Most Popular Truck in America
Total new registrations of light trucks in the US broke 9 million and around 12 million in 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 truck in America: full-size pickup
More top selling trucks in America
The Ram is not the most popular truck in America but it’s making a run for it. The Ram pickup probably won’t ever be the best selling truck in America but it “picked up” second place. That spot traditionally belongs to the Chevy Silverado, now at number 3.
Believe it or not, the Ford F-series trucks are the most popular truck in America for over 43 years (as of 2020). Its reign started as the most popular truck in 1977, according to Ford. The first F-series, the Ford F1, was introduced way back in January, 1948, nearly 72 years ago. It took 29 years go move to the top of the best selling full size trucks list and has been there ever since.
America’s favorite truck is going electric, too. Ford has announced a new all-electric version of the F-150 and a hybrid version is available as a 2021 model. Called the “PowerBoost” this hybrid F-150 has a twin turbo EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine. This is coupled with a 10-speed auto transmission with an embedded electric motor.
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 pickup in America, mid-size
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. Is is a 2020 model and is already very popular.
We saw 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 is also 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.
It certainly stands out with a unique profile and all-electric drivetrain. With the optional Tri Motor AWD version you get acceleration from zero t0 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. And you get 7,500 lbs. towing capacity.
You can pre-order the Tesla Cybertruck now. Tesla claims production starts late 2021. The Tri Motor AWD trim version begins production in late 2022.
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