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How Cash For Clunkers Is Shaking Out So Far

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 5, 2009

Per Matt Hardigree of

The Ten Most Traded-In Vehicles
1. Ford Explorer 4WD
2. Ford F-150 2WD
3. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD
4. Jeep Cherokee 4WD
5. Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan 2WD
6. Chevrolet Blazer 4WD
7. Ford Explorer 2WD
8. Ford F-150 Pickup 4WD
9. Chevrolet C1500 Pickup 2WD
10. Ford Windstar FWD Van

The Ten Most Purchased Vehicles

1. Ford Focus
2. Toyota Corolla
3. Honda Civic
4. Toyota Prius
5. Toyota Camry
6. Ford Escape FWD
7. Hyundai Elantra
8. Dodge Caliber
9. Honda Fit
10. Chevrolet Cobalt

People are ditching the gas hogs for the smaller vehicles. I suspect that a lot of the urban-cowboy crowd got sick of trying to parallel-park the land barges.

3 Responses to “How Cash For Clunkers Is Shaking Out So Far”

  1. Stormcrow said

    OMFG, try parking an Escalade in an underground parking lot in Metro Seattle.

    Just try.

    A Hummer is an order of magnitude worse.

    Then take a good long look at your gas bills. My commute is about 50 miles a day, same as it has been for the last 10 years.

    That sure wears better in a Prius!

    For some odd reason, I’m seeing quite a few extremely new Honda Fits during my daily commutes these last few days. Even some Honda Insights, which used to be an endangered species as recently as two years ago.

    Wonder why? [/sarcasm]

    You just cannot mistake an Insight for anything else on the road. The streamlining is even more radical than a Prius, and it’s a 2-door hatchback.

    Yesterday, I passed a car dealership on my way home that used a classic 60s Detroit Two Ton Turd upended in a open-topped shipping container as an advertising gimmick.

    The message was obvious. LOL

    • No kidding. Let’s face it — most people aren’t going to be transporting half-ton loads on a regular basis, and if you are, chances are you’ll never need to go seriously off-road to do it. (Most modern cars can handle gravel or even dirt roads just fine.) Plus, if you do need a vehicle to haul freight, for most of us it works best if it can do double duty as a people carrier AND be fuel efficient. Goodbye, Ford F250; hello, Ford Escape!

      • Charles II said


        I love trucks.

        With cars, it’s always a question whether the rebar or the drywall will fit in the bed or get crunched by the bend of the seats. It means paying $50 to Home Depot on the way in, and money to the city on the way out.

        What we need is vehicle Transformers, so that it starts off as a Bucky three-wheeler and tranforms up to a half-ton for helping friends move, trips to the hardware store, and picnics or tailgate parties.

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