America’s Best-Selling Vehicles in 2016, State by State – What Are Your Neighbors Buying?

The Toyota Camry, America’s best-selling passenger car in 2016 for a 15th consecutive year, was not the best-selling overall vehicle in any one state last year.

According to registration figures tabulated by Kelley Blue Book and highlighted by USA Today, the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla were the only cars to claim any state-wide auto sales victories.

In 15 other states, utility vehicles of one variety or another (Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, and Toyota RAV4) were tops in overall vehicle sales. Hawaii’s sales crown stayed in the hands of the Toyota Tacoma. GM’s full-size truck twins ruled the roost in eight states, largely east of the Mississippi.

That leaves the Ford F-Series’ F-150 variant, the top-selling vehicle in America, to take top honors in 22 states, including its biggest market of Texas.

State
Most Popular Vehicle In 2016
Nationwide Rank

Alabama
Ford F-150
#1

Alaska
Ford F-150
#1

Arizona
Ford F-150
#1

Arkansas
GMC Sierra 1500
#17

California
Honda Civic
#6

Colorado
Subaru Outback
#27

Connecticut
Nissan Rogue
#10

Delaware
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
#2

District of Columbia
Honda Civic
#6

Florida
Toyota Corolla
#5

Georgia
Ford F-150
#1

Hawaii
Toyota Tacoma
#24

Idaho
Ford F-150
#1

Illinois
Honda CR-V
#7

Indiana
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
#2

Iowa
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
#2

Kansas
Ford F-150
#1

Kentucky
Ford F-150
#1

Louisiana
Ford F-150
#1

Maine
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
#2

Maryland
Honda CR-V
#7

Massachusetts
Toyota RAV4
#8

Michigan
Ford Escape
#12

Minnesota
Ford F-150
#1

Mississippi
Ford F-150
#1

Missouri
Ford F-150
#1

Montana
Ford F-150
#1

Nebraska
Ford F-150
#1

Nevada
Toyota RAV4
#8

New Hampshire
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
#2

New Jersey
Honda CR-V
#7

New Mexico
Ford F-150
#1

New York
Nissan Rogue
#10

North Carolina
Honda Accord
#9

North Dakota
Ford F-150
#1

Ohio
Honda Civic
#6

Oklahoma
Ford F-150
#1

Oregon
Subaru Outback
#27

Pennsylvania
Honda CR-V
#7

Rhode Island
Toyota RAV4
#8

South Carolina
Ford F-150
#1

South Dakota
Ford F-150
#1

Tennessee
Ford F-150
#1

Texas
Ford F-150
#1

Utah
Ford F-150
#1

Vermont
Toyota RAV4
#8

Virginia
Honda CR-V
#7

Washington
Subaru Outback
#27

West Virginia
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
#2

Wisconsin
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
#2

Wyoming
Ford F-150
#1

It’s worth noting that automakers release sales figures for full-size trucks such as the F-150, Silverado, and Sierra in a manner that encompasses the entire light-duty and heavy-duty lineups. KBB’s registration figures highlight the respective half-ton variants.

The most significant local anomalies relative to national status are the victories scored in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado by the Subaru Outback. The Outback was America’s 27th-best-selling vehicle overall in 2016, generating only half as much volume as the Honda Civic.All but one of the passenger car victories were scored in coastal states. The Corolla was 2016’s top seller in Florida, the Honda Accord was North Carolina’s most popular vehicle, and the Honda Civic outsold every other vehicle in California, D.C., and Ohio, home to more than half of Honda’s U.S. production in 2016.

Meanwhile, in 10 of America’s 11 least-densely populated states, the Ford F-150 was the most popular vehicle. In 22 of the 25 least-densely populated states, pickup trucks – F-150, Silverado, Sierra — were the sales leaders.

[Images: Ford, Kelley Blue Book via Twitter]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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