The Cars Of The Filthy Rich And Infamous

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
the cars of the filthy rich and infamous

So what are people driving in America’s wealthiest Zip codes like 10274, Lower Manhattan, where the average annual income stands at $5.7 million? Must be all Bentley daily drivers with a few Aventadors for weekend fun, right? Wrong, says TrueCar, as it publishes the list of the top vehicles purchased in the wealthiest zip codes. Well, you are kind of right: There isn’t a single domestic vehicle amongst the top ten.

Most Popular Cars Sold in America’s Wealthiest Zip Codes




Market Average**

% Discount from MSRP†


Mercedes-Benz E-ClassLuxury Car





BMW 328Luxury Car





Mercedes-Benz C-ClassLuxury Car





Lexus RXLuxury SUV





Toyota PriusSmall Car





Volkswagen JettaSmall Car





Honda CR-VMidsize SUV





Honda AccordMidsize Car





Toyota CamryMidsize Car





BMW X5Luxury SUV




Wealthiest Zips data based on IRS Tax table, filtered for zip codes with a thousand returns or more.

Key findings:

  • The Toyota Prius was the most popular vehicle in Ross (94957) and Century City (90067), Calif.
  • The Mercedes-Benz S-Class was the most expensive model purchased in top ten wealthiest Zip codes
  • Manhattan represents the city with the wealthiest zip code (10274) and the most popular vehicle purchased was the Mercedes-Benz E-Class while the Honda CR-V rounds out the top five
  • SUV’s are popular in Greenwich, Conn. (06831) with four out of the top five
  • The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey are the only two minivans to make the top five purchased by residents in Medina, Wash.(98039)

Says Kristen Andersson, Senior Analyst at “For affluent buyers who live in places where environmental concerns reign supreme, the Toyota Prius is the ultimate status symbol in eco-luxury.”

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  • MrWhopee MrWhopee on Aug 08, 2012

    Old moneys don't seem to be interested in fancy cars. I guess they've become jaded, it's no big deal for them. It's the nouveau riches that adore fancy cars. Rap singers, sports stars, internet enterpreneurs...

  • Sanman111 Sanman111 on Aug 08, 2012

    There are other issues are well here. If you live in a suburb and commute, nothing beats access to HOV lanes if you have a Prius or other hybrid. In NYC, it is a waste to own a nice car as others have mentioned. You can't go anywhere in it, the roads are horrible, and it will probably be dinged my a cab. You want an exotic or classic? You walk down to Manhattan Motor Club or any one of a number of Dream Car companies and they will let you rent whatever you want that weekend of fun. Out in the Hamptons is older cars and SUVs to get by those flooded roads being so close to the water. Lots of older luxury models as well.

  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.
  • Lorenzo In Massachusetts, they used to require an inspection every 6 months, checking your brake lights, turn signals, horn, and headlight alignment, for two bucks.Now I get an "inspection" every two years in California, and all they check is the smog. MAYBE they notice the tire tread, squeaky brakes, or steering when they drive it into the bay, but all they check is the smog equipment and tailpipe emissions.For all they would know, the headlights, horn, and turn signals might not work, and the car has a "speed wobble" at 45 mph. AFAIK, they don't even check EVs.
  • Not Tire shop mechanic tugging on my wheel after I complained of grinding noise didn’t catch that the ball joint was failing. Subsequently failed to prevent the catastrophic failure of the ball joint and separation of the steering knuckle from the car! I’ve never lived in a state that required annual inspection, but can’t say that having the requirement has any bearing on improving safety given my experience with mechanics…
  • Mike978 Wow 700 days even with the recent car shortages.