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What cities are the best for drive-thru experiences?

Chrysler Capital decided to find out and identifies the winners


For whatever reason, Chrysler Capital decided to discover which American cities are the best for drive-thru conveniences, from food to entertainment (movies) to gas stations and even taking congestion into consideration.

And the winner was… Indianapolis, which was joined in the top-5 by San Antonio, Louisville, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Also among the top-10 were Tampa, Nashville, Albuquerque, Charlotte and Columbus.

“For drive-thru fans, Indianapolis should be the top of the list of U.S. cities to visit, as it comes out on top as the Drive-Thru Capital of America,” reports Chrysler Capital, the finance provider for Chrysler, Dodge and Ram dealerships. 

drive-thru pizza
Las Vegas offers drive-thru pizza at Fly Pie, co-founded by Anthony Zuiker, who also was co-creator of the ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ television programs
Drive-thru, What cities are the best for drive-thru experiences?, ClassicCars.com Journal
While driving through Fly Pie to pick up your pizza, you are entertained by cartoon characters being projected on the walls around you

“With a high score of 68.5 out of a possible 100 based on access to drive-thru restaurants, drive-in cinemas, number of gas stations and overall traffic congestion, the city is a must-visit for those looking for the ultimate drive-thru experience. 

“As we move toward Christmas, the city is also hosting a drive-thru Christmas lights experience set to cover more than 2 miles — why not make a full day of drive-thru activities?

“San Antonio, Texas, follows closely behind Indianapolis in second place with a score of 66.3. As well as the drive-thru restaurants and drive-in cinemas the city offers, San Antonio is also home to a drive-thru zoo experience, where visitors can explore the Asian Rainforest, Wild Australia and Big Cat Valley all from the comfort of their car.

Louisville, Phoenix and Las Vegas, which has its new tunnel and Fly Pie drive-thru pizza, also scored 60 or more points.

Chrysler Capital adds that drive-thru activity surged in popularity because of the coronavirus pandemic and notes that studies show that 75 percent of Americans have used drive-thru facilities since the pandemic began, with a 43 percent increase since April 2020.

It adds that Google Trends reports a significant increase in searches for “drive-thru” compared to the previous five years.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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