By James Raia
Amid the pandemic, the automotive industry had solidarity. It suffered with the rest of the business world. But there were exceptions to the sales doldrums, notably the used truck market. Sales increased, led by three best-selling used vehicles in 2020, all pickup trucks.
Like its new counterpart, the Ford F-150 was the country’s top-selling used vehicle with results tabulated by the car search engine, iSeeCars.com.
The website’s analysts studied 12.9 million vehicles across the United States. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 finished second and the Ram Pickup 1500 completed the top three positions on the 10-top most popular used car list.
Used truck sales increased in 2020
The Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 also finished first and second on the top-10 list for most popular new vehicles in 2020.
“Used pickup truck sales remained strong and even grew in sales during the pandemic, while all other segments declined, as consumers needed them for work,” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer.
Beyond used picked trucks in the top three positions, the popularity in used car segments is balanced. Four sedans and three compact sport utility vehicles are also on the list.
“Compact SUVs are popular among used car buyers due to their versatility and value,” said Brauer. “Because they have been a rapidly growing segment among new car buyers for so long, there are a lot of these small crossovers available in the used car market.”
Three SUVs making the list include the fourth-ranked Ford Escape, fifth-ranked Nissan Rogue and eighth-ranked Chevrolet Equinox.
Rounding out the list are three sedans including the seventh-ranked Toyota Camry, ninth-ranked Nissan Altima and 10th-ranked Nissan Sentra.
“These sedans are popular among first-time car buyers who are looking for affordable vehicles, and with commuters, thanks to their strong MPG ratings,” said Brauer.
Here’s the list of the most popular used vehicles in the United States in 2020:
1. Ford F-150; 2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500; 3. Ram Pickup 1500; 4. Ford Escape; 5. Nissan Rogue; 6. Honda Civic; 7. Toyota Camry; 8. Chevrolet Equinox; 9. Nissan Altima; 10. Nissan Sentra.
James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.