Which vehicle type is the most popular in each state?

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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
39.9%
36.6%
19.5%
2.5%

Alaska
SUVs
41.1%
25.2%
29.5%
2.2%

Arizona
Cars
39.1%
42.8%
14.0%
2.7%

Arkansas
SUVs
41.1%
31.5%
23.5%
2.3%

California
Cars
35.3%
49.9%
10.3%
2.6%

Colorado
SUVs
48.6%
30.0%
17.1%
2.2%

Connecticut
SUVs
46.7%
39.4%
9.4%
2.3%

Delaware
SUVs
45.5%
38.7%
11.3%
3.0%

Florida
Cars
39.1%
43.9%
12.1%
3.0%

Georgia
Cars
39.3%
40.6%
15.6%
2.6%

Hawaii
Cars
33.0%
45.6%
14.2%
5.2%

Idaho
SUVs
38.7%
25.7%
31.1%
2.4%

Illinois
SUVs
45.4%
37.9%
10.8%
3.8%

Indiana
SUVs
42.6%
35.3%
15.9%
4.3%

Iowa
SUVs
43.8%
29.3%
20.5%
4.5%

Kansas
SUVs
42.3%
33.9%
18.3%
3.7%

Kentucky
SUVs
41.1%
34.0%
19.4%
3.5%

Louisiana
SUVs
38.1%
36.6%
22.1%
2.0%

Maine
SUVs
47.1%
25.9%
22.5%
2.4%

Maryland
Cars
41.9%
43.4%
10.0%
3.2%

Massachusetts
SUVs
49.7%
35.3%
10.8%
2.2%

Michigan
SUVs
48.6%
27.4%
18.1%
3.6%

Minnesota
SUVs
48.1%
28.0%
17.9%
3.9%

Mississippi
SUVs
37.4%
35.9%
23.0%
2.1%

Missouri
SUVs
42.5%
34.0%
18.0%
3.6%

Montana
SUVs
41.3%
19.1%
34.6%
2.2%

Nebraska
SUVs
43.5%
28.6%
22.2%
3.5%

Nevada
Cars
38.0%
44.4%
13.3%
2.4%

New Hampshire
SUVs
47.2%
30.4%
17.3%
2.2%

New Jersey
SUVs
46.8%
40.5%
7.8%
2.6%

New Mexico
SUVs
37.2%
36.2%
23.1%
2.1%

New York
SUVs
49.1%
34.6%
11.4%
2.9%

North Carolina
SUVs
41.2%
38.2%
15.7%
2.9%

North Dakota
SUVs
46.1%
20.6%
28.5%
3.2%

Ohio
SUVs
42.2%
37.1%
14.8%
3.8%

Oklahoma
SUVs
39.2%
31.9%
24.2%
2.6%

Oregon
SUVs
39.4%
36.9%
18.3%
3.0%

Pennsylvania
SUVs
46.9%
34.9%
13.6%
2.8%

Rhode Island
SUVs
45.8%
35.2%
14.2%
2.2%

South Carolina
SUVs
41.3%
36.6%
17.6%
2.9%

South Dakota
SUVs
43.9%
20.7%
30.2%
3.4%

Tennessee
SUVs
41.4%
35.8%
17.9%
3.1%

Texas
SUVs
39.9%
37.5%
19.0%
2.1%

Utah
SUVs
40.6%
35.2%
18.8%
3.9%

Vermont
SUVs
44.0%
28.3%
24.2%
2.1%

Virginia
Cars
40.9%
41.5%
12.4%
3.4%

Washington
SUVs
39.2%
39.0%
17.1%
2.9%

West Virginia
SUVs
45.4%
27.4%
23.5%
2.4%

Wisconsin
SUVs
46.9%
28.2%
19.3%
4.0%

Wyoming
SUVs
39.5%
19.2%
37.2%
1.8%

SUVs are the most popular vehicle type in 42 of 50 states, while cars account for the remaining eight states.

Pickup trucks are not the most popular vehicle type in any state and have the highest share in Wyoming at 37.2 percent.
Massachusetts has the highest share of SUVs, which comprise 49.7 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 49.9 percent. 
Hawaii is the state that has the lowest share of SUVs, but the vehicle still accounts for one-third of the state’s vehicles. The state also has the highest share of minivans, at 5.3 percent.

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Methodology:

iSeeCars.com analyzed over 1.5 million used car sales from July 2020 through June 2021. 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.

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

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