The best-selling cars in the world are prized for their ability to get people from point A to point B with little to no fuss. Unlike the more exotic models available for hire at Rotana Star that are popular for their luxurious, sporty, and sleek looks, the world popular vehicles sell because they satisfy the basic transportation needs of most consumers and at an affordable price tag. Next, we have rounded up 5 of the best-selling cars in the world.
1. Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is a pseudo-luxury vehicle with an attractive price tag. The Camry has sold well, with more than 12 million units sold throughout the vehicle’s 36-year history.
For its 2021 iteration, Toyota gave the Camry a subtle but much-needed facelift and more features. Inside, the Camry gets 7- or 9-inch touchscreens with a suite of safety features such as enhanced driver assists that can distinguish between cyclists and pedestrians while you’re out on the road.
The Camry also has a bit of everything for everyone. The more frugal of consumers can opt to buy the base model with a four-cylinder engine that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Going a bit higher in pricing affords you the hybrid powertrain and leather upholstery, among others.
For those who want the Camry at its finest, the TRD model is more than just an aesthetic upgrade. On top of the black 18-inch rims, rear spoiler, and exhaust tips, the TRD model benefits from large front brake rotors, a retuned suspension, and a V6 engine with 301 horsepower.
Ultimately, the Camry remains the ultimate family sedan. It just looks better and is much more sporty now.
2. Ford F-150
Whether it is in its native country, America, or other parts of the globe, the Ford F-150 remains the truck to beat. More than 34 million units have been sold across 12 generations so far, and the F-150 is showing no signs of slowing down. But, then again, why should it?
A tried and tested truck, the F-150 is a great all-around vehicle. It can help you haul heavy loads and tackle rural areas with ease. At the same time, it has the looks that fit right in when driving through city roads.
As proof of its versatility, the latest iteration of the F-150 is available in six different power trains, three cab configurations, and multiple bed lengths. The 2021 F-150 also boasts new styling, going from the grille down to the tailgate.
To put it simply, there is an F-150 trim for everyone. The XL is your quintessential work truck while the XLT is a significant step-up. Meanwhile, the Lariat is arguably the value winner, boating the best mix of affordability and features. Lastly, the numerous upscale trims are luxurious beasts that are either performance-focused or built for off-road use.
Regardless of trim, the F-150 won’t disappoint you with its towing capacity. The base model with its 3.3L V6 engine has a maximum towing capacity of 8,200 pounds while trims with the 5.0L V8 engine max out at 13,000 pounds.
3. Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf is to the European market as the F-150 is to North America, with over 25 million units sold since it launched in the 1970s.
The Golf owes its massive and lasting popularity to the constant innovation by its German auto manufacturer.
For the 2021 model, the “regular” Golf comes in either a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission that’s paired to a turbo-four engine. Although it is underpowered, the chassis feels overbuilt, allowing for a stable ride with surprisingly sporty handling, especially in corners. It’s not outstanding by any means, but it is an easy pick that can satisfy most consumers.
Where the Golf really separates itself from other compact hatchbacks is with the GTI, which comes with an energetic four-cylinder engine that makes this front-wheel vehicle take off like a rocket. Of course, for maximum engagement, we recommend getting the manual gearbox, although the dual-clutch automatic transmission isn’t half-bad either.
The GTI, unlike the “regular” Golf, is available in three separate trims. Of the three, we recommend the mid-level SE variant as it comes with a number of goodies like a panoramic sunroof and blind-spot monitoring, as well as leather upholstery and LED headlights.
4. Nissan X-Trail
The Nissan X-Trail is one of the most beloved and best-selling SUVs around the world. Even though it was only introduced in 2001 and hasn’t been available in the United States for years, the X-Trail continues to sell well, with more than 2 million lifetime sales.
For 2021, the X-Trail remains a boxy off-roader. However, it is now higher and longer than before. It also receives a subtle facelift, with the V-motion grille from Nissan now more prominent in the front along with some new headlights. The rear-end also sees some subtle changes with the interior now benefiting from more luxurious materials, as well as a thicker steering wheel.
The new X-Trail also comes with an assortment of newer tech features. This includes a phone-like 5-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display on the cluster gauge. Also new is the All-Mode 4×4 for select variants that automatically adjust the balance of power between the rear and front depending on weather conditions. Other new additions include the 360 Around View Monitor and Nissan Safety Shield.
The X-Trail is available with two- or four-wheel drive configurations on CVT automatic transmissions with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine.
As a capable 4×4 daily driver, the X-Trail won’t disappoint. However, if you prefer a true offroad machine, you’re better off renting a larger SUV like the Nissan Patrol from Rotana Star.
5. Tesla Model 3
On its way to selling more than 1 million units, the Tesla Model 3 is the best-selling electric vehicle today.
The Model 3 might be one of Tesla’s more affordable offerings, but you’d be forgiven for not knowing. It doesn’t look too different from Tesla’s more luxurious models like the Model S and Model X. At the same time, it adds its own flavor, thanks to an all-glass roof and a unique interior layout.
For 2021, Tesla has given the Model 3 a laundry list of enhancements. This includes three new wheel designs, as well as a power-operated trunk lid. Tesla also redesigned the Model 3’s center console to have enough space for two smartphone charging pads with sun visors now equipped with a magnet. On top of all of this, Tesla has improved the driving range of the Model 3, with the base Standard Rage Plus model now capable of reaching 263 miles per charge.
For those wondering how well the Model 3 runs regardless of range, it won’t disappoint either. This is especially true for the Performance model, which benefits from a sporty suspension setup and a track driving mode that lets it sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in roughly 3.5 seconds.
The Model 3 was already desirable thanks to its relatively low price point. The 2021 update only makes the all-electric car that much more attractive.