If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, consider purchasing one you can make your own. While just about any vehicle can be transformed with a few simple products, certain makes and models are more accessory-friendly than others.
Every year the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) recognizes the most accessory-friendly vehicles during the annual trade-only SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. SEMA Show exhibitors, who make the products and accessories for today's popular models, vote to honor the vehicle platforms they believe are best for accessorizing.
SEMA Vehicles of the Year awards are presented in five categories, including car, truck, 4x4/SUV, sport compact and powersports vehicle. These vehicles are embraced by the industry due to their ability to help showcase and launch new aftermarket parts.
SEMA Car of the Year: Ford Mustang
The iconic Mustang added to its legacy as one of most popular cars of all time for vehicle enhancement by winning the award again. Whether you’re adding LED headlights or a new exhaust system, both the appearance and performance can be easily upgraded on the modern muscle car. On and off the track, this vehicle continues to be reliable, customizable and in high demand among consumers today.
SEMA Truck of the Year: Ford F-Series
The Ford F-Series is one of the most popular lines of trucks on the market, and it’s one that offers unlimited versatility. Ford F-Series trucks can be easily upgraded and transformed into a bold, new ride by adding products like protective bed covers, running boards for easy access or a new air intake system for instant power gains.
SEMA 4X4/SUV of the Year: Jeep Wrangler
Due to the many different ways you can turn it into the ultimate off-road ride or personalize it as your everyday vehicle, the Jeep Wrangler was named the most accessory-friendly vehicle in its category for the ninth consecutive year. A favorite of the off-road community, the Wrangler is known for its unique styling and accessibility to aftermarket lift kits, off-road or all-terrain tires, hood mounts and fender flares, among many other products.
SEMA Sport Compact of the Year: Ford Focus
SEMA Show exhibitors, who are at the forefront of the automotive aftermarket industry and have the unique ability to identify the hottest vehicles emerging for future trends, honored the Ford Focus for the fourth straight year. Whether it’s a body kit, wheel/tire package or suspension and steering systems, a Focus can be easily transformed into the ultimate tuner ride.
SEMA Powersports Vehicle of the Year: Polaris RZR Turbo S
The Polaris RZR Turbo S won the first-ever award presented to a vehicle in the powersports segment. The RZR is a great new vehicle for enthusiasts to discover the thrill and excitement of off-roading, and it lends itself to customization, enabling owners to easily personalize it to their desired preference.
SEMA Vehicles of the Year Awards heighten awareness for aftermarket products, and they are an example of the industry’s partnership between automakers and aftermarket manufacturers. SEMA Show exhibitors who select the award winners are manufacturers of products designed to improve performance, safety and convenience, as well as those that enhance appearance and comfort.