Does Ford Really Sell The Most Trucks?


When looking at the truck industry, there are many companies vying for the top spot. But in the end, only one can be the best, and the best is decided by sales. Which begs the question, which truck brand sells the most trucks?

If you’re going by brand, Ford sells more trucks than any of the other brands. In 2020, Ford sold 787,422 of its F-series trucks. Ford has, for over 40 years, had the most popular truck. Ford’s F-150 truck is the most popular truck and continues to hold that title.

However, there is a lot more to this than just numbers.

2020 Truck Sales

As many are aware, 2020 was a rough year for call sales. Because of the pandemic, there were some supply constraints, and it inhibited the sale of cars and trucks. (Source) But even though all of this, major brands like Ford and Chevy were still able to sell a lot of trucks. This is evident in the fact that Ford sold over 780,000 trucks.

2020 wasn’t the best year for the car industry, the number of truck sales of many companies in 2020 was lower than their truck sales from 2019. Even though Ford still did well in sales compared to other brands, their sales dropped. Remember that in 2020 they sold 787, 422 of the F-series trucks. “This number is down 12.2 percent from 2019 when Ford sold a total of 896,526 units.” (Source)

While Ford sold the most trucks, the other brands also sold a lot of trucks in 2020.

Ram sold 563,676 trucks in 2020. However, just like Ford’s, Ram’s 2020 sales were negatively affected. Selling over 500,000 trucks sounds like a lot until you realize that this is an 11 percent drop in sales for them. In 2019 they sold 633,694 trucks. (Source)

Another good truck brand is Chevy, which sold 594,094 trucks in 2020. In contrast to the other two brands we’ve mentioned, Chevy’s truck sales went up in 2020, not down. In 2019 they sold 575,600 trucks, so there was a 3.2 percent increase in the 2020 sales. (Source)

Different Ford Trucks

Ford has three different types of trucks. They have the ford Ranger, the Ford F-150, and the Ford Super Duty, which includes the F-250, the F-350, and F-450. (Source)

Here are some important and interesting details about each of these trucks.

First, we have the Ford Ranger. The Ford website says that the basic 2021 model of this truck costs $25,070. However, this is the basic model, without many of the modern and useful upgrades or trims. This midsized pickup truck, when properly equipped, can have a towing capacity of 7,500 lbs. Also, it has a gas mileage of 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. (Source)

Next, we have the Ford F-150. There are many different versions and trims for this truck and their cost ranges greatly, but the basic trim of the 2021 version of this truck costs $29,290. (Source) The F-150 is Ford’s most popular truck model. The 2021 model regular cab can only fit up to three people, while the SuberCab can fit up to 6. Shockingly, when properly configured, the F-150 can tow up to 14,000 lbs, almost double the capacity of the Ford Ranger. (Source)

Finally, we have the Ford Super Duty. This includes the F-250, the F-350, and the F-450. The base 2021 model for the F-250 starts out at $34,230, the F-350 starts out at $35,745, and finally, the F-450 starts out at $50,410. (Source) These are Ford’s big trucks. The F-450 is the biggest of the Ford Super Duty trucks. It’s 231.8 inches long and 82 inches tall. The F-450 has a base curb weight of 7,712 lbs. (Source) Because of its large size, the F-450, when properly equipped for towing, can tow up to 24,200 lbs, over 10,000 lbs more than the F-150. (Source)

Best Seling Truck Model

Not only does Ford sell the most trucks, but it also sells the most popular truck model. The Ford F-150 has been the most popular truck in America for the last 44 years. (Source) This is very impressive, especially given how much the car and truck industry has changed in those years. By now you’re probably wondering, why is this truck the best?

This is because it is reliable, great for towing and hauling, a nice looking truck, has lots of adaptions, is well made, and safe. The final thing about this truck is that it has lots of add-ons, and trims available, so you can customize your truck.

When people realize that this has been the best-selling truck for the past 44 years, they will realize that it’s a good vehicle. Perhaps its past reputation is helping promote its current sales.

Brand vs Automaker

The question of who sold the most trucks in 2020 can be under question a bit, depending on if you compare the different brands to the different automakers.

It all depends on if you are going by brand, like GMC, Ford, Chevy, etc, or by automaker, like Ford Motors, Stellantis, or General Motors. These automakers are the ‘parent companies’ to many of the best-known truck brands. Ford has the F-150s, while Stellantis has Ram. Then there is General Motors, which is a parent company to Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC. (Source)

In 2020, reports say that GM, General Motors sold 847,110 Silverado and Sierra trucks, which is more trucks than Ford sold that year. (Source) Which, in a way, is true. But GM is a parent company to multiple brands, and that number for 2020 combines two big brands that GM owns, Chevy and GMC. So, if you are going by automaker, GMC beat Ford in 2020 truck sales.

However, if you are going by brand, then Ford would still win. This is because Ford sold 787,422 of its F-series trucks in 2020. (Source) Chevy sold 594,094 and GMC sold 253,016. (Source) So, each brand by itself, Ford sold the most trucks.

Will Turner

Will has an absolute passion for 4x4s and loves discovering all of the small details about each model. Will joined the Four Wheel Trends team in early 2021 and has been a valuable contributor ever since!

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