out cars based on speed – just driver ability. Considering our current pandemic, Track Night is well positioned – there are no instructors strapped in the passenger seat. Rather, they space out and observe from trackside, and will pull aside drivers to give pointers and encouragement between each of the three twenty-minute track sessions.

The novice group gets accordingly more attention, as well as a masked-up group debriefing after each session. The instructors joked that social distancing is important on track as well as in the paddock – a safe six feet helps to keep away both viruses and sheet metal damage.

Track Night in America 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost The car's Showstopper red leather upholstery adds a bit of a dramatic touch to the interior.Photo by Chris Tonn

As I have little actual on-track experience, I selected the novice group. I was expecting some slower cars in the group – and while there were a couple, I was also watching my mirrors fill with C7 Corvettes, Porsche Caymans, and a Chevy Camaro SS 1LE. The four-banger Mustang was quick – keeping pace except coming off corners with a recent five-liter Mustang – but let down a bit by the ten-speed automatic transmission, which was reluctant to shift as quickly as I'd like. The car was magic in the corners, however, as the balance afforded by the lightweight engine let both ends of the car rotate at will.

Instructors told me that their main goal is for everyone to drive home with the same intact car they arrived in, so keeping within the limits of both the car and the driver is paramount. Only one incident marred our evening – a snarling Chevy El Camino modified in the Pro Touring style came back to the paddock on the end of a rope with some tire barrier damage to the left side of the car, though it seemed to drive home without problems.

Track Night in America 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Photo by Dan Sabol

SCCA has a winning program on their hands. Over five years, over forty thousand drivers have registered for Track Night events. It's a great way to keep socially distant at speed. I missed a conference call and one family dinner, and was home in time to tuck the kids into bed. I get to spend another weekend with my family. Admittedly, I'll spend some of that weekend pondering if I can trade the family minivan for a new Mustang EcoBoost.

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