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Business Insider reveals that D.C. car buyers are incredibly dull

Come on, D.C., seriously?

Business Insider has released a map of the bestselling cars in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It’s pretty interesting, showing that Ford’s all-conquering F150 pick-up remains the top car in more than 30 states. That’s understandable – the pick-up is still king in the Midwestern and Southern states where the F150 reigns supreme.

What isn’t understandable, however, is the top choice among D.C. auto shoppers. The majority of new car buyers in the nation’s capital walk into a Toyota dealership. That’s fine, Toyota has several great cars. What isn’t included in that list? The Corolla. Guess which one you guys love?

Come on, now. Best described by that most delightful of adages, “dull as dishwater,” the Corolla is by no means a terrible car. Neither is it a spectacular one. It’s competent. Average. Inoffensive. Run-of-the-mill. It’s slavish attention to remaining completely neutral has enabled it to sell 40 million units since it debuted in 1966.

We can do better than this, D.C. With a starting MSRP of $16,800, there are so many ways you could better spend your money. If you have no interest in cars, buy the equally dull Nissan Versa and save yourself almost $5,000. Dodge‘s much lauded and very handsome Dart sedan starts at $15,995. Ford’s Focus in sedan guise will offer a much more rewarding drive for $17,105. Jump into Kia’s funky Soul crossover for $14,700. Heck, Hyundai’s gorgeous Veloster hatch will run rings around the Corolla in style, space, driving engagement and interior, and it’s only $17,600.

And that’s just off the top of my head.

As a district, we can do better. If you know someone who is considering purchasing a Corolla, intervene. Steer them toward another model or another dealer. Remember: Friends don’t let friends buy incredibly dull cars –you may have to ride in it one day.

Catch Business Insider’s map here.

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