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Ford, Chevrolet models lead list of most-googled vehicles in the U.S.

Chevy and Ford trucks lead the list of vehicles searched for the most in the U.S

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The Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado are two of the top-selling vehicles in the I.S. So it's no surprise that they're the most-googled according to new data analysis by ValuePenguin.com. What may surprise you is where in the country buyers are most searching for the trucks and what else they're looking for.

Micheal Hoffman, the senior research analyst at ValuePenguin.com, and the lead researcher on this report said, "These findings provide a pulse on consumer demand trends in the U.S. auto industry, at a critical moment for the economy and auto manufacturers, following several years of record breaking vehicle sales."

Here are the most-googled vehicles in the U.S. right now.

Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

According to ValuePenguin.com, "America's best-selling pickup truck, the Ford F-150, took the top spot for online searches in 32 U.S states, and is among the top three most searched vehicles in 49 states. Regionally, the Ford F-150 captured the most consistent google search interest in the Midwest and South."

Ford will reveal its next-generation F-150 later this month. An all-electric version of the model is coming soon as well.

Chevrolet Silverado

2020 Chevrolet Silverado RealTree Edition

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

ValuePenguin.com says, "The Chevy Silverado was not far behind the Ford F-150 in absolute search volume, and was the most searched for car in eight states - Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Interest in the Silverado spanned all regions and propelled it to the top three most searched cars in 42 states."

In the two years, Chevrolet has begun selling its new Silverado regular duty and Silverado HD pickup trucks. There's a 1500 RealTree Edition coming for 2021. Chevy recently announced that it's staring a Silverado desert racing program.

Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Honda Civic was the third most searched vehicle in the country and the first in six states- California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The Honda civic is also the most searched car overall in the entire Northeast region, and the two most populous states in the country.

Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

From the ValuePenguin.com team: "The Toyota Tacoma, which captured the most searches among all vehicles in Hawaii, Vermont and Washington was also the fourth most searched car in the United States. The Toyota Tacoma has been among the top-selling pickups in the U.S. for the past two decades."

The Tacoma has gotten a facelift and safety upgrades for 2020. It is also now being sold in Nightshade and Trail Special Edition models. Toyota recently confirmed that they're moving all Tacoma production out of the U.S. to Mexico.

Honda Accord

Honda Accord Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Honda Accord received more searches than any other vehicle in Rhode Island and the District of Columbia — the smallest areas surveyed in ValuePenguin's analysis. In all six states where the Honda Civic was the most searched vehicle, the Honda Accord was right behind in second place.

Honda hasn't changed the Accord much for the 2020 model year. Still, it's near the top of the list of best-selling car rankings for 2020.

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Buying guide

How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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