The year 2016 is almost over, and a lot has happened in the automotive world. Brands keep pushing forward with new developments and innovations. Smart screens with useful features are now commonplace in cars. We’ve also seen a rise in electric vehicles. Plus, there’s been all sorts of exciting news about self-driving cars.
With the year coming to an end, it’s worth looking at some of the year’s defining vehicles. While the best vehicles of the year may be subjective, the F2M Global Mobility Database can shed some light on the best-selling vehicles. Here’s a look at the top sellers of the year.
- Hyundai Elantra
The Elantra has underperformed compared to last year, with sales down 3% from 2015. Nonetheless, it remains a hugely popular compact car with over 555,000 sold across the year.
Its small size and 147-hp base engine make it excellent for city driving. It also has connectivity features for both Apple and Android devices. What’s more, you can find many of these cars for sale at affordable prices at both new and used dealerships.
It’s a stand-out choice for those looking for something cheap but handy. It’s no surprise it’s one of the year’s top choices.
- Ford Focus
It’s no surprise to see Ford Focus high up on the list. It’s been a powerful seller worldwide ever since its launch almost two decades ago. Although it’s sold over 12% less than last year, it remains a consumer favorite.
It’s another affordable hatchback, making it a viable family car or city vehicle. The 2016 model has the latest hands-free technology and fantastic safety features. It’s built up a reputation as a car for smooth
driving and great handling, making it a favorite for many years.
- Ford F-Series
The Ford F-Series models sold a whopping 728,665 in 2016. With an 8.4% rise over last year, it looks like these trucks will continue to grow in popularity.
The most popular in the line, the Ford F-150, has long been seen as America’s favorite truck. It’s been the sales leader for full-size pickups for many years and looks to continue that run. The larger and pricier Ford Super Duty F-250 likely also adds to the impressive 2016 sales.
- Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf is another model that has impressive consumers for years. It won the World Car Of The Year award back in 2013 and has only improved since then. It sold a little over 730,000 this year- just slightly edging out the Ford F-Series to retain its number 2 spot.
It’s a little pricier than its competitors in the family hatchback arena but makes stronger sales nonetheless. A lot of this comes down to the strong build and excellent handling. The 2.0-liter diesel engine is capable of 148-hp while still managing around 32 mpg on average. It also looks set to improve with the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf coming soon.
- Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla blows the competition away, with a massive 945,812 sold in 2016. It may be slightly less than last year, but it’s still over 200,000 more than the second top seller.
The model continues to impress. The recently released 50th Anniversary Special Edition offers a unique design and great features. The 1.8-liter engine boasts 140-hp. Plus, it’s packed with fantastic technology features, such as the Toyota Star Safety System.