ATLANTA, Dec. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 2014 was once again the year of the truck for car shoppers, as the Ford F-150 retained its place as the most popular nameplate on AutoTrader.com across new, used and CPO vehicles. The F-150’s crosstown rival, the Chevrolet Silverado, was the second most popular new and CPO vehicle but it came in third behind the Jeep Wrangler on the used side. Among new cars, trucks and SUVs took seven of the top ten spots, including vehicles like the RAM 1500, GMC Sierra, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford F-250. Trucks and SUVs were five of the top ten used cars, and four of the top ten CPO vehicles.
“The preponderance of large vehicles indicates an improving economy, as sales of pickup trucks correlate with housing starts and construction,” said Michelle Krebs, AutoTrader.com senior analyst. “Lower gas prices and many new or refreshed entries also helped boost new truck popularity, particularly in the back half of the year.”