With gas prices predicted to stay low, U.S consumers are leaning towards their love for trucks and SUVs for new purchases. April 2016 saw just over 1.5 million autos purchased, beating out the old record set 11 years prior. This time, however, consumers are driving sales rather than the extreme incentives offered to set the last record. Sales last month grew overall 3.4% to an annual rate of 17.4 million autos, just 100k vehicles short of last years record of 17.5 million. Honda and Nissan saw the greatest manufacturer growth in sales with increases of 14.4% and 12.8%, respectively. Other companies saw growth under 10%, which is still impressive and hints the economy is still recovering from the great recession. Toyota’s RAV4, a small SUV, saw a growth of nearly 32%. At the same time, Ford saw a 22% increase with the Explorer, a larger SUV. Overall, large cars outsold smaller cars across the U.S industry and were greeted with higher demand. With buyers flocking to bigger and less fuel efficient cars, manufacturers may have to offer incentives to push smaller cars off lots and keep the fleet-wide fuel efficiency levels within regulation. While sales did grow, overall growth is slowing down and is not expected to pick up to previous levels. In 2016, the average car has been on the road longer than in any other time period. It is expected this number will only grow as it has for the last 20 years.