Summer’s here, and most places are heating up — if they aren’t oppressively hot already. With that in mind, we decided to consider another kind of heat — namely, the hottest cars on Autotrader this summer. This list shows the 10 most-searched new, used and certified pre-owned cars on Autotrader right now; the 10 cars that everyone seems to be looking for this summer. Choose one of these and you’ll be driving one of the hottest vehicles on the web — right before the warmest months of the year.
1. Ford F-150
It’s not surprising that the Ford F-150 is the most researched car on Autotrader — it is, after all, the most popular vehicle in the United States, and it has been for some time. Available for decades, the F-150 is offered in a wide range of body style, drivetrain, engine and trim-level configurations, seemingly touting something for everyone — from work truck buyers interested in a base-level commercial vehicle to high-end shoppers who want all the toys. Whichever F-150 you’re looking for, there’s no doubt you’ll find it on Autotrader: There are currently more than 51,000 examples listed across the country.
2. Jeep Wrangler
Although the Jeep Wrangler isn’t one of the most popular vehicles in the United States, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the hottest cars of the summer. That’s because the Wrangler can basically do anything — from crawling over rocks on a fun off-road trail to crusing down a beach with the roof off so you can enjoy a warm summer evening. It’s a great convertible, it’s a great SUV, and it’s a great car for summer — and since Jeep has been making a 4-door version of the Wrangler for the last 10 years, it can even be a great family car. Whatever Wrangler you want, you can find it on Autotrader, as there are roughly 25,000 examples currently listed for sale.
3. Chevy Silverado 1500
The light-duty Chevy Silverado 1500 is next up on our list — also no surprise, since it’s usually nipping at the Ford F-150’s heels on the list of the most popular vehicles in the United States. Like the F-150, the Silverado is offered in a multitude of configurations, with a wide range of body styles, engines, trim levels and various bed and cab lengths — meaning you can generally find just about anything you want. And, of course, they’re all listed on Autotrader: There are currently just over 45,000 Silverado pickups available on Autotrader across the country.
4. Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is an exciting sports car that’s perfect for fun in the summer. Not only does it offer excellent performance, giving you the chance to seriously enjoy your favorite back roads in great weather, but the Mustang also touts another great benefit — it offers a convertible model, so you can drop the top and soak in the warm weather. Newer Mustang models also boast excellent interiors and a lot of equipment and technology. And no matter what Mustang you want, you can find it on Autotrader: There are nearly 20,000 new and used examples listed for sale across the country.
5. Ford F-250
The Ford F-250 is the heavy-duty version of Ford’s light-duty F-150 full-size pickup. While the F-150 is designed to fit the needs of most truck shoppers, the F-250 is aimed at shoppers who pull especially large trailers or haul especially heavy loads — mainly, customers who need a pickup for work-related activities. Those drivers will surely find what they’re looking for on Autotrader, as there are currently almost 14,000 different F-250 models listed for sale on the site, encompassing a wide range of trim levels, capability ranges and (of course) ages and prices.
6. Chevy Corvette
The Chevy Corvette is certainly a car that most of us aspire to. With its excellent performance and its big V8 engine up front, the Corvette is an American institution — and if you get a Corvette convertible, or a coupe with a removable roof panel, you can enjoy the summer sun from the cockpit of your exciting new sports car. Indeed, the Corvette might just be the perfect summer toy — and you might be surprised to see just how many Corvette options you have when you search for the car on Autotrader. There are currently more than 11,000 Corvette models listed for sale on Autotrader, with prices ranging from six figures to below $10,000.
7. Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma is a reliable, durable pickup that’s perfect for summer fun. Not only can it tackle off-road trails and bring you to even the most remote camping spots, but the Tacoma also provides excellent reliability and reasonable sizing, so you can use it to commute around town. As mentioned, it’s also known for its bulletproof reliability, meaning you should have no trouble getting many years — and many summers — out of your Tacoma if you buy a nice example. If the Tacoma sounds like the right truck for you, you should have no trouble finding a good one on Autotrader — there are currently more than 15,000 examples listed for sale on the site.
8. Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is revered for its do-anything capabilities. It can be a family hauler, providing ample room (and features) for a family getaway or just typical shuttling to after-school activities. It can be an off-roader, boasting impressive abilities off the pavement — should you need them. It can also be a performance SUV (the "SRT" model), a luxury SUV (in top-level trims) and a fuel-sipping diesel. Regardless of which Grand Cherokee you’re looking for, you’ll surely find it on Autotrader — there are currently more than 24,000 examples listed on the site, representing a wide range of model years, trim levels, conditions and pricing.
9. Chevy Silverado 2500
The Chevy Silverado 2500 is a heavy-duty full-size pickup that adds additional capabilities to the already impressive Silverado 1500. The 2500 model touts larger engines, a sturdier chassis and stronger towing and hauling capabilities for shoppers (such as commercial users) who especially need such a pickup. Many drivers also like the Silverado 2500 for its larger size and more muscular looks compared to a standard Silverado. Regardless of why you’re interested in a heavy-duty Silverado, you should have no trouble finding the right one on Autotrader: There are more than 10,000 examples listed for sale on the site across the country.
10. Chevy Tahoe
The Chevy Tahoe is a full-size SUV that’s been available for more than 20 years as a "baby brother" to the larger Chevy Suburban. Available in 2- or 4-wheel-drive and with a wide range of features (from basic to highly luxurious), the Tahoe has a special ability to carry an entire family, and a lot of stuff — while simultaneously pulling a boat or hauling a camper. Regardless of whether you want an older Tahoe for a low price or a brand-new model with all the trimmings, you can find it on Autotrader: There are currently more than 14,000 Tahoe models listed for sale on the site.