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Which vehicle type is the most popular in each state?

(iSeeCars) – SUVs have steadily grown in popularity to become the nation’s most popular vehicle type. But how popular are SUVs compared to other vehicle categories across the country? Or do some states prefer pickup trucks or traditional passenger cars?

Most Popular Vehicle Type By State – iSeeCars
State Dominant Vehicle Type SUVs Cars  Trucks Minivans
Alabama SUVs 42.8% 34.1% 20.1% 2.2%
Alaska SUVs 48.1% 21.2% 26.9% 2.7%
Arizona SUVs 40.1% 39.5% 16.9% 2.7%
Arkansas SUVs 43.3% 29.6% 24.3% 2.2%
California Cars 38.7% 46.4% 11.3% 2.6%
Colorado SUVs 50.5% 27.7% 18.7% 2.0%
Connecticut SUVs 49.9% 36.4% 10.3% 2.1%
Delaware SUVs 47.1% 36.0% 13.2% 2.7%
Florida SUVs 43.0% 39.3% 13.8% 2.7%
Georgia SUVs 42.9% 37.9% 15.7% 2.5%
Hawaii Cars 38.5% 41.6% 13.7% 5.3%
Idaho SUVs 41.2% 26.3% 29.3% 2.5%
Illinois SUVs 49.0% 33.6% 12.4% 3.9%
Indiana SUVs 46.2% 33.1% 15.8% 4.0%
Iowa SUVs 46.4% 25.3% 23.4% 4.1%
Kansas SUVs 44.4% 31.1% 20.2% 3.5%
Kentucky SUVs 44.2% 30.4% 21.2% 3.4%
Louisiana SUVs 41.8% 32.1% 23.7% 1.8%
Maine SUVs 50.0% 23.3% 24.0% 2.0%
Maryland SUVs 46.6% 38.7% 10.6% 3.1%
Massachusetts SUVs 52.1% 32.6% 11.7% 2.2%
Michigan SUVs 54.0% 23.4% 18.4% 3.3%
Minnesota SUVs 50.9% 24.3% 20.2% 3.8%
Mississippi SUVs 40.7% 33.9% 22.9% 1.9%
Missouri SUVs 45.3% 32.3% 17.9% 3.7%
Montana SUVs 45.4% 17.2% 34.7% 2.0%
Nebraska SUVs 44.9% 25.3% 23.8% 4.9%
Nevada SUVs 43.9% 39.5% 13.5% 2.6%
New Hampshire SUVs 47.3% 26.4% 18.8% 2.1%
New Jersey SUVs 51.1% 36.8% 7.9% 2.6%
New Mexico SUVs 40.1% 34.1% 23.2% 2.2%
New York SUVs 55.4% 28.5% 12.5% 2.5%
North Carolina SUVs 44.3% 35.9% 15.8% 2.8%
North Dakota SUVs 46.8% 17.9% 32.2% 2.6%
Ohio SUVs 46.1% 33.7% 15.7% 3.4%
Oklahoma SUVs 45.3% 32.1% 19.5% 2.6%
Oregon SUVs 44.2% 34.7% 17.2% 2.9%
Pennsylvania SUVs 50.5% 31.2% 14.7% 2.6%
Rhode Island SUVs 52.0% 32.0% 12.8% 2.0%
South Carolina SUVs 43.3% 34.5% 18.3% 2.9%
South Dakota SUVs 45.5% 22.2% 28.8% 2.9%
Tennessee SUVs 44.4% 32.7% 19.3% 2.8%
Texas SUVs 42.3% 34.4% 20.4% 2.0%
Utah SUVs 42.2% 33.2% 20.5% 3.2%
Vermont SUVs 49.2% 26.1% 22.1% 2.1%
Virginia SUVs 44.0% 38.9% 12.9% 3.1%
Washington SUVs 42.3% 36.8% 17.1% 2.8%
West Virginia SUVs 48.2% 24.1% 25.0% 2.3%
Wisconsin SUVs 49.1% 25.5% 20.5% 3.9%
Wyoming SUVs 43.6% 17.0% 37.1% 1.7%
  • SUVs are the most popular vehicle type in 48 of 50 states, while cars account for the remaining two states.
  • Pickup trucks are not the most popular vehicle type in any state and have the highest share in Wyoming at 37.1 percent.
  • New York has the highest share of SUVs, which comprise 55.4 percent of the state’s vehicle share.
  • Passenger cars are the most popular vehicle type in states with temperate climates
  • California has the highest share of cars at 38.7 percent. 
  • Hawaii is the state that has the lowest share of SUVs, but the vehicle still accounts for more than one-third of the state’s vehicles. 
  • Hawaii has the highest share of minivans, at 5.3 percent.

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Methodology:

iSeeCars.com analyzed over 20 million used car sales in 2023. The shares of trucks, SUVs, passenger cars (defined as sedans, coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, and wagons), and minivans within each US state were calculated and used as ranking metrics across states.

About iSeeCars:

iSeeCars.com is a data-driven car search and research company that helps shoppers find the best car deals by providing key insights and valuable resources, including the iSeeCars VIN Check report and Best Cars Rankings. iSeeCars has saved users over $408 million so far by applying big data analytics powered by over 25 billion (and growing) data points and using proprietary algorithms to objectively analyze, score and rank millions of new cars and used cars.

This article, Which Vehicle Type is the Most Popular in Each State?, originally appeared on iSeeCars.com.

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