The F-150 truck has been the most popular vehicle in the nation for more than three decades, although the populous state of California favored the Prius, buying 69,728 of the gas-sipping Toyota hybrids.
"The nation of California is very different," said Jake Fisher, automotive test director for Consumer Reports.
Japanese vehicles dominated California auto sales last year. The F-150 was ranked sixth and was the only domestic vehicle in the state's top 10.
Fisher told the Los Angeles Times California has historically been a good market for imports and for high-mileage cars and trucks due to concerns about air quality and its comparatively high prices for gasoline.
Nationally, the Prius was No. 16 in the sales rankings.
Ford sold 763,402 F-Series pickups last year, which the Times said was nearly 280,000 more than the second-bestselling vehicle -- the Chevrolet Silverado pickup.