Top-Selling Pickup Trucks by State

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Ever wonder which pickup truck is the top seller in your state? So has our team of data crunchers at PickupTrucks.com. That's why they sent us some of their most up-to-date new-vehicle sales information (meaning collected data from Jan. 1, 2017, to Aug. 21, 2017, from the majority of U.S. dealerships) for top-selling pickups in each state. We should clarify that these are not necessarily the top-selling vehicles — although in some cases they are — but rather just a list of the top-selling pickups. (FYI: Our data showed that the No. 1-selling vehicle was a pickup truck in 26 states.)

Although this data is simply a ballpark estimation taken from our exclusive database, this should give us a rough idea of the top player in each state.

As you can see, the majority of the states in the country have the top-selling Ford F-150 in first place, while the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is close behind with only four fewer states. The other two top sellers on our list of four include the GMC Sierra 1500 and the only heavy-duty pickup, the Ram 2500. Interestingly, as some might expect, there are a few states that don't have a single pickup truck in their top 10 sellers; we've noted which states they are in the graphic.

For those Toyota fans out there, it should be noted that the Toyota Tacoma was on the top 10 best-selling vehicles list for 15 different states and in the top three for two; the Tundra only made it onto three of the top-10 lists and never onto a top-three list.

Cars.com graphic by Paul Dolan; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

 

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Interesting, the state's requiring the toughest truck ( up at the Canadian border) are running GM.

Thats alot of Fords covering the USA. Nice job again

you have to wonder how many of those blue (Ford) states would flip if this compared GM vs Ford instead of comparing brand names.

Thank god I am not a sheep and buy what everybody else does, how boring and dumb!

Buying a 4x4 minivan called a full-size truck today makes you really special...

Are fleet sales included in these numbers?

Would of made a more interesting story if the top three per state were listed.

I wonder how much the map would change if the map represented actual vehicle manufacturers, ie GM vs Ford vs Ram vs Nissan vs Toyota.

I'd say there would be much more tan and a lot less blue.

So, this map is not a real representation on how and where you dollar is going.

Not surprised to hear the Tundra not making it into the top three; Toyota doesn't have confidence in it so why should a prospective buyer? Toyota intended to sell 200K a year, now they're content with about 110K or so. Also, there's a partial plant making the truck now instead of a dedicated plant.

@PUTC: How about an article on the interesting change of course for the Tundra?

Ford still wins with combined twins, as seen on the sales charts.

Leave it to the gm defenders to try to pull everything they can to try to win. You cant, Ford wins every time for 40 years and counting.....nice try.

I do realize that GM doesnt make a truck, chevy and gmc do, but we need to justify our trucks existence. combining all the trucks we can helps us feel better since Ford is always in first place. We will continue to defend our beloved GM twins, and fight even though our trucks are old and outdated, and no where near military grade.

...but who has the largest market share?

and the GovMotors goons become spin doctors... again.

I agree with Oxi. Jut because you sell a lot of trucks doesn’t make your truck the best. I do/have done a lot of research before I bought and it paid off, just as it has for many other people. And this map tells us little. In fact, what were the actual numbers/statistics? Did Ford win Idaho by 10 trucks or 10,000 trucks? We all know Ford sells a lot of trucks, we get that. What I would like to know is the actual breakdown of truck manufacturers by state. Since it’s obvious I am no Ford guy, half of this map is useless.

I am no Ford guy, half of this map is useless.


Posted by: Montands | Sep 20, 2017 9:39:10 AM


This is Ford Biased website, didn't you know. Oh and, HAARP manipulated Hurricane Irma/Maria.

Have a nice day!

Dumb comparison. To do it right you need to do a complete breakdown of 1500-2500-3500 in each state.

Half the map is useless? Try the whole thing. You're right that giving the top doesn't tell you the entire story, in fact it says very little. Way to make a totally uninteresting map. I wonder if it's even correct since CT and NJ don't even have a top seller. That makes no sense whatsoever.

Well, Ford does sell a lot and is popular and a slim majority buy them. Maybe, but only if you use the Hillary Clinton method of counting. But like Harbor Freight they sell a large number of cheaply-made products with flimsy outsides and strange internals that break quickly. I have never understood the appeal of bragging that you sell the most, or in the case of this site you are a buyer who was among those who purchased one of the most produced trucks. That's like cheering that your bandwagon has more people on it. It's especially stupid when your blue oval bandwagon ranks the second worst in initial quality and dead last in dependability.

http://www.jdpower.com/cars/study/2016-Initial-Quality-Study/1221ENG/Large-Light-Duty-Pickup/1072

http://www.jdpower.com/cars/study/2016-Vehicle-Dependability-Study/843ENG/Large-Light-Duty-Pickup/1124

Ford still wins with combined twins, as seen on the sales charts.

Posted by: Nitro | Sep 20, 2017 8:52:09 AM

Well we know that GM wins the popular vote based on their total sales charts.

"you have to wonder how many of those blue (Ford) states would flip if this compared GM vs Ford instead of comparing brand names."

posted by papjim

But this IS about brand names as "GM" doesn't sell a full size pickup truck model.

GM" doesn't sell a full size pickup truck model.

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Sep 20, 2017 10:22:41 AM

What state are you from?

Not surprised to hear the Tundra not making it into the top three; Toyota doesn't have confidence in it so why should a prospective buyer? Toyota intended to sell 200K a year, now they're content with about 110K or so. Also, there's a partial plant making the truck now instead of a dedicated plant.

@PUTC: How about an article on the interesting change of course for the Tundra?

Posted by: NoQDRTundra | Sep 20, 2017 8:44:07 AM

For someone who detests toyota tundra that much due to your previous misfortune, you sure like to keep tabs on them.. kind of reminds me of an ex who can't seem to let it go and live on.

@QDRTundra --

It would seem that Toyota "misunderestimated" the difficulty of gaining major market share in the full sized pickup market. I suspect the design effort that resulted in the impressive 2007 offering was more expensive than planned. Consequently, the bean counters watched the Big 3 play leapfrog with ever more engine tweaks and transmission speeds and complete redesigns and decided the heck with it, we made the investments, we're selling trucks, lets coast for a decade and see what happens.

I also wonder how much the ominous threat of the severe new CAFE economy requirements are a factor in the Tundra's stagnation. Toyota has two advantages over the Big 3 in its vehicle sales. First, it makes money on fuel efficient cars and doesn't need pickup sales to offset losses on smaller vehicles, and second, it sells so many fuel efficient vehicles and so few Tundras that it really has no regulatory need to increase the Tundra's MPG.

If the Republican administration survives to a second term, I am confident the ridiculous pickup mpg targets will get rolled back, but if not, Toyota could use its industry leading hybrid technology to compete on fuel efficiency without aluminum, diesel, turbos, or ten-speed transmissions.

Arkansas has the #1 Buick Gmc dealer in the country which is Everet. But Illinois has the # 2 Buick Gmc dealer in the country which Laura. Laura sells way more trucks than Everet.

The Tundra gave me the least amount of problems of any vehicle I owned.. truck, van or car. I'm surprised they do not sell more than they currently do for people who only need a half tone. When I upgraded my trailer the Tundra could do the job but I was pushing it so went with a RAM 2500. The past 5 years its been OK, lots of issues that seem to come and go. Tundra a single water pump in 135k miles and 6 years of ownership. I wish they would make a larger truck, I don't like having 3 and a half choices... half for the Nissan Titan XD which i'll look at when it comes time to replace the RAM.

@Montesa_VR: It's "No QDR Tundra", not QDR Tundra--nice try.

So, Toyota didn't have enough foresight to see how competitive the light truck market would be? Really? They built a freak'en multi-billion plant to assemble the Tundra!!

Also, here's a quote about the '07 Tundra: "One Toyota executive went so far as to call the launch of the second-generation Tundra the 'single biggest and most important launch in Toyota's 50-year U.S. history."

So, how could Toyota miss the call on competition with so much effort and money put into the Tundra?

Toyota may sell more fuel efficient cars than domestic auto makers, but also it's a fact that those margins are thin. Trucks are a very profitable product to sell--except for Toyota as they've had multi-generation frame rust problems that led to a multi-billion dollar settlement. Add to that the cost of retooling the Indian plant from assembling the Tundra to assembling the Highlander.

It's clear there's been some bad decisions made by Toyota when it comes to their light trucks here in the USA.

To say Toyota "misunderestimated" is not correct, they screwed up with bad decisions and a lack of QDR.

Is it just me or does this map have some similarities to the traditional red blue political map of the states? Republican states seem to be Ford and democrats like Chevrolet. Not perfect but an overlay would be darn close!

@Firefighter,

It’s funny you mentioned the political map. I saw a GMC commercial last night for the Denali pickup. It was a Dad who surprised his kid with a smaller Power Wheels version of his truck. The kid was super happy. However, this commercial was opposite of what people that comment on this site say—“that’s not a real truck cuz it doesn’t do any hard work!” It was obvious the guy in the commercial uses his Denali as a daily driver. Correct me if I’m wrong but that seems like a good old fashioned Liberal to me, not a Republican

"GM" doesn't sell a full size pickup truck model. Posted by: redbloodedxy | Sep 20, 2017

@redbloodedxy

GM actually sells 2 brands of trucks. The are Chevrolet and GMC.

All told, their two brands of trucks have outsold Ford the last 3 years running and they've outsold RAM by 2x.

In their latest pathetic attempt to keep Ford stock out of the toilet, their board is whispering about the idea of "selling" its financial arm to the current shareholders.

The cash created by the "sale" could make Ford more attractive to potential shareholders.

Unfortunately, their whispers cannot offset the news that Ford is stopping work at 5 plants due to poor sales.

Instead of trying to sell their production slow-down as good news to its shareholders, Ford management is mostly close-lipped about it. Any benefit (momentum?) that might have been gained with nervous stockholders has been lost.

Also, to be clear; GM does not make a truck brand, they own the brands chevy and gmc, and a correction, they are behind Ford in full size sales, what I mentioned prior was only if you combine all the gms out there, even in the mid size market which Ford is not currently in. Thats the only way myself, and my sons(uglyfords, gmsrgreat,sierra,tntgmc) feel good about GM as a company.

Well said papa, thanks for admitting your weird way of trying to convince yourself that GM is number 1.

@Nitro, I was not talking to you, so stay out of this. I am just saying, we GM guys have to grasp every straw to beat your Fords.

YEAH! FORD ALMOST COVER ALL THE UNITED STATES. THAT MEANS THAT GARBAGE MOTORS COMPANY IS A FAILURE. START CRYING GARBAGE MOTORS COMPANY FAN GIRLYS. HAHAHAHAHA

Go ford the best never rest.

I live in Cali and I only see nothing but FORD a couple of shakies but that's it. That chart is wrong just for California but the rest is fine.

Yep, it a Blue Oval FORD nation for sure!

Interesting, the state's requiring the toughest truck ( up at the Canadian border) are running GM.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 20, 2017 7:26:38 AM

Not surprised by your non factual opinion. What is a Fact however is that the most liberal states Choose the Chevy over the Ford. ( California, New York, Maine and Minnesota) You aren't the only one who loves GM, the LGBTQ millions in CA love them too!! You and Papajim will always have a place to stay if you're out west!! Chevy, the truck of Snow Flakes nationwide!!! LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!

It is interesting to me that in the USA a vehicle for blue collar work is so popular.

Chevrolet used to be the most popular full size pickup going from the 50's to the late seventies from what I read.

What caused the change to Ford is a mystery to me.

You aren't the only one who loves GM, the LGBTQ millions in CA love them too!! You and Papajim will always have a place to stay if you're out west!!

Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Sep 20, 2017 3:24:22 PM

Aww shucks, that's pretty nice of you to offer up your place to stay if i'm ever out west.

What caused the change to Ford is a mystery to me.


Posted by: PISTON1246 | Sep 20, 2017 3:43:44 PM

There will be a lot of mysteries for you to solve in life.

I'll assist,

What caused the change was properly built trucks that are built to work. Not a Truck with a cheesy overbloated El Camino Station Wagon IFS Frame. It's like a Truck, but for Woman. Those woman who complain about a bumpy ride.

Aww shucks, that's pretty nice of you to offer up your place to stay if i'm ever out west.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 20, 2017 4:17:39 PM

He's Gay.

Gay

Man's

Car

Arkansas has the #1 Buick Gmc dealer in the country which is Everet. But Illinois has the # 2 Buick Gmc dealer in the country which Laura. Laura sells way more trucks than Everet.
Posted by: Kyle | Sep 20, 2017 10:54:16 AM

Yep Laura GMC is the place to go if you want a 6.2 Sierra or Silverado for just over $40k. There are more than a few guys that fly there just because of their prices.

To me it makes sense that the Chevrolet is more popular in the liberal states. I have always heard that you but a Chevy for the ride and a Ford the work. This is said by Chevy and Ford sides in the rural area I live. It seems to hold when I see teenagers and older men drive Chevrolet and farmers, ranchers and businesses drive Ford.
Both are fine trucks just my observation that seems to coincide with the map.

HAHAHAHA!!!...having a good laugh watching all shaky GOVT motor fangirls scramble to defend why the map was dominantly BLUE...LOL

Keep following the leader for 41 yrs & counting...heh heh heh

The 1977 C20 I drove can handle 3000lb payloads Longer than some of the Fords I have seen that developed sagging suspensions over the years.

The 1977 C20 I drove can handle 3000lb payloads Longer than some of the Fords I have seen that developed sagging suspensions over the years.

Great job GM, crushing Ford and their cheap china made junk once again.

This site had a story a few years back about what would happen if GM dropped one of their full size truck line. Ford would win out according to the research done. The survey found that enough GMC /Chevy owners wouldn't cross over to the other. They would go to another brand. Having two truck lines is smart for GM.

What caused the change to Ford is a mystery to me.

Posted by: PISTON1246 | Sep 20, 2017 3:43:44 PM

The same reason McDonald's sells so many hamburgers, they're cheap.

What caused the change to Ford is a mystery to me.

Posted by: PISTON1246 | Sep 20, 2017 3:43:44 PM

The same reason McDonald's sells so many hamburgers, they're cheap.

Interesting, the state's requiring the toughest truck ( up at the Canadian border) are running GM.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 20, 2017 7:26:38 AM


Yet Canada's #1 selling vehicle for 32 years is the F150.

You can jaw-jack all day about the Chevy-Ford superiorities, but the interesting state is Utah. Its the only place where a 3/4 ton came out on top, and one from Brand C, no less. Sure, Ram has been closing in on Silverado sales, but there's more at play...
Would be great to hear from someone who sells cars out there.



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