Which states have the greatest need for speed?

Christina Wilkins

States with the most sports cars and the most popular sports cars in each state by: iSeeCars Posted: Sep 12, 2021 / 10:22 AM CDT / Updated: Sep 12, 2021 / 10:22 AM CDT A Ford Mustang is displayed at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show. (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty […]

States with the most sports cars and the most popular sports cars in each state

A Ford Mustang is displayed at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show. (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images)

Sports car ownership is a fantasy for many, but given the price tag and impracticality of these vehicles, sports car ownership is a reality for just 2.7 percent of U.S. consumers. 

Which states have the most and least sports cars on the road, and what is the most popular sports car in each state? iSeeCars analyzed over 10 million vehicle sales to find out.

Which State Has the Most Sports Cars?

To determine where sports car ownership is the most popular, iSeeCars calculated the share of sports cars in each state.

Ranking of States By Shares of Sports Cars – iSeeCars
Rank State {d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255} Share of Sports Cars
1 Florida 3.7{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
2 California 3.7{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
3 Texas 3.5{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
4 Arizona 3.5{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
5 Georgia 3.4{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
6 Nevada 3.4{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
7 Arkansas 3.0{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
8 Oklahoma 2.9{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
9 North Carolina 2.9{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
10 Hawaii 2.9{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
11 Mississippi 2.9{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
12 South Carolina 2.9{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
13 Alabama 2.9{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
14 New Mexico 2.9{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
15 Tennessee 2.8{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
16 Louisiana 2.8{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
Overall Average 2.7{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
17 Oregon 2.6{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
18 Virginia 2.6{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
19 Washington 2.5{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
20 Illinois 2.5{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
21 Kentucky 2.5{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
22 Missouri 2.4{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
23 Indiana 2.4{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
24 Rhode Island 2.3{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
25 Kansas 2.2{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
26 Maryland 2.2{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
27 Ohio 2.1{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
28 New Jersey 2.1{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
29 Delaware 1.9{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
30 Colorado 1.9{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
31 Connecticut 1.7{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
32 Pennsylvania 1.7{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
33 New York 1.6{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
34 Utah 1.6{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
35 Michigan 1.6{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
36 West Virginia 1.6{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
37 Alaska 1.6{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
38 Nebraska 1.5{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
39 South Dakota 1.5{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
40 Idaho 1.5{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
41 Iowa 1.4{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
42 Massachusetts 1.4{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
43 Wisconsin 1.3{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
44 Wyoming 1.3{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
45 North Dakota 1.3{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
46 New Hampshire 1.3{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
47 Minnesota 1.1{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
48 Montana 1.1{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
49 Maine 0.8{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
50 Vermont 0.8{d193e09a58b59d8db4f9cbfbd917777d90b1450a77600673ac73279d595e6255}
  • Florida is the state with the most sports cars on the road, with California in a close second.
  • The top ten states with the most sports cars have generally moderate climates.
  • The states with the least sports cars are Northern, Rocky Mountain, and Midwest states that have harsh winters.

Most Popular Sports Car in Each State

Along with where sports cars are the most popular, iSeeCars also examined which sports cars are the most popular in each state.

Most Popular Sports Car in Each State – iSeeCars
State Most Popular Sports Car Second-Most Popular Sports Car
Alabama Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Alaska Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Arizona Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Arkansas Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
California Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Colorado Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Connecticut Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Delaware Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Florida Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Georgia Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Hawaii Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Idaho Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Illinois Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Indiana Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Iowa Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Kansas Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Kentucky Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Louisiana Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Maine Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Maryland Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Massachusetts Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Michigan Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Minnesota Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Mississippi Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Missouri Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Montana Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Nebraska Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Nevada Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
New Hampshire Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
New Jersey Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
New Mexico Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
New York Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
North Carolina Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
North Dakota Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Ohio Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Oklahoma Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Oregon Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Pennsylvania Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Rhode Island Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
South Carolina Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
South Dakota Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Tennessee Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Texas Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Utah Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Vermont Ford Mustang Chevrolet Camaro
Virginia Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Washington Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
West Virginia Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Wisconsin Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Wyoming Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
  • The Ford Mustang is the most popular sports car in 41 states, while the Dodge Challenger is the most popular in the remaining nine.
  • Both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger are among the most affordable sports cars, with new versions starting at less than $30,000, which broadens their appeal.
  • The Dodge Challenger is one of the only sports cars to offer all-wheel drive, and is the most popular sports car mainly among Northern and mountainous states.
  • Vermont is the only state to have the Chevrolet Camaro as the second-most popular sports car.

While sports cars only capture a small percentage of car buyers, drivers in the most popular sports car states are nearly four times as likely to experience sports car ownership compared to drivers in the least sports-car-popular states. The Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro are not only fun-to-drive, they are the most attainable sports cars for American drivers. 

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Methodology:

iSeeCars analyzed over 10 million model year 2016 – 2020 used car sales from September 2020 through August 2021. The number of sports cars sold in each state was expressed as a percentage of used cars sold in the state, and states were ranked by the resulting percent shares. The number of sports cars were also tabulated by model in order to determine the most popular sports car in each state.

About iSeeCars.com

iSeeCars.com is a car search engine that helps shoppers find the best car deals by providing key insights and valuable resources, like the iSeeCars free VIN check reports. iSeeCars.com has saved users over $307 million so far by applying big data analytics powered by over 25 billion (and growing) data points and using proprietary algorithms to objectively analyze, score and rank millions of new cars and used cars.

This article, Which States Have the Greatest Need for Speed, originally appeared on iSeeCars.com.  

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