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Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro? The Most Popular Cars in Video Games

Ford Crown Victoria Mk2 leads as the most popular car, featured 635 times in video games. Perhaps best known to audiences as the emblematic cop car, it’s in the form of the iconic NYC taxi cab that the Crown Vic most frequently shows up, making yellow the most common colour for the vehicle in video games. Midnight Club: Street Racing (2000) is the game that this particular Ford is most featured in.

Following close behind is another classic also built by Ford, the Mustang Mk1. It seems that both petrolheads and gamers are desperate to experience the thrill of driving this vintage high-performance vehicle as it makes an appearance 545 times in the list of games analysed. The 1965 model of this signature American motor is the most common, with red being its most likely paint job.

Nissan Skyline Mk1 races into third place. Driven by Paul Walker’s character in the Fast & Furious franchise, the car is not only popular in movies but also in games as it features 440 times.

Geraldine Herbert, motoring journalist and editor of wheelsforwomen.ie explain the difference between the Nissan Skyline Mk1 and its successor, Nissan GT-Rn, that comes in 9th place of the list with 273 appearances in video game: “The current Nissan GT-R may be the first not to carry the Skyline name but it is recognized as its direct successor and its roots go right back to 1969 when the first performance-bred Skyline was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show”.

Which car colours are the most popular in video games?

When analysing the colours of the most popular cars in video games, Uswitch.com/car-insurance found out that 532 of the cars of the list received a paint job with varieties of yellow tones, making it the most popular for cars in video games.

In second place is blue and its variations of tones with 475 vehicles that were included in the study receiving this paintwork. Following behind is the variety of intense and warm tones of red present in 361 cars.

1. Ford Crown Victoria Mk2

The most common car model featured in video games is the Ford Crown Victoria Mk2. Despite taking the top spot, it’s not the most luxurious car – in fact it’s often used in the real life as a police car or taxi, so it’s certainly no showstopper. Despite the Crown Vic being a somewhat plain sedan, the car has amassed 635 video game appearances all-in-all – most of which are in the 2000 game Midnight Club: Street Racing (6). Interestingly, of all appearances, the car is painted in the colour yellow 187 times.

2. Ford Mustang Mk1

When the Ford Mustang Mk1 was first introduced in 1965, it became wildly popular due to its sporty ‘pony car’ appearance. Without having to worry about the cost of damaging these electronically produced cars, video game developers have featured the Ford Mustang 545 times.

It has featured 19 times in the aptly named video game Ford Mustang (2005) in various colours and models. As the game is dedicated to racing the famous vehicles, it’s unsurprising that the car is found in the colour red the most (72 times) – a classic racing car colour.

3. Nissan Skyline Mk10

The Nissan Skyline is the third most common car in video games, after our research uncovered variations of the vehicle have been featured 440 times in video games. Of these appearances, the Nissan Skyline features most frequently in blue, with 108 cars listed as this colour overall.

The classic sports car has been featured in racing games including Forza and Need for Speed over the years, however the car was featured in Gran Turismo 6 (2013) the most, with 15 appearances.

4. Toyota Supra Mk4

The fourth most common car model featured in video games is the Toyota Supra, after our study found that the vehicle has been featured in video games 386 times since its production. Further analysis revealed that the car is most commonly found in the colour silver – 70 times out of 386 appearances.

As a sports car best known for its powerful engine and striking appearance, it should come as no surprise that the car is featured seven times, in various colours and models, in the 2013 mobile racing game リフトスピリッツ (Drift Spirits).

5. Mazda RX-7 Mk3

The Mazda RX-7 Mk3 is the fifth most common car model in video games with 383 features. Out of these appearances, the car features in yellow the most (75 times).

Thanks to its lightweight Wankel rotary engine, this sports car is designed to go fast so it comes as no surprise that it is most popular in the Gran Turismo game franchise, gaining most of its features in the second and sixth instalment of the game with 16 appearances in each.

6. AM General HMMWV

The AM General High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), known colloquially as the Humvee, is the sixth most common car in video games due to racking up 308 appearances.

Due to its military roots, it’s no wonder it has the most appearances on Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (2005) – a game centring military action in North Korea – and is most commonly painted in ‘army green camouflage’ (94 times).

7. Chevrolet Camaro Mk1

The Chevrolet Camaro is the seventh most featured vehicle in video games, racking up 302 appearances across various games since its production in 1967.

This classic American ‘pony car’, often cited as one of the classic cars “you need to drive before you die”, is featured in Mopar Drag N Brag (2013) the most, with six appearances. Of all appearances, the car is painted in the colour blue the most (58 times).

8. Subaru Impreza Mk2

Subaru Impreza Mk2 ranks as the eighth most common car in video games, as we found the car featured 287 times overall. Produced and assembled in Japan, it seems fitting that it is included in the Japanese video game Kaido Battle: Touge no Densetsu (2005) the most (seven appearances).

Our analysis also found that the car features in the colour blue the most – in fact, in more than half of the car’s appearances the vehicle is painted in this shade (159 times).

9. Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R, despite being first manufactured in 2007, has impressively managed to appear 285 times in video games and rank among the top 10. Of these appearances, the car is featured in the colour black the most (57 times).

Similarly to the Toyota Supra, this high-performance sports car is featured most often in the 2013 mobile racing game リフトスピリッツ (Drift Spirits), with the car appearing 14 times in various colours and models.

10. Chevrolet Camaro Mk5

Rounding off the top 10 most common cars in video games is the Chevrolet Camaro Mk5, another American ‘pony car’, as it has racked up an impressive 273 appearances in video games.

This vehicle can be found in the video game The Crew 2 (2018) seven times, the most of all other video games in our study, and is most frequently painted in the colour yellow (93 appearances).

Methodology:

  1. com/car-insurance used Internet Games Car Database to select the most popular car brands and car models in video games based on the number of vehicle appearances. The website was deemed comprehensive due to the breadth of gaming genres included and due to having a representative number of games for each genre.
  2. The number of occurrences of the top 10 car models was counted as displayed on the website. Fictional car models and brands were omitted from the study. This ensures that only physically tangible cars are included in the results.
  3. The accuracy of this approach depends on the accuracy of the input by online users on the website.
  4. To find the most popular colours, we manually noted the colours present on all the cars of the same model on the website. Tones and shades are open to interpretations and it can vary when displayed on different devices.
  5. The most popular car models were ranked by the number of occurrences as displayed on the website.
  6. The data for this study was collected from the Internet Games Car Database and is only as accurate as of the user input on the site. Data was collected on 18/05/2021 and it is accurate as then.
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