The Internet has become the go-to place for car shoppers to educate themselves before making a purchasing decision.
For many users, the first step when it comes to researching anything is to ask Google. In fact, the search engine has become so ubiquitous that it has become a verb over recent years, with the term “Googled” and “Googling” become quite popular.
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So what were the most searched or Googled cars of 2015? Read on to find out.
10. Hyundai Tucson
Totally redesigned for the 2016 model year, interest in the Hyundai Tucson stayed steady throughout the year, as crossovers continue to become more popular in the marketplace. Shoppers in Arizona were most interested in the Tucson, while residents of New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and Nevada also contributed to Googling the 2016 Hyundai Tucson.
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9. Lexus NX
Although the Lexus NX isn’t new this year, more and more started prowling the roadways in 2015. Introduced in 2014, the Lexus NX is the Japanese luxury automaker’s attempt at offering an affordable crossover with interest peaking early in January. Those residing in Hawaii were most interested in the Lexus NX, while California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Washington, D.C. and New York also had plenty of people Googling the crossover.
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8. Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet’s newest pickup offering is not only affordable and attractive, but it was one of the most Googled vehicles of 2015. Interest in the Chevrolet Colorado spiked in February and, coincidentally, shoppers in Colorado were the most interested. Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma and South Carolina were also areas that showed interest.
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7. Jeep Renegade
The compact crossover from Jeep was Googled throughout the year, proving there’s plenty of interest for a mini Jeep model. Interest in the Jeep Renegade peaked in July but was also frequently Googled in early February. Shoppers in West Virginia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Colorado showed the most interest in the Jeep Renegade.
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6. Fiat 500X
The Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X share the same platform and are quite similar outside of its styling. Just like the Jeep Renegade, interest in the Fiat 500X spiked in early February and that could be attributed to its clever Super Bowl commercial that aired on February 1. In terms of regional interest, Michigan, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, New York and California topped the list.
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5. Honda HR-V
Introduced late last year at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show, the Honda HR-V is the automaker’s answer to the popular compact crossover segment. Interest in the model peaked in June before dropping off later this year. The model also had a strong presence at the 2015 SEMA Show and Honda looked to builders nationwide to prove that crossovers aren’t necessarily boring. Topping regional interest were shoppers in Ohio while those in Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Illinois, New York and Florida also showed interest.
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4. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet revamped its Camaro sports car for the 2016 model year and ended up being a candidate for AutoGuide.com‘s Car of the Year Award that went to the Honda Civic. Interest in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro spiked in May and has risen in recent weeks. Shoppers in Texas, Florida, California and New York showed the most interest in the new-generation sports car.
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3. 2016 Toyota Tacoma
Having spent nearly 10 years on the market with minor updates, Toyota overhauled the Tacoma bumper to bumper with an all-new model for 2016. Interest in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma spiked in January and saw a noticeable bump from Google in August when reviews of the pickup started coming out. Surprisingly, Hawaii was the most interested state in the U.S. for the new Tacoma while shoppers in Colorado, Utah, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and California also turned to Google to find out more.
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2. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado
The Chevrolet Silverado got a facelift for the 2016 model year and shoppers were dying to know if there were more changes to the pickup than just cosmetics. Interest peaked in early November with the vast majority of searches coming from those living in Texas and California.
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1. 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
Topping the list is yet another new model from Chevrolet, with the 2016 Malibu claiming the title of most Googled car of 2015. Interest for the new sedan peaked in late March and early April and oddly enough, Google doesn’t have “enough search volume” to show regional interest results. Still, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is an interesting offering in a sea of affordable sedans and faces stiff competition with iconic models in the segment like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
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