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Top 20 Best Selling Cars So Far In 2014

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Though full-size trucks continue to be America’s most popular vehicle by far, plenty of cars and crossovers are disappearing from dealer lots. The best-selling cars in the United States, through June 31:

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20. Ford Explorer

The ever-versatile Ford Explorer is the most popular three-row SUV for the first quarter of 2014, the only one in the top 20 best-selling vehicles this year. Buyers can choose between three engines and four individual trim levels, with the most powerful Sport model topping the list. A combination of sharp styling, good fuel economy, and plenty of options keeps buyers coming back.

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19. Nissan Rogue

When redesigning the Rogue for 2014, Nissan set its sights on making sure the Rogue looked and drove like a "premium" vehicle. They got something right, because buyers are flocking to the attractive compact crossover in droves. With the ingenious Divide-N-Hide cargo system and a 15 percent increase in fuel efficiency, the Rogue may have the chops to pull ahead of its better-selling competition found in the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and Honda CR-V by the end of the sales year.

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18. Hyundai Sonata

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata offers attractive styling and a list of quality features that keep buyers behind the wheel. It may not be as sharp to drive or as quick as the sportier Optima offering from sister-company Kia, but the Sonata provides attractive features for those wanting something off the beaten path within the midsize segment.

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17. Toyota Prius

As it always has been, the Toyota Prius is the undisputed leader in the hybrid segment. Its familiar design and approachable price keep it the crowd favorite for one more year. However, with the recent burst of hybrid and electric vehicles clogging the segment, the Prius has found some tough competition from the likes of Honda and Ford. The next-generation Prius is in the works, so expect higher sales once it hits showroom floors.

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16. Hyundai Elantra

While not the most fun car to be found in the compact segment, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra makes up ground with its quality interior and attractive styling. The Elantra can be bought in two styles, the Coupe and the GT four-door hatch, with the hatch providing an impressive amount of interior space and storage. Buyers beware, however, as the real-world fuel economy does not quite line up with the EPA rating.

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15. Toyota RAV4

With the RAV4's clean-sheet redesign in 2013, its styling was toned down to match the rest of the segment. The redesign lost the familiar exterior mounted spare and the optional V-6 engine, but received much-needed major upgrades for the interior. Fans of the RAV4 may bemoan the loss of the more powerful engine, but when we compared the updated RAV4 with its competitors, we found the power to be more than adequate. Buyers seem to agree with the changes, as the RAV4 continues to stay on the best-seller list.

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14. Chevrolet Equinox

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox's success lies in its ability to cut the balance perfectly between small-car looks and fuel economy, but with the added space and utility found in a larger crossover SUV. It's more comfortable and usable than Chevrolet's larger offerings, and potential Equinox buyers should spring the extra $1500 for the newly upgraded optional V-6 engine, giving a necessary power bump over the underpowered base I-4 engine.

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13. Ford Focus

Ford's sporty compact sedan finds itself on the best-sellers list for another year. Ford has made sure the Focus lineup is one of the most diverse in the market, offering every variation from an all-electric Focus to full-on performance hot hatch found in the Focus ST. Though most praise the Focus' styling and engaging drive, the MyTouch infotainment system has been labeled as confusing and clunky, perhaps providing reason to look elsewhere in the segment.

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12. Chevrolet Cruze

It may lag behind the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla, but enough buyers still find themselves in the slightly outdated Chevrolet Cruze to put it at No. 12 on the list. Buyers can look for the reveal of an updated Cruze in the coming months, which will hopefully resolve some issues we found with the current model. Cramped rear space and an unrefined optional diesel engine detract from what would be an overall good compact sedan.

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11. Ford Escape

As with Ford's other strong seller, the Focus, the Ford Escape offers something for every need. Strong power from its available EcoBoost engines, the Escape is both fun-to-drive and easy on fuel, with 26 combined city/highway mpg in base trim. Tons of technology and accessories are available, including Ford's Sync infotainment system and the useful hands-free rear hatch. With so many features available, it's no wonder the Escape is the second best-selling compact crossover.

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10. Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is the best-selling compact crossover for 2014, now ahead of the Ford Escape. Plentiful power from an efficient 2.4-liter I-4 in front-wheel-drive guise returns a notable 26 mpg for combined city/highway, and with available all-wheel drive and an impressive 70.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats down, the CR-V is still the stand-out offering in the compact crossover segment.

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9. Ford Fusion

Though sales of the Ford Fusion have ebbed, the handsomely styled midsize sedan is still on the best-selling list, up three spots from the 2013. With four engines available for a number of tastes and budgets, the Fusion can be had with a range of four-cylinder engines: one entry-level naturally aspirated 1.6-liter, three EcoBoost options, and a range-topping hybrid option.

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8. Honda Civic

With sales down slightly from last year, the Honda Civic boasts a slew of attractive standard features for 2014. Standard rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and an attractive LCD center-stack screen all contribute to the Civic's continuing popularity in the compact sedan segment, putting its sales above rivals from Chevrolet and Ford. Characteristically above-average handling and legendary Honda reliability keep the Civic a consistently worthy choice.

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7. Toyota Corolla

Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Toyota Corolla is once again the compact sedan sales leader. While the recent redesign brought sharp styling and more attention-grabbing features than previous generations, the performance is still lukewarm when compared to its competition. Still, the majority of buyers in this segment are not preoccupied with performance figures, so sales remain strong.

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6. Nissan Altima

The attractive and sharp-driving Nissan Altima has found favor with buyers for another year, winning them over with high-quality interior materials, comfortable "zero gravity" seats, and an efficient base engine, with an EPA-rated 27/38 mpg. Buyers can follow the path of the larger Nissan Maxima and opt for the powerful V-6 engine if the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder is low on power. Not all is good, however, with the Altima's noticeably tight interior space, when compared to its competitors, and a clattery CVT transmission.

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5. Honda Accord

The Honda Accord, now in its ninth generation of production, has always enjoyed a spot high on the list of best-selling cars. Through its long lifespan, the Accord has often been the pick for enthusiasts looking for a sedan that is a balanced mix of fun-to-drive, fuel efficiency, and reliability. Honda has taken notice and has made sure the Accord remains one of the last midsize sedans available with a manual transmission.

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4. Dodge Ram Series

The Ram has dropped one place on the best seller's list for this quarter, but the sales remain strong. Buyers are not the only ones finding favor with Ram, as the Ram EcoDiesel, featuring a powerful and refined turbodiesel V-6, is the first pickup truck to win the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award two years running. Combine this with a high towing capacity and a quality interior results in the Ram being a sales star for another year.

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3. Toyota Camry

For another year, Toyota claims the top sales in both compact and midsize segments. The midsize Toyota Camry seems to be slowly losing its lead, however, with quality rivals from Ford, Honda, and Nissan encroaching on its sales. Available in four-cylinder, V-6, or hybrid engine configurations, the Camry has adequate power and fuel efficiency for any budget. The completely updated and refreshed 2015 model is on its way to showroom floors toward the end of the sales year, so expect better deals and lagging sales on the outgoing 2014 model.

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2. Chevrolet Silverado Series

Though the Silverado lineup notched the second-highest sales for the first quarter of 2014, sales are lagging behind last year, perhaps due to buyers holding out for the upgraded Heavy Duty models to hit showroom floors. The Silverado lineup has an impressive line of available engines, ranging from an efficient V-6 (4.3 liter, 285 hp) and a group of efficient V-8s (5.3 liter, 355 hp; 6.2 liter, 420 hp) to a Heavy Duty V-8 (6.0 liter, 360 hp). The available 6.6-liter Duramax diesel churns out an incredible 765 lb-ft of torque.

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1. Ford F-150 Series

For the first quarter in 2014, the Ford F-150 is once again the best-selling pickup truck for 37 years in a row, and the best-selling vehicle for the past 32 years. Sales are expected to take a slight dip, however, as potential customers wait for the all-new 2015 model to hit dealerships. The 2015 F-150 will feature an all-aluminum body and bed, the first for a pickup truck of this size. Engine options and cab configurations will still be plentiful, most likely leading the F-150 to another year at the top of the sales list.


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