Top 10 Cars Sold in the US in 2015

Apr 21, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Whether you have an interest in the auto industry or want to buy a new car in the future, you may want to know which models are the most popular. Every automaker claims to be an American favorite, so the best way to tell which models are truly the most popular is to look at their sales figures. By simply seeing which cars sold the most models in 2015, you can easily see which were the most popular for that year. You can then use that information however you want, such as buying the most purchased vehicle or learning what features drivers want.

Toyota Camry, Sales: 361,111


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Toyota’s strong brand name and impressive reliability helped the Camry sell 361,111 models. This midsize sedan is spacious and comfortable, as well as packed with features. Drivers like that the infotainment system is easy to use and appreciate that all Camry models come with Entune Audio and a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Drivers have the choice of five trim levels for the regular Camry. Many also chose to drive the Camry Hybrid in 2015 to get even better fuel economy.

The base Camry engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 178 horsepower and 28 mpg combined. The available 3.5-liter V6 engine earned excellent reviews with its 268 horsepower and 25 mpg combined. Experts regularly say that the Camry’s interior is among the most spacious and comfortable of midsize sedans with more than enough legroom throughout. Just some of the available high-end features in the 2016 model, which became available later in 2015, include Qi wireless charging, a sunroof, pre-collision warning with braking, and leather upholstery.

Toyota Corolla, Sales: 306,693


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Proving that Toyota is one of the most popular brands in the United States, the Toyota Corolla received the second-largest number of sales in 2015. 306,693 units of this small sedan were sold. The Corolla is similar to the Camry. It has the same infotainment system, reliability, and great warranty. It even has excellent rear legroom for its size, although less than its larger sibling. The Corolla was clearly designed with ease of use in mind. There are controls via knobs as well as the touchscreen, offering something for everyone.

Those who bought their Toyota Corollas in the early portion of 2015 had the choice of four main trims, with three of them featuring two sub-trims. The 2016 Corolla, which was released in 2016, added a limited-edition Special Edition trim level. The Corolla comes standard with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Entune, Bluetooth, some LED exterior lighting, and more. Higher trims get the premium vinyl upholstery known as SofTex. The Corolla runs on a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine that gets 140 horsepower with the Eco trim level. Depending on trim, it gets up to 35 mpg combined.

Honda Accord, Sales: 294,935


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Following the Toyota models, the Honda Accord saw the next-largest amount of sales in 2015 at 294,935 units. It is important to note that drivers who bought the 2015 Accord model got a fairly different version than those that bought the 2016 model later in the year. The exterior styling was updated, higher trims got Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and the suspension tuning was revised. The Honda Sensing safety package was added as an option to all trims. This package gives drivers advanced safety features, such as automatic braking with forward collision intervention and road and lane departure intervention.

The interior of the Honda Accord feels high-end despite its affordable pricing. All models have a 7.7-inch display with an extra 7-inch touchscreen on most trims. The rear seat is among the top in the class, with a comfortable, spacious seating area. The upholstery can be cloth or leather, and all but the base trim of the Accord have a 60/40 rear seat to let you carry longer objects in the trunk. The Accord is available as a coupe or sedan, with four trims for the sedan. It lets drivers choose from a 2.4-liter 4-cyliner and a 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Nissan Altima, Sales: 283,372


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The only Nissan model with top-10 sales in the United States in 2015 is the family-friendly Nissan Altima. This model saw a makeover during 2015 for the 2016 model year. Those who bought it in the later portion of the year got a more aesthetically pleasing vehicle. Experts and owners alike enjoy the strong acceleration and responsive transmission of the Altima. There are five trim levels available with the 182-horsepower, 180-pound-foot, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, and two with the 270-horsepower, 251-pound-foot 3.5-liter V6 engine.

The Nissan Altima is known for being incredibly safe, earning a top 5-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA. It also has extensive safety features, including a rearview camera on all but the base Altima 2.5. All 2016 Altima models come with at least a 5-inch display, although the 7-inch version is easier for you to read. Seating is comfortable since the Altima is one of the many Nissan models with Zero Gravity seats inspired by NASA. Although the Altima has average trunk space for its class, it is easier to access thanks to the low, wide opening. The interior storage compartments mean fewer items need to go in the trunk.

Honda Civic, Sales: 277,538


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The Honda Civic is available as a sedan or coupe, and it will soon have a hatchback style. The sedan and coupe were clearly enough to get it 277,538 sales in 2015 alone, making it the fifth-most-popular sedan in the United States. As with some of the other sedans on this list, the Civic saw a major overhaul for the 2016 model year. People who bought a 2015 Civic Sedan have a relatively different version of this vehicle than those who purchased the 2016 model. In fact, the Civic was completely redesigned late in the year.

The Civic sedan is available in five trims and the coupe also has five trims, but only four of them overlap. The base 158-horspeower, 2-liter 4-cylinder engine gets up to 31 city/41 highway/35 combined. The available 174-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gets up to 31 city/42 highway/35 combined. The Civic is one of the many Honda models to gain the available Honda Sensing package, which is available across the lineup and standard on the top Touring model.

Ford Fusion, Sales: 255,143


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Among midsize sedans, the Ford Fusion is one of the most popular, with 255,143 models sold in 2015. The cabin is nice and quiet, and this sedan offers a composed ride. The Fusion comes standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 175 horsepower, but there are multiple available engines. These include an 181-horspower, 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 240-horsepower, 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Impressively enough, the Fusion’s larger engine is also available with all-wheel drive, something few of the other popular sedans offer.

The interior of the Fusion feels urbane with high-quality finishes. Instead of center-stack buttons, drivers can opt for the MyFord Touch touchscreen interface. This infotainment can take some people longer to get used to, but it becomes easy to use with a little practice. Other features that Fusion drivers can enjoy across the lineup include voice commands for phone and audio, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and 60/40 rear seats. Higher trims add leather to the steering wheel and upholstery and a range of advanced technology.

Hyundai Elantra, Sales: 209,830


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The first Hyundai to make the list, 209,830 models of the Elantra were sold in 2015. This is among the more affordable sedans, but it doesn’t necessarily lack features. It was likely so popular because of the truly impressive Hyundai warranty, the number of features you get for the price, and the spacious trunk. The Elantra may be a small sedan, but the trunk is 14.8 cubic feet, and the seats are comfortable, although headroom may be tight for the tallest drivers or passengers.

The Elantra is incredibly safe, with a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and available Blue Link telematics. It runs on a 145-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 173-horspower, 2-liter 4-cylinder. All Elantras sold in the later portion of 2015 had satellite radio, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40 rear seat. There are four trim levels and multiple option packages to let you customize your sedan.

Chevrolet Cruze, Sales: 193,680


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The Chevrolet Cruze saw sales of 193,680 units, a respectable number, even if it is far behind the top models. As another small sedan, the Cruze offers great fuel economy with a good range of features as standard and available. Keep in mind that the 2016 Cruze saw a complete redesign that was introduced later in 2015. All Cruze models run on a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 153 horsepower and gets up to 42 mpg on the highway.

Even with its low starting price, the 2016 version of the Cruze comes standard with OnStar including 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, a rearview camera, and a 60/40 rear seat. Other available features on this compact sedan include heated mirrors, LED running lights, leather upholstery, Bose audio with nine speakers, and advanced safety, such as forward collision alert. As a bonus, every single 2016 Cruze comes with a 7-inch touchscreen or larger, and the MyLink system is intuitive.

Ford Focus, Sales: 180, 287


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The Ford Focus reached 180,287 units sold in 2015 within the United States. It is available as either a sedan or a hatchback, depending on how much cargo space drivers want. There are also three primary trim levels in addition to two high-performance versions. The standard engine is a 2-liter 4-cylinder with 160 horsepower. You can also get a Focus with the 1-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 3-cylinder that gets 123 horsepower and up to 35 mpg combined.

The Focus keeps drivers comfortable with its cloth or leather upholstery and available leather on the steering wheel and 8-way power for the driver’s seat. All 2016 versions of the Focus come with a 4.2-inch display and Ford’s MyKey, a system that lets parents limit certain things, such as audio volume and speed, for their teens. Some of the available premium features include a sunroof, keyless ignition, and a self-parking system. The Focus is another of the most popular models to earn a 5-star overall rating for safety from the NHTSA.

Hyundai Sonata, Sales: 173,751


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The midsize Hyundai Sonata has the same great warranty as the Elantra, helping it reach 173,751 units sold in 2015. The 2015 model sold early in the year is noticeably different from the 2016 model, which was released later on. The 2016 model saw the addition of a standard 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera. The Sonata is available as a standard gas sedan, a hybrid, and plug-in hybrid model, helping contribute to its popularity.

With six trim levels for the Sonata, there are three different engines, depending on the trim chosen. You can get between 178 and 245 horsepower and up to 32 mpg combined. Even the least efficient Sonata, the Limited 2.0T with a turbocharged 2-liter engine, gets 25 mpg combined. All Sonatas are considered incredibly safe, with a 5-star safety rating and standard Blue Link telematics in addition to the standard rearview camera. Drivers and experts find the control layout very easy to use, and adults can get comfortable in the rear seats. The trunk is even large for the class.

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