American culture loves its automobiles. From hot rods to batmobiles, NASCAR and beyond — it’s hard to picture an America today without Henry Ford’s assembly line.
Many facets of American life require four wheels and an engine — such as embarking on the All-American road trip, grabbing late-night fast food at a drive-thru or even catching a socially distanced flick at the drive-in theatre.
So what are the most popular cars? For this study, we analyzed 40 years worth of data to see which models dominated U.S. sales. We also looked at 23 years of manufacturer data starting in 1996.
Here’s what we found:
- The Ford F-Series has been the top-selling car model for 34 years in a row.
- Ford has been the most popular car manufacturer over the last 22 years, followed by Chevrolet.
- New car sales have grown by 63% since 1979.
- Americans buy American-made cars most, followed by Japanese makers (Toyota and Honda).