Research is, without question, one of the most important parts of car shopping.
Not too long ago, you might have made a couple of trips to the dealership, test-driven a few models, and then struck a deal with the sales manager in a smoke-filled room.
Today, sites like ours aim to clear the air, giving smart shoppers a series of advantages, every step of the way.
You might have started by browsing a wide range of vehicles as a casual shopper, narrowed down your list of prospects to a few specific vehicles, model years, and must-have features—and then started getting into the fine details of each.
When you're finished, you want to have found the model that has all the features, the fuel-efficiency, and the safety you want—all at the right price. And in our full reviews we aim to provide you with as much information as possible to help you be informed in the process and sound in the decision.
We’ve taken a look back at the year’s most-visited vehicle pages, in terms of model year, make, and model, and it’s no shock that the list we compiled includes many of the market’s best-selling vehicles.
It’s worth keeping in mind that model years change over at an odd cadence; the 2016 model year arrived last January for some models on the market, while others have just changed over in the past month. For that reason, you’ll find a mix of 2015 and 2016 model-year vehicles.
So here they are—the ten most-visited, most researched models of 2015:
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The Toyota RAV4 has consistently ranked as one of our most researched vehicles, and it rings through no matter what the model year. We’re including the 2015 Toyota RAV4 in this because they’re first and third respectively on this year’s list. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 gets a new Hybrid version that is the quickest of the lineup and earns 33 mpg in combined driving; and the rest of the RAV4 lineup gets upgraded safety features and some cosmetic updates.
The Toyota Corolla isn’t particularly charming or engaging, but year after year, decade after decade, it maintains a top-notch reputation for being reliable, trouble-free, and long-lasting—with great gas mileage
plus just enough comfort and practicality to make it impossible to ignore as a cross-shop possibility if you’re considering a mid-size sedan. It might not be everybody’s favorite affordable compact sedan, but it’s the most considered.