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9 Upper Middle Class Cars (Guess the Top Choice)

Upper Middle Class Cars

For many Americans the bourgeois class is an aspirational level of living.

But you might be surprised to find that their preferred mode of transportation isn’t a BMW or a Porsche like the popular 80s films by John Hughes might lead you to believe.

According to, upper-middle class defines a household with an annual income between $100,000 and $400,000. I like the saying that just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.

It seems that the bourgeoise have taken this to heart as the vehicle of choice is more practical than indulgent.

Let’s look at the top upper middle-class cars based on 2021 sales volumes.

1. Ford F-150 (726,004 units)

Ford sold 726,004 units of the F-150 in 2021.

The Ford F-150 has been America’s bestselling vehicle for over 30 years and Americas bestselling truck for more than 40.

So, it’s no surprise that this is the number one vehicle of choice among the upper middle class.

To provide something for everyone, the 2021 Ford F-150 came with no fewer than six powertrains including a hybrid model.

You can also choose from three cab configurations and both long and short beds.

2. Ford F-250 (726,003 units)

Right behind the F-150 Ford sold 726,003 units of the F-250 in 2021.

A ridiculously close second is the 2021 Ford F-250. This is the heavy-dutiest of the F-250s Ford has ever built bringing more power and capabilities to the name.

As such it’s won the envious position of being the second bestselling vehicle in America by only slither of the smallest margins demonstrating how much more livable this truck has become.

The most powerful model can tow up to 37,000 pounds.

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3. Jeep Grand Cherokee (254,445 units)

Jeep sold 254,445 units of the Grand Cherokee in 2021.

Coming in at a distant third and offering better on-road driving dynamics than the popular Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

This marks the final Grand Cherokee of this generation before the remodel arrived in 2022.

The sales numbers of the 2021 Grand Cherokee reflect its ability to accommodate every lifestyle with options from the affordable Laredo to the upmarket Summit trims.

4. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (204,610 units)

Jeep sold 204,610 units of the Wrangler Unlimited in 2021.

Not that far behind in sales numbers is the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

The retro design goes back to the original Jeep of World War II made even more practical for domestic use by the addition of two more doors.

To that end the modern Wrangler offers more creature comforts and a level of sophistication not afforded those WWII Jeeps.

5. Toyota Tundra (81,959 units)

Toyota sold 81,959 units of the Tundra in 2021.

Toyota created the Tundra to compete against full-size trucks like the better established F-150, Chevy Silverado and RAM 1500.

It’s no wonder why it’s enjoyed the level of success that it has. For 2021 each new model was powered by 381 horsepower V8.

And in the same year Toyota introduced the Nightshade appearance package which includes black 20-inch rims.

6. Dodge Charger (78,388 units)

Dodge sold 78,388 units of the Charger in 2021.

Like the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, although the design of the latest Dodge Charger harkens back to the muscle car styling of yester-year.

It’s been updated to offer more practicality to a modern world with the addition of two more doors. Add to that practical contemporary technology like an all-wheel drive option.

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7. BMW X3 (75,858 units)

BMW sold 75,858 units of the X3 in 2021.

How did BMW choose to extend its Ultimate Driving Machine slogan to the sport utility category?

Answer: the X3. For 2021 the BMW X3 came with a trio of powertrains delivering plenty of fun-to-drive performance.

New for 2021 BMW included both Android Auto smartphone connectivity and SiriusXM satellite radio as standard features to the lineup. All trim levels also came standard with the Active Driving Assistance package.

8. GMC Sierra 1500 (75,495 units)

GMC sold 75,495 units of the Sierra 1500 in 2021

The GMC Sierra 1500 was created to be a more luxurious Chevy Silverado 1500. As a result of this ability to offer more user amenities.

There were more GMC Sierra 1500s sold in 2021 than there were Chevy Silverados.

To stand out of the crowd GMC offered the Sierra 1500 with a 6.2-liter V8 making 420 HP which was the largest engine size among half ton trucks.

9. Dodge Durango (65,936 units)

Dodge sold 65,936 units of the Durango in 2021.

The Dodge Durango was as cool and muscular an SUV when it debuted in 1998 as the new Dodge Ram was when it arrived in 2019.

Now in its third generation the Durango offers three-row seating on a crossover platform.

Not only can you still get it as a V6 but now there’s a V8 option which is the largest engine size offered in the CUV class.