Odd Car Buying Trends

2015 Ford F-150 Platinum

Ford’s F-Series pickups have been the top-selling vehicles of any kind in the U.S. since before George  H.W. Bush was president.

In an attempt to dig a little deeper into each state’s favorite vehicles, Car and Driver recently looked at vehicles whose sales were overly represented in various states. With help from analyst Tom Libby of HIS Automotive, the magazine came up with its list of unofficial national cars in each state. Some are perplexing.

  • Alabama, for example, buys more than its share of the Kia Forte, which sells there at 286 percent of the national average.
  • The Subaru WRX is the national car of Alaska, with a market share three times the U.S. average.
  • Others seem more likely.
  • In California, the extremely green Kia Soul EV was the unofficial national car, selling at 667 percent of the national average (mostly because it’s only available in two states, including California).
  • Texas, meanwhile, goes for the Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup at 343 percent of the national average.
  • Florida calls the BMW 760 its unofficial national car, giving it a market share six times the national average.
  • In Delaware and Massachusetts, Volvos sell at three times the national average.


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