Chicago—August 6, 2006—As gas prices continue to climb to record levels, consumer searches for more fuel-efficient vehicles have started to increase once again. According to the most recent cars.com Consumer Search Index report, searches for hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight again top the list of used vehicles with the largest increase in search volume over the last month.
Popular cars like the Honda Civic and Accord and the Toyota Camry and Corolla dominate the list of vehicles with the highest number of searches and the list of cars with the most email inquiries sent to dealers.
"Gasoline prices still seem to be affecting consumer shopping behavior on Cars.com," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's managing editor. "Cars like the Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Hyundai Accent, Ford Fusion and Chevy Cobalt are all cars that average more than 30 miles per gallon on the highway."
New car searches for recently launched vehicles, including the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Dodge Caliber, Saturn Sky and the Toyota Yaris have started to slow a bit. These four cars, which are all new models for 2007, have been very popular with consumers on Cars.com since their introduction.
|Vehicle Searches (July)|
|Models with the most searches performed on Cars.com.|
|Top New-Car Searches||Top Used-Car Searches|
|1. Honda Civic||1. Honda Civic|
|2. Toyota Camry||2. Honda Accord|
|3. Honda Accord||3. Ford Mustang|
|4. Toyota Corolla||4. Toyota Camry|
|5. Acura MDX||5. Toyota Corolla|
|6. Toyota Yaris||6. Ford F-150|
|7. Toyota RAV4||7. Volkswagen Jetta|
|8. Ford Mustang||8. Toyota Tacoma|
|9. Ford Mustang||9. Chevrolet Corvette|
|10. BMW 325||10. Nissan Maxima|
|Search Increases (June-July)|
|Models with the largest increase in the number of searches performed on Cars.com.|
|Top New-Car Search Increases||Top Used-Car Search Increases|
|1. Nissan Maxima||35.53%||1. Honda Insight||25.97%|
|2. Acura MDX||28.56%||2. Toyota Prius||22.31%|
|3. Toyota Prius||25.50%||3. Toyota FJ Cruiser||17.22%|
|4. Honda Pilot||14.80%||4. Ford Fusion||14.27%|
|5. Honda CR-V||13.49%||5. Hyundai Accent||13.08%|
|6. Honda Accord||13.28%||6. Honda Ridgeline||13.06%|
|7. Chevrolet Silverado||9.95%||7. Hyundai Tucson||12.55%|
|8. Honda Odyssey||9.74%||8. Chevrolet Cobalt||10.00%|
|9. Toyota Camry||7.95%||9. Saturn Vue||9.86%|
|10. Toyota Highlander||7.47%||10. Buick Century||9.65%|
|Top Dealer Email Inquiries (July)|
|New Cars Yielding the Most Dealer Inquiries||Used Cars Yielding the Most Dealer Inquiries|
|1. Honda Civic (2006)||1. Honda Civic (2000)|
|2. Honda Accord (2006)||2. Honda Accord (2003)|
|3. Toyota Corolla (2006)||3. Honda Civic (2001)|
|4. Toyota Camry (2006)||4. Honda Civic (2001)|
|5. Honda Odyssey (2006)||5. Infiniti G35 (2003)|
|6. Toyota RAV4 (2006)||6. Honda Civic (1998)|
|7. Toyota Camry (2007)||7. Honda Civic (1999)|
|8. Toyota Prius (2006)||8. Volkswagen Getta (2002)|
|9. Honda Pilot (2006)||9. Honda Civic (2004)|
|10. Toyota Yaris (2007)||10. Volkswagen Jetta (2000)|
|Top Cars Listed for Sale by Owner (July)|
|1. Honda Accord|
|2. Honda Civic|
|3. Ford Mustang|
|4. Ford Explorer|
|5. Ford F-150|
|6. Toyota Camry|
|7. Jeep Grand Cherokee|
|8. Chevrolet Corvette|
|9. Volkswagen Jetta|
|10. Dodge Ram|
About the Cars.com Consumer Search Index
The Cars.com Consumer Search Index offers a comprehensive look at the internet search behavior of Cars.com visitors. The statistical information is compiled by tracking the more than 8.3 million unique visitors that log on to Cars.com each month and the vehicles that are most popular. The lists are based off a minimum of 10,000 searches for new cars and 15,000 searches for used cars. Dealer inquiries measure the volume of emails consumers send to dealers seeking information about a particular vehicle. The information is supported by expert analysis from the Cars.com editorial staff.
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