Charlotte’s Hottest Cars: EchoPark Edition


Can you guess which cars are most searched for in Charlotte, NC?

From rugged SUVs to stylish and practical sedans, drivers in the Charlotte, NC, area are searching for the cars that fit their lives. Think you know what used cars, trucks and SUVs Charlotteans really want? Read on for the EchoPark Top 10 list for the Queen City.

10. Dodge Charger

Ever wondered what it’s like to be behind the wheel in a NASCAR race? Hit the gas in a 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye with its 797-horsepower V8 and find out. 

On top of its ludicrous engine power (even the base 3.6-liter V6 with 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is more than adequate for city and highway driving), the Charger handles smoothly and gives a cushioned ride. This car packs lots of muscle with the 4-door convenience of a sedan, and there’s plenty of room for passengers. Decent trunk space, too.

Have a need for even more speed? Rev that super-charged engine on the way to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29.

9. Chevrolet Tahoe

Has your crew been missing out on concerts over the past two years? There’s room for all of your friends in the Chevrolet Tahoe to catch a concert at PNC Pavilion this summer, whther you love Tim McGraw and Morgan Wallen, or Kid Rock and the Backstreet Boys.

The Tahoe was fully redesigned in 2021, which included an upgrade to its infotainment system and an added 10 inches of legroom in the third row. Pack up that tailgating gear for the next concert - there’s 25.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, and a whopping 122.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. 

The Tahoe isn’t just the ultimate party bus, though - it boasts great safety and reliability scores, and has tons of interior storage, making it a great choice for families. All-wheel drive is an option for adventure off the beaten path on weekends.

8. Toyota Tacoma


Lovingly called the Taco by Toyota fans, this tough-as-nails compact pickup truck comes loaded with standard features, has an easy-to-use infotainment system and is a fantastic off-roader. 

This truck is no-frills, but you can’t beat the utility of a pickup. Head over to the Charlotte Farmer’s Market and load up the back with spring plants to haul home. Then throw the mountain bikes in the back and hit the U.S. National Whitewater Center for a day on the trails or head out of town and find the toughest trailhead - the Taco TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trims will get you there with unique suspension tuning and off-road-oriented shock absorbers, a locking rear differential and skid plates.

7. Ford Explorer

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Move over, Panthers, there’s a new football team in town. Bring the friends and fam to a Charlotte FC game in a Ford Explorer’s three rows of seats. There’ll be plenty of room in the large cargo hold for all of your tailgating gear, too - yes, tailgating at a soccer game is a thing.

The Explorer is a well-rounded midsize SUV, offering powerful engines, a smooth ride and composed handling. It’s available in a number of different trims aimed at performance, off-roading and luxury, so take your pick - there’s the perfect Ford Explorer for your lifestyle.

6. Toyota Camry

Headed back to the office after a couple of years working remote? Like its rival, the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry is a great commuter if you’re looking for a reliable, fuel-efficient midsize sedan. Its optional V6 engine is energetic, and there’s a long list of standard safety tech too. All-wheel drive is an option unavailable with the Accord.  

And if you’re still working from home but need a change of scenery, take a joyride in the Camry and enjoy the user-friendly infotainment system as you head to Optimist Hall and soak up the sun while working at the picnic tables.

5. Toyota RAV4

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Wanna go for a ride? You and your furry best friend can take advantage of all the things, like dog parks and dog-friendly breweries and bars, Charlotte has to offer with the Toyota RAV4.

This compact SUV gets excellent fuel economy, has a refined interior and comes with a long list of standard tech and safety features. The second row of seats folds flat for 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space - room enough for your big dog’s crate and more. The RAV4 also has a low load floor, making it easier to load large items in and out, and for your dog to hop up and go along for the ride.

The versatile RAV4 is big enough for you and your dog, and small enough to maneuver and park easily for a trip to Frazier Place Dog Park in Uptown or the Dog Bar in NoDa.

 4. Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV that multitasks. It can take you off-road with 4-wheel drive, pull your boat or camper (towing capacity: up to 7,200 pounds) and then whisk you off in comfort and style to Merchant and Trade for cocktails with a view of the Charlotte skyline.

The Grand Cherokee can do all this because of its serious off-road chops, powerful engines that range from the standard base V6 with 295-horsepower to brawny V8s, and a first-rate, modern interior with comfy seating.

For family adventures, opt for the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, which has three rows of seats.

3. Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord makes an excellent commuter car. Seating is spacious and comfy - plenty of room for shuttling the kids to school. The trunk is also large, offering 16.7 cubic feet for hauling groceries and the kids’ sports gear and backpacks.

The Accord is fuel-efficient, getting up to 30 mph in the city and 38 mpg on highways. You’ll love the peppy acceleration and athletic handling, great for a commute on I-77, quick lane changes and merging onto 277 headed to your Uptown office. Safety features abound, including traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and road departure mitigation.

2.  Ford F-150

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Work truck or weekend warrior? The Ford F-150 is capable of doing it all. Available in multiple body styles and bed lengths, the 4-door crew cab may be the most family-friendly edition. When you’re not impressing clients with the upscale cabin offered by several trim levels, you can hitch up the boat and head out with the fam for a Saturday on Lake Norman - the F-150 can tow up to 14,000 pounds.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly truck, the F-150 was redesigned from grille to tailgate in 2021, adding a hybrid version that can get up to 700 miles of driving range on a single tank.

1. Toyota 4Runner


The Toyota 4Runner looks tough, because it is. When you need some time off from crowded streets and Zoom meetings, this rugged SUV is there to take you into the woods.

The 4Runner may be the most unrefined vehicle on our list as far as handling or interior goes, but it tackles hard terrain with ease. Find some off-roading trails within 70 miles of the Queen City, and let the 4Runner do its thing. 

This midsize SUV has a flexible cargo area for all of your camping gear, and with its 5,000-pound towing capacity, you can pull a small camper or boat for even more adventure. There’s also lots of driver-assist tech to keep you safe when the wheels are on the pavement.

Buy Your Next Ride from EchoPark

You can shop 100% online for your next car, or visit our store on East Independence Boulevard to find the right car for your Charlotte lifestyle. 

EchoPark makes buying or selling your car so easy. Start by browsing 1-4 year-old used cars, usually with less than 50,000 miles. Get a value for your trade-in, find out what fits your budget by getting pre-qualified for a loan and schedule a test drive (the fun part!), all online. Or, let one of our Experience Guides assist in your search - no haggling involved.

All of our cars undergo a 190-point inspection and are road tested before we sell them, so you can have peace of mind that you’re getting a great ride. And if you don’t love it, you can return it with our 7-Day Money Back Guarantee.