When almost a quarter-million Americans go out and buy one of the country's most fuel-efficient vehicles, a bunch of them are bound to be from California, right? The answer is yes, they are. USA Today reports that Golden State residents registered 60,688 Toyota Prius hybrids last year, making it the best-selling model in the state.
The newspaper, citing the California New Cars Dealers Association, added that the Prius outsold the No. 2 Honda Civic by about 3,500 units, or about the same number of Prius models that can be found roaming the streets of Silver Lake on a given day. All this isn't a total surprise, since the Prius led all model sales through the first three quarters of 2012.
Furthermore, Toyota as a whole accounted for more than one in five new California vehicles sold last year, while Honda accounted for about one in eight. Throughout the whole country, Toyota moved almost 237,000 Prius variants, including the standard Liftback, Prius Plug-In, C compact and V wagon versions. Do the math and it turns out Californians accounted for more than a quarter of all the Prius hybrids sold nationwide last year. Cowabunga.