4 vehicles American car buyers loved in September

David Brinkerhoff

Several vehicles found a welcome audience among American car buyers in September, as automakers reported strong sales gains for the month.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue.

The Toyota RAV4 crossover:

Crossovers and sport-utility vehicles continue to rule the showroom floor, drawing away U.S. buyers from midsize sedans and leading the ranks of hot sellers because of their high-riding stance and truck-topping fuel efficiency. Toyota’s RAV4 fit that mold, with sales surging 44% in September, making it the automaker's most popular vehicle. Despite tough competition, sales of the five-seater reached 42,395 last month, about 7,600 more than the company’s next most-popular model. Priced starting around $25,810, and getting 25 miles per gallon overall, the RAV4 was among the most-wanted vehicles for American shoppers.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue.

The Nissan Rogue crossover:

Like the RAV4, the Nissan Rogue was a crossover in high demand last month. Sales jumped 47% to 38,969. A combination of savvy design and some marketing good fortune have helped the vehicle win buyers. In a stroke of luck, Disney’s Lucasfilm unexpectedly announced in 2015 that its first Star Wars spinoff movie would be named Rogue One and launch in 2016. The sales momentum has remained strong for the vehicle, which is priced around $26,590 and gets about 27 mpg overall, according to Edmunds.

The all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty.

The Ford F-series.

A best-seller that never seems to fade, the Ford F-series pickup has remained the most popular vehicle in the U.S. for decades. Once again, sales soared last month, up 21.4% to 82,302 units. It's only the third time the vehicle has topped 80,000 in September. The F-150 starts at around $27,410 with average fuel economy of 20 mpg, according to Edmunds.

This photo provided by General Motors shows the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, an example of a truck that could be less expensive to lease than to buy. The average monthly finance payment for the Silverado is $645. The average lease payment is $404, or 37 percent less.

The Chevrolet Silverado.

The archrival of the F-series, made by General Motors, also fared well in September, showing how pickup trucks continue to connect with Americans. With gasoline prices still well below $3 nationally, the Silverado posted a 21.7% sales gain to 55,236 units. The Silverado starts at $27,585 and overall fuel economy averages 20 mpg, according to Edmunds.