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In America, we like our sports and love to keep score. Even when it comes to car-buying subsidies, we want to know which model is selling best. The government says the Ford Focus is the top seller under Cash for Clunkers, but Edmunds has a different winner: the Ford Escape. The discrepancy stems from the government's old-school way of counting model sales. The feds consider each model variant a separate vehicle, while Edmunds counts vehicle sales as a whole. In the case of the Escape, the Environmental Protection Agency counts the crossover as six separate models; including FWD, AWD and Hybrid versions.

While the government's list of C4C top sellers contains mainly small cars, the Edmunds list tells a different story. Since the feds count each truck configuration (GM and Ford trucks each have five) as a different model, no pickups made the cut. That was a surprise to many, considering the fact that 83% of the vehicles turned in were trucks, and large pickups have lower fuel economy requirements to work under C4C. On the Edmunds list, the Ford F-150 comes in at number five, while the Silverado sits at seven.

There's been plenty of healthy discussion regarding C4C, and it appears even counting methods are up for debate. With a fresh $2 billion getting dumped into the program's coffers, it looks like we'll be able to keep talking straight through Labor Day. Hit the jump to look over Edmunds' Top Clunker Buys, and chime in with your comments after the fold.

[Source: CNN Money]

Edmunds Top 10 Clunker Buy

1. Ford Escape
2. Ford Focus
3. Jeep Patriot
4. Dodge Caliber
5. Ford F-150
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Silverado
8. Chevrolet Cobalt
9. Toyota Corolla
10.Ford Fusion

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      So only two imports in the Top Ten list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is correct, Only purchase or lease of new vehicles qualify

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm happy to see people are buying American. I guess change has come.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do you know what buying American means? Rethink your statement for a moment and get past your flagwaving dribble. Last time I checked many of your "imports" have more parts made here in the states and assembled here than your beloved Blue Oval. Be a educated thinker, not an ignorant fanboy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Leclerc, take your own advice and rethink YOUR. If you think that import brands build more cars in America, build a higher percentage of their cars in America, use more overall American parts, employ more Americans, employ more Americans per car, or return more of their revenue to the USA, then you are the ignorant one spouting dribble
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like how the top 5 are American woot
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't take offense when we forget about Canada. Really, it's a complement. Think about it this way, who do you talk about to your friends more, the unemployed, loud neighbor with a drug problem who leaves crap all over your lawn (Mexico), or the quiet one who never bothers you, holds down a steady job, and even goes out of their way to put up with your annoying kids when they trample all over your lawn at midnight (Canada)?

        Though really, the last part of that metaphor is your fault, for having a lower drinking age. But as someone who grew up near the border, I thank you for it :-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Hey, Canadian too, don't forget us way up here - we build your Camaro! And yeah, count me in for a Fusion...sport model in black please. "

        Thank goodness for Canada. One of the few countries where trade benefits both participants. I am very pro-American car, but we must buy Canadian made cars because Canadians buy so many American made cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea, they are American. Right down to the assembly point.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey, Canadian too, don't forget us way up here - we build your Camaro! And yeah, count me in for a Fusion...sport model in black please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am sure the Mexican autoworkers are thrilled with that. I am glad they have some job security.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice to see some Fords up there on the list. Oh and I trust Edmunds way more than I trust the source of those other numbers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! This tells a totally different story. I wonder if Ward's Automotive figures are constructed in a similar fashion as the government's figures.

      I always wondered why the Camry/Solara or Corolla/Matrix were counted as 1 model and their numbers combined when twins such as the Town & Country/Caravan were counted as 2 models and their numbers reported separately. They say the Odyssey is the best selling minivan but, when you combine the T&C/Caravan numbers, they far outsell the Odyssey.

      If this information is true, then CONGRATULATIONS CHRYSLER!
      • 6 Years Ago
      While the government's sytem makes little if any sense, especially apparently counting the different versions of the Cobalt seperately, it in no way changes that what the government claimed earlier about the mix of SUV's and trucks versus sedans. Or the MPG difference achieved.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's a lot of great information at http://www.mpgillusion.com/ on C4C, including a chart showing the diminishing returns on incremental MPG increases, personal gallons per mile calculators, a chart showing cost savings for every mpg increase, and an analysis on the payback period on scrapping a working car, including the carbon cost of building the new one. Great information for making a decision among different cars with different MPG and price tags. Remember, not every 10MPG increases saves the same amount of fuel.

      • 6 Years Ago
      A Nation of No Losers

      We do not let you be a loser!
      Your mistakes will be rewarded handsomely.

      When you bought a clunker that you should not have, we give you $4,000.
      When you bought a mansion that you cannot afford, we're going to bail you out.

      When you lost your job, we extend your benefit.

      When you do not have saving, we give you free health care.
      When you have saving or a job, we take away your health care.

      Teenagers, the more babies you have, the more benefits you have.
      Drunk drivers, no one will prosecute you as the entire jury are drunk.
      Fatsos, do not worry as our up-coming drugs will melt all your fat while you sleep.

      All athletes are rewarded with millions for taking drugs.
      We voice loudly and disapprovingly on foreign athletes doing same.
      It is an America invention!

      When you cheated billions, you can retire in a resort-like 'prison'.
      Also, all the billions your wife hid is hers.

      No other country lets their citizens own guns.
      NRA and his puppet politicians will give you millions of funny 'reasons'.

      When your company fails, we bail it out.
      The executives are rewarded with bailout money for bringing down a company.

      We give every citizen $400 and more if you see fit.

      The small catch.
      We need you to vote and re-elect us in 4 years.

      The children cannot vote today, so let's pass our debts to them.
      China does not have a voice here, let's pass all the blames to them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes FAR more sense. I was wondering why the top 10 list had so few SUVs and trucks. I also wondered how the Prius got to #3 on that list. This also shows than 8 of the top 10 are domestics. The gov list shows only 4 of 10 being domestics because of how data is tallied ..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Corolla at 9? Even with the different reporting I am surprised it dropped from 1 to 9.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a shame Ford never gave the Ranger a similar number of tweaks as they gave the Escape. This is proof that even evolutionary minor improvements can pay off as opposed to letting a nice little truck rot on the vine. I know the Ranger still sells in good numbers but very good numbers would not be all that difficult to get with a little effort. Years of trying to push everyone into the more profitable F series are taking their toll.
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