Many things vary by state and vehicle preference is one of them. What car is most popular in every state depends on factors such as climate and terrain. For example, states that get a lot of snow are likely to have more trucks and SUVs on the road.
Edmunds, an online resource for automotive information and car-buying platform, has compiled data about the top-selling cares in every U.S. state throughout 2019. The data includes just retail registrations to individuals and only new vehicle registrations.
Most Popular Car by State
Below each car make and model is a list of states where that car is the most popular, according to Edmunds.
- New Mexico
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- New Hampshire
The most popular vehicle in the United States is the Ford F-150, which has held that title for more than 40 years. In 29 states, the Ford F-Series trucks are the most popular vehicle.
Other Popular Vehicles
The Edmunds’ list only includes new car sales; however, used car sales occur more often every year than new car sales. The most popular cars on the road are often not the most popular or most recent models. The average age of a car on the road in the United States is 12 years old.
According to Insurify, the most popular car make and model on the road is the Nissan Altima, which is the most popular car of 12 states, all of which are in the South and Southwest U.S. This is followed by the Honda Accord, which is the most popular vehicle in 11 states. Other popular vehicles are the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Civic, and Ford Focus.
Insurify shows regional differences in the most popular car by state data. The Honda Accord is the preferred car of the East Coast while the Honda Civic is the preferred car of the West Coast. In the Midwest, drivers prefer Chevrolet Impalas or Malibus.