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SUVs, cars or trucks: Which are most popular?

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There's no denying that SUVs are a popular option among car buyers; over half of Cartelligent clients opt for an SUV. Ford recently announced that it would phase out all cars (other than the Mustang and Focus) over the next four years and focus instead on trucks, vans, and SUVs.

At Cartelligent, we help our clients buy and lease all kinds of cars—from compact city cars like the Chevrolet Bolt to large SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade. In light of the Ford announcement, we thought it would be interesting to look at what vehicle style our clients are choosing in each brand.

 

Acura

SUV Car Van Truck
 96%  4% n/a  n/a 

 

Acura choices lean heavily towards SUVs with the MDX (shown) and RDX as our most popular models.


 

Audi

SUV Car Van Truck
 54% 46% n/a  n/a 

 

Cartelligent clients tend to prefer Audi SUVs with the Q5 (shown) and Q7 leading the pack.


 

BMW

SUV Car Van Truck
 45%  55% n/a  n/a 

 

BMW choices are surprisingly even. Popular SUVs like the X3 and X5 (shown) keep pace with top sedan choices such as the timeless 3 series.


 

Cadillac

SUV Car Van Truck
 86%  14% n/a  n/a 

 

Our clients show a strong preference for Cadillac SUVs especially the Escalade (shown) and Escalade ESV.


 

Chevrolet

SUV Car Van Truck
 18%  73% n/a  9%

 

Chevy skews highly towards 5-door cars because of the popularity of plug-in vehicles such as the Volt and Bolt (shown) with our clients.


 

FIAT

SUV Car Van Truck
 20%  80% n/a  n/a 

 

FIAT's sporty 5-door models like the 500 (shown) and 500e are top choices with Cartelligent clients.


 

Ford

SUV Car Van Truck
 32% 31% 11% 27%

 

Cartelligent clients often chose SUVs like the Explorer (shown) and trucks such as the F-150, but cars made up 31% of sales.


 

GMC

SUV Car Van Truck
 57%  n/a n/a  43%

 

GMC SUVs, especially the Yukon (shown), are highly rated by Cartelligent clients. 


 

Honda

SUV Car Van Truck
 45%  37% 14%  4% 

 

The Pilot (shown) and CR-V help SUV sales to rank higher than top sedan choices like the Accord and Civic.


 

Hyundai

SUV Car Van Truck
 45%  55% n/a  n/a 

 

The Tucson, Santa Fe, and the new Kona lead Hyundai SUV sales, while the Sonata (and its hybrid versions) are our most popular Hyundai sedans.


 

Infiniti

SUV Car Van Truck
 35%  65% n/a  n/a 

 

Cartelligent clients are choosing Infiniti sedans like the Q50 (shown) more than SUVs more than the QX80.


 

Jaguar

SUV Car Van Truck
 82%  18% n/a  n/a 

 

The Jaguar F-PACE (shown) has been a huge hit with Cartelligent clients. We expect the new E-PACE to show similar success.


 

Jeep

SUV Car Van Truck
100% n/a n/a  n/a 

 

The Wrangler and Grand Cherokee (shown) lead Jeep's line of SUVs with our clients.


 

Kia

SUV Car Van Truck
81%  19% 0% n/a 

 

The Sorento SUV (shown) and Niro dominate Kia options with our clients.


 

Land Rover

SUV Car Van Truck
100%  n/a n/a  n/a 

 

The Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Velar (shown) are most popular among Land Rover's all-SUV line up.


 

Lexus

SUV Car Van Truck
74%  28% n/a  n/a 

 

The RX 350 (shown) and RX 450h, as well as the NX 200t and NX 300h, dominate our Lexus choices.


 

Mazda

SUV Car Van Truck
 73%  27% n/a  n/a 

 

Mazda's popular CX-5 (shown) and CX-9 made SUVs our clients' top choices for the brand.


 

Mercedes-Benz

SUV Car Van Truck
 52%  43% 5% n/a 

 

Mercedes-Benz SUVs including the GLC-Class and GLE-Class helped SUVs top popular sedans like the E-Class and C-Class (shown).

 

MINI

SUV Car Van Truck
n/a 100% n/a  n/a 

 

Popular MINI choices include the Countryman and Convertible (shown).


 

Nissan

SUV Car Van Truck
33% 39% 17% 11% 

 

The Rogue and Murano helped Nissan SUVs to lead the brand's sales, but we expect the redesigned LEAF (shown) to be a dominant force in Nissan sales this year.


 

Porsche

SUV Car Van Truck
 70%  30% n/a  n/a 

 

Our clients show a definite preference for the Macan and Cayenne (shown) over the make's iconic line of sports cars.


 

RAM

SUV Car Van Truck
n/a n/a n/a  100%

 

The RAM 1500 (shown) leads the brand's all-truck lineup with our clients.


 

Subaru

SUV Car Van Truck
 21%  79% n/a  n/a 

 

The five-door Outback (shown) and Forester SUV are the most popular Subaru choices with Cartelligent clients.

 


 

Toyota

SUV Car Van Truck
 54%  28% 8% 10%

 

Toyota SUVs like the Highlander (shown) and RAV4 have pushed SUVs as the top vehicle type for Cartelligent clients.


 

Volkswagen

SUV Car Van Truck
 24%  76% n/a  n/a 

 

The new Atlas (shown) and redesigned Tiguan are showing promise, but the Golf family of hatchbacks and wagons helped cars to lead our Volkswagen sales.


 

Volvo

SUV Car Van Truck
88%  12% n/a  n/a 

 

The XC90 was our most popular Volvo, but the XC60 (shown) and XC40 are already in demand with Cartelligent clients.

 

 

 

Whether you're looking for an SUV, truck, wagon or any other new car, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.

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