Most Popular Trucks in America, 2019
Total new registrations of light trucks in the US broke 9 million and is projected to be around 12 million for 2019. Pickup trucks broke 2 million and is projected around 2.8 million for the year. (Note: the definition of a “light truck” is defined by GVW and includes pickups, SUVs, CUVs and some station wagons).
Most popular trucks in America: full-size
Notably the Ram pickup has “picked up” second place, traditionally held by the Chevy Silverado, which comes in at number 3.
Believe it or not, the Ford F-series trucks have been the most popular truck in America for over 42 years (as of December 2019). Its reign as the most popular truck began in 1977, according to Ford. The first F-series, the Ford F1, was introduced way back in January, 1948, nearly 72 years ago.
America’s favorite truck is going electric, too. Ford has announced a new all-electric version of the F-150 is coming in the future, and a hybrid version will be available as early as 2020.
The most popular fuel for full-size pickup trucks is gasoline or flex fuel. Diesel fuel is used in the heavy-duty versions of these trucks and ranges from 12% of all trucks sold (Chevy Silverado) to high-teens (GMC Sierra and Ford F-Series) to 20% (Ram and Nissan).
Most popular mid-size pickups in America, 2019
Keep your eye on the Jeep Gladiator mid-size pickup (also known as the Jeep JT). It resembles a Jeep Wrangler JLU Unlimited with a pickup bed attached. It started shipping in May 2019 as a 2020 model and is already very popular.
There were a lot of Gladiators at the 2019 SEMA Show, such as this one sporting the overland style, complete with mounted tent.
With 18,000 sold in less than half a year, 2020 could see the Gladiator threaten the Ford Ranger’s position, especially with incentives offered by FCA. The Gladiator will also be very versatile if you want to go off-road or just look the part.
Will the Tesla Cybertruck ever be the most popular truck in America?
But judging by the publicity around its November 2019 unveiling, it may be the most discussed truck in America.
With a unique profile and all-electric drivetrain it certainly stands out. With the optional Tri Motor AWD version it’s claimed to accelerate from zero t0 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. And have 7,500 lbs. towing capacity.
Tesla claims the Tesla Cybertruck will be in production in late 2021. The Tri Motor AWD trim version is expected to begin production in late 2022.