The type of vehicle we drive, whether it’s a car, truck, or SUV, says a lot about who we are. Some vehicles express individuality by being rare, unusual, or customized. But most of the time, our vehicles reveal what we prioritize, whether it’s affordability, fuel efficiency, handling, or towing capacity. Some vehicles do these things better than others, which helps explain why they’re among the most popular cars.
Recently Insurify surveyed those preferences using its database of 4.6 million insurance applicants. Using that data, the insurance company compiled a list of the most popular cars in America. The top-level results may not be all that surprising, but they still reveal some interesting information about the vehicle and the people who drive them.
7. Chevrolet Silverado
America loves trucks, which is why the Chevrolet Silverado appears at #7 on the list. It’s also the #1 vehicle sold in Maine. Though, that shouldn’t be all too surprising. The state has lots of rural, snowy highways and unpaved roads.
Additionally, many people work in agriculture, fishing, or timber, so it’s no surprise they would want a truck with good towing capacity, ground clearance, and ample space. Not to mention, the Silverado meets all those requirements while also providing reasonable fuel economy.
6. Toyota Corolla
The Corolla is the best-selling car of all time, surpassing the VW Beetle by almost 30 million units, so it’s no surprise it’s on Insurify’s list of the most popular cars in America. Surprisingly, it is the #1 car sold in Florida. According to Insurify, that is likely due to the Corolla’s low MSRP.
The small car’s excellent fuel economy, features, and dependability might also have something to do with the vehicle’s popularity. Regardless of the reason, one out of every 50 cars sold in America are Corollas, earning it the #6 spot on the list.
5. Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima is made in Tennessee and is the bestselling and most popular car in that state. It is also the #1 car sold in Alabama, Delaware, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Nevada. Surprised by that? Us too. The good news is that there may be a reason behind the Altima’s popularity.
“Maybe Southerners are drawn to the model’s responsive handling or what critics describe as its no-nonsense reputation. Or perhaps they just like the awe-inspiring name, which derives from the Latin word meaning “a higher power,” Insurify surmised.
4. Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry isn’t the #1 selling nameplate in any one state but has almost universal appeal everywhere in the country. It is consistently one of the top two cars sold in the U.S. because of its reliability and overall value.
“Instead of having a centralized hub of support, the Camry rather succeeds on true mass appeal: everywhere in the country, there’s bound to be someone who loves their Camry,” Insurify added.
3. Honda Civic
The Honda Civic has more broad appeal than any other car on the market, which is why it’s the most popular car in California, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. It’s a well-made vehicle with many features and great fuel economy. Plus, it’s a great car to drive. All good reasons for why it’s in the third spot on Insurify’s list of the most popular cars in America.
2. Ford F-Series Pickup
The Ford F-Series is the #1 vehicle in 19 out of 50 states, including just about every state in the heartland. It’s not surprising that it’s one of the most popular vehicles since it does just about everything well, and with the variety of body styles and trim levels, there’s a Ford F-Series for just about anyone. Not to mention, the Ford F-150 is also available as an EV.
1. Honda Accord
Year after year, the Honda Accord is one of the top cars sold in the U.S., so it’s no surprise it parked in the #1 spot for 2022. Like many vehicles on this list, it does everything well and provides a great value. It’s also a well-designed car that will look good and last a long time.
Are these really the most popular cars in America?
For comparison, Edmund’s list of the top-selling cars and trucks for 2021 includes the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, Honda Civic, and Toyota Camry but not the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Corolla. That indicates the buying preferences of the U.S. consumer have shifted in recent years and are weighted toward trucks and crossovers. Over time we should start to see Insurify’s data reflect this shift.
Finally, the top seven cars on this list only amount to 16.8% of the total number of cars on the road. That means just over 83% of the vehicles on the road are other makes and models. So if enough people buy overlooked or underappreciated cars, it could knock one of these vehicles off their perch.
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