Closing out a robust year of new-car sales, full-size pickups, SUVs and crossovers helped drive the market to reach more 16.5 million units for the year, up nearly 6% from 2013. The average transaction price in December was $31,550, making last month the highest ATP of 2014. A positive for both dealerships and manufacturers, all signs indicate that consumers will be out in force and willing to spend as we head into the new year.
At a vehicle level, domestic automakers led the way in December, with the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram Pickup coming in as the top three sellers nationwide. Even with limited supply of the newly redesigned 2015 F-150, total full-size pickup sales rose 16.8% for the month. The Honda CR-V took the fourth spot in December, followed by a host of popular sedans, including the Nissan Altima and Toyota Corolla, both of which posted impressive 30% month-over-month gains.
At just $2.23 per gallon, on average, consistently low gas prices – down more than a dollar from a year ago – and new-home construction trends suggest that full-size pickup and SUV sales will continue to nudge forward in 2015.
Here are the top 10 best-selling cars in December. For a complete breakdown on this month’s best-selling vehicles and sales trends, visit the Cars.com KickingTires blog.