10 Best-Selling Cars in America's Wealthiest ZIP Codes
2. Fisher Island, Fla., 33109
Average income: $1.5 million
Top car: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Palm Beach is nice ... if you're slumming it. Miami's Fisher Island apparently won't let you take the ferry over with a car worth less than $50,000. There are only 500 residents on this island, and most of them seem to prefer their cars with wood accents throughout, active cruise control that practically brakes on its own, climate control and vents for every seat, a two-screen entertainment center in the front seat and its own smartphone app. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW X5 pass for frugal choices on this island at less than $60,000 apiece, but the Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Porsche Panamera that round out the island's Top 5 are only economy vehicles in the sense that the $20,000 to $30,000 difference in price between them and the S-Class is enough to buy an actual luxury car or two.
1. Manhattan, N.Y., 10274
Average income: $5.7 million
Top car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Sure, this segment of NYC is oozing with money, but is it necessarily a great idea to spend a whole lot of that cash on your ride? What are you going to do, park it outside a gala at the Met for five minutes until it's eventually moved or towed? Take it to a Knicks game and park it in a garage next to a carload of boisterous drunks from Hackensack? Even if you wouldn't deign to ride subways, there are town cars, limos and so many other options around town that make vehicle ownership a questionable proposition at best. The E-Class and the nearly $60,000 BMW X5 rank 1 and 2 on this ZIP code's wish list, but its affection for the Honda Accord ($23,070) and CR-V ($29,575) tell the bigger story of car ownership in this area. Owning a car of any sort here is a luxury, and if you're paying Soho loft prices just to park a car you might take out to the Hamptons or Berkshires every few months or so, it pays to aim low.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.
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