Sales

Ford, Toyota claim best-seller status in three key buyer categories for 2019

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

According to fresh sales data, most Americans buy their pickup trucks from Ford and their cars and SUVs from Toyota. Where did everyone else rank? Let's take a closer look.

Trucks

The best-selling truck of 2019 was the Ford F-Series. Ram snatched away the second place trophy from Chevrolet, outselling them by around 63,000 vehicles. Chevy is already preparing to put up a stronger fight in 2020 with announcements of added production capacity at their plants to meet demand for the redesigned Silverado lineup.

The Nissan Titan and Honda Ridgeline didn't make it into the top 10 but the new Jeep Gladiator and Ford Ranger did.

To see the list of best-selling new trucks click here.

Cars

The usual suspects make up the top four in this category: Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, and Honda Civic. Then, it gets more interesting. There are three entries from Nissan (Altima, Versa, and Sentra) and Kia (Soul, Optima, and Forte). A Tesla makes the list and so does a Volkswagen. Hyundai, Dodge, and Ford models also sold well.

Click here to see the list of best-selling new cars.

SUVs

Whether it's a crossover or a true sport utility vehicle (or somewhere in-between), if it sold over 127,372 models in 2019, it's on this list. Toyota once again reigns supreme with its RAV4, boosted by its recent redesign. The Honda CR-V came in a distant second but the battle for third and fourth place between the Nissan Rogue and Chevrolet Equinox was tighter than many expected. And, despite having a new model launch at the end of the year, the Ford Escape slipped out of the top 5.

To see the list of best-selling new SUVs click here.

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New sports car

2022 Subaru BRZ pricing announced

The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

Subaru

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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The 2022 Frontier gets a brand-new face and updated tech.

Nissan

After 16 years on sale in its current form, the Nissan Frontier is a familiar face on our roads. The truck, which is technically old enough to get a driver's license and drive itself, is being totally overhauled for 2022, and the new look is a big departure from the ute we've seen for so many years. Nissan announced that production has started, so we don't have much longer to wait to see it in action for ourselves.

The new truck's 3.8-liter V6 has already been in action powering the 2021 Frontier. It produces a class-leading 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, and sends its power to either the rear or all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.


2022 Nissan Frontier Production is underway in Mississippi.Nissan


This is the first new Frontier we've seen in over a decade, so the upgrade in technology is steep over the previous truck. The 2022 Frontier can be optioned with a surround-view camera system with off-road mode that automatically displays terrain around the truck when it's shifted into 4LO. The system displays guidelines and can help the driver navigate tough obstacles on the trail. A host of safety features will be available that includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane departure warnings, high beam assist, and more.

Other than its age, there was nothing particularly wrong with the previous Frontier's interior, but the new truck looks to be considerably more upscale and modern. Various trims come with interesting contrasting color schemes and the truck gets Nissan's excellent Zero Gravity seats as standard. New hydraulic cab mounts should help quell vibrations inside, and traditional hydraulic power steering will provide excellent steering feel and feedback.

Nissan is building the new frontier in its Canton, MS facility, while the truck's engine is being built at the automaker's powertrain plant in Tennessee. We'll start seeing the new model on dealers' lots sometime in late summer 2021, and you can find a first drive review of the truck right here in a few weeks.


2022 Nissan Frontier The new trucks will arrive on dealers' lots later this summer.Nissan

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