Author: Steve Allen |
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What are best-selling cars in America for 2015? Well, now it’s time to come to some conclusions. Here we present the rating of best-selling cars for last year.

10. Nissan Sentra — 203,509 units

2015 Nissan Sentra © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

2015 Nissan Sentra © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

The highly successful seventh-generation Nissan Sentra, introduced in fall 2012, continues to be refined for the 2015 model year with a number of interior comfort and convenience enhancements – all which add value to an already outstanding array of standard and available features and equipment.

The entry-level Sentra S grade, for example, adds standard USB connection port, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel audio controls, Smart Auto Headlights and cruise control.

The popular SV grade now includes Nissan Intelligent Key®, RearView Monitor, NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps, 5.0-inch color display, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), sliding front armrest, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Smart Auto Headlights and Easy-Fill Tire Alert. In addition, a new Style Package is added for Sentra SV that includes power sliding moonroof, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, 16-inch split 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels and rear spoiler. A Cold Weather Package adds heated front seats and outside mirrors.

The enhancements for 2015 continue with the sporty Sentra SR, which adds standard heated front seats and heated outside mirrors – plus added features to from the previous Driver’s Package, including rear disc brakes, Nissan Intelligent Key®, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with 5.0-inch color display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and more. The new SR Premium Package offers leather-appointed seats, Bose® Premium Audio, power sliding glass moonroof and more. The top-of-the-line Sentra SL adds standard leather-appointed seats, rear disc brakes and auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver.

In addition, four new exterior colors are offered for 2015 (11 colors total): Titanium, Red Alert (SR only), Cayenne Red and Fresh Powder.

As the previous years, Sentra continues to offer class-above design standards inside and out, as well as efficiency in engineering. Sentra utilizes a fuel-efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, which along with the next-generation Xtronic transmission with sub-planetary gear, helps the Sentra FE+ S model deliver 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined – resulting in a more than 415-mile real-world driving range.

9. Hyundai Sonata — 213,303 units

2015 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

2015 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

Originally internally coded as LFA, the 2015 Sonata was unveiled in Korea late March 2014, and was unveiled in America at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. While the previous model incorporated significant aesthetic changes and sold successfully within the U.S, sales in Korea failed to meet expectations. A more conservative approach was thus taken, to appease the Korean market, resulting in Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. With LED Running Lights and Xenon Headlights, a more European look was established. The car inherits many styling features from Hyundai’s Hyundai HCD-14 Concept unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The car also takes interior and exterior styling based on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis. In Australia and New Zealand, Hyundai have reverted to the use of the Sonata badge, replacing the i45 badge that was used only on the sixth generation Sonata in that market.

8. Chevrolet Cruze — 226,602 units

2015 Chevrolet Cruze © General Motors

2015 Chevrolet Cruze © General Motors

Cruze is the cornerstone of Chevrolet’s North American small-car lineup, which is attracting a greater share of the market and more young, first-time customers to Chevy showrooms. Cruze is also Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with more than three million sold globally since its launch in mid-2010.

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze in North America receives revised exterior styling, enhanced interior convenience and greater connectivity – including new text message alerts, Apple Siri integration and OnStar 4G LTE with available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

The new exterior styling cues are inspired by the Impala and restyled 2014 Malibu, while more intuitive controls update the interior. New voice-controlled features enhance safety when responding to text messages in the vehicle.

“We’ve simply made a great, versatile car even better,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of passenger car and crossover marketing. “Chevrolet continues to design, build and sell the most compelling small cars in its history and the 2015 Cruze offers more of the features, connectivity and efficiency that are important to today’s customers.”

The Cruze’s facelift for 2015 refreshes the appearance for LT, RS, LTZ, Eco and Diesel models. A prominent dual-port front fascia takes styling cues from Impala and Malibu, contributing a more cohesive look across Chevrolet’s sedan range – including LED daytime running lamps on LT, LTZ, Eco and Diesel. They complement the Cruze’s swept-back headlamps, for a sportier presence. Several new exterior and interior colors will also be offered for 2015.

7. Hyundai Elantra — 241,706 units

2016 Hyundai Elantra © Hyundai Motor Company

2016 Hyundai Elantra © Hyundai Motor Company

For the 2016 model year, Elantra ups the value quotient by offering a new Value Edition that bundles customer-favorite features at an attractive $1,000 in value savings. In addition, the Limited model now comes with more standard features and maintains the same starting MSRP of the previous model year while Elantra Sport gets a lower starting price with the removal of standard leather and power sunroof.

Elantra exemplifies Hyundai’s emotional “Fluidic Sculpture” design principles. “Fluidic Sculpture” considers the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion. Along Elantra’s sides are flowing lines that join a strong undercut feature line starting at the front door. These lines, along with muscular wheel arches and a sleek roofline, create a memorable and spacious package. Flowing lines also lead to an aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra sedan line-up is an exceptionally low 0.28.

Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights give Elantra a compact athletic face, emboldened by an open-mouth lower bumper, grille, L-shaped foglights and available projector headlamps with LED accents. Its athletic stance is further complemented by available 17-inch alloy wheels. Side mirrors available with integrated turn signals and LED taillights complete the distinct and premium look. The Elantra was designed at Hyundai’s North American Design Center in Irvine, California.

6. Ford Fusion — 300,170 units

2015 Ford Fusion © Ford Motor Company

2015 Ford Fusion © Ford Motor Company

Fusion has been acclaimed as a design leader in the midsize sedan segment right from the start. Its numerous distinctions include Autoweek magazine’s Best in Show award at the 2012 North American International Auto Show and EyesOn Design honors for design excellence in a production vehicle.

Ford continues to improve and refine Fusion for 2015, with many new standard and available features throughout:

  • Terracotta package available on Fusion SE and Fusion Titanium includes:
    Terracotta leather-trimmed seats
    Terracotta door inserts
    premium floor mats
    18-inch painted and machined alloy wheels
  • New six-way power adjustable passenger seat is standard on Fusion SE
  • New ten-way power adjustable passenger seat is standard on Fusion Titanium
  • All-wheel-drive is available with 2.0-liter EcoBoost on Fusion SE Appearance and Fusion SE Luxury package
  • Rearview camera standard
  • 16-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheel standard on Fusion S, replacing steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Four new exterior colors2015 – Bronze Fire Tinted Clearcoat Metallic, Guard, Tectonic and Magnetic
  • Configurable daytime running lamps standard

Fusion remains one of the most technologically advanced cars in the segment offering an array of available driver-assist features including adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, active park assist and lane-keeping system. The previously optional rear view camera is now standard equipment.

5. Nissan Altima — 333,398 units

2015 Nissan Altima © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

2015 Nissan Altima © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

For the 2015 model year, Altima 3.5 SL adds NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Moving Object Detection (MOD) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) as standard equipment.

The Altima 3.5 SL’s 3.5-liter V6 also features a 1-mpg increase for highway and combined fuel economy ratings due to reduced internal friction (including DLC piston rings and sodium-filled valves), improved air intake resistance, the addition of exhaust variable camshaft timing (VTC), enhanced D-Step Shift logic and reduced internal friction for the standard Xtronic transmission. Fuel economy is now rated at 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.

Other enhancements for 2015 include the addition of 8-way power driver’s seat and 2-way power lumbar support for 2.5 SV models, 4-way power front passenger seat for SL models, Beige interior-equipped models receive black carpeting and lower seat side trim, fog lights are now standard on the 2.5 SV trim level and Intelligent Climate Control is added to models equipped with Remote Engine Start System (SV, SL).

A new Special Edition Package is also added, featuring 6-way power driver’s seat NissanConnect with Mobile Apps, 5.0-inch color audio display, USB port with iPod® connectivity, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), RearView Monitor, accessory 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, remote engine start system, trunk-mounted spoiler and Special Edition badge.

4. Honda Civic — 335,384 units

2015 Honda Civic © Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

2015 Honda Civic © Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

The creation of this new 10th-generation Civic represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new-model developments ever undertaken by Honda, requiring an unprecedented commitment of R&D resources and Honda engineering prowess. While the development of the Civic Sedan was led by a North American team – a first for Honda and Civic – the overall Civic series involves design and engineering teams from Honda R&D, sales and manufacturing operations around the world, especially in North America and Japan, but also in Europe, South America and Asia.

In seeking to realize a “dynamic rejuvenation” of Civic and create a new interpretation “in a league of its own,” as the development team defined its mission, Honda engineers set out early during platform development to benchmark the world’s best C-segment vehicles—not only products in Civic’s traditional competitive set, but luxury compact class vehicles such as well.

Their evaluation of the world’s best products involved extensive real-world testing, ultimately targeting European luxury vehicles for the new Civic’s ride, handling, steering and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), and also its interior quality and refinement.

3. Honda Accord — 355,557 units

2015 Honda Accord © Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

2015 Honda Accord © Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

The 2016 Accord marks a further advancement of the 9th-generation Accord lineup. Building on the foundations established by the 2013 model, the more sophisticated, sportier, yet highly fuel efficient 2016 Accord features a further refined design, a more rigid body and upgraded chassis, and upsized wheels and tires on select models. All 2016 Accords can also now be equipped with Honda Sensing™ as a standalone option on all trims except Touring, which features Honda Sensing™ as standard equipment. Further changes include the expanded use LED exterior lighting, and new premium features and technologies, including the first combined application of Apple CarPlay®1 and Android Auto1 to a Honda model and among the first high-volume cars to apply the two systems in the marketplace.

Additional new available features for 2016, depending on model and trim, include remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, rear seat heaters, and a 60/40 split and folding rear seat. The Accord Sedan and Coupe, depending on trim, also feature new exterior color and interior fabrics and decor; and the Accord Coupe adds a new line-topping Touring model to match its Sedan counterpart.

2. Toyota Corolla — 363,332 units

2015 Toyota Corolla LE © Toyota Motor Corporation

2015 Toyota Corolla LE © Toyota Motor Corporation

The Toyota Corolla may be America’s best-selling compact car, but don’t tell rear seat passengers it’s a compact, because Toyota managed to give them the kind of legroom you’d see in a full-size car – 41.4 inches. That’s just one of the many “class above” features that make the Corolla a standout in its segment. The 42-MPG EPA estimated highway fuel economy for the Corolla LE Eco model is yet another.

Those figures put the Corolla at the head of its class in both areas, with the rear legroom giving a 5-6 inch advantage over most competitors, and the top fuel economy encroaches on some diesels. That makes the Corolla pretty special, something Toyota is celebrating with the aptly named Corolla Special Edition for 2016. Toyota will build 8,000 for the model year.

Based on the sporty Corolla S grade with the CVTi-S transmission, the Special Edition adds more driving excitement. Sporty styling features, inside and out, complement a spirited driving experience made possible with steering wheel paddle shifters, rear disc brakes and Sport Driving Mode along with an array of additional standard features.

1.Toyota Camry — 429,355 units

2015 Toyota Camry © Toyota Motor Corporation

2015 Toyota Camry © Toyota Motor Corporation

After introducing the boldest-looking, quietest-riding, most comfortable and best-handling Camry ever for 2015, Toyota is boosting the momentum of America’s best-selling passenger car by adding a new Special Edition for 2016 and upgrading an already cutting-edge line of multimedia systems.

The redesigned Camry introduced a new chiseled design, and for 2016, the Special Edition shows off the wind-cheating lines to great effect in a choice of two exterior colors, Blizzard Pearl and new Blue Streak Metallic, accented by a smoked taillight treatment. The 18-inch alloy wheels in an exclusive design feature a machined finish and gloss black-painted accents.

The “special” in Special Edition certainly applies to the cabin, where this Camry features a standard power tilt/slide moonroof and a unique interior theme with blue contrast stitching, gauge cluster and trim, plus exclusive floor mats. The Camry Special Edition steps up user technology with a Smart Key System and Qi wireless charging for compatible smart phones. The standard Entune Audio Plus with a new Connected Navigation Scout® GPS Link App, uses the customer’s smartphone to provide navigation functionality through the head unit. For those who prefer integrated navigation, the available Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite provides it.

Depending on model grade, the Camry offers a variety of audio and Navigation packages with either 6.1-inch or 7-inch touch-screen displays. For 2016, the XLE and XSE upgrade from the 6.1-inch display to the 7-inch. Camry XLE and XSE grades equipped with 4-cylinder engines also gain the new Connected Navigation Scout® GPS Link App. (This Entune Multimedia feature is optional for the LE and SE grades.)