Wyoming, the Cowboy State, is a western rocky mountain state made up mostly of Pronghorn, Prairie’s and Peaks. The state has a high mean elevation with around 14 mountain peaks reaching over 12,000 ft. Popular activities in include; Hiking, hunting, fishing, floating, ranches, rodeo, skiing, sledding, camping, and canyons are just a few. Get a glimpse of some Wyoming lifestyle by searching for #thatsWY.
It can snow from Oct to April but get over 100°F in the summer.
Dirt roads. Lot’s of dirt roads.
Given that ranching, agriculture, and mineral extraction are big parts of the economy in WY, along with steep mountain passes, extreme weather fluctuations, and dirt roads, this is a lot to ask from a vehicle. What are the top 10 most popular vehicles in Wyoming?
Top 10 most popular vehicles in WY
10th place: Jeep Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee is a compact crossover SUV that has over 8″ of ground clearance and is 4WD. The Trailhawk (off-road edition) has, even more, ground clearance paired with ‘Active Drive II‘. The 2019 Trailhawk models have a 29.9° approach angle, 22.9° breakover angle and a 32.2° departure angle. These attributes make this Jeep a capable off-road vehicle, with the comfort of an everyday driver. The 3.2L V-6 is EPA rated at 27 mpg on the highway. The 2.4L gets an estimated 25 mpg on the highway. 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s are on dealer lot’s and start at $26,190 MSRP for the 4×4 models.
Features now available on the Cherokee include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. Parallel and perpendicular park assist, lane assist and multitude of other safety features. Rain-sensing wipers, LED Lights, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Alexa compatibility pack this car with technology.
9th place: Jeep Renegade
Another vehicle from Jeep coming as the 9th most popular vehicle in Wyoming. The Renegade is a subcompact crossover SUV available with 4WD. It also has drive modes such as, ‘Sand, ‘Snow’, and ‘Rock’. Equipped with the 2.4L engine, the 4×4 Renegade is EPA rated at 29 mpg on the highway, 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg combined. The Renegade starts at $19,995 MSRP for the 4×4 Sport model.
8th place: Subaru Outback
Originally the Outback was a station wagon that came from the “Legacy’ model. It has been around since 1989 and features symmetrical AWD. In the U.S. the gas version has either a 2.5L 4 cylinder engine or a 3.6L 6 cylinder engine. It seats 5 people and the 2.5L fuel economy is estimated at 32 mpg on the highway, 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg combined. The Outback has 8.7″ of ground clearance.
7th place: RAM 3500
The economy in Wyoming is mainly built around coal, oil, natural gas, tourism, and agriculture. Most of these trades require the ability to move heavy equipment, and possibly over rough terrain. This requires a big pickup. Coming in 7th place it’s the RAM 3500 pickup truck. For example, the 2017 RAM 3500 SRW Crew Cab Tradesman with the 6.7L Cummins turbo-diesel engine, 4×4, 4.10 rear axle with an 8′ bed can tow up to 30,320 lbs. Payload is 5,690 lbs. RAM Trucks recently added insanely luxurious trim levels to the heavy-duty trucks, including the Tungsten edition.
6th place: Ford F-350
Another heavy-duty truck makes the top 10 list of most popular vehicles in Wyoming. in 2017, Ford announced that some heavy-duty trucks could now reach around $100,000 in cost. Ford pickup trucks feature aluminum bodies. The Ford Superduty is also 2017 Motor Trend truck of the year. The F-350 comes with the option of a 6.7L V8 Powerstroke diesel, or 6.2L V8 gas. The Powerstroke diesel puts out an impressive 925 lb-ft of torque.
5th place: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
If you’re starting to wonder if Wyoming might be truck country, you’d be right. Next on the list of most popular vehicles in Wyoming is the Chevrolet Silverado 2500. Around 2014, Chevy trucks saw a radical body change going back to the boxy shape. In 2017, an aggressive powerful looking hood scoop was added to the diesel models. Engine choices on the Silverado 250 include the well renowned Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel and the Vortec 6.0L gas engine.
4th place: RAM 2500
Surprise! It’s another truck.This time it’s the three-quarter ton RAM. Aside from the regular truck, the RAM 2500 has a couple of unique models including the Power Wagon off-road truck that has the 6.4L Hemi gas engine, factory lift, disconnecting sway bars, and front and rear lockers. Another unique 2500 in the RAM line up is the MegaCab, offering tons of extra room in the cab.
3rd place: Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Coming in the 3rd popular vehicle in Wyoming, the Chevy Silverado 1500. Paired with the 5.3L gas engine and 4WD, fuel economy is around 22 mpg on the highway. The 6.2L offered by Chevrolet is one of the most powerful engines available on a light-duty pickup putting out 420hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. An all-new Silverado 1500 will be debuting showrooms late 2018. It’ll be wider and longer giving it, ‘best in class cargo box volume‘.
2nd place: RAM 1500
You guessed it. It’s a pickup truck. Coming in as the 2nd most popular vehicle in Wyoming, the RAM 1500. The lineup of 1500’s from RAM has 9 different trim levels offering something for everyone. From the Tradesman work truck to the Sport, the off-road Rebel or the super luxurious Limited. The Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association named the RAM 1500, ‘Family Truck of The Year’ for 2017. Class-exclusive RAM Boxes and 4 corner air suspension are options on some of the RAM 1500’s. The 3.0L EcoDiesel gets an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 27 mpg on the highway. The RAM 1500 has been long overdue a redesign, but the all-new 2019’s are arriving in showrooms as we speak.
1st place: Ford F-150
If you’ve read thus far, you’ve probably noticed pickup trucks are a wee bit popular in Wyoming. Most Wyomingites could have guessed this or the 2nd place RAM 1500 are in fact the most popular vehicles in the state. It is the Ford F-150 that takes the win on this one though. In 2015, Ford introduced the aluminum body, to aid in weight reduction. It’s the MotorTrend ‘Truck of the Year’ for 2018, and ‘Most Innovative Truck of the Year for 2018’ award from Edmunds. The F-150’s latest redesign is the 2018 model year with a diesel engine option coming spring 2018.
What do all these vehicles have in common?
Aside from the fact most of them are pickup trucks, every single vehicle has a 4×4, 4WD function or is AWD. It’s clear that,
Wyomingites demand not only a four-wheel drive/ all wheel drive product, they want vehicles that are capable of much more and can get the job done.
Whilst the Ford F-150 came out number one, RAM Trucks is the only manufacturer to have three (1500/2500/3500) trucks in the top 10. Surprisingly, the Ford F-250 did not make it on the list, but it’s a very close no.11, followed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee and then GMC heavy-duty pickup trucks.
Data generated from 2017 Wyoming dealer reported sales.
Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. She has driven hundreds of vehicles, not only new cars but beaters without heaters, fast cars on fire, slow cars in snow, off-road trucks in the mucks, and old pickups with pups. She’s driven heaps of Jeeps, miles in muscle and once took her gran in a car from Japan.