10 Best-Selling Cars in America's Wealthiest ZIP Codes
5. Century City, Calif., 90067
Average income: $751,000
Top car: Toyota Prius
If you think the home of Creative Artists Agency, 20th Century Fox(NWS) and MGM isn't going to have a bunch of hybrids puttering around, you haven't been paying much attention to Hollywood (or the neighborhoods near it). This Los Angeles enclave loves putting out the eco-friendly vibe, but much like its hippie neighbors to the north in Marin County, Century City's carbon footprint is somewhat wider than the Prius would suggest. The Nos. 2-4 cars bought in Century City -- the Mercedes E and C-Class (25 mpg and 26 mpg, respectively) and the BMW 328 (27 mpg) -- all get about half of the Prius' mileage while doubling its curb appeal.
4. Atherton, Calif., 94027
Average income: $768,000
Top car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Can you buy a car for less than $50,000 in Atherton? Yes, but if it's not the No. 2 Toyota Prius, your fellow residents may ask you to pick up the dry cleaning while you're out getting their groceries. There's a lot of Silicon Valley money in this heavily wooded town, and the top-ranked E-Class is a steal compared with the third-most-popular Porsche Panamera ($76,175), the Mercedes GL-Class ($63,445) and the Mercedes S-Class ($95,375).
3. Downtown Chicago, Ill., 60604
Average income: $782,000
Top car: Volkswagen Jetta
The Jetta was the No. 5 car in Century City, but it's No. 1 in Chicago's heart thanks largely to its compact frame, Its nearly 30 combined miles per gallon, 200-horsepower engine, keyless access, push-button start, 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, heated front seats and 3 feet of rear legroom. Maybe it's the modesty of transplants from nearby Midwest towns, fear of blistering summers and snowy, salty winters or the realization that the city's shoulders may be broad but its parking spaces aren't, but none of the vehicles in downtown Chicago's Top 5 break $31,000. The Jetta, Honda CR-V (No. 2, $30,605), Jeep Grand Cherokee (No. 3, $30,120), Toyota Camry (No. 4, $25,535) and Toyota Camry (No. 5, $19,595) are all modestly priced by this list's standards, but are all reliable, practical choices.