Kelley Blue Book recently compiled a list of the 10 most patriotic car buying states, finding out where people were most likely to buy American-made cars.
According to KBB, the No. 1 state on the list was Michigan. This shouldn't come as a surprise, considering the Big Three American automakers are based out of Michigan, and including Chrysler, Ford and General Motors; they account for 79.2 percent of all car sales in Michigan. The states that followed were North Dakota (68.1 percent), South Dakota (65.6 percent), Iowa (63.2 percent), Wyoming (62.6 percent), Montana (61.1 percent), Nebraska (59.7 percent), Oklahoma (59 percent), Arkansas (55.7 percent) and Indiana (54.5 percent).
"Despite Asian and European automakers having a number of factories in the U.S., many Americans still have strong loyalty to the brands they view as 'domestic'," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar. "Even as the line defining what is or isn't domestic has blurred, perception, attitudes and buying habits are more resistant to change, particularly in the heartland."
The list also named the least likely states to purchase domestic vehicles. Without naming names, the least likely state to purchase domestic vehicles is the only state made up entirely of islands, ending in the letters "awaii."
KBB also names best car deals this weekend
As the Fourth of July is a popular time to make a car purchase, KBB thought it would help shoppers out by naming some of the best deals this holiday weekend.
"Holiday weekends like the Fourth of July provide a great opportunity for new-car shoppers to snag a hot deal, especially as dealers begin to clean house in preparation for accepting new 2014 model-year inventory," said Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "This weekend new-car shoppers can find many financing, cash back and lease deals on different mainstream favorites, fun-for-summer models as well as luxury cars."
According to KBB, the best financing deals will be on the 2013 Ford Mustang V6 Coupe, Honda Accord LX Sedan and Toyota Corolla LE Sedan. The best cash incentive deals will be for the 2013 Ford Edge SE Sport Utility, Ford Focus SE Sedan and Fiat 500 500c Pop Cabrio Convertible. And finally, the best lease deals will be for the 2013 Acura TL Sedan, Honda Civic LX Sedan, Lexus IS 250 Sedan and Toyota Camry LE Sedan.
Cars.com names F-150 'Most American'
The Ford F-150 recently took the top spot away from the Toyota Camry for the "Most American" vehicle in 2013, after Cars.com's American-made index showed the half-ton truck won out based on domestic parts content, final vehicle assembly point and vehicle sales.
The Toyota Camry held the top position on the list from 2009 to 2012.
"Strong sales and 75 percent domestic-parts content propelled Ford's popular F-150 to the top of the index for 2013, a rank it held from 2006 to 2008," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's editor-in-chief. "Ford's top ranking this year is a good indicator of how pickup trucks are dominating auto sales so far in 2013, and how the domestic automakers are bouncing back. While the assembly point and domestic parts content of the F-150 didn't change from 2012-2013, vehicle sales are responsible for bumping the F-150 to the top spot."
Cars that followed the F-150 on the "Most American" list were the Toyota Camry, Dodge Avenger, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Tundra, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Toyota Avalon.