searches for big SUVs continues to increase

It's not all gonzo for gas-guzzling at, but the trend is moving in that direction. The most-searched for car on the site is the Honda Civic, some configurations of which can be incredibly fuel-efficient. But the truth of the matter is that Americans are looking more and more longingly at big SUVs again. For the second month in a row, small and hybrid car searches declined while searches for SUVs like the Nissan Armada, Jeep Commander and Infiniti QX56 were up. The biggest mover was the Honda CR-V; searches for that shot up over 70 percent versus last month.

If you want to look on the bright side, as AutoblogGreen reader Rock did a month ago, this means that the truly dedicated can now get their Prius faster.

You can read the detailed numbers after the jump.


Searches for Large SUVs on Continue to Rebound as Gas Prices Decline

CHICAGO, Nov. 9 -- Large, truck-based SUVs continue to see an increase in search activity on as gasoline prices fall to their lowest level in nearly a year. According to the most recent Consumer Search Index, cars like the Nissan Armada, Jeep Commander and Infiniti QX56 topped the list of vehicles experiencing the largest increase in searches last month.

For the second month in a row, subcompact cars and hybrid vehicles -- which were some of the most popular cars a few months ago -- top the list of cars experiencing the largest decline in searches.

"At this point, it seems like some of those searches are translating into sales, as most automakers reported upticks in truck and SUV sales," said Patrick Olsen,'s managing editor. "It will be interesting to see if SUV sales keep their momentum as we head into 2007."

  Vehicle Searches (October)
Models with the most searches performed on

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 Acura MDX 4 BMW 325
5 Honda CR-V 5 Toyota Camry
6 BMW 325 6 Ford F-150
7 Toyota Corolla 7 Toyota Tacoma
8 Toyota RAV4 8 Toyota Corolla
9 Chevrolet Silverado 9 Chevrolet Corvette
10 Ford Mustang 10 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Search Increases (September - October)
Models with the largest increase in the number of searches performed on

Top New-Car Search Increases Top Used-Car Search Increases
1 Honda CR-V 72% 1 GMC 2500 25%
2 Jeep Wrangler 22% 2 Nissan Armada 24%
3 Chevrolet Silverado 15% 3 Jeep Commander 20%
4 Acura MDX 15% 4 Lincoln Aviator 18%
5 Acura TL 9% 5 Chrysler 300C 18%
6 Dodge Charger 8% 6 Infiniti QX56 18%
7 Jeep Grand Cherokee 7% 7 Acura MDX 17%
8 Infiniti G35 5% 8 Chevrolet 3500 17%
9 Dodge Ram 3% 9 Cadillac DTS 16%
10 Nissan 350Z 2% 10 Volkswagen Touareg 16%

Search Decreases (September - October)
Models with the largest decrease in the number of searches performed on

Top New-Car Search Decreases Top Used-Car Search Decreases
1 Nissan Versa 28% 1 Honda Insight 26%
2 Toyota Yaris 24% 2 Toyota Echo 25%
3 Toyota Prius 22% 3 Toyota Yaris 19%
4 Honda Civic 16% 4 Geo Metro 18%
5 Volkswagen Jetta 16% 5 Nissan Versa 17%
6 Toyota Camry 16% 6 Volkswagen Cabrio 17%
7 Toyota Corolla 16% 7 Toyota Prius 16%
8 Chevrolet Cobalt 12% 8 Toyota Camry Solara 15%
9 Hyundai Sonata 11% 9 Jeep CJ-7 15%
10 Scion tC 11% 10 Cadillac Catera 14%

Top Dealer Email Inquiries (October)

New Cars Yielding the Used Cars Yielding the Most Dealer
Most Dealer Inquiries Inquiries
1 Honda Civic (2006) 1 Honda Accord (2003)
2 Toyota Camry (2006) 2 Honda Civic (2000)
3 Toyota RAV4 (2006) 3 Infiniti G35 (2003)
4 Honda Accord (2006) 4 Ford F-150 (2004)
5 Toyota Sienna (2006) 5 Honda Accord (2002)
6 Honda Odyssey (2006) 6 Ford Mustang (2003)
7 Toyota Corolla (2006) 7 Honda Civic (1999)
8 Honda CR-V (2006) 8 Ford Mustang (2004)
9 Toyota Tacoma (2006) 9 Honda Civic (2002)
10 Honda Pilot (2006) 10 Volkswagen Jetta (2003)

Top Cars Listed for Sale by Owner (October)

1 Honda Accord
2 Ford Mustang
3 Chevrolet Corvette
4 Ford F-150
5 Ford Explorer
6 Honda Civic
7 Jeep Grand Cherokee
8 Dodge Ram
9 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
10 Porsche 911

About the Consumer Search Index

The Consumer Search Index offers a comprehensive look at the internet search behavior of visitors. The statistical information is compiled by tracking the more than 8.3 million unique visitors that log on to 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 editorial staff.

More statistical information to support automotive-related stories is available upon request. Please contact Steve Nolan directly at 312-601-5163.


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