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10 Hottest Cars of Summer 2020

With over 3 million cars, trucks and SUVs listed for sale, Autotrader has a firm grasp on the popular cars this summer. We want you to benefit from that expertise as well!

Every summer, we publish our list of the most-searched-for cars, trucks and SUVs on Autotrader – it’s a list of 10 vehicles that Autotrader users are searching for most often. Is there safety in numbers? Yes! Well, usually. If you like to shop for the most popular cars, then this is the list that will tell you exactly that. It could also be that these are the best cars regardless because people keep returning to them year after year.

In the past, we’ve used the same data but added rules to reduce redundancy – rules like “No more than one of any brand” or “having a mix of body styles.” Not this year. This time we just took the top 10 most-searched-for cars on Autotrader, only consolidating two models since they are variations of the same model. The Ford F-Series pickup includes the F-150 and F-250, and the Silverado includes both 1500 and 2500 series trucks. We also combined search data from new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles.

Want to know what the hottest cars are for the summer of 2020? Here’s the list:

2016 Ford F-150

1. Ford F-150/250

New or used, the Ford F-Series pickup is popular. It’s been the best-selling new vehicle for decades and continues to impress buyers with a wide variety of engine choices, off-road-ready models, budget-friendly basic models, and high-end, tech-heavy luxury versions. We’re not saying the F-150 is perfect, but it’s such a consistent best-seller we can’t see how so many people can be wrong. We’re also looking forward to an all-new F-150 for 2021.  Find a Ford F-150 for sale or Find a Ford F-250 for sale

2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler

2. Jeep Wrangler

If you’re looking for a quintessential American vehicle, it’s got to be the Jeep Wrangler! But the Wrangler’s popularity isn’t surprising – Americans love to get out and have fun, away from the confines of city life and the Wrangler is the just the thing to get them there. Most people will find the Wrangler Unlimited handles both off-road and family duty best but the two-door Wrangler is still a lot of fun. Find a Jeep Wrangler for sale

2016 Chevrolet Silverado

3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500/2500

Americans love pickups! Also, Chevrolet pickups. Redesigned in 2019, the Silverado is nearly as popular with shoppers as Ford’s full-size pickup. The Silverado has typically had a nicer interior and a less utilitarian look outside. The Silverado is also offered in a wide variety of trim levels. Work Truck, Custom, LT, RST, Custom Trail Boss, LTZ, LT Trail Boss, and High Country are the current levels – then add bed length, two or four-wheel drive plus regular, double or crew cab and there are plenty of Silverados to pick from. Find a Chevrolet Silverado for sale

2015 Ford Mustang

4. Ford Mustang

Like the Jeep Wrangler, the Ford Mustang is just one of those purely American cars. It has a history, it’s fun, it’s affordable and it’s popular. You can find a high-mileage Mustang for a little as $2,000 or you can spend $100,000 on a high-performance Shelby GT500. The best compromise is probably a V8 powered GT 2015 or newer with average mileage for its age.  Find a Ford Mustang for sale

2019 Chevrolet Corvette

5. Chevrolet Corvette

The C7 Chevrolet Corvette has turned out to be the swan song of the front-engine Corvette. The arrival of the C8 Corvette could mean some great deals on the previous model. Or, it could mean a lot of C7 owners believe they have some kind of rare instant classic and “won’t be tricked” into selling it for a reasonable price. Time will tell with this one. Either way, the C7 is an outstanding send-off to the ‘Vette’s front-engine layout. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale

2016 RAM 1500

6. Ram 1500

With each passing model year, the Ram 1500 is becoming increasingly well-known for its plush interior, smooth ride and excellent towing capacity. The current Ram 1500 is the best one yet but even going back a few years will get you a nice truck. Find a Ram 1500 for sale

2020 Toyota Tacoma

7. Toyota Tacoma

For years, the Toyota Tacoma has been built in Texas. Maybe that’s why the Toyota Tacoma feels as American as the Chevy Silverado or Ford Mustang. In every city, Tacomas are plentiful. The truck can do it all – daily driver, off-road, haul junk, last forever. The new 2020 Toyota Tacoma is a perfectly fine truck. However, be aware of used Tacoma prices because these things hold their value quite well. You might go looking for a lightly used Toyota pickup and end up with a new one for only a little extra money. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale

2019 GMC Sierra AT4

8. GMC Sierra

In the past, we lumped the Sierra in with the Silverado. However, the GMC Sierra has matured to the point where it’s tangibly different from the full-size Chevy. Many Sierras have unique features, trim and equipment. Fewer people are looking for a Sierra as compared to an F-150 or Silverado but not by much. One thing we like about the Sierra: It has fewer variations. That makes shopping a little easier. We like the SLE for a capable and affordable full-size truck. Find a GMC Sierra for sale

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

9. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Our theory is that all the interest in the Jeep Grand Cherokee is fueled by Wrangler research. We imagine these shoppers asking, “How can I have the authenticity of the Wrangler but with more interior space and comfort?” Jeep Grand Cherokee is the answer. Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale

2016 Toyota 4Runner

10. Toyota 4Runner

In a way, the 4Runner is kind of a throw-back to a simpler era. It is an SUV and those are wildly popular, but the 4Runner has been, essentially, the same for many years. Its tough construction is better for deep mud and rugged trails than it is for highway road trips. Like the Tacoma, don’t expect a lot of huge discounts on lightly used 4Runners. They hold their value quite well. Find a Toyota 4Runner for sale

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