The good times are over. The lights are up, the music has stopped, and the bar is closed. After six years of record-setting numbers, automotive sales are cooling off fast. Sales fell a full 7% in July 2017 from a year earlier. Dealers now have an average 76 days worth of inventory sitting on their lots. And of all the major brands, just Toyota and Honda saw sales increases, though they were slight. With a flooded market, rapidly changing consumer tastes, and a wave of new technology, it makes for interesting times in the automotive world.
And this list is a snapshot of it. In July 2017, crossovers and pickups were hot. Cars of any stripe were not. And though that means some of the stalwart best-sellers are beginning their long slide into obscurity, it’s also that some surprising newcomers are quickly rising through the ranks to become some of the best-selling cars in America. So to capture this interesting snapshot in time, here are the 10 best-selling cars in the U.S. in July, according to The Associated Press.
Editor’s note: Additional data is from Good Car Bad Car.
10. Ford Escape
After missing the mark in June, Ford’s popular crossover is back in the top 10. In July, it sold 27,716 units, slightly up over June’s 27,151 sales. Compared to July 2016, it’s riding high, too. Sales are up a healthy 5.5%, making the Escape a bright spot in the Ford lineup.
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