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Living in Auto-ville

October 12, 2011
Toyota Prii

The plural of Prius is Prii (Orin O'Neill photos)

While there are no hard numbers to back it up, I believe there are more scooters per capita in Bellingham than in Seattle or Portland. There are some distinct preferences in 4-wheeled vehicles as well.

Yes, it’s definitely Priusville, though Nissan LEAFs are gaining in popularity (especially ones with the gigantic “Zero Emission” graphics on the sides).

Subaru Outbacks

Bellingham is Subaru Outbackville, for sure. Oddly enough, new ones significantly outnumber old ones, though you’ll see lots of older Legacy wagons (the non-jacked up/butched-out basis for the Outback).

Honda Elements

Bellingham is also Honda Elementville, and most Elements sport a roof rack with a kayak, mountain bikes or Thule cargo container attached. Even though Honda targeted the now-discontinued Element at the youth market, most of the ones you’ll see here are driven by people my age. Or older. I would like one. The GTS wouldn’t fit inside, but an Element will tow 1500 lbs worth of trailer. A couple friends could join me on road trips to distant scooter rallies.

Hyundai Elantra

Lately Bellingham has become new-Hyundaiville (the Elantra above belongs to one of my neighbors). There are more and more new Elantras and Accent 5-doors buzzing around by the day. Hyundai has come so far from the days of the $4,995 Excel, it’s not surprising.

Ford Escort wagons

Bellingham is also ’91-’96 Ford Escort wagonville. The Fourth Estate has lots of company. Favicon

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One Comment
  1. Rob Thomas permalink
    October 22, 2011 12:44 am

    Also home to a dark blue 1988 Cadillac usually around Sunset Drive. This belongs to my MIL be wary!!

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