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Bestselling Cars: The Top 15 Everyone’s Driving

2023 presented a unique array of popular vehicles, each of which demonstrated innovation, performance, and style. Electric vehicles continued to gain momentum, and these automotive marvels also continue to top the charts of popular vehicles.

Gas-powered vehicles are still heavily purchased, and between powerful SUVs and pickup trucks and sleek and stylish sedans, the most purchased cars in 2023 are emphasizing a new set of standards in the automotive industry.

Whether car buyers are invested in electric and environmental change, or they’re eager to buy a technologically-advanced car with off-road capabilities, there’s a lot of diversity in the automotive trends of the year.

Ford F-150

Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
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The beloved Ford F-150 continues its reign as one of the most popular cars in the 2023 year. In its newest iteration, the F-150 blends rugged capability with cutting-edge technology. The Ford brand continues to stand as a symbol of American culture and high-performance driving, and most recently, it’s begun to push the boundaries of electric vehicle capabilities. The Ford F-150 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Toyota RAV4

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
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The Toyota RAV4 continues to be one of the top-selling SUVs. The vehicle offers versatility and capability, suiting a wide range of lifestyles. The rugged design of the RAV4 is a fan favorite, but the vehicle also provides advanced safety features and a spacious interior. With hybrid options available, the RAV4 caters to individuals who are interested in pairing efficiency with electricity. 

Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y
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In 2022, the Tesla Model Y was one of the best-selling vehicles in the world. The Model Y is an adaptation of the Model 3, but unlike its predecessor, the Y is a compact crossover SUV. Tesla Model Y adapts the best components of its predecessors while also boasting a spacious interior and an overall great driving experience. The vehicle can accommodate up to seven passengers and it also has an exceptional driving range

Honda CR-V

2011 Honda CR-V
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Comparable to the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V is a reliable SUV. This top-performing SUV provides a practical design and great fuel efficiency. The CR-V promotes a comfortable ride with its spacious interior. For those seeking a family-friendly option, the Honda CR-V is a top contender. With low annual maintenance costs, the CR-V is definitely a car to invest in.

Toyota Camry

2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Although pickup trucks and SUVs are often the most purchased vehicles, and subsequently, the most popular, the Toyota Camry is a perennial favorite. It is Old Faithful. The Camry offers the perfect blend of reliability, efficiency, and style, and while sedans are not often the most popular vehicle, Toyota’s legacy precedes its sedan line. Toyota is known for its longevity, and the Camry is a testament to the automaker’s dependability. 

Nissan Rogue

2022 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
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The Nissan Rogue is a fan-favorite for those on the market for a compact SUV. The Rogue offers style, technology, and excellent safety features. With modern aesthetics and a nicely designed interior, the Rogue is a great option for car buyers looking for a stylish and practical vehicle. While the Rogue is comparable to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Nissan Rogue, although still a popular buy, is not as smooth or comfortable as its counterparts. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee
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The Jeep Grand Cherokee maintains its popularity due to its off-road capability, upscale features, and promise of a comfortable ride. With its most recent redesign, the 2023 Cherokee had some changes to its off-road options, but there’s no loss of capability. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a great option for those looking for a family-friendly ride or for those wanting a car for their next adventure. 

Chevrolet Silverado

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
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Reliable, hardworking, and loyal: the Chevrolet Silverado. This pickup truck continues to convey power, reliability, and modern technology. Whether it’s for work or play, the Silverado has enduring appeal. Although it falls second to the Ford F-Series, the Chevrolet Silverado still offers a turbo diesel engine for the Silverado, unlike its contender.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic (sedan/hatchback)
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If you’re a compact car enthusiast, the Honda Civic might be at the top of your list. The Honda Civic remains an impressive contender with its sporty design, fuel efficiency, and range of body styles. The Honda Civic has a reputation for reliability and incredible performance, which allows this car to remain one of the most popular cars year in and year out. 

Ford Explorer

he sixth-generation Ford Explorer Plug-in Hybrid An optional twin-turbocharged 3.0 L EcoBoost V6 stand on sand by lake at sunny day mood.
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In the realm of midsize SUVs, the Ford Explorer is one of the most popular cars. It’s a spacious, family-friendly option, and offers both comfort and capability. The Explorer has modern features, advanced safety technologies, and a versatile interior. The Ford Explorer offers 400 horsepower and seats seven people.

Toyota Highlander 

2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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The Toyota Highlander has solidified its role as a family-oriented mid-size SUV and has been the family car for quite some time. If you have an active life, running kids around, or carting your dogs, the Highlander might be worth the investment. With its spacious design, the Toyota Highlander accommodates passengers and cargo with ease. There’s no doubt that Highlander continues to impress families looking for a reliable and comfortable car.

Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback
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The Subaru Outback is a rugged and adventurous crossover just as much as it is a dependable vehicle. Subarus is renowned for its all-wheel-drive capabilities, and the Outback is no exception. Capable of tackling various terrains, the Outback is a great vehicle for outdoor enthusiasts as well as those in urban areas. The Subaru Outback is a symbol of reliability and versatility, especially for those seeing a refined crossover with rugged skills.

Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma X-Runner Supercharged 
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The Toyota Tacoma is a popular midsize pickup truck that continues to stand as a symbol of durability and off-road ease. Known for its rugged design and capabilities, the Tacoma effortlessly navigates urban landscapes and challenging terrains. The Toyota Tacoma also was noted as Kelly Blue Book’s Best Midsize Truck Buy for 2024, so this truck’s popularity continues to strengthen. 

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler
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The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic off-road legend, and this vehicle symbolizes the height of adventure and rugged capabilities. The design is top-notch, innovative, and recognizable with its removable top and doors. For those who love adventure and off-roading, the Jeep Wrangler represents the epitome of freedom and exploration. 

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5
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The Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV that showcases a thoughtfully crafted interior and dynamic road presence. The CX-5 provides a premium diving experience, and with its sporty, yet classic style, the vehicle resembles a luxury brand. The Mazda CX-5 comes with standard AWD, and it is promoted as having an efficient engine. 

Author: Marisa Higgins


Marisa Higgins is a lover of good storytelling, and she’s spent the past decade teaching college English, and writing and researching about American Literature and Culture. She lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband, and their Beagle-Chihuahua, Rumi, and cat, Rory. Marisa’s work can be found at A-Z Animals, FuelsFix, and TellTaleTV. You can visit her website here: www.marisadhiggins.com


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