What Consumers Drive... Drives the Auto Industry

Our customers use their vehicles in many diverse ways — for business, with family, and in the pursuit of fun. With so many different consumer needs, automakers must offer a wide range of vehicle choices to fit every lifestyle.

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How consumers use their vehicles is evident in the latest sales data.

In 2016, Americans continued to favor light trucks (SUVs, vans and pickups). Nationwide, 61% of total new vehicle sales were light trucks, compared to 39% for new cars. In 47 states more than half of new vehicle sales were light trucks.

Auto buyers shopping for new vehicles now have more energy-efficient vehicles to choose from than ever. More than 480 models on sale today achieve high mileage (30+ MPG highway), including 50 hybrids and 30 electric vehicles. And, traditional gasoline engines are getting increasingly fuel efficient as a result of new technologies.

Across America, consumers make new vehicle choices based on their own needs and preferences.

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Every state is different. Choose your location and see the 2016 sales data for different classes and types of vehicles.

SUV/CUV Sales

Nationwide Rankings by State

Percentage of Total State Sales in 2016
  • No. 1 Connecticut 49.91%
  • No.
  • No. 51 District Of Columbia 27.61%
Figures compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by IHS Markit represent new vehicle registrations between January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016. See State
Rankings

SUV/CUV Sales Ranked by State

Rank State SUV/CUV Sales
1 Connecticut 49.91%
2 Colorado 49.50%
3 New York 48.82%
4 Massachusetts 48.43%
5 Michigan 48.35%
6 West Virginia 46.92%
7 New Jersey 46.12%
8 Pennsylvania 45.89%
9 Rhode Island 44.82%
10 Illinois 44.80%
11 Minnesota 44.19%
12 Wisconsin 43.89%
13 Vermont 43.47%
14 Maine 43.40%
15 New Hampshire 43.14%
16 Alaska 42.85%
17 Nebraska 42.48%
18 Ohio 42.51%
19 Indiana 41.98%
20 Washington 41.91%
21 Delaware 41.88%
22 Oregon 41.69%
23 South Dakota 41.37%
24 Virginia 41.32%
25 Maryland 41.33%
26 Montana 41.23%
27 Iowa 41.13%
28 North Dakota 40.63%
29 Kentucky 40.49%
30 Idaho 39.55%
31 Wyoming 39.50%
32 Tennessee 39.22%
33 Kansas 38.98%
34 South Carolina 38.79%
35 North Carolina 38.70%
36 Arkansas 38.59%
37 Utah 38.49%
38 Oklahoma 38.11%
39 Texas 37.32%
40 Florida 36.96%
41 Alabama 36.91%
42 Missouri 36.76%
43 Louisiana 36.36%
44 Hawaii 36.44%
45 Nevada 36.35%
46 Georgia 36.15%
47 New Mexico 35.93%
48 Arizona 34.04%
49 Mississippi 33.93%
50 California 32.71%
51 District Of Columbia 27.61%

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