The Most Popular Cash for Clunkers Vehicles

clunkersBy any measure, Cash for Clunkers has been a raging success. The U.S. government program, which allotted $1 billion for consumers who trade in their gas-guzzling old vehicles for fuel-efficient ones, has already run out of funds after only a week in operation. Wondering which cars got the boot and which have been flying off the showroom floor? Jalopnik has provided us with a list of the 10 most traded-in and the 10 most purchased Cash for Clunkers vehicles.

A few items of note: Ford sells 8 out of the 10 most traded-in vehicles and only two of the most purchased, but the program has allowed Ford to report its first monthly sales increase in over a year. In other words, every car company on the most purchased vehicle list is probably having a party right now.

Also, the Prius is the only hybrid on the most purchased list. That means the majority of Americans still think of the Prius as the quintessential hybrid vehicle, despite the fact that a number of hybrids have popped up since the Prius's inception.

The Ten Most Traded-In Vehicles (vehicle's EPA mileage)
1. 1998 Ford Explorer (14-17 mpg)
2. 1997 Ford Explorer (14-18 mpg)
3. 1996 Ford Explorer (14-18 mpg)
4. 1999 Ford Explorer (14-18 mpg)
5. Jeep Grand Cherokee
6. Jeep Cherokee
7. 1995 Ford Explorer (15-18 mpg)
8. 1994 Ford Explorer (15-18 mpg)
9. 1997 Ford Windstar (18 mpg)
10. 1999 Dodge Caravan (16-18 mpg)


The Ten Most Purchased Vehicles (vehicle's EPA mileage)
1. Ford Focus (27-28 mpg)
2. Honda Civic (24-42 mpg)
3. Toyota Corolla (25-30 mpg)
4. Toyota Prius (46 mpg)
5. Ford Escape (20-32 mpg)
6. Toyota Camry (23-34 mpg)
7. Dodge Caliber (22-27 mpg)
8. Hyundai Elantra (26-28 mpg)
9. Honda Fit (29-31 mpg)
10. Chevy Cobalt (25-30 mpg)

[Via Jalopnik]

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  • ed roman

    the new 2012 Toyota Camry sold in the USA is 92% American made.
    define american made. most of the vehicle made in mexico with slave labor $7.50 us dollars a day. with no retirement plan, medical, dental and vision plan. with final assembly union made in the US. thanks to NAFTA. 

  • Mirsad Hasic

    Well, the trade in rate would be even higher if you would get something more for it for example, points on you credit card depending on the value of the car :-) Personally I would put Toyota as number one, but as the Ford is the dominating brand in the U.S it doesn't surprise me that they are number 1 on that list.

  • Cliff Kuang

    @Chase---I think that the top ten is actually pretty representative: 4 in 10, versus 50% is in the ballpark. The point is, ONLY half of new cars sold are American, where up until the 1970's, that number was close to 100%

  • Martin Stewart

    Raging success? Put the doob out, dude. We're spending our kids' money now to make us feel better about our carbon footprint and it isn't keen making a dent in the overall carbon output? This is poop.

  • Chase Teschendorf

    Judging by the top ten models is misleading, Cliff, because about half of the new cars sold are American.

  • Cliff Kuang

    It's also worth noting: All of the traded in vehicles were American. But only four out of the ten of the repurchased vehicles were---nice for Ford in the short term, but a sign of structural woes, I'd say