Map of the Month

Each month a new map is presented to the Commission to help explain important trends in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. These custom-crafted maps are prepared by MTC’s Data & Visualization team.

March 2014

Best Selling Car In Every State

The auto industry has become so globalized, you can find the same Ford in Detroit and in Beijing. So it's not surprising that Americans' taste in passenger vehicles has become a bit homogenized. To find how much difference there is in Americans car-buying habits, Business Insider conducted a survey using data obtained from Kelley Blue Book to find the best-selling car in each state. Sales data was selected from January thru August 2013, and the results were surprising. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Ford F-Series family of trucks dominated the list, coming in at number one in more than 30 states. But Americans elsewhere have different tastes: California prefers the Honda Civic, while Florida and Maryland went for the Toyota Camry. Hawaii liked the Toyota Tacoma. Oklahoma bucked the geographic trend– the most popular car there is the Nissan Altima sedan.