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With summer in full swing and the season's intense heat bearing down on many of us, we decided to consider a different kind of heat: the hottest cars on Autotrader. So here they are -- the site's 10 most researched vehicles through the first six months of the year. Choose one of these models and you'll not only be driving one of the hottest models on the web but also a perfect vehicle to help you enjoy your favorite summer activities.

2016 Jeep Wrangler

1. Jeep Wrangler

Few cars say summer like a Jeep Wrangler and no car on Autotrader is quite as hot as the popular SUV, as it easily beats out every other model on our list of the most researched vehicles on the site. How come the Wrangler is so popular? To us, it's easy to understand: The Wrangler is the epitome of cool, offering removable doors and a convertible top for summer driving to the beach, while still retaining serious rock climbing capabilities for a trip to the trails. It's one of our favorite vehicles, new or used, and with more than 20,500 examples currently listed on Autotrader, you should have no trouble finding exactly the one you want.

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2016 Ford F-150

2. Ford F-150

It's no surprise that the Ford F-150 is one of the most researched vehicles on Autotrader, as the well-known pickup truck is also the most popular vehicle on the market -- a title it's held for decades. Of course, the F-150 is also perfect for summertime activities, from tailgates and picnics to towing a boat or a jetski to the lake. New or old, the F-150 is practical, popular and capable, and with nearly 53,000 examples currently listed on Autotrader, it should be easy to find, too.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is nipping at the F-150's heels when it comes to the most researched vehicles on our site, just like the highly capable pickup does on the list of the most popular new vehicles on the market. As is the case with the F-150, the reason is obvious: The Silverado is capable, reasonably priced and ready for just about any job -- big or small. Of course, you don't have to use it solely as a workhorse -- the pickup can also participate in any number of summertime activities, just like the F-150. Also like the F-150, the Silverado is easy to find: There are currently 47,000 examples on Autotrader of various ages and sizes.

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2016 RAM 1500

4. RAM 1500

The RAM 1500 is a popular pickup that offers a little bolder styling than its Chevrolet and Ford rivals -- though it still touts the same jetski-hauling, trail-riding, tailgating-friendly capabilities. It finishes in fourth place among the most researched vehicles on Autotrader when combined with its predecessor, the Dodge Ram, which was the pickup's name throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Like the Silverado and F-150, the RAM 1500 offers a wide array of engine options, body style choices, bed lengths, and trim levels, which means you should have no trouble finding the right truck for you -- especially with more than 30,000 examples listed on Autotrader.

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2016 Ford F-250

5. Ford F-250

Summer isn't all about towing your jetskis or tailgating at a concert, car race or sporting event. For some drivers, it's about pulling your boat to the lake or getting away from everything with an RV. Enter the Ford F-250, the fifth most researched vehicle on our site, which allows you to do just that. While the standard F-150 is plenty capable for most drivers, the F-250 boasts even more towing and hauling abilities, like the ability to pull a huge travel trailer or boat wherever you want to go. It's a great pickup for any driver who needs a vehicle that can tackle serious jobs and it should be easy to find the right one, as there are more than 14,000 F-250 models currently listed on Autotrader.

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2016 Ford Mustang

6. Ford Mustang

We aren't at all surprised that the Ford Mustang made this list, as it offers a lot of things virtually any driver would love -- exciting styling, impressive performance and a wide array of models that ranges from reasonably priced and fun to drive around town to pricey and ultrahigh performance. It's also one of the hottest cars we could imagine driving over the summer, especially in convertible guise with the top down on a great twisty road. Whichever Mustang you like, you should have no trouble finding it on Autotrader: There are currently more than 22,000 examples listed on the site, ranging from brand new coupes and convertibles to highly modified Mustang Cobras from the 1990s and 2000s.

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2016 RAM 2500

7. RAM 2500

If you're looking for a pickup truck that can take on a serious job, you might want to consider the RAM 2500 -- the seventh most researched vehicle on our site. Offering a wide array of configurations with some amazing capabilities, the RAM 2500 can tow or haul just about anything you might need to move this summer, including a boat, an RV or your whole family in the crew cab model's huge interior. Whether you're looking for a new RAM 2500 or a used model, you should have no trouble finding what you're looking for among the 10,000 currently listed on Autotrader.

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2016 GMC Sierra 1500

8. GMC Sierra 1500

Effectively a slightly restyled version of the popular Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the GMC Sierra 1500 is a popular vehicle on our site for the same reasons as its Silverado twin, such as its durability, capabilities, engine choices and reasonable pricing. But there's one benefit the Sierra has over the Silverado: The high-end Denali model, which has offered an impressively luxurious cabin and some upscale trim touches for more than a decade. Looking for ventilated seats to escape the summer heat? You'll want the Sierra Denali. But even if you don't choose the upscale Denali trim, you should have no trouble finding the perfect Sierra 1500 on Autotrader, as there are nearly 20,000 examples listed on the site.

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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

9. Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of our favorite midsize SUVs and it's been a staple of the family SUV world since its arrival all the way back in 1992. If you're thinking about packing up and heading on a road trip this summer, the Grand Cherokee would be a perfect choice, whether you're going to the mountains or the beach, and whether you're buying a cheap early 90s model or a brand new 2016 Overland Summit with ventilated seats and impressive 4-wheel drive. You'll have no trouble finding those Grand Cherokee models, and many more, on Autotrader, as there are currently more than 23,000 examples of the SUV listed for sale on the site.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

10. Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Like the Ford F-250 and RAM 2500 listed above, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is a popular choice among car shoppers due to its abilities, including the capability to bring you on just about any summer adventure you desire. The Silverado 2500 is also a great choice for drivers with demanding jobs who are looking for a work truck during the week and a family boat hauler and RV-puller over the weekend. If the Silverado 2500 appeals to you, you should have no trouble finding the one you want on Autotrader, as there are currently more than 10,000 examples listed on the site.

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