The Nissan Altima was the No. 1 choice for used car shoppers at CarMax for the second year in a row, according to the company’s 2015 Used Car Shopping Report published. Data from the nation’s largest used car retailer also indicates domestic models are gaining favor: Five of the 10 most purchased vehicles from CarMax stores were made by American manufacturers, across all age groups.
Results are based on more than 550,000 vehicle sales at CarMax’s more than 140 stores nationwide between March 2014 and February 2015.
While the Nissan Altima remained CarMax’s top selling car, the Chevrolet Malibu sped into the No. 2 spot, passing the Toyota Camry, which fell to No. 4. Honda had two cars in the top five, the Accord (No. 3) and the Civic (No. 5).
Ford continues to perform well, occupying four of the top 20 spots overall. Ford vehicles especially appeal to Gen Xers, who purchased Fords more than any other age group, earning three spots in that generation’s top 10 vehicles. Ford also scored with Millennials, though their model preferences differed. Older generations most often purchased Explorers, Escapes, and F150s, while Millennials purchased the Fusion and Focus.
The majority of domestic vehicles moved up in rank above foreign cars, compared to last year. Gen Xers purchased cars from American manufacturers more than any other age group – of the top 10 vehicles purchased, six were from domestic makers.
Read the full CarMax report here.