Most popular cars in America 2021

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According to Edmonds, the best-selling cars in America, listed in order of popularity, are the Ford F-Series, the Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ram 1500/2500/3500. America’s long love affair with trucks does not appear to be letting up. The F-Series truck line has held the number one position for decades. These three most popular pickup trucks account for approximately 13% of the nearly 15 million vehicles sold in the country last year.

Key takeaways

In examining studies from numerous government agencies and private firms that gather extensive data about automobiles in the United States, it is readily apparent that certain trends have developed over time. These are some trends the Bankrate team noticed about the most popular cars in America, including:

  • Full-size, light-duty pickup trucks are the most popular, occupying the top three spots in 2021. Pickups and SUVs take seven of the top ten spots. (Edmonds)
  • While there are exceptions, the top three pickups also lead the pack in the most rural states and in Southern states.
  • Drivers in more urban states, like New York and Massachusetts, tend to favor SUVs and sedans.
  • California drivers, likely due to environmental concerns, favor smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry.
  • The Ford-150 is by far the most popular choice for used cars, taking the top spot for most popular used car in 39 states.

The most popular cars in America

According to Edmunds, the top ten best-selling (and therefore most popular) vehicles in the United States are listed below with pricing, fuel efficiency and car insurance cost information:

Ford F-Series

The best-selling vehicle in America for over 40 years, the F-Series is popular throughout the country and well known for its durability and consistent performance.

  • MSRP: $28,495-$38,235
  • Fuel efficiency: 25 mpg* combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,442

Chevrolet Silverado

Consistently ranking in the top three, the Silverado is an appealing full-size, light-duty pickup. Numerous upgrades in 2021 demonstrate a commitment to compete for the number one spot.

  • MSRP: $28,300-$32,900
  • Fuel efficiency: 27 mpg combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,749

Ram 1500

Also a consistent top-seller, the Ram has a notable focus on vehicle technology integration and economy. The 1500 has a unique reverse steering control feature that automatically parks your vehicle with an attached trailer.

  • MSRP: $32,795-$70,195
  • Fuel efficiency: 26 mpg combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,697

Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 (“Recreational Activity Vehicle”) leads the pack as the most popular non-truck SUV passenger car. Spacious interior and a very comfortable and quiet drive set this vehicle apart.

  • MSRP: $26,350-$36,280
  • Fuel efficiency: 40 mpg combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,510

Honda CR-V

The CR-V is the most popular workhorse vehicle in Honda’s fleet, and, as a result, a great deal of attention goes into annual upgrades. A hybrid version of the CR-V was added in the last couple of years, and an all-electric version of the vehicle is on the horizon.

  • MSRP: $25,050-$34,750
  • Fuel efficiency: 38 mpg combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,369

Toyota Camry

Although passenger car sedans are being edged out of the marketplace by pickups and SUVs, the Camry retains its wide popularity, and ranks as the top best-selling sedan.

  • MSRP: $25,045-$35,620
  • Fuel efficiency: 52 mpg combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,674

Chevrolet Equinox

The Equinox has not fared as well recently as other crossover SUVs, such as the CR-V and RAV4. Sales were down last year and, perhaps due to the pandemic, the Equinox did not offer many changes or upgrades this year.

  • MSRP: $23,800-$33,000
  • Fuel efficiency: 28 mpg combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,467

GMC Sierra

The Sierra falls a bit short in popularity against its big three rivals. The 1500 full-size model pickup is notable, however, for its spacious interior, which makes it a convenient vehicle for family outings or hauling cargo. Like its competitors, you will sacrifice somewhat in fuel economy with the Sierra.

  • MSRP: $36,400-$59,600
  • Fuel efficiency: 26 mpg combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,555

Honda Civic

The Civic has become a household name for Honda, and its popularity has led the automaker to focus on continual annual improvements to this model. There are numerous choices for engine and body design, with many upgrade options available.

  • MSRP: $21,700-$28,300
  • Fuel efficiency: 36 mpg combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,733

Honda Accord

The Accord is a step up in size and price from Honda’s Civic. And while not quite as popular as its sibling, the Accord holds a special spot as one of the first foreign vehicles to be manufactured in the U.S.

  • MSRP: $24,770-$36,700
  • Fuel efficiency: 48 mpg combined city and highway
  • Estimated annual cost for full coverage car insurance: $1,733

*Mpg is based on the EPA’s analysis of fuel efficiency. Bankrate’s editorial team has selected the best mpg result from among the various engine and transmission types (e.g. Hybrid, 2W, 4W, or All wheel drive) for the vehicle model.

The most popular vehicles in every state

Alabama

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Toyota Camry

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Alaska

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Arizona

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Arkansas

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

California

Most popular new cars:

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Toyota RAV4
  3. Toyota Camry

Most popular used car: Honda Civic

Colorado

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  3. Toyota RAV4

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Connecticut

Most popular new cars:

  1. Honda CR-V
  2. Toyota RAV4
  3. Subaru Forester

Most popular used car: Nissan Rogue

Delaware

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

District of Columbia

Most popular new cars:

  1. Toyota RAV4
  2. Honda CR-V
  3. Subaru Forester

Most popular used car: Data not available

Florida

Most popular new cars:

  1. Toyota Corolla
  2. FordF-Series
  3. Toyota RAV4

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Georgia

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Hawaii

Most popular new cars:

  1. Toyota Tacoma
  2. Toyota 4 Runner
  3. Toyota RAV4

Most popular used car: Nissan Sentra

Idaho

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Illinois

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Honda CR-V
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Indiana

Most popular new cars:

  1. Chevrolet Silverado
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Chevrolet Equinox

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Iowa

Most popular new cars:

  1. Chevrolet Silverado
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Kansas

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Kentucky

Most popular new cars:

  1. Chevrolet Silverado
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Louisiana

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Maine

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Maryland

Most popular new cars:

  1. Toyota RAV4
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Honda CR-V

Most popular used car: Toyota Camry

Massachusetts

Most popular new cars:

  1. Toyota RAV4
  2. Honda CR-V
  3. Ford F-Series

Most popular used car: Toyota RAV4

Michigan

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Equinox
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford Escape

Minnesota

Most popular new cars:

  1. Chevrolet Silverado
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Mississippi

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Missouri

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Montana

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Nebraska

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Nevada

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Toyota RAV4

Most popular used car: Nissan Sentra

New Hampshire

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Toyota RAV4

Most popular used car: Chevrolet Silverado 1500

New Jersey

Most popular new cars:

  1. Honda CR-V
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Toyota RAV4

Most popular used car: Honda Civic

New Mexico

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

New York

Most popular new cars:

  1. Honda CR-V
  2. Toyota RAV4
  3. Jeep Cherokee

Most popular used car: Jeep Grand Cherokee

North Carolina

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

North Dakota

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Ohio

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Oklahoma

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Oregon

Most popular new cars:

  1. Toyota RAV4
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Pennsylvania

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  3. Honda CR-V

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Rhode Island

Most popular new cars:

  1. Toyota RAV4
  2. Honda CR-V
  3. Ford F-Series

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

South Carolina

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

South Dakota

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Tennessee

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Texas

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Utah

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Vermont

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Toyota RAV4
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Toyota RAV4

Virginia

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Toyota RAV4
  3. Honda CR-V

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Washington

Most popular new cars:

  1. Toyota RAV4
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

West Virginia

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Wisconsin

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ram 1500/2500/3500

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Wyoming

Most popular new cars:

  1. Ram 1500/2500/3500
  2. Ford F-Series
  3. Chevrolet Silverado

Most popular used car: Ford F-150

Data

This article is based on data evaluating vehicle new car sales for 2021 from Edmunds, used car sales from a WTBW article, and the EPA’s analysis of fuel efficiency.

Car insurance estimates by make and model of vehicle were taken from an August 2021 Bankrate study utilizing data generated for 2016 through 2020 and employing Bankrate’s proprietary methodologies and rate data obtained from Quadrant Information Services.

Written by
Rick Hoel
Insurance Contributor
Rick Hoel is an international business attorney and legal and insurance writer for Bankrate.com, Reviews.com and Accessibility.com. Over the last several years, he has covered topics dealing with personal and commercial insurance and technology and the law. Rick is General Counsel and Director of Risk Management and sits on the Board of Power Stow Americas Inc., a subsidiary of Power Stow A/S in Denmark, the world leader in the supply of tracked conveyor systems to the airline industry.
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