Performance and restyling favorites like trucks, Jeeps and modern muscle cars are the most popular used vehicle targets, according to new research.
CarGurus, a car shopping site, released its first-ever “Year in Review Used Car Shopper Interest Study” analyzing car shopper search trends for 2016.
CarGurus analysts looked at the 900 million used car searches conducted by its 21 million unique monthly users in 2016 and identified the most sought-after makes and models, and the year-over-year shifts in interest for each.
When comparing 2016’s top 10 most searched vehicles, pickups like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Toyota Tacoma saw the largest search increases when compared to last year.
Even though sedans like the Honda Accord and BMW 3 Series may have been among the most searched for cars, each saw shoppers’ interest fade when compared to 2015.
Here are the 10 most-searched used cars in 2016, accompanied by their year-over-year percentage change:
BMW 3 Series
Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota were the top three most sought-after used car brands in 2016. However, GMC’s almost 6-percent increase in searches year-over-year gives it the biggest percentage gain among the top 10 carmakers.
On the other hand, Nissan stayed among the most searched brands, but saw a material 8 percent decline in search interest versus a year ago.
Here are the 10 most searched car brands in 2016, accompanied by their year-over-year percentage change:
“It comes as no surprise to see the car manufacturers with the most popular pickup trucks sit atop our list of most popular used car brands for 2016, while the manufacturers without those types of vehicles in their lineup saw shoppers’ interest decrease,” said Lisa Rosenberg, data analyst at CarGurus. “Over the past four years, the strong demand in pickup trucks has helped that category retain its value extremely well when compared to the rest of the used auto market, and it is likely that this trend should continue in 2017.”