• Jul 3rd 2010 at 6:33PM
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The muscle car war is raging, with the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang jockeying for the title of top pony car. The Dodge Challenger is no slouch either, with a pair of new engines rumored for the 2011 model year. Our friends over at Cars.com are celebrating the recent success of America's reborn pony cars with an extremely neat interactive map that illustrates the towns most interested in a particular vehicle. The color-coded map differentiates the models, and you can click on any circle to see the percentage above average. The bigger the circle, the larger the search disparity.

For example, in Hutchinson, Minnesota, Ford Mustang searches on Cars.com are 1,894 percent higher than the national average. In Fitzgerald, Georgia, Chevy Camaro searches are 753 percent above average and in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Dodge Challenger searches are 1,840 percent above the national average.

There's one catch to the map, however: the percentages are highest in small towns, so if you live in a big city, a substantial spike in pony car searches is unlikely. For the record, Cars.com says that the Mustang has the highest search total of the three vehicles. Hit the jump to see if your city is obsessed with one muscle car in particular.

[Source: Cars.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm kind of shocked that in Mid-South small towns surrounding Memphis, the Camaro is so popular. In the actual Memphis metro area, I'd guess the ratios for Mustang, Challenger, and Camaro at 12:3:1. At least that's how it seems on my ridiculously crowded commute.
      Tenta\'s Dad
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in one of the motor city suburbs. Although I see many of the new muscle car era rides, I have seen more Mustangs around here than Camaro's or Challengers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a red and blue map during the election.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lots of blips around most of the big military installations. Bunch of young, single men with a decent paycheck-what else are they going to buy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm guessing rental fleets aren't factored in, otherwise there'd be a LOT more Mustangs shown for California.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually they are Pony cars not muscle cars.
      Jake McCrary
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. This is inaccurate
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I am looking for a good car, exclusivity is not my top priority.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is for me. That's why I'm buying a yugo and moving to miami.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it should be highlighting the small peninnsula off of So Cal blue. we're mustang nuts down here!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Woodward, Ok. has 686% for the Camaro, but I could have probably predicted that. This is Chevy country 'round here. It's not that there's not a lot of Fords and Dodges in the area also, but the bowtie fans are generally the more passionate/annoying group.

      Another thing that skews results from rural areas like this is the lack of foreign dealerships. There's not one within 100 miles of where I live, but there's at least two dozen domestic dealers within that radius so that's what most people here buy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well sure, searches for muscle ponies will spike higher in small towns. The younger set are looking to get out of there as fast as possible. ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe the reason it spikes in some small towns is due to the circles representing "above average" ownership. Larger cities are more likely to be closer to the average due to a large sample size.

        This map could definitely be made in a more informative way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this have any real meaning? I regularly look up cars on cars.com just out of curiosity, I'm not considering buying any of them. In fact, I even look up cars I despise just to confirm my hatred is based in fact.

      Add to that, my IP address maps into a completely different state.

      Yeah, I know, I'm a meaningless anomaly.
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