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Popularity Contest: 10 Best Selling Cars and Trucks by State

Although there are hundreds of vehicle makes and models available on the market, there are some that are more popular than others. What makes these models a favorite pick to many consumers? Below is a list of the top 10 vehicles in the U.S. by the states in which they are most popular, along with some insight on what makes them so popular.

1. Ford F-150

As the best-selling vehicle in the country for more three decades, the Ford F-150 is the top purchase across the majority of states. The F-150 comes with a 3.5-liter, V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. However, its options include a 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V6; 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V6; 5.8-liter, V8; and all-wheel drive.

You can choose from regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew cab styles for three to six passengers, and 5.5-, 6.5- and 8-foot bed lengths are available. Consumers generally like the F-150 for its spacious and supportive seating, potent engine and agile handling. The F-150 vas voted the most popular vehicle of 2015 in 36 states! Here’s a list of the states where the F-150 was listed as the most popular choice:

  • Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa
  • Kansas, Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri
  • Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota
  • Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina, South Dakota
  • Tennessee, Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont, Virginia
  • Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

2. Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado is most popular with consumers in Maine, New Hampshire and New York. Standard is a six-speed automatic transmission, a 4.3-liter, V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. You have the option of upgrading to an eight-speed automatic transmission, a 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter, V8 engine, and all-wheel drive.

The regular, double and crew cab styles of the Silverado seat between three to six passengers. The available bed lengths are 5 feet by 8 inches, 6 feet by 5 inches or 8 feet. The interior showcases upscale, quality materials, and the Silverado is generally popular for its quiet cabin and the acceleration and towing capacity that the V8 engine offers.

3. BMW 3 Series

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Photo by OSX on Wikimedia Commons / CC0 1.0

The BMW 3 Series is the most popular vehicle among California drivers. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, but there is an optional six-speed manual transmission. The base trim has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Among the other five trims are a turbodiesel option, the base engine with more horsepower, a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder turbocharged engine and a plug-in hybrid option.

You can purchase a 3-Series in convertible, coupe, hatchback, sedan and wagon body styles. The interior has top-notch materials and comes standard with leatherette upholstery. Its standard features include Bluetooth and a USB port, the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen and a nine-speaker audio system. Consumers generally like this vehicle for its great fuel economy, potent engine, roomy back seats and trunk space, and sharp handling.

4. Nissan Altima

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Photo by TTTNIS on Wikimedia Commons / CC0 1.0

Many drivers in Delaware, Florida, New Jersey and Nevada enjoy the Nissan Altima. The front-wheel-drive sedan comes with a standard 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine or an optional 3.5-liter, V6 engine. Both have an automatic continuously variable transmission with a manual mode that is controlled via paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The four-door body has a tasteful design with options for a spoiler and exterior lighting. The standard interior comes with cloth upholstery, and its standard technology features include Bluetooth, push-button start and a four-speaker audio system. It also has a monitor that activates the horn when the tires reach proper pressure during inflation. The Altima is popular because of its comfortable front seats, great fuel economy, quiet interior and user-friendly tech.

5. Honda Accord

The front-wheel drive Honda Accord is most popular among Massachusetts consumers. It has a standard 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission with an optional automatic CVT. You have the option of a 3.5-liter, V6 engine on higher-level trims with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

The body style is available in coupe and sedan, and the stylish interior comes standard with quality cloth upholstery. The standard tech features include Bluetooth and a USB port, a button-less infotainment system with an 8-inch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system and a multi-angle rearview camera. The Accord is popular for its composed handling, good fuel economy and responsive CVT option.

6. Dodge Grand Caravan

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Photo by RL GNZLZ on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

As the most popular vehicle in Arizona, the Dodge Grand Caravan has a 3.6-liter, V6 engine that makes 283 horsepower and is the most powerful in its class. With a six-speed automatic transmission, it takes just 7.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph, and it has a top speed of 113 mph.

The front-wheel drive Caravan can seat seven people across three rows. The second row is removable, and the third row can fold back for tailgating. Cloth upholstery comes standard along with an audio system that includes four speakers and an auxiliary input jack. The most attractive features of the vehicle for most buyers are the low price and Stow’n Go seats.

7. Dodge Ram 1500

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Photo by Dmitry G on Wikimedia Commons / CC0 1.0.

Montana drivers seem to like the Dodge Ram 1500 the most. The truck comes standard with rear-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 3.6-liter, V6 engine. The other powertrain options include four-wheel drive, a 3.0-liter, V6 turbodiesel or a 5.7-liter, V8. Some variants of the base trim come with the V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

The cab comes in Regular, Quad and Crew models, allowing seating for three to six people inside. The available bed lengths include 5.7, 6.4 and 8 feet. The interior tech includes a six-speaker audio system and a USB port. The Ram 1500 is most popular for its top-notch interior materials, great fuel economy with the V6 turbodiesel and very smooth ride.

8. Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Photo by RL GNZLZ on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the top pick in Connecticut. The standard powertrain includes rear-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 3.6-liter, V6 engine. Four-wheel drive; a 3.0-liter, V6 turbodiesel; and a 5.7-liter, V8 are optional.

The Grand Cherokee has an attractive design and quality build, and it can carry five passengers. The standard interior material is cloth, and the standard tech features include Bluetooth and a USB port, dual-zone climate control, an audio system with six speakers and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch display. What makes this vehicle so popular are its great off-roading capabilities, powerful engine options and fuel-efficient diesel engine.

9. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Photo by AngMoKio on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.5.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the most popular in Rhode Island. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission; the rear-wheel drive is optional. The base model features a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and the other engine options include a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged; a 3.0-liter, V6 twin-turbocharged; and a 3.5-liter, V6.

The C-Class is available in a sedan with five seats and a coupe with four seats. Its standard interior includes leatherette upholstery, a telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone auto climate control, a 7-inch screen and touchpad controller, Bluetooth and two USB ports. Consumers find its luxurious interior, great fuel economy, powerful engine in the base trim and self-assured handling most attractive.

10. Honda CR-V

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Photo by RL GNZLZ on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

In Hawaii, the Honda CR-V is the most popular vehicle. This standard front-wheel drive vehicle has a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and an automatic CVT. An all-wheel drive is an available option. With a top speed of 117 mph, the vehicle can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds.

The exterior of the CR-V is modern and stylish, and the standard interior material is cloth. The tech features that come standard are a four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and a USB port, a rearview camera and compatibility with Pandora. Consumers are most attracted to the fuel efficiency for its class, generous legroom in the back seat and a large amount of cargo space.

Conclusion

From upgraded powertrain options to luxurious interiors to improved fuel economy, it’s clear why these vehicles makes and models are the most popular in the country.

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