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Used Cars – What’s Popular

Oodle tracks all the used cars on the market in every region of the country. In addition to looking at pricing information, we thought it would be fun to look at what cars people are selling both nationally and at a regional level.

At a national level, one thing that jumps out is the popularity of American trucks. Three of the top five cars of the national list are trucks, with the Ford F150 and the Chevrolet Silverado snagging the top two spots. Eight of the top ten cars are American made.
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Only two Japanese vehicles made the list – the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. Although it only takes fourth place nationally, the Honda Accord showed great popularity in major cities around the U.S., topping the chart in six of 12 cities.

This is just one of the differences we find across regional markets. All have different lists reflecting the nature of that region.

Atlanta: A National Mirror

Atlanta’s top 10 list has the greatest overlap with the national list. Eight of their top 10 made both: Honda Accord, Ford F150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Mustang, Ford Taurus, Dodge Ram, Ford Explorer, and Toyota Camry. The differences? The Honda Civic and the Nissan Altima.


Boston: ‘I L-O-V-E- My S-U-V’

Boston is the only city with two SUVs in the top five. The most popular car in the city is the Jeep Grand Cherokee; the Ford Explorer finishes fourth.

Chicago: The Heartland of Cars

Chicago had the most American cars on its top 10 list of any city surveyed. The only foreign-label cars in the top 10 were the BMW 3-Series (#7) and the Toyota Camry (#8). Cars such as the Pontiac Grand Prix (#3), the Chevrolet Malibu (#9) and the Chevrolet Trailblazer (#10) were favorites among Chicagoans but not drivers in any other major metro.

Dallas: Land of the American Truck

Although the car that tops Dallas’s list of favorites is the Honda Accord, the American truck is clearly the choice ride, with three American trucks filling the next three slots. They are, in order, the Dodge Ram, Ford F150, and Chevrolet Silverado.

L.A.: Don’t Label Me

L.A. has a reputation as an eclectic city and its residents’ tastes in cars reflect that. From big (Chevrolet Tahoe) to small (Honda Civic) to flashy (BMW 3-series) to fast (Ford Mustang) to American-born (Chevrolet Silverado) to foreign-label (Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Jetta), there’s no single label for LA.

New York: Smaller is Better

America’s biggest city is one of the biggest homes for small cars. Eight of the top 10 cars in New York are small to mid-size sedans (the other two are SUVs).

Orlando: Top Down!

Only two cities had a convertible in the top 10: Phoenix and Orlando. The convertible? The Chrysler Sebring.

Philadelphia: Sedan Central

Like New Yorkers, Philadelphia residents showed a preference for small to mid-size sedans: four of the top five cars in Philly are popular sedans, including the Accord, Camry, Altima, and Taurus.

Phoenix: Unusual Tastes?

Chrysler’s PT Cruiser, a popular car? Who knew. But it makes the top 10 list in Phoenix, just ahead of the Dodge Grand Caravan. Phoenix is the only city where these two show up in the top 10.

San Francisco: Beamers – A Dime a Dozen

San Franciscans love luxury with three luxury vehicles in the top 10: two beamers (the 3- and 5-series and 5-series) and the Mercedes E-Class.

Seattle: If it’s not a Ford…

The Pacific Northwest, with its rugged landscape, is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. And apparently they’ve bought into Ford’s tagline about adventure. The Ford Explorer is the number one car in Seattle followed closely by the Ford F150.

Washington, D.C.: Like My Californian Cousins

Like L.A. and San Francisco, D.C. residents have a penchant for beamers. The BMW 3-series, is the third most popular car in the city, right behind the Ford Explorer and the Honda Accord.


3 Responses to “Used Cars – What’s Popular”

  1. June 23rd, 2008 at 7:35 am

    buy used cars ca says:

    Hey Craig!
    Thanks for having a graph

  2. January 15th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Adam says:

    Great list. I also created a database that tracks which cars are being sold the most in the US, updated each week. Interesting to see how the market is flooded with Ford and GM gas guzzlers right now…

  3. October 16th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Jonathan Gandy says:

    That’s invaluable information to us as we purchase vehicles from the USA for our used sales lots here in New Brunswick Canada. Thanks for posting this information.

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