Toyota cars are some of the most popular globally, and the automaker is known for being one of the largest in the world. In 2021, it even outsold General Motors in car sales. Toyota’s best-selling vehicle is the RAV4 SUV, but even with the USA’s obsession with crossover SUVs and despite the dwindling interest in sedans, Toyotas sedans, the Camry and the Corolla in particular, still outsell most other SUVs on the market. This is a testament to Toyota’s ability to produce long-lasting, reliable, and all-round good vehicles that appeal to more than just one type of customer. The brand’s extensive range of vehicles is also indicative of this – it’s unlikely one would struggle to find a Toyota that suits all of their needs. Below, however, we look at the top five best-selling vehicles from Toyota, which just may make choosing, a whole lot quicker.
The RAV4 is America’s favorite compact SUV, and the most popular of the Toyota SUVs, and vehicle in general, outselling every other car in the space other than for a handful of trucks. It’s one of the coolest-looking SUVs out there with its bulky hood and sharp styling and while it may not be the most enjoyable SUVs to drive, it’s very economical and a decent off-roader. It can tow a decent amount, too, and offers plenty of driver and passenger room and onboard cargo space. The RAV4 hits all of its marks just right, making it a well-rounded and exceptional value for money vehicle.
- Cool, avante garde exterior design
- Efficient powertrains
- Modern and commodious interior
- Base model is far too bare-bones
- Rather mundane drive characteristics
- Engine can sound strained at highway speeds
The Camry is the best-selling sedan in America only outsold by vehicles in the ever-popular truck and SUV segments. This is impressive considering the dwindling interest in sedans. Toyota positioned the Camry toward the driving enthusiasts that value performance at budget pricing with the TRD model coming up as the most affordable in the lineup. On top of fun drive dynamics and a very appealing price tag, the Camry is also backed by a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS and Toyota’s proven reliability standards. It’s also a great-looking car and an exceptional all-rounder.
- Potent yet economical four-cylinder engine
- Exceptional all-wheel-drive system
- Phenomenal value for the money
- Relatively impractical trunk space
- Many cheap materials in low- trier trims
- Can get rather loud on the highway
With Toyota having positioned the Corolla as a reliable, affordable, and safe vehicle for the compact sedan segment, it secured its success to a near unattainable degree. Its powertrain may be a little on the sedate side, but Camry doesn’t try to be anything beyond what it is in terms of performance – an easy-going, comfortable, and highly economical daily runabout. It also comes comprehensively outfitted with creature comforts and conveniences as well as with a good selection of active and passive safety elements.
- Surprisingly comfortable ride quality
- Excellent fuel economy returns
- Generously loaded with safety features
- Engines feel somewhat underpowered
- Manual gearbox available with only one trim
- Headroom in the back seat is limited
Though a good seller within Toyota’s ranks, the Tacoma isn’t the top-seller within the massively popular pickup truck segment. It is, nevertheless, up there with the best of them and offers really fun and exceptional off-road capability. It’s a great workhorse, too, capable of hauling hefty payloads and towing even more. It inherently benefits from Toyotas proven reliability standards and safety scores as well, but it isn’t very comfortable on the road and has a pretty cramped interior.
- Highly capable off-roader
- High maximum tow capacity
- Competitive payload and cargo capacities
- Base powertrain can feel lackluster
- Cabin space is relatively limited
- Not the best workhorse in the segment
The Highlander is a rather straightforward and basic midsize SUV that offers nothing extraordinarily impressive. This is perhaps why people are buying it, as it promises nothing more than to simply get its passenger, of which there can be eight, and their cargo from point A to point B in reasonable comfort and safety. Every Highlander, even at the base level, comes outfitted with a good selection of driver-assist systems and safety features. It’s otherwise pretty boring to drive and nothing special in terms of technology and luxury. Overall, the Highlander is a safe bet for a budding family.
- Quiet ride
- Many seating configurations
Brimming with standard features
- By no means a fun vehicle to drive
- Dashboard feels overly cluttered
- Third-row seats are confined
An Option for All
All of the Toyotas we’ve briefly discussed above cater mostly to Americans that are looking for a car that will get them from point A to point B comfortably and reliably. They’re consummate family cruisers and runabouts that offer everything one would need to get through the regular day. Toyota does, however, also have a couple of really fun-to-drive and capable performance cars such as the 86 coupe and the GR Supra. There is also a brand new electric model joining the range, monikered the bZ4X which will offer futuristic styling, phenomenal EV performance, and s\zero-emissions. There really is a Toyota for everyone.
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