It used to be that Americans gravitated to smaller, fuel-efficient cars because of high gas prices, combined with a severely constricted economy. Now, with more prosperity in the land and overall much lower fuel prices, people are once again returning to larger cars, trucks and SUVs in a big way. This trend is reflected in the most popular options in the market today.
This long-running compact car recently had a big cosmetic makeover, helping keep it relevant in today’s market. Curiously, not much has changed about its mechanical components, but shoppers still love the Corolla for its smooth ride and bulletproof reliability. While it’s certainly not the most entertaining car to drive, many people want basic transportation that’s cheap to run and provides some comforts, which describes the Corolla perfectly.
A combination of rugged ability and fuel efficiency make the Ram 1500 a popular choice with American truck shoppers. Many people need a vehicle they can haul big, heavy trailers, or haul around dirt, rocks, etc. At the same time, the multi-link coil rear suspension makes for a much more comfortable ride than a traditional leaf suspension, without making the truck softer when it comes to performance. The optional locking storage boxes on the sides of the payload are an example of the many thoughtful features that make the Ram 1500 a practical and fun vehicle to own.
This one shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, considering that the Civic has been one of the top-selling Hondas and cars in the United States for some time. Many people love the loads of standard features included on the car, but it recently has become soft and mediocre. The good news is that the upcoming 2016 model is a stark departure for the compact vehicle, returning to the roots of fun behind the wheel. On top of that, Honda has applied a much more exciting look and an even larger interior, which should keep the Civic toward the top of the market for a long time to come.
Americans love trucks, and the Chevy Silverado is one of their favorite options. Some shoppers just detest Ram or Ford, so going with a truck that wears the famous bowtie badge is a no-brainer. While it’s plenty capable when it comes to towing and hauling, the Silverado is also great for moving groups of people, thanks to a comfortable and spacious interior.
One of the best things about the truck is the standard OnStar 4G LTE, which provides a mobile high-speed Internet connection for up to seven devices at a time, turning the truck into an office on four wheels.
The Honda CR-V is a juggernaut in the U.S. automotive industry. It has outsold all other models in its segment and Honda claims it’s the most popular SUV for the past decade. That’s no small task, and it’s been accomplished through consistently high sales every year. Shoppers love the practical configuration of the CR-V, plus its just-right size that makes it easy to park and navigate through traffic. Crash test scores have been stellar. It also doesn’t hurt that the CR-V comes with optional all-wheel drive and is still light on the gas, making it an all-around champ.
Who says that having a family-friendly vehicle means you have to give up any kind of fun behind the wheel? Quite a few Americans want their three rows of seating, yet still be able to carve up roads at least reasonably well. Instead of turning to the soul-deadening choice of a minivan, they dare to be different and get a CX-9. Even better, the third row of seating can actually fit adults, which is rare among SUVs. Mazda has carefully crafted a sporty image, which it defends quite well with the CX-9, making it a great option for families.
While the F-Series has been a popular option for a long time, Ford took a huge gamble with the new F-150 when it used an all-aluminum body. While some people were skittish about the development, it didn’t take consumers long to realize that the weight savings and durability of the body was worth any risks. Many shoppers prefer the EcoBoost engines, since they provide enough power to tackle most jobs, without guzzling the gas all the time. Making the pickup truck even more compelling are a load of ingenious features, such as stowable loading ramps, inflatable rear seatbelts, remote tailgate release and LED exterior lighting.
This isn’t the same Cherokee from years ago, offering up a more sophisticated on-road experience that makes this vehicle a great option for commuting each day. That’s not to say that the new Jeep Cherokee can’t off-road, because it can with four-wheel drive and some optional trail-geared equipment, although it’s not quite as rugged as the Wrangler. Still, it’s sufficient for what many people need and want. Despite the polarizing exterior look, completely with narrow headlights, plenty of shoppers find the SUV attractive and eagerly plunk they money down on one, making it a popular option.
It seems like just about everywhere you go in the United States, there are Camrys everywhere. These cars are an enthusiast’s nightmare, complete with underwhelming acceleration, non-engaging steering and mediocre suspension. For many shoppers, those factors are simply good enough. The appealing part of the midsize sedan is its reputation for incredible durability and reliability, plus an interior that is large and comfortable for everyone. While nobody in their right mind would mistake the Camry for a sports car, it does provide a broad appeal that obviously draws in a large fan base, which is why so many keep coming back to this car.