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September 24, 2010 12:00 AM

Favorite car colors by city, free Toyota decals and top picks by cost of ownership

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Seattle's color palette according to Ford data.

Ford releases favorite car colors by city
Last week, Ford released its data on regional preferences for cars. Here are various colors and the cities with the highest percentage of buyers for those colors.

Black: Boston, Detroit, New York, Miami, Chicago
Blue: Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit
Gold: Miami, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Houston
Gray: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Philadelphia
Green: Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, New York
Orange: Phoenix, Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Seattle
Red: Cincinnati, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Pittsburgh
Silver: Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Orlando, Boston
White: San Francisco, Memphis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas

--The Associated Press


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(Toyota)

Toyota giving decals to Latinos drivers
As a thank you to Latino buyers, Toyota -- the No. 1 auto brand among Hispanics in the U.S. - is giving away a series of limited-edition decals that can be affixed to vehicles. The decals come in nearly 100 different versions, all starting with the phrase "somos muchos" and ending with countries and cultural groups from all over Latin America. They can be requested through facebook.com/ToyotaLatino.

--NWautos staff


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The Volvo S40 is a top luxury pick based on total cost of ownership. (Volvo)

Top picks for total cost of ownership
A low MSRP is nice, but what about sales tax, insurance costs, fuel, maintenance and typical repairs? NADAguides looked at all of these numbers to find vehicles with the best cost of ownership in relationship to their MSRP in several categories. The guide's picks look at account depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, insurance, fuel, maintenance and repairs over a five-year period.

Coupes
• 2011 Ford Mustang two-door GT Premium: MSRP of $32,845 with a total cost of ownership of $54,281 over a five-year period, averaging $10,856.20 per year.
• 2011 BMW 1 Series two-door Convertible 128i SULEV: MSRP of $34,200 with a total cost of ownership of $58,385 over a five-year period, averaging $11,677.00 per year.

Crossovers
• 2010 Honda CR-V 4WD five-door EX-L w/ Navigation: MSRP of $29,745 with a total cost of ownership of $46,166 over a five-year period, averaging $9,233.20 per year.
• 2011 Ford Edge four-door Limited: MSRP of $34,220 with a total cost of ownership of $54,048 over a five-year period, averaging $10,809.60 per year.

Luxury vehicles
• 2010 Audi A3 four-door HB S Tronic 2.0 TDI Front Track Premium: MSRP of $29,950 with a total cost of ownership of $48,703 over a five-year period, averaging $9,740.60 per year.
• 2010 Volvo S40 four-door Sedan Automatic FWD: MSRP of $31,150 with a total cost of ownership of $51,791 over a five-year period, averaging $10,358.20 per year.

Sedans
• 2010 Honda Civic four-door Auto GX: MSRP of $25,340 with a total cost of ownership of $39,915 over a 5 five-year period, averaging $7,983.00 per year.
• 2010 Chevrolet Impala four-door Sedan LTZ: MSRP of $29,930 with a total cost of ownership of $47,397 over a five-year period, averaging $9,479.40 per year.

SUVs
• 2010 Nissan Xterra 4WD four-door Auto Off Road: MSRP of $30,700 with a total cost of ownership of $46,517 over a five-year period, averaging $9,303.40 per year.
• 2010 Hyundai Veracruz FWD four-door Limited: MSRP of $34,195 with a total cost of ownership of $53,587 over a five-year period, averaging $10,717.40 per year.

Trucks
• 2010 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/1LT: MSRP of $27,395 with a total cost of ownership of $42,461 over a five-year period, averaging $8,492.20 per year.
• 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Xtra Fuel Economy: MSRP of $33,595 with a total cost of ownership of $52,447 over a five-year period, averaging $10,489.40 per year.

--NWautos staff