What Are Iowa Residents' Favorite Car Brands?

Now with the emergence of electric cars growing by leaps and bounds on a daily basis, there are so many brands and options to choose from when buying or leasing a new or used car. 

IowaBets.com, your home to Iowa sports betting, utilized CarLogos.org’s list of the Top 50 most popular car brands in the United States as a starting point for this research project. We then utilized Google Trends to search each car brand to see the highest level of interest of each state for the brand. 

After completing the trends over the past 12 months (from July 25, 2022, to July 25, 2023), we were able to average out the results to get the top car brand for each state. 

Here is what we found out.

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Favorite Car Brand By State

  • Honda (7 states): Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina
  • Dodge (5 states): Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico
  • Ford (4 states): Michigan, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming
  • Audi (4 states): Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York
  • Mercedes-Benz (3 states): Florida, Georgia, Virginia
  • Chevy (3 states): Kentucky, North Dakota, Oklahoma
  • Mazda (3 states): Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Washington
  • Volkswagen (3 states): New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah
  • Buick (3 states): Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin
  • Hyundai (3 states): Alabama, Arizona, Illinois
  • 1 state: California (Tesla), Hawaii (Toyota), Maine (Volvo), Nebraska (Lincoln), Nevada (BMW), New Jersey (Land Rover), Ohio (Kia), Rhode Island (Alfa Romeo), Tennessee (Nissan), Texas (Lamborghini), Vermont (Subaru), West Virginia (Jeep)

Buick Takes Crown In Iowa

Six brands are represented in a group of three states and Buick came out on top as the favorite brand in Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin. 

Other brands that are the most popular in a trio of states: Mercedes-Benz, Chevy, Mazda, Volkswagen and Hyundai. 

Honda (2023 Civic Sport just leased by this writer in New Jersey) is the favorite among seven states: Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Dodge (five states) is second on the list with Ford and Audi tied for third with four states. 

Last June, Buick announced it will bring its first electric vehicle to market for North America next year as all of its future EV products will carry the name Electra. Founded in 1899, Buick is a division of American automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM). 

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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco has been a columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas and has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker. He is here to guide you in selecting the Iowa sportsbook that best fits your needs.