Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle wins ‘Car Bowl,’ but Denver better place to buy a car


Super Bowl pre-game scrutiny is coming down to the wire.  Across the U.S., football fans are analyzing which QB will perform the best or whether Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks) will be able to stop Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos).

These cities are taking each other on in the Super Bowl on Sunday in New Jersey, but just how do they match up when it comes to the cars they buy or drive? automotive research website, decided to host a Car Bowl to analyze vehicle data in each city and see what the data says about them.

“The analysis shows that Seattle has more green eco-friendly and faster cars as well as more green colored cars.  On the other hand, Denver has more bigger vehicles like SUVs and buys more American cars,” said Phong Ly, CEO of


Following are Seattle and Denver results of the survey of 50 U.S. metro areas:

  • Of the largest city metros with the most sports cars, Seattle is ranked 31st, 10 places higher than Denver. For convertibles, Seattle came in 30th place, also 10 spots higher than Denver.
  • Based upon car ownership, Denver is more patriotic. Of the 10 most popular brands in each city, Denver has five domestic brands and Seattle has three.
  • Seattle is more “loyal” when it comes to showing their team spirit on their vehicles. Seattle has a higher percentage of green cars, ranking third place out of 50 city metros, and they even have a higher percentage of orange cars than Denver, at 18th place, 19 spots above Denver.
  • Denver wins when it comes to having traditionally bigger and stronger vehicles. Denver is ranked first with the most SUVs while Seattle came in at 28th. Denver is also nine spots ahead of Seattle in terms of pickup truck ownership.
  • Seattle is the winner driving eco-friendly vehicles. Of the 20 largest U.S. cities, Seattle is ranked fifth versus Denver coming in 13th in terms of having the most cars with 30 mpg or higher.
  • Seattle purchases more luxury cars, ranked 29th to Denver’s 35th.
  • Denver wins when it comes to being price-conscious about vehicles. Of the 50 largest U.S. city metros, Seattle is 50th in terms of affordability of cars. Denver was ranked 40th.

“Tallying up the votes, Seattle wins the Car Bowl, 4-3,” Ly said. “However, if you’re shopping for a used car, Denver is the winner 3-2 when it comes to getting the best deals.”

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