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.