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Ford Explorer, Other SUVs Lead 'Clunkers'

'Cash For Clunkers' Spurring Sales Of Smaller Cars

Those car buyers taking advantage of "Cash for Clunkers" apparently can't get rid of their Ford Explorers quickly enough while smaller cars are flying off dealership lots.

The No. 1 vehicle traded in under the program, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was the 1998 edition of the Ford Explorer. But the Explorer's presence on the list doesn't stop there. Between the two previous model years and the following one, the Explorer represents the top four spots on the list.

The top eight on the list were all SUVs, with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Cherokee breaking up Explorer's run at No. 5 and No. 6 respectively, followed by the 1995 and 1994 model years of the Explorer at No. 7 and No. 8.

Rounding out the bottom of the list was a pair of late '90s minivans in the 1997 Ford Windstar and the 1999 Dodge Caravan. All 10 vehicles on the list were produced by U.S. car companies.

That means Ford led the list with seven vehicles in the top 10. Chrysler was the only other manufacturer on the list, claiming the other three spots.

However, the news wasn't all bad for Ford. The automaker also led the list of top 10 selling replacement vehicles, with Ford Focus coming in at No. 1.

Of the most-popular rebate purchases, the Toyota Prius, which came in at No. 4, was the only one available exclusively as a hybrid. The only SUV to appear on the list is the Ford Escape, which is also available as a hybrid that gets 32 mpg, at No. 5.

The Top 10 Cash for Clunkers Trade-Ins:

1. 1998 Ford Explorer

2. 1997 Ford Explorer

3. 1996 Ford Explorer

4. 1999 Ford Explorer

5. Jeep Grand Cherokee

6. Jeep Cherokee

7. 1995 Ford Explorer

8. 1994 Ford Explorer

9. 1997 Ford Windstar

10. 1999 Dodge Caravan

The Top 10 Cash for Clunkers New Cars:

1. Ford Focus

2. Honda Civic

3. Toyota Corolla

4. Toyota Prius

5. Ford Escape

6. Toyota Camry

7. Dodge Caliber

8. Hyundai Elantra

9. Honda Fit

10. Chevy Cobalt