To put the study together, WalletHub looked at every state in the US with four dimensions in mind: 1) Cost of Ownership & Maintenance, 2) Traffic & Infrastructure, 3) Safety and 4) Access to Vehicles & Maintenance. Those were broken down into 30 metrics -- like average gas prices, rush-hour traffic congestion, and traffic fatality rate -- and graded on a 100-point scale That was combined in an overall score used to rank the states.
At the top of the good list was Oregon, a state of many charms, among them having the lowest auto-maintenance costs in the country and many a scenic drive. Oregon was just ahead of Illinois, which had the fourth most auto-repair shops and car washes. That may not be sexy, but it will come in handy when you get sick of your dirty, broken-down car.
On the other end of the ranking was Hawaii, which came in dead last overall for Cost of Ownership & Maintenance. It also had the second most days with precipitation, second fewest auto-repair shops per capita, the second fewest car washes per capita, and the highest average gas prices. And all of that definitely sucks.
But on the other hand, you get to live in Hawaii.