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The Most Popular Car in Your State

The car you drive might say more about where you’re from that you think. These are the most popular cars in each of the 50 states.

Where Stereotypes Meet Statistics

Most popular cars map - insurify.com
Most popular cars map - insurify.com

It turns out your vehicle preference is as much cultural and geographical as it is personal. When you look at what vehicles sell the best by state and region certain patterns present themselves. But correlation does not equal causation and not all patterns carry a higher meaning. Just take the anomalous popularity of the Chevrolet Silverado in South Dakota. In a sea of mid-western states where the F-150 predominates, the contrarians in South Dakota have a slight preference for the Silverado. Why? The answers remain in the realm of speculation.

What we do know, thanks to the researchers at Insurify, is that a vehicle’s popularity does indeed vary by region. Insurify’s data, compiled from newly registered cars applying for insurance, doesn’t just reflect the current automotive flavor of the month. Since the average age of a used car is 12 years, their data reflects the best-selling models in any given state going back a decade or more.

Conspicuously absent are all the SUVs and crossovers that have been steadily on the rise over the last decade. The perennially best-selling sedan, the Toyota Camry, doesn’t make the list while best-selling crossovers like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are also absent. But it’s a good bet that in another 10-years’ time, the nationwide shift toward SUVs will be represented in the data.

Ford F-150

Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming

2021 Ford F-150 - ford.com
2021 Ford F-150 - ford.com

Unsurprisingly, the most popular vehicle in the US also finds itself the most popular in the most total states. That many of those states are geographically large, more rural, and are home to much of the nation’s agricultural land should not be surprises either. The Ford F-150 has proven itself a tough and durable workhorse that can, in its most modern forms, do credible double duty as a semi-luxury option complete with the latest and greatest in automotive technology.

Honda Accord

Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia

2021 Honda Accord - hondanews.com
2021 Honda Accord - hondanews.com

Just as the popularity of the F-150 tells you something about the lifestyles and economies of the West and Midwest, so too does the popularity of the Honda Accord along the eastern seaboard. From Georgia in the south to Massachusetts in the north, the Accord is the go-to commuter in the most urbanized region of the US. Please don’t ask me to explain its popularity in Nevada, however.

Honda Civic

Arizona, California, Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin

2022 Honda Civic - hondanews.com
2022 Honda Civic - hondanews.com

The Honda Civic, the smaller and sportier little brother to the Accord, comes in at number three. Geographically, the nine states represented here tend to offer more open roads than the Accord aficionados “back East” while still having major population centers like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle. It appears the drivers in these states like to the split the difference between enjoying long drives in the country and keeping things efficient on their daily commutes.

Nissan Altima

Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee

2021 Nissan Altima - usa.nissannews.com
2021 Nissan Altima - usa.nissannews.com

The deep South seems to have its mind made up that the Altima is the best sedan around. You’ll also notice that Delaware appears twice on this list due to the fact that Delawarians, Delaware dwellers (?) can’t decide which Japanese sedan they like better, the Altima or the Accord. D.C. and Tennessee have clearly been influenced by the neighboring states. So just as every good car salesperson will tell you, referrals clearly matter.

Toyota Corolla

Florida, Vermont

2021 Toyota Corolla - toyota.com
2021 Toyota Corolla - toyota.com

Though the Camry and RAV4 may be the best-selling models for Toyota today, the good old Corolla remains the most popular vehicle making this state-by-state list. Its inclusion is a testament as much to the Corolla’s durability as it is its popularity since used examples tend to stay on the road a long time to get registered again and again. Florida and Vermont have always been states to march to the beats of their own drummers, so it’s not too surprising to see them together as outliers in their respective regions.

Chevrolet Silverado

Maine, South Dakota

2021 Chevrolet Silverado - media.chevrolet.com
2021 Chevrolet Silverado - media.chevrolet.com

Speaking of individualistic outliers, Maine and South Dakota, two rural states that would naturally default to a pick-up truck, choose the Chevrolet Silverado over the more mainstream F-150.

Chevrolet Malibu

Indiana

2021 Chevrolet Malibu - media.chevrolet.com
2021 Chevrolet Malibu - media.chevrolet.com

Ah, the Malibu. The recently discontinued nameplate from Chevy continues to move used examples in the great state of Indiana despite the fact that neither Malibu nor Malibu Beach are in their state.

Chevrolet Impala

Minnesota

2018 Chevrolet Impala - media.chevrolet.com
2018 Chevrolet Impala - media.chevrolet.com

You betcha, that most venerable of Chevy models, the Impala, reigns supreme in the land of 10,000 lakes. The practically minded folks of Minnesota know a good allrounder when they see one.

Toyota Tacoma

Hawaii

2021 Toyota Tacoma - toyota.com
2021 Toyota Tacoma - toyota.com

Hawaii is already the coolest state (fight me in the comments), so naturally it rolls in the coolest truck, too. In a state known for its stunning natural beauty and laid-back vibe, Hawaiians chose a truck to match with the always chic, always practical Toyota Tacoma.

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Chris Kaiser

With two decades of writing experience and five years of creating advertising materials for car dealerships across the U.S., Chris Kaiser explores and documents the car world’s latest innovations, unique subcultures, and era-defining classics. Armed with a Master's Degree in English from the University of South Dakota, Chris left an academic career to return to writing full-time. He is passionate about covering all aspects of the continuing evolution of personal transportation, but he specializes in automotive history, industry news, and car buying advice.

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