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Can You Guess a USAA Military Member's Branch by Their Car?

‎12-20-2013 08:28 AM

According to the data, the No. 1 vehicle driven by USAA military members is the Ford F-150. Whether they helped protect our land, sea or air, our military members favor Ford's workhorse pickup for its practicality and versatility.

 

The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord run neck and neck in the top five of each division, placing these two family sedans solidly at second and third across all five forces.

 

Beyond this near tie, the Honda Civic, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram 1500, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and Honda CR-V make up the remaining top 10 vehicles among our members. Many of these models place high — but in different locations of the top 10 — for each individual branch.

 

Can You Guess a USAA Military Member's Branch by Their Car?

 

"Whether their needs run to hardworking pickup trucks, functional utility vehicles or more efficient sedans, our members across the different branches show some distinct preferences in their automotive tastes," says Steve Harrison, executive director of Auto Integrated Solutions at USAA.

 

Safety Tops the List

 

“The data shows how our members across the military branches may differ, but it also shows that they definitely agree on one thing: safety,” Harrison says.

 

The top five vehicles among our members across all branches were recognized in 2013 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as Top Safety Picks. The organization releases its Top Safety Picks each year. Check current ratings and see past winners, too.

 

Thinking About Purchasing Your Next Vehicle?

 

No matter what set of wheels you’re looking for, USAA members can use the USAA Car Buying Service to get member incentives and savings on new and used vehicles. When you purchase a vehicle through a USAA Certified Dealer and finance it through USAA Bank, you can get a discount off of your approval rate. Get rates as low as 0.59% APR on new vehicles or rates as low as 1.69% APR on used vehicles for 36 months. Offer is available through June 05, 2014.1’

 

Top Ten Vehicles Driven by Branch of Service

Rank

Army

Air Force

Coast Guard

1

Ford F-150

Ford F-150

Ford F-150

2

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

Toyota Tacoma

3

Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Jeep Wrangler

4

Chevy Silverado 1500

Toyota Prius

Toyota Camry

5

Dodge Ram 1500

Honda Civic

Honda Accord

6

Nissan Altima

Honda CR-V

Toyota Prius

7

Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion

Honda Civic

8

Honda Civic

Hyundai Sonata

Volkswagen Jetta

9

Hyundai Sonata

Nissan Altima

Chevy Silverado 1500

10

Toyota Prius

Dodge Ram 1500

Honda CR-V

 

Rank

Marine Corps

Navy

All Branches

1

Ford F-150

Ford F-150

Ford F-150

2

Chevy Silverado 1500

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

3

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord

Honda Accord

4

Honda Civic

Toyota Prius

Honda Civic

5

Honda Accord

Honda Civic

Toyota Prius

6

Dodge Ram 1500

Honda CR-V

Chevy Silverado 1500

7

Jeep Wrangler

Hyundai Sonata

Dodge Ram 1500

8

Toyota Tacoma

Ford Fusion

Nissan Altima

9

Ford Fusion

Volkswagen Jetta

Ford Fusion

10

Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

Honda CR-V

Lists based on analysis of USAA former and active duty military member insured private passenger vehicles, 2010 model year or later as of 11/30/2013. 

  

1Discount offer is good from 03/11/2014 to 06/05/2014. To qualify for discount offer, you must use the USAA Car Buying Service and fund the purchase of a vehicle from a USAA certified dealer listed on your savings certificate with a USAA Federal Savings Bank auto loan by 06/05/2014. The savings certificate must be generated no more than 90 days prior to your loan being funded. Your loan will originally be set up without the rate discount. After your loan agreement is signed and your vehicle purchase is complete, we will confirm that you qualify for the discount and apply the discount to your loan. Your loan payment amount will not be lowered, but the loan may pay off earlier due to the discounted rate. Discount for new and used vehicles is .80% off of the approved interest rate for 36 month terms, .50% off of the approved interest rate for 48 and 60 month terms, and .25% off of the approved interest rate for 61-72 month terms. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing. Please refer to usaa.com/autoloanoffer to learn more about the discount offer and to check for dealers.

 

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Comments
by HMRick ‎01-07-2014 05:22 PM
Very interesting, I own the top 2 in every branch: Ford truck, Toyota Camry, and a Chevy truck.
by Shadow_Fox ‎01-14-2014 05:25 PM
Don't forget about the Chevy Impala
by ABNinfantTREE ‎02-13-2014 01:40 PM

Well that makes a lot of sense.  Nobody in the AF drives man trucks.....

by Eric of Alaska ‎02-13-2014 07:35 PM
Thought Army-Silverado vs AF Prius for #5 was telling. LoL
by striperking ‎02-14-2014 07:17 AM

You would think more people would remember Pearl Harbor. 

by Z1 ‎02-14-2014 08:34 AM

These do not look significantly different from the national sales figures.

 

The fact that Ford outsells wannabes Chevrolet and Ram (Dodge) shows intelligence. Ford makes a better truck despite the ads Chevy and Dodge have run since the dawn of time.

 

The Chevy is the official truck of the Coca-Cola Cowboy. In my childhood the men bought Fords as work trucks and a Chevy/GMC for the wife as they had a smoother ride- a 
'city' truck.

 

After having been afflicted with a Chevy Blazer (Full Size CUCV) and Pickup back when they phased out the Jeeps, you could not give me a Chevy/GMC (same truck with a different badge- so much for 'professional grade'). The only advantage they had over a Jeep was a better heater- sad when it replaced a 20 year old Bondomobile Jeep.

by reasonnotfeelings ‎02-14-2014 08:35 AM

Marines are distinctive in terms of one car missing from their list.  Let me tell you, when I mentioned the prospect of buying that car, my Marine WAS NOT for it.  I'll omit the reason why.

by MCPM ‎02-14-2014 08:44 AM

I recommend that USAA use correct grammar and/or punctuation, especially in the title!

 

The title should be either "Can You Guess a USAA Military Member's Branch by His or Her Car?" (singlular possessive) or  "Can You Guess a USAA Military Members' Branch by Their Car?" (plural possessive).

by rumple6007 ‎02-14-2014 08:44 AM

I own 2 Subarus.  These are 1. dependable and sure-footed 2. long-lasting and did I mention dependable andl sure-footed?  Wlhy don't Subarus figure higher in the ownership rankings?  Maybe if there were a Subaru pickup it would be more popular.  Dennis in Austin

by johnh4141 ‎02-14-2014 09:32 AM

Subarus are quite popular in the Pacific Northwest.  As noted, they are extremely dependable and sure-footed.  I have had mine for 20 years.  Still dependable.  However, last summer I bought a Chevy Volt.  Love it.  This electric car is amazing and fun to drive.  It is a great transition technology, electric plug in, but still not married to the outlet.  I do not use any gas driving around the city.  

by Lou J ‎02-15-2014 01:52 PM

    So...what does it say of me as I drive a 21 year old Buick Roadmaster with 300,000 miles under it's belt and I am still loving it from when new to today?

P.S..: I was Army Infantry, Office Corps, VM era!

by Houston Roy ‎02-15-2014 06:34 PM

MCPM must be a Navy Man. He can read and write.

by leeloo ‎02-20-2014 02:14 PM

I am in the Navy and I don't own any of these. I own a 2011 Hyundai Elantra and I love it.

by Kaleb McHale ‎02-22-2014 11:35 AM
To MCPM: You have a valid point and rightly point out that there was indeed a grammatical error in the title of the article. However, I recommend that you use correct grammar, especially when you're attemting to correct USAA's writers! Your first recommendation was spot on, but unfortunately the same cannot be said for the second. Your second recommendation: "'Can You Guess a USAA Military Members' Branch by Their Car?' (plural possessive)." You could delete the article, "a," from the sentence, as the plural possessive cannot be used in conjunction with it; however, this would still create a rather awkward sounding sentence. Accordingly, your first (grammatically correct and more natural sounding) suggestion would be preferable. Nice attempt! #checkyourselfbeforeyouwreckyourself #writersblock #grammarpolice #masteryoftheenglishlanguage #spellcheckcantcatcheverything #hashtagsareridiculous
by Zofmui ‎02-25-2014 05:02 AM

I'll stick with my Volkswagen diesel, thanks. 40-50 mpg on the highway sounds good.

by lownfasteddie ‎02-25-2014 06:39 AM

 "2010 model year or later as of 11/30/2013"

Yes this "the data" (as it is referred to numerous times throughout the article) is skewed and conveniently placed at the bottom, conveniently right above a discount offer. The data pool is reduced to less than four years. This is simply a marketing attempt, not an informative article on test/survey results and should be titled as such! USAA should do a little better than this high school journalism. 

by KEST812 ‎02-25-2014 07:06 AM

Jeep FTW. I've owned two (Cherokee and now a Commander) and plan to stick with them. The only other vehicle I'd entertain buying would be a Subaru. Both are long lasting and good in all weather.

by jmiddagh ‎02-25-2014 08:40 AM

I am thrilled to see the F-150 on top I love my F-150!

 

I am surprised to see so many foreign cars being driven by military members.  I believe its important to keep US dollars in the US.  

by IronGunner ‎02-25-2014 08:45 AM

ummm in fort hood you see ALOT of Chevy Impalas, Dodge Chargers ummm i think they just might not have USAA as inurance tho.

by marauder ‎02-26-2014 05:41 AM

Trucks are smart, sedans," foreign or domestic, are family owned. However, a jeep is for the zombie apocalypse.  I've owned three jeeps and a lot of sports cars!  vettes! (black holes). If the former three D,s really made quality cars,"no one in the armed forces community would get a dependable rice burner!  For that matter which I'm amazed to see the lack of BMW's listed here! Hummm! 

by JLDuncan ‎02-26-2014 10:25 AM

I have a mercedes c-class and honda pilot both great vehicles no problems.

by RadRod ‎02-26-2014 11:29 AM

MCPM is correct in sentiment if not quite grammatically correct in the plural possessive which should read,

 

"Can You Guess USAA Members' Branches by their cars?"

 

In any event, this list does not say much for members' economic patriotism.

 

These days many US models are the equal of or are superior to comparable models from any European or Asian brand.  This has been true for several years; so all of the cars listed could be replaced by domestic models 2010 or newer which would provide equal or superior quality to our members.

by Ole Cowboy ‎02-26-2014 01:58 PM

Ford F 350 crew cab, long bed, dually, not sure what that sez...

by Driver Dave ‎02-26-2014 07:34 PM

@lownfasteddie, you make a great point.  Ever since USAA went "main stream" with all their TV/print advertising, there seems to be less focus on members and making sure that the services offered are second to none.  I actually noticed it on the third major upgrade to the website -- I reported numerous issues and never got any feedback until after I brought the issues straight to Mr. (Gen) Robles.  I found it said that I had to resort to such drastic measures to be heard.

As for MCPM's comment, "their" can be singular possessive . . . it is gender neutral and properly used in the title of this article. (see the second entry for "their" at dictionary.com)

by Driver Dave ‎02-26-2014 07:37 PM

p.s.

We're a Chevy family -- '99 Tahoe w/ 136k and '95 Lumina APV w/ 155k.  The latter we took with us when we were stationed in Europe.  She loved the autobahn.  I could run her all day long at 90+mph and never miss a beat.

by Driver Dave ‎02-26-2014 07:40 PM

p.s.s.

 . . . found it sad . . . 

(fingers got ahead of me ;-)

by BullDog$1 ‎02-27-2014 06:13 AM

I have a 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150.  People laughed at me when I told them what I spent for a pick-up truck.  I am the one laughing now.  It is still giving me great service. 

by Raven Fan Larry ‎02-27-2014 06:24 AM

I've owned them all in the past. Ford truck, Honda Accord, Toyota, and Dodge Ram. But now that I have my Jeep Wrangler, I LOVE IT!!!!

by Poorenlisted ‎02-27-2014 07:22 AM
These car choices must be great for Officers with two or more incomes. For us poor enlisted folks with just a military income, that poverty line hovers too near for these $300+ car payments. But gladly, the cash for clunkers deal didn'tremove all of the used cars from the market!
by lownfasteddie ‎02-27-2014 09:07 AM

@Pooenlisted ...the professional not a political soldier!  Research OCS, WOBC, TA and Green to Gold if you truly feel jaded, passed over or unfairly treated (missing out on the BMW, Corvette, etc.). Those tools are there and available for you to grab your boot straps and move up/ahead by yourself. Additionally needs and wants seem to be an issue for you. I currently still drive my 91' Cherokee (primary vehicle) with 389k miles which I purchased in 97' as an E4 and dang its never left me on the side of the road, creek, snow drift, or whash out, in fact I ran over the energizer bunny last month!   

 

Complaining without a valid solution to the problem is simply complaining, use this in your career and you will go far. If you think patronage and nepotism are bad in the military you have a very rude awakening in the civilian life style. 

 

p.s. I chose TA and WOBC to better myself, family and career.  I bid you good luck.

by statler ‎02-27-2014 01:32 PM
Air Force for six years ... Viet-Nam; Coast Guard 20+ still prefer the GMC 2500 HD SLT 4dr 4wd ....
by Adam S. ‎02-28-2014 07:48 AM

Yep, I see the Navy drives lots of girly cars. Fitting...

by whyserious ‎02-28-2014 04:56 PM

@Pooenlisted...just remember mo money, mo problems!

 

What's with all the cross service hate? Really? Catch a clue folks, not one service can do it all by themselves. And yes, there IS someone better than you out there. Go to a joint school and you'll be humbled very quickly.

 

Now to cars...by the look of a few parkinglots on my base, there is a good mix of Porche, Audi, BMW, Lexus, Acura and even a Lotus on top of the standard trucks and suvs.

 

@Driver Dave...recall the good ole days when USAA was so service oriented that they gave you a refund check in the mail from a good insurance year?  Not so much these days. I agree, USAA is more interested in gaining my sister's son-in-law's brother's business just because I was in the service!

 

O yeah, still rolling in our 1996 Geo Prism with 248K and counting. (Ok ok, pop the hood and it says Toyota...)

by Ron_DebtFree ‎03-01-2014 09:53 AM

About buying USA cars versus foreign:  In reality, the top selling foreign cars are Japanese brands and their factories are almost exclusively in the U.S. for cars sold in the U.S.  The Toyota Tundra pickup and Camry are just a few examples out of many.  Their U.S. facilities have created many U.S. jobs and saved the economies of entire towns.  Even in the F-150, many of its parts are manufactured in Japan and sent to Ford assembly lines in the U.S.  Most Mercedes sold in the U.S. are assembled in the U.S.  Plus, as military members buying these brands, we're supporting our most strategic allies (Japan, S. Korea, Germany, etc.).  Even in China, the most popular vehicle brand is GM, which shows people are going to buy the best brand for their hard-earned dollars.

by gregindeed ‎03-03-2014 12:11 AM

sad to see no scions on the list 

 

by Jason1972 ‎03-03-2014 08:13 AM

2013 Ram 1500 Limited 4x4, 2014 Camaro SS manual trans.. Wife drives a 2008 Mini Cooper Convertible, HER car. lol. And yeah, in response to previous posts, Fort Hood does have a lot of Chargers and Impalas.Although the new Chevy SS, as it is dubbed verbatim, is worth worth checking out. Its similiar to the Impala but with a 6.2 liter V8 motor. Kind of reminds me of the Pontiac G8.  

by Swevie ‎03-03-2014 09:51 PM

I find that the VW BeetleTDI (or other VW TDI) is arguable the most clean and efficient vehicles on the road.  Im puzzeled as to why the TDI (of any sort, really) isnt seen more prevantely amungst these lists. 

by Brunicardi ‎03-04-2014 05:57 AM

We live in the midwest and I wanted a car for my wife that handled well in the snow, had a bit of get-up-and-go, and was comfortable.  After picking out a new Honda Crosstour, we couldn't be happier.

 

No only does the full time AWD handle like a snowmobile on the winter roads, but it gets great gas mileage for a V6 and was largely made right here in Ohio, where we live.  We did look at the USAA car buying service, and although we ended up with a better deal by just negotiating with the dealer, it was great to have a price to start from and know that we could fall back on.  We did finance and insure the car through USAA, of course.

 

The Crosstour is largely based on the Accord, and with how happy we are with the car, I'm not surprised how high the Accord is in the rankings.

by thrillbilly ‎03-05-2014 09:25 AM
Toyota FJ Cruiser- undeniably BADA$$!
by Sidnak82 ‎03-05-2014 11:49 AM
Does anyone have a family of 5, and/or purchased their vehicle with children safety as a priority? We currently have a '07 Tahoe, which causes issues due to impractical seating arrangements. We need a bench second row, with great storage, decent MPG and all weathered. Any helpful information? Not personally looking to get a sedan, once a truck driver, always a truck driver lol. Thanks.
by maluke ‎03-06-2014 02:57 PM

my retirement car VW Jetta wagon with all the trimmings. TDI which gets excellent milage and a managable price. Sure the price of deisel is higher but gas can't give the milage or performance. Did I mention the exceptional incentives. we are still driving a 2000 beetle TDI, going for the second 200,000 mile on this one

by Netsk8er ‎03-07-2014 09:00 PM

I just don't get all the slams on rice machines.... Don't get me wrong now, I drive a '13 Chevy Cruze and the wife drives a '01 Chevy Metro Lsi.  Both badged true-blue Chevrolet BUT I will guess around 22% USA and 88% jap made.  What car, truck, SUV or even bike is 100% American?  I don't mean to be-labor this rant but let's be honest..... They wouldn't be top picks if not built to stand the test of time. 

 

Besides, (I have no accurate numbers) how many rice machines are now built in the USA making jobs for our fellow Americans?

 

I'm just sayin'...

 

Just for giggles, go look up something like a '84 Dodge Aries (now that was a machine LOL) on Craigslist.... Today 95,000 miles maybe as high as 125,000 and still running?  Now compare to a jap car/truck of the same era and they'll have 200,000; 300,000 and some as high as 350,000 logged miles and the sellers still aren't ashamed enough to post an ad (because they are still good condition).

by Beechnutt ‎03-08-2014 10:08 AM

Having had 1990's and 2000 era Ford's & GM trucks and not being remotely happy with them, I would like to see what other military members have to say about the "current" line of U.S. manufactured trucks quality workmanship & reliability. 

by ICEMAN67 ‎03-18-2014 07:18 PM

Wow.....Am a Ford guy I guess...In the last 40 years have had a Ford F-100 and F-150, Dodge Ramcharger and 250 Van,  Ford Explorer, 4 Ford Mustangs and 4 Ford Rangers...Currently drive a 2010 Ranger pick-up truck...Best one of the lot, bar none...Don't need a pilot's license to navigate the controls and instruments...Will probably end up being my retirement vehicle...Ex I and II had Honda Accords; great cars to drive but not to work on...They think and design things differently in Japan....Buy American guys!

by trofrnk ‎03-26-2014 07:36 PM

the F-150 being the number one vehicle shows that many of the members have learned over time as I have - ford makes a great truck for the money.  Its also an old school all American company that did not require the tax payers to bail it out recently.........   Thats why I bought another f-250.

by Kenny M ‎03-28-2014 03:48 PM

Funny, in europe half the cars are diesel powered, I drive a VW touran 1.9TDI, I smile and enjoy going to the gas station.  50 dollars gas last 1.5 weeks. 

My wife on the other hand who drives an Audi A6 2.4 spends 80 a week and we drive the same distance everyday. 

My point is, the F-150 is nice to look at, sit in and ride in, but heavy on your pocket.  If you can afford it, why not.  All SUV's and truck in europe come in a diesel model, even the Infiniti FX is diesel. 

Have a diesel model then i'll buy an F-150.

by MandersJones ‎03-29-2014 06:05 AM
@Sidnak82 We have a family of 5. My husband bought me a Dodge Journey and it is great. Easy to get in and out of, it has lots of storage, and is great on gas. There are many options and packages that are available and the 3 rows of seating makes this vehicle ideal for our family. I love the ice chests in the floor feature and the storage in the front passenger seat. We road comfortably on our trip to Disneyland last year which is an 8 hour drive for us.
by J_R_P ‎04-03-2014 04:48 AM

Newer Ford trucks are nice. however they are way to easy to break into. Even worse they have Youtube videos to show you how to do it. You would think ford would fix this.

by Pfyxoeous ‎04-07-2014 02:59 PM

Looking at our vehicle choices, you'd think we were Japanese military.  I wasn't around for the Pearl Harbor/Attu/Kiska events, but I still hold the grudge held by my forefathers.  I prefer to support the economy of MY OWN COUNTRY.

by Walking Squid ‎04-10-2014 05:22 PM

I am ashamed of the number of foreign vehicles on these list!  When I got married, it was time for my wife to get a new car.  I informed her that she could get anything GM makes, as she is younger than I, she wasn't familiar with any GM car, only Japanese makes.  We purchased her a Cadilac SRX and she loves it and has never had a single issue.  I myself own a Cadilac CTS-V and a Jeep Wranger.  Both have been bulletproof. 

 

Our economy would be stronger and we would ensure jobs for our future if we all made an effort to buy American.  My grandfather and father both fought the Japanese and my my oldest unkle fought in Korea, and his younger brother flew an A-6 in Vietnam.  They have all passed, but if they were alive, they would be ashamed that they fought so hard to keep our country great only to see our economy go the way of England (near a second rate) because in the last 30 years "we" American refuse to believe in our cars.  Shameful!