A little less than a decade ago, as fuel prices skyrocketed and hybrid vehicles became more commonplace, American car owners started scrambling to get rid of their big, gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs. The following years were dark times that were short on storage space and heavy on cringe-worthy vehicle designs that prioritized fuel efficiency above all else.
Now, as the economy has rallied and gas prices have fallen, trucks are back on the radar of American consumers. In fact, last month trucks outsold cars by the widest margin ever in the month of April. The Ford F-150 alone outsold the two top-selling cars combined. While car sales fell by 6.1 percent across the board, truck segments – including pickups, vans and SUVs – gained a combined market share of 11 percent.
Over the course of the past year and a half, truck sales have come back in a big way. Trucks have always had a special place in the hearts of American drivers, and now that they’re once again affordable to own and operate, car buyers are ready to welcome them back into their garages as well.
While some industry analysts are already speculating about when trucks will once again fall out of favor, we’re happy to kick back and enjoy the resurgence of big, rugged vehicles with more low-end torque than they know what to do with.
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