The economy is growing and so is the need for mobility. Therefore, it’s worth taking a closer look at which car brands and models are most established, which are the newcomers to watch, and which are the favorites in the US. In other words: What cars do the people love the most? The car you drive is not only important for personal use, but also an asset for your business. We’ve compiled some top choices for business cars with something for everyone, whether you’re a small business, self-employed, a large company or tradesman.
BEST-SELLING AND MOST BELOVED BRANDS IN THE PRIVATE MARKET
According to business data from Statista, in 2019, domestic player Ford was in the top spot in the US. With 2.3 million units sold, it was the year’s biggest player in the car industry, followed by Toyota and General Motors. But according to the research data and analytics group YouGov the most popular brand is Honda, followed by Toyota, Chevrolet, Ford and Mercedes-Benz. One of Honda’s most popular models is the Honda Accord – a good choice for a durable business car for long-distance business travel. The sedan has been produced since 1975 and is one of the best-selling cars in the US since the mid-1980s. And it has its own record, topping Car and Driver’s annual “10 Best” list 33 times. Honda itself has led the brand charts an outstanding 75 times between 1983 and 2008.
BEST-SELLING PRIVATE CARS: AN INSPIRATION FOR BUSINESS CARS?
If you look at the most-purchased car models in the US, you see some regional differences. People in the state of New York prefer a Nissan Rogue, while people in Michigan prefer the Chevrolet Equinox. If you live in New Jersey or Connecticut, you will probably buy a Honda CR-V, according to car pricing website Edmunds.
Some drivers living the island life believe a pickup is the best choice. According to Edmunds, Hawaiian and Puerto Rican car buyers prefer a Toyota Tacoma for their daily trips. A pickup is also a good choice as a business car if you need to transport equipment or deliver large items. If you are a cabinet maker, farmer or engineer you can be like the island-dwellers and purchase a Ram 1500 Crew pickup as a business car. This also happens to be the best-selling vehicle in Arizona, Nevada, Arkansas and Wyoming.
THE TEAM PLAYER: A MINIVAN IS THE MVP
If you are a fan of the Dodge Grand Caravan you must be quick. After pleasing generations of drivers, the model will not be produced anymore, at least partly because the current trend is to buy an SUV instead of a minivan with sliding doors. An alternative is the Chrysler Pacifica, which US-Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler has completely renewed, making it an ideal business car model. A minivan is great for transporting all kinds of business teams like sales teams, construction workers or colleagues heading to a conference. Bring everyone and everything you need!
Tried and tested as a taxi model in New York for multiple passengers, the Toyota Sienna is the perfect business car for your team. A renewed version, the Toyota Sienna XL40, has been released; however, prior models of the Sienna, such as the Sienna LE, Sienna XLE, Sienna Limited and SE are still available, but will no longer be produced.
Perfect for the Oceans Twelve gang as well as the Dirty Dozen, choose the Chevrolet Express as a business car. The passenger van is a 12-seater for the complete team! Have transportation for a team outing, or to celebrate the successful conclusion of a big project. The Chevrolet Express 2500 has a wheelbase from 135 inches to 155 inches and 278 horsepower. So, it will bring you everywhere quickly and comfortably without feeling like a van.
Best Luxury Business Cars
If you have a successful business, why not show it with a luxury business car like a BMW or Mercedes-Benz? Both brands top the 2019 sales charts in the luxury segment, according to Statista. Choose a business car rental that will impress, like a Mercedes-Benz G550C, Cadillac Ct6 or Cadillac Escalade. Get rid of high acquisition costs and waiting for the car to arrive, and with SIXT you can rent a Mercedes or Cadillac with a business discount. You also benefit by giving a customer the first impression that your business is doing well, and you are a worthy business partner.
If you want to be a little more edgy, choose a business car that’s outside the norms. Surprise your client by pulling up in a Dodge Charger, Jaguar F-Pace S or a Range Rover Sport. These models and
As an additional option, look like you’re coming straight from the executive floor with SIXT ride, our taxi service available in the SIXT app. Whether you need to go to the airport, to meet a client or to a business meeting, trained drivers worldwide are ready to pick you up and bring you to your next appointment anywhere in the city.
BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES: THE CITY BUSINESS CAR
If you are in the market for a small car for your business fleet, you’re not alone. Compact, economy and intermediate cars are all great choices for your business. The Honda Civic was the most-sold model in the US in these categories, but in the last month of 2019 the Toyota Corolla took over the crown, according to automotive data source Goodcarbadcar. A Toyota Corolla business car is a great option for driving in cities like Boston, New York, Miami or even Los Angeles. Find a parking spot is easier, and you can enjoy low fuel consumption and a small turning radius. Good options for business from the best-selling cars in 2019 (goodcarbadcar) are the Kia Forte and the VW Jetta.
Do you want a car with a little edginess? Choose a VW Beetle, or MINI Cooper, Clubman or Countryman, as a business car. These European gems show everyone that you’re an outside-the-box-thinker and a business partner ready for unconventional solutions.
SUVs AS A BUSINESS CAR
We love SUVs, so why don’t we use them as business cars? The combination of off-road-features and their higher clearance promise a comfortable ride on business trips, even for longer distances. The best-selling model in 2019 was the Toyota Rav4. The crossover SUV topped the charts for the first time, beating competing model like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.
The Chevrolet Equinox was one of the most-sold SUVs in the US in 2019. With a long history starting in 2003, the SUV fits every business, with a sporty look and high safety standards. Also in the top 10 best-selling SUVs: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler. These models are available in the SIXT fleet for short-term rentals, long-term rentals or with a SIXT+ car subscription. If you want to drive like a German, choose a VW Tiguan or BMW X3, both among the top-selling cars in the US.