What Is Rhode Island’s “Unofficial” Car?

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There’s one car that Rhode Islanders buy more than every other state in the country.

Over at Popular Mechanics, they’ve compiled a whole lot of data about car sales by state. They’ve then taken the data and figured out what cars sell the best in each state and designated that model the “The Unofficial State Car”.

A lot of these models really fit their state. Some of them raise some question marks. Before we get to Rhode Island’s unofficial car, we’re just going to look at a few other states first.

Let’s take a look at Colorado:


The Nissan Xterra. Rugged, outdoor-sy. For the mountainous state that is Colorado, the Nissan Xterra fits. With all the folks who like kayaking, camping, mountain climbing and being able to get out of the driveway after the last blizzard, the Xterra is selling 524% over the national average.

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While one might expect Alaska to go with more of an SUV route, the WRX makes sense for people who want to have a little excitement on all sorts of weather and terrain. Sales of the WRX are 341% higher in Alaska than the national average.


If you haven’t realized by now, Washington has a lot of money pouring through it, in large part because it’s where all those tax dollars the gov’t takes out of your paycheck go for people to decide where they’ll be spent. Oddly enough, quite a bit ends up staying local. Sales of the Jag XK are 752% higher in DC than the rest of the country, which, given how those things depreciate, means that there are a lot of people with money to blow.

If you go back a decade or so, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, husband of Valerie Plame, was noted for driving a Jag XK.

So what’s Rhode Island’s unofficial car? We’re not sure how you’re going to feel about this but…

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