Most Popular Cars in America

By Julie Blackley

Most Popular Used and New Cars for 2019

Pickup trucks are the most popular vehicles for both used and new car shoppers in most of the country, according to a new analysis by car search engine iSeeCars.com.  

The study looked at over 19 million vehicle sales for 2019 to determine the most popular used and new cars across the United States by metro area and state. 

Most Popular Used Cars

Most Popular Used Car in Top 50 Most Populous Metro Areas
Car - City
Ford F-150 - Albuquerque, NM
Ford F-150 - Atlanta, GA 
Ford F-150 - Austin, TX
Nissan Altima - Baltimore, MD
Toyota Highlander - Birmingham, AL
Toyota RAV4 - Boston, MA 
Ford F-150 - Charlotte, NC
Chevrolet Equinox - Chicago, IL
Honda Civic - Cincinnati, OH,
Ford Escape- Cleveland, OH
Honda Civic - Columbus, OH
Ford F-150 - Dallas, TX
Ford F-150 - Denver, CO 
Chevrolet Equinox - Detroit, MI
Nissan Altima - Fresno, CA
Chevrolet Equinox - Grand Rapids, MI
Nissan Altima - Greensboro, NC 
Ford F-150 - Greenville, SC 
Ford F-150 - Harrisburg, PA 
Nissan Rogue - Hartford, CT
Ford F-150 - Houston, TX 
Chevrolet Equinox - Indianapolis, IN
Ford F-150 - Jacksonville, FL
Ford F-150 - Kansas City, MO
Nissan Altima - Las Vegas, NV
Honda Civic - Los Angeles, CA
Nissan Altima - Memphis, TN
Toyota Corolla - Miami, FL
Ford F-150 - Milwaukee, WI
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Minneapolis, MN
Nissan Altima - Nashville, TN
Honda Accord - New York, NY
Ford F-150 - Norfolk, VA
Ford F-150 - Oklahoma City, OK
Ford F-150 - Orlando, FL
Nissan Rogue - Philadelphia, PA 
Ford F-150 in Phoenix, AZ
Ford F-150 - Pittsburgh, PA
Ford F-150 - Portland, OR 
Ford F-150 - Raleigh, NC
Honda Civic - Sacramento, CA
Ford F-150 - Salt Lake City, UT
Ford F-150 - San Antonio, TX 
Honda Civic - San Diego, CA
Honda Civic - San Francisco, CA
Ford F-150 - Seattle, WA 
Chevrolet Silverado - St. Louis, MO
Ford F-150 - Tampa Bay, FL
Toyota Camry - Washington, DC
Honda Accord - West Palm Beach, FL
The Ford F-150 is the most popular used car in almost half of the most populous metro areas. “The Ford F-150 has been America’s undisputed best-selling new car for over 40 years, and it maintains its popularity in the used car marketplace as well,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. The Ford F-150 is the best-seller among used cars in 23 of the top 50 metro areas. It is joined by a second pickup, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which is the most popular used car in two metro areas, making the segment the most popular among half of the most popular metro areas. “While pickup trucks are commonly known as being work vehicles, they have evolved to be popular family haulers as well thanks to their abundant cargo room and safety features,” said Ly.

The second most popular vehicle type among American used car buyers is the sedan, which were the most popular vehicles in 17 metro areas. The midsize Nissan Altima was the most popular used car in seven metro areas, followed by the Honda Civic in six, the Honda Accord in two, and the Toyota Camry in one. “While the overall popularity of sedans is declining, popular sedans remain in high demand in areas of the country with more temperate climates that don’t require all-wheel drive,” said Ly. 

SUVs account for the most popular used vehicle in seven metro areas. The Chevrolet Equinox is the most popular SUV in four metro areas, followed by the Nissan Rogue in two and both the Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Escape in one. “The Chevrolet Equinox is among the most affordable vehicles in its class and has favorable reliability and fuel economy, which makes it an attractive option for used car buyers,” said Ly. “These SUVs are all in the compact category, which shows that more used car buyers favor smaller SUVs that aren’t expensive as their larger counterparts.”

Most Popular New Cars

Just like in the used car category, the Ford F-150 is the most popular new car in many of the largest metro areas.
Most Popular New Car in Top 50 Most Populous Metro Areas
City Most Popular New Car
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM Ford F-150
Atlanta, GA Ford F-150
Austin, TX Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Baltimore, MD Honda CR-V
Birmingham, AL Toyota Camry
Boston, MA-Manchester, NH Toyota RAV4
Charlotte, NC Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Chicago, IL Honda CR-V
Cincinnati, OH Honda CR-V
Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH Ram Pickup 1500
Columbus, OH Honda Civic
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX Ford F-150
Denver, CO Ford F-150
Detroit, MI Chevrolet Equinox
Fresno-Visalia, CA Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI Ford F-150
Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC Honda CR-V
Harrisburg-Lancaster-York, PA Honda CR-V
Hartford & New Haven, CT Honda CR-V
Houston, TX Ford F-150
Indianapolis, IN Chevrolet Equinox
Jacksonville, FL Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Kansas City, MO Ford F-150
Las Vegas, NV Ford F-150
Los Angeles, CA Honda Civic
Memphis, TN Ford F-150
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL Toyota Corolla
Milwaukee, WI Ford F-150
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Nashville, TN Ford F-150
New York, NY Honda CR-V
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News,VA Honda CR-V
Oklahoma City, OK Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL Ford F-150
Philadelphia, PA Honda CR-V
Phoenix, AZ Ford F-150
Pittsburgh, PA Ford F-150
Portland, OR Subaru Outback
Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC Ford F-150
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA Ford F-150
Salt Lake City, UT Ford F-150
San Antonio, TX Ford F-150
San Diego, CA Honda Civic
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA Honda Civic
Seattle-Tacoma, WA Ford F-150
St. Louis, MO Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Tampa-St Petersburg (Sarasota), FL Ford F-150
Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD) Toyota RAV4
West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL Honda Civic
The nation’s best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150 also earns the distinction in 20 metro areas. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the most popular new car in eight metro areas, while the Ram Pickup 1500 earns the title in one, so the pickup truck segment is the most popular new type of vehicle in a majority of the top metro areas. “As common work vehicles, pickup trucks are likely to be purchased new for professional purposes,” said Ly. “The Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are among the best-rated vehicles in their class for towing capacity and are not as luxurious as their competitors, which makes them popular work vehicles or family vehicles for those who want something more rugged than an SUV or minivan.” 

Similar to the most popular used vehicles, the most popular new SUVs are all in the compact category. The Honda CR-V is the most popular new car in nine metro areas, followed by both the Chevrolet Equinox and the Toyota RAV4 each in two. “Compact SUVs are a popular vehicle segment that appeal to those buying SUVs for the first time as well as those who want a family vehicle and don’t require a large SUV,” said Ly.

Rounding out the most popular new vehicles are sedans, which are the most popular new car in seven metro areas, and the lone sport wagon, the Subaru Outback in one. “These best-selling new cars show that there is still a demand for sedans, especially in areas that don’t experience harsh winters and have flat terrain,” said Ly. 

Most Popular Used Cars by State

The Ford F-150 is the most popular used car in 32 out of 50 states.
Most Popular Used Cars by State
State Most Popular Used Car
AK Ford F-150
AL Ford F-150
AR Ford F-150
AZ Ford F-150
CA Honda Civic
CO Ford F-150
CT Nissan Rogue
DE Chevrolet Silverado 1500
FL Ford F-150
GA Ford F-150
HI Toyota Tacoma
IA Chevrolet Silverado 1500
ID Ford F-150
IL Chevrolet Equinox
IN Chevrolet Equinox
KS Ford F-150
KY Chevrolet Silverado 1500
LA Ford F-150
MA Toyota RAV4
MD Nissan Altima
ME Ford F-150
MI Chevrolet Equinox
MN Chevrolet Silverado 1500
MO Ford F-150
MS Ford F-150
MT Ford F-150
NC Ford F-150
ND Ford F-150
NE Ford F-150
NH Chevrolet Silverado 1500
NJ Honda Accord
NM Ford F-150
NV Ford F-150
NY Honda CR-V
OH Chevrolet Equinox
OK Ford F-150
OR Ford F-150
PA Ford F-150
RI Nissan Rogue
SC Ford F-150
SD Ford F-150
TN Ford F-150
TX Ford F-150
UT Ford F-150
VA Ford F-150
VT Toyota RAV4
WA Ford F-150
WI Ford F-150
WV Ford F-150
WY Ford F-150

Other pickup trucks joining the Ford F-150 as the most popular used vehicle are the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earning the title in five states and the Toyota Tacoma in one. “This shows that pickup trucks are the most popular used vehicle across the country,” said Ly. 

The Most Popular New Cars by State

Echoing the trends of used vehicles, the Ford F-150 is the most popular new vehicle in 22 states. 
Most Popular New Cars by State
State Most Popular New Car
AK Chevrolet Silverado 1500
AL Ford F-150
AR GMC Sierra 1500
AZ Ford F-150
CA Honda Civic
CO Ford F-150
CT Honda CR-V
DE Chevrolet Silverado 1500
FL Toyota Corolla
GA Ford F-150
HI Honda CR-V
IA Chevrolet Silverado 1500
ID Ford F-150
IL Honda CR-V
IN Chevrolet Equinox
KS Ford F-150
KY Ford F-150
LA Ford F-150
MA Toyota RAV4
MD Toyota RAV4
ME Ford F-150
MI Chevrolet Equinox
MN Chevrolet Silverado 1500
MO Ford F-150
MS Ford F-150
MT Chevrolet Silverado 1500
NC Chevrolet Silverado 1500
ND Ford F-150
NE Ford F-150
NH Ford F-150
NJ Honda CR-V
NM Ford F-150
NV Ford F-150
NY Chevrolet Equinox
OH Chevrolet Equinox
OK Chevrolet Silverado 1500
OR Toyota Tacoma
PA Honda CR-V
RI Honda CR-V
SC Honda CR-V
SD Chevrolet Silverado 1500
TN Ford F-150
TX Ford F-150
UT Ford F-150
VA Honda CR-V
VT Toyota RAV4
WA Ford F-150
WI Ford F-150
WV Chevrolet Silverado 1500
WY Ford F-150
Joining the Ford F-150 are the Chevrolet Silverado, which is the most popular in nine states, and the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tacoma, each of which earn the title in one state.

Methodology iSeeCars.com analyzed over 8.9 million used car sales from the last five model years (2014-2018) and over 10.9 million new car sales in 2019. Each model’s share of used car sales and new car sales within each metro area and state was mathematically modeled to determine the best-selling cars in each geographical region. Heavy-duty vehicles were excluded from further analysis.

About iSeeCars.com

iSeeCars.com is a car search engine that helps shoppers find the best car deals by providing key insights and valuable resources, like the iSeeCars VIN check reports. iSeeCars.com has saved users over $200 million so far by applying big data analytics powered by over 25 billion (and growing) data points and using proprietary algorithms to objectively analyze, score and rank millions of new cars and used cars.