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As Gas Prices Drop, Interest in SUVs Returns

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User activity at Cars.com can change dramatically from month to month, and that sets off our spidey-sense that something is amiss. Take, for example, the extreme change in new-car searches from August to September. Searches for SUVs like the Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V and Acura MDX went up as gas prices dropped drastically throughout the month, from near $3 highs in August to under $2.50 by the end of September.

While those SUVs aren’t really gas-guzzlers, the vehicle that saw the second-highest increase in searches was the new Chevrolet Avalanche SUT, which has estimated gas mileage of 15/20 mpg city/highway. And what saw the biggest drop? Keep reading for both Top 5 lists.  

Top New-Car Search Increases          

  1.   Hyundai Santa Fe     17.28%       
  2.   Chevrolet Avalanche 16.68%       
  3.   Jeep Wrangler          12.88%       
  4.   Cadillac CTS            11.94%       
  5.   Audi A3                   9.52%       

Top New-Car Search Decreases         

  1.   Toyota Yaris        37.85%       
  2.   Toyota Prius        33.85%       
  3.   Volkswagen Jetta  32.14%       
  4.   Hyundai Sonata    26.02%       
  5.   Toyota Corolla     25.64%       
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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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