What are the ten best-selling vehicles from the year we turned past 1999 and into a new millennium and saw our way to the 2000s?
Would it surprise you to find out that some of the names you know today are on that list? We turn the clocks back 22 years to see which models sold the best and some of what they had to offer. Two-plus decades is a long time in the automotive and technology world. Some people reading this weren’t born when these vehicles were in the top ten, and they have grown to be young adults now. While that might make some of us feel old, it’s still fun to look back and see which models made the list.
10. Jeep Grand Cherokee
In the year 2000, the Grand Cherokee was fairly new to the market, but it cracked the top ten with 271,723 models sold. This SUV offered a standard 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that made 195 horsepower and 230 lb.-ft. of torque. You can get more power out of compact sedans today, but that was the base Grand Cherokee for you. Of course, there was an optional 4.7-liter V8 with a five-speed automatic that made 235 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque to give you a bit more juice.
9. Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan
Family haulers were still popular when we hit the 2000 A.D. mark, and the Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan were among the top choices. In the ninth spot of the best-selling vehicles from that year, this pair of vans accounted for 285,739 sales. The Grand Caravan soldiered on for many years as a family hauler that has only recently been discontinued from the market in favor of a pair of Chrysler minivans.
8. Ford Focus
The SUV craze began in the 1990s but didn’t pick up traction until the 2010s which means sedans were still extremely popular in the year 2000. The Ford Focus makes it into this list with 286,166 models sold that year. This sedan was offered in three trim levels, LX, SE, and ZTS, which we haven’t seen used for a long time. Now, gone from the market, the Focus gave us up to 130 horsepower in a wagon form, which offered more cargo room and capability than its sedan or hatchback counterparts.
7. Honda Civic
It would be hard to imagine a list of the best-selling vehicles from any year without the Honda Civic somewhere in the mix. The Civic sold 324,528 models in 2000, and it was one of the most popular compact cars in the market, and it still is today. This was a car that gave you lively driving performance on the road while delivering the benefits of reliability and affordability as well. It’s no wonder the Civic was and continues to be one of the top-selling small cars in America.
6. Ford Taurus
Surprisingly, the Ford Taurus outsold the Honda Civic in the year 2000. There were 382,035 models of the Taurus sold that year, which gave us the idea that people loved their large cars. Power came from a 3.0-liter V6 engine that made 155 horsepower and this car could be had as a sedan or wagon. Before wagon was a bad word in the auto industry, the Taurus wagon was large, comfortable, and useful. Too bad this car didn’t last to be offered in today’s market.
5. Honda Accord
Another Honda makes it on this list and it’s not a surprise at all. The Accord is the midsize sedan that people want when looking for a sporty driving feeling in a family-friendly car. In 2000, there were 404,515 versions of the Honda Accord sold. This number easily made it one of the best-selling vehicles of that year. At the time, the Accord only came with an automatic transmission, but it did come in either a coupe or sedan body style, which was enough to make this car the fifth most popular that year.
4. Toyota Camry
For generations, the Toyota Camry has been the top midsize sedan in the market. The year 2000 wasn’t an exception to this at all. There were 422,961 Camrys sold that year. This number places it in the fourth spot on this list and the top spot for a sedan. The Toyota Camry continues to be a dominant force in a market filled with SUVs and trucks that are more popular since the turn of the millennium.
3. Ford Explorer
With a new model for the 2000 model year, the Ford Explorer was more popular than ever. The Firestone debacle couldn’t slow this midsize SUV down at all. Power for the Explorer came from a 4.6-lite V8 that offered 240 horsepower. There were 455, 157 models of this SUV sold in the year 2000, which was an impressive number. The V8 engine was the upgrade over the 4.0-liter V6. With only 240 horsepower from the V8, that seemed like the better option wilderness exploration.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
The redesigned Silverado for 1999, allowed the 2000 model to be a relatively new version of this truck. The power for many versions came from a 5.3-liter V8, which we still see today. During that year, the Silverado sales equaled 645,150 trucks. A large portion of the population looked to trucks to get things done and give them the drive they needed.
1. Ford F-Series
The F-Series models from Ford sold 876,716 versions in the year 2000. That incredible number makes this truck the top-selling vehicle that year. The F-Series truck lineup has been at or near the top of sales for many years. There were special models of this Truck offered that year including the Harley Davidson version and the King Ranch. We still see the King Ranch name used in the market. A 5.4-liter V8 was one of the most popular engine choices. This was ideal for owners that needed a lot more power for towing.
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