USA First Half 2017: Exclusive State by State rankings now available

The Honda CR-V tops five States so far in 2017 vs. just one in 2016.

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For the fourth year in a row and thanks to JATO Dynamics we can share with you today separate rankings for the Top 10 best-selling vehicles for each U.S. State over the First Half of 2017. This data is exclusive to BSCB, you won’t find it anywhere else. Continuing on 2016 methodology, all full-size pickup sales are split as follows:  the Ford F-Series into F-150, F-250 Super Duty, F-350 Super Duty and F-350 Super Duty Chassis Cab, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500HD and up, Ram 1500, 2500 and up, and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and up. Light trucks continue to outrageously dominate this little game with 46 State wins vs. just five for cars, to be compared with 45 and 6 over the Full Year 2016.

Almost two in every three U.S. States has the Ford F-150 as its best-seller.

As 2016 inaugurated the new split methodology for full-size pickups, the Ford F-150 won 31 States. Halfway through 2017, it does even better, winning 33 States. In the process the F-150 loses Delaware and Illinois but gains Indiana and Maine from the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Vermont from the Toyota RAV4 and Washington from the Subaru Outback. All-in-all, almost two of every American State has the F-150 as its best-selling vehicle – only one State is missing to reach that milestone. Its highest volumes are achieved in Texas (47.203), California (24.669), Florida (21.033) and Michigan (15.655). In the 18 States it does not win, the F-150 places #2 three times (Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Oregon), #3 once (Michigan), #4 three times (Arkansas, Delaware, New Hampshire), #5 once (California), #6 twice (Maryland, Nevada), #9 once (Massachusetts) and does not appear in the Top 10 of six States: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

Most State Wins by year:

Year H1 2017 2016
Model State Wins State Wins
Ford F-150 33 31
Honda CR-V 5 1
Nissan Rogue 2 2
Toyota Corolla 2 2
Chevrolet Equinox 1 0
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 1 4
GMC Savana 1 0
Honda Accord 1 0
Honda Civic 1 2
Nissan Altima 1 0
Subaru Outback 1 2
Toyota RAV4 1 3
Toyota Tacoma 1 1
Ford Escape 0 1
Ford Transit 0 1
Toyota Camry 0 1

The big winner of the First Half 2017 State rankings is the Honda CR-V which is quite paradoxical given it has lost its crossover crown to the Nissan Rogue over the period. From one State win in FY2016, the CR-V soars to five in H12017. It loses New Jersey to the Honda Accord but gains Delaware and Illinois from the Ford F-150 (the latter for a mere 8 sales), Maryland from the Toyota Camry, New Hampshire from the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Rhode Island from the Toyota RAV4. To find the next best performing nameplates we have to go down to just two State wins: the Nissan Rogue keeps Connecticut and New York and the Toyota Corolla keeps Florida and Nevada.

The Chevrolet Equinox storms into first place in Michigan with over 32.000 sales. 

Among the nine nameplates boasting one State win, the most disappointing showing is clearly coming from the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Once the runaway leader when only the Ford F-Series had its sales split by body, the Silverado 1500 was still the 2nd best performing vehicle in FY2016 with four State wins. Not anymore. Halfway through 2017, it only keeps Iowa, losing Indiana and Maine to the Ford F-150 and New Hampshire to the Honda CR-V. In 2016, it ranked #2 in 15 States, 14 of which to the F-150. This time, it ranks #2 only 11 times, each time to the F-150. Other disappointing acts from the Toyota RAV4 going from 3 to 1 win (Massachusetts), the Honda Civic from 2 to 1 (California) and the Subaru Outback also from 2 to 1 (Oregon).

The GMC Savana surprisingly wins Arkansas off the Ford Transit. 

The Chevrolet Equinox is the most impressive newcomer in the State winning nameplates, improving by 143% to comfortably snap the lead in Michigan with a stunning 32.141 sales. This is the 6th highest single volume of any car in any State below the F-150 in Texas (47.203), the Honda Civic (46.480), Accord (38.456), Corolla (32.983) and Camry (32.576) all in California. Another surprise is the GMC Savana snapping Arkansas off the hands of the Ford Transit, this state being the U.S. headquarters for rental trucks. The Honda Accord returns to the ranking with a win in New Jersey snapped from its stablemate the CR-V and the Nissan Altima wins the District of Columbia off the Honda Civic. Finally, the Toyota Tacoma remains by far the favourite choice in Hawaii, as it has been for decades now.

The Ford F-350 Super Duty peaks at #3 in Wyoming. Picture caranddriver.com

Now onto the detail of these full-size heavy-duty pickup variants that have popped up inside the States’ Top 10. Once again the Ram 2500 excels, holding onto its 2nd place in Utah – where it now sells over double the Ram 1500 there – and Wyoming. It also ranks #7 in Alaska and #8 in Idaho. Contrary to 2016, at Ford it’s the F-350 Super Duty that reaches a higher ranking: #3 in Wyoming, #5 in Utah, #6 in Montana and #9 in Idaho. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD ranks #4 in both North Dakota and Utah, #5 in Iowa and Wyoming and #10 in Montana. Finally, the Ford F-250 Super Duty is #4 in Texas and Oklahoma, #5 in New Mexico, #7 in Louisiana and Wyoming and #10 in Mississippi, North Dakota and Utah.

Full H1 2017 Top 10 vehicles for each U.S. State vs. H1 2016 figures below.

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