The Most Popular Used Cars: Market Overview by Vehicle Types

The Most Popular Used Cars: Market Overview by Vehicle Types

When someone wants to buy a used car for himself, he begins to read and study various reviews about a particular car, thus trying to determine the essence, but is it worth buying this car model, and even more so the one he dreamed of? Suppose your social circle includes citizens with experience operating precisely that or a similar car model you want to purchase. In that case, you naturally also begin to ask these owners about the pros and cons of this car. As a rule, such reviews are the most impartial and truthful (unless, of course, this applies to those car owners trying to sell this car model in any way and at any cost to get rid of it as quickly as possible). In this case, the reviews about this car model may be false.

The company "Consumer Reports" conducts not only tests of cars worldwide but also collects reviews about cars of different ages. Every year, their database receives about 1,000,000 reviews from owners of various cars.

Based on the collected database, the company annually publishes an overview of such reviews on its official website.

First-hand reviews about certain qualities and shortcomings of cars, especially over a long period of operation, as a result of which it is possible to determine which car is high-quality and good, directly showing citizens the quality and reliability of a particular model. This is why Consumer Reports took and published owner feedback data for various vehicles with model years ranging from early 2003 to 2012.

Best used cars under $10,000

2009 Pontiac Vibe is the only American brand in the ranking


  • The 2008 Hyundai Sonata is the best sedan.
  • The 2004 Acura TSX is the best sedan.
  • The 2004 Toyota RAV4 is the best crossover.

The bestseller among foreign cars in the United States. Considering the February statistics, the Japanese crossover would be in 3 positions. But a few months of sales showed a slight drop compared to competitors. As a result, 114,000 RAV4 crossovers sold allowed Toyota to stay confidently among the leaders.

Top 10 most sought-after used cars in the US

 It is based on an analysis of Google search queries made by Americans between April 2021 and March 2022.

The first place in the "top ten" went to the Jeep Wrangler - it was searched for 760,940 times. Next comes the Toyota Tacoma, with a lag of more than 250,000. On account of the Japanese pickup 509 490 requests. The top five included Tesla Model 3, Honda Civic, and Toyota 4Runner.

Interestingly, only three out of ten TOP models turned out to be American; all the rest are "Japanese." In general, the "American ten" of the most popular used cars looks like this:

  • Jeep Wrangler - 760,940 requests;
  • Toyota Tacoma - 509,490 requests;
  • Tesla Model 3 - 490,360 requests;
  • Honda Civic - 445,000 requests;
  • Toyota 4Runner - 346,990 requests;
  • Honda Accord - 318,660 requests;
  • Toyota Camry - 301,890 requests;
  • Toyota Highlander - 297,290 requests;
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee - 282,100 requests;
  • Honda CR-V - 261,640 requests.

As for the primary market, Americans traditionally prefer pickups. The representatives of this segment occupy the first three lines of the popularity rating in the first half of 2022.

The history of the origin of US automotive industry has its roots in the 19th century, when the son of a family of emigrants from Ireland, the American industrialist G. Ford, launched mass production of cars on an industrial scale. The offices and factories of the three largest American automakers: General Motors, Ford Motor, and FCA, are located in Michigan. The modern US auto industry produces an extensive line of cars from budget to VIP class, which are not only popular with residents of the American continent but also exported all over the world.

The most popular cars assembled in America: Ford, Acura, Chevrolet, Jeep, and Cadillac, which are produced at giant factories owned by the largest US automobile corporations and at branches of other well-known global auto brands that have their production facilities on the territory of the American continent. Not all residents of Ukraine have the opportunity to purchase a new foreign car, so they often buy used vehicles with low mileage that are more affordable in terms of price.

The most popular US car at an affordable price

It is more profitable and reliable, in terms of the cost and technical condition of the car, to shop for used foreign cars at the sites of large insurance auctions, whose employees carefully check the history of each model submitted for sale, informing potential buyers of all existing defects and malfunctions. As a rule, Americans have the material base to update their fleet regularly, so used cars without significant flaws are often put up for sale. In terms of sales in 2022, America's best-selling car is the Ford F-Series, followed by the GMC Sierra, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota Camry, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ram Pickup, and Chevrolet Silverado.

These are the top-selling passenger cars in the US as of early 2022. It is essential to understand that statistics are unstable, and the numbers can change significantly every month. It will be interesting to look at the final rating when they count each month of 2022 and show summary numbers. But at the moment, the situation is such that Americans have priority on local manufacturers, as well as Japanese car brands. South Korean brands in the face of Kia and Hyundai show themselves well. They are among the most popular brands, relying on several objectively successful models. But if we talk about individual models, the Koreans have yet to get to the performance of American and Japanese brands.