Even a cursory look at the 25 best-selling cars in U.S. will tell you a lot about this country. While the rest of the globe’s inhabitants drive tiny, fuel-efficient cars, Americans embrace trucks as if we all called the famed Ponderosa Ranch home. They swept the top three spots and accounted for five of the top 25 on Kelley Blue Book’s 2017 compilation. Sure, the compact segment is well-represented. But the list reflects our national love affair with machines that make personal statements about who we are and what we care about.
In fact, America's love of full-size pickup trucks continues to grow. Though the segment is made up of just six models, total sales topped 2.2 million in 2017. This, in a year that saw U.S. sales drop year-over-year for the first time since 2009. While sedans remain popular, the dominant force in the marketplace is the compact and mid-size crossover SUV. Together, the segments account for 35 percent of all cars and trucks sold domestically last year.
Spoiler alert before you launch the slideshow: There’s not a European car in the bunch.