One of the ways you’re most likely to find us at The Car Connection, via search, is through our model overview pages, which provide a nice organized hub of information—ideal for when you’re first considering, or “shopping,” a vehicle but not yet sure about particulars like the model year.
These pages are great go-to points for taking stock of a vehicle, as they include links to our comprehensive model-year reviews, new and used, user reviews, head-to-head comparisons with rival models, and simple tabs where you can find crash-test and recall information.
You’ll also find our editors’ assessment of how this model fits into the market and how it’s changed over time. You can also right up near the top see a quick rundown of how recent model years have been rated by our editors, and click through extensive photo galleries.
We’ll call it shopping, although as we realized once we looked at the results, in many cases it’s dreaming.
With that in mind, here are this year’s ten most shopped vehicles—the makes-and-model pages most visited during calendar-year 2015, here at The Car Connection:
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
New or used, year after year, the RAV4 remains one of our most shopped (and researched) vehicles. The announcement of a RAV4 Hybrid, as well as a refreshed lineup, back at last spring’s New York Auto Show likely stoked traffic and interest for the year; but this is already one of the most popular compact crossovers for some obvious reasons—rooted in affordability, efficiency, and Toyota’s reputation for reliability.
2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition
Long before there was a thriving segment of good compact cars—when small-car expectations were very different than they were today—the Corolla checked all the practicality boxes, delivering reliability, durability, fuel efficiency, and low running costs, with just enough safety, comfort, and interior space. Today it still delivers all that, and with its most recent redesign the Corolla’s become bolder-looking, more pleasant-driving, and enjoyable for more than just what it delivers at the budget bottom line.
2016 Toyota Highlander
The Highlander is one of the baseline vehicles for American families—especially those who decide that they don’t want a minivan. Without moving up to luxury models, and without moving to something too huge and hulking, the Highlander hits that sweet spot. It comes in a higher-mileage Hybrid version, too, which probably earns this model a place on a lot of consideration lists.
2016 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V isn’t exciting in its present form, but it’s as practical as ever. This crossover steers away from ruggedness and SUV posturing and goes for tall-wagon practicality instead. It has a loyal following amongn small families, and a base of repeat buyers who love its utility and fuel efficiency.
2016 Honda Civic Coupe
The Honda Civic has name recognition even among those who only ever think about cars once every few years when they buy one. It’s been one of the benchmarks of the compact-car class for decades. And as anticipation built this past year aurrounding the new-generation 2016 Honda Civic—including a new turbo engine, and a new sporty Civic Si on the way—there’s renewed interest in Honda’s excellent family of compact cars.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Td6
Here’s where this list starts to get interesting. The Range Rover is neither a top seller in the market nor a particularly affordable vehicle, but it’s sure gets a lot of interest from shoppers. Its globe-trekking, go anywhere reputation is likely the cause for a lot of “what if” daydreaming about Range Rover ownership—and then, perhaps, a dose of reality when they see pricing information.
2016 BMW 3-Series
Love for the BMW 3-Series family of sport sedans (and formerly sport coupes and convertibles) spans generations—generations of enthusiasts, and generations of models. Those who appreciate the 3-Series are the sort of enthusiasts who go back and read reviews from previous model years and scrutinize spec sheets from one year to the next—and then there are all the variants, features, and options to browse.
2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Polar Edition
Some Jeep Wrangler owners might rarely if ever steer away from their daily commute or weekend errands and take on a forest path, a bouldered slope, or a sand dune; but it’s part of the iconic image of the Wrangler to know that it can. In some respects the Wrangler has the distinctiveness of a sports car, and it’s one of few convertible trucks on the market—so there are plenty of reasons to click and consider.
2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
We’d definitely call this one a case of window-shopping, or living vicariously—seeing how relatively rare the G-Class is on American streets and highways. The G-Class—or Geländewagen, as it’s also known—hasn’t changed all that much in three decades. Boxy, tall, and flat-sided, this SUV combines luxury with military-grade off-road capability. Go ahead and dream; based on how busy our G-Class pages are, plenty of people already are.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel
The Chevrolet Colorado was all-new last year, yet it got plenty of coverage again in 2015 due to the eagerly anticipated diesel versions. Even though gas prices are at historic lows, there’s renewed interest in mid-size pickups.