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SUVs were most popular search at Consumer Reports in 2010
American drivers love their SUVs. At the first hint that the country is emerging from a financial recession, car leasing
shoppers have flooded back into showrooms.
One measure of the growing economy is the types of cars that people buy, and judging from the web traffic at Consumer Reports magazine, the answer is SUVs.
Before signing a new vehicle lease
, many shoppers check out the magazine's vehicle reviews. In 2010, the three most common searches for new cars included the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V and Acura MDX.
Further down the top-ten list were crossovers like the Subaru Outback and Chevrolet Traverse, followed by additional SUVs like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4.
Used vehicle shoppers leaned more toward fuel efficiency, giving Honda a clean sweep of the four most popular searches. The magazine's web visitors searched most for Honda's Accord, Civic, CR-V and Pilot.
Across the auto industry, manufacturers reported similar results, as U.S. car sales in December rose 11 percent over last year, to their highest rate in 16 months. The rising tide helped generate strong results as companies like GM and Chrysler emerge from bankruptcies and continue to pay back their government rescue funds.
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