F-Series Most Popular Vehicle in 18 States

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai

The most popular car for 2021 isn’t a car at all, it’s the Ford F-series pickup. Among the top 10 most popular cars, the Silverado and the Tacoma, both trucks, join the F-150.

In a study of 2.9 million auto insurance applications, where the year, make, and model of the vehicle is disclosed, along with the state in which it’s registered, vehicles with the most drivers in each state were determined to be the most popular car for that state. Models were then ranked by the number of states where the vehicle holds the number one spot. In order, the most popular cars in the U.S. for 2021 are:

  1. Ford F-Series pickup
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Nissan Altima
  5. Toyota Corolla
  6. Chevrolet Silverado
  7. Chevrolet Malibu
  8. Chevrolet Impala
  9. Toyota Tacoma
  10. Honda CR-V

What’s interesting is the Accord, Civic, Altima, Corolla, Malibu, and Impala are sedans or have sedan versions, a style that some automakers have abandoned, most notably Ford, and 2020 was the last year Chevrolet will manufacture the Malibu. Honda’s CR-V is the only crossover or SUV among the top ten, despite manufacturers eschewing wagons in their favor. Honda and Chevrolet tied for the most popular vehicles, each with three models. Regionally, the Honda Civic and Honda Accord are the most popular vehicles in states along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, while Ford F-Series pickups are dominant throughout middle America, from the north to south.

The ten most popular cars in America are among the most affordable vehicles on the market, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) below the national average of $37,851 by an average of $12,600. MSRPs were taken from the manufacturers’ websites for the 2021 starting prices for those models.

In the study conducted by Insurify, driving patterns have leveled out to pre-pandemic rates as of January 2021, while transit use has decreased 54 percent from March 2020, according to Apple Maps Mobility Trends Reports. It comes as no surprise that cars have become a necessity due to the pandemic. The country’s return to normal driving patterns underscores a reluctance among many to use public transit.

[Images: Ford, Insurify, Honda, Toyota]

Jason R. Sakurai
Jason R. Sakurai

With a father who owned a dealership, I literally grew up in the business. After college, I worked for GM, Nissan and Mazda, writing articles for automotive enthusiast magazines as a side gig. I discovered you could make a living selling ad space at Four Wheeler magazine, before I moved on to selling TV for the National Hot Rod Association. After that, I started Roadhouse, a marketing, advertising and PR firm dedicated to the automotive, outdoor/apparel, and entertainment industries. Through the years, I continued writing, shooting, and editing. It keep things interesting.

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  • DenverMike DenverMike on Jan 23, 2021

    We'll never be rid of common sedans, Altimas, Corollas and what not. Even once you drive the wheels off and walk away, someone else will put them back on. Yikes and they keep making more. Plus Korean sedans. At least PT Cruisers will be gone from the face of the earth some day (soon hopefully).

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 24, 2021

    @mikey--I bought a neighbor's loaded 45k miles champagne 2012 Buick LaCrosse E-Assist in October 2019. It is showroom new and gets lots of kudos. Still see a number of the full size Impalas and LaCrosses still on the road with many 20 plus year LeSabres in good condition. GM fullsize cars are about the best GM cars ever built. Still see a lot of Crown Victorias and Grand Marquis on the road as well.