2009’s Most-Searched Cars:Kelley Blue Book Names Models Most Researched On Its Site

Kelley Blue Book’s top 10 most-researched new vehicles of 2009 :

The top half of a list of the 20 vehicles targeted the most in searches onwww.kbb.com last year was dominated by Japanese cars, with Honda taking the top two spots and four out of the top 10. Toyota claimed five of the spots with Nissan earning another.

Honda and Toyota also had one more entry each in the rest of the top 20, with Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, also claiming a spot.

Detroit’s Big Three automakers totalled only five spots on the list, with three Ford vehicles and two Chevrolet vehicles making the list. The third Big Three member, Chrysler, did not have a car on the lsit.

The entire list is as follows:

  • 1. Honda Accord
  • 2. Honda Civic
  • 3. Toyota Camry
  • 4. Honda CR-V
  • 5. Toyota Corolla
  • 6. Toyota RAV4
  • 7. Toyota Highlander
  • 8. Toyota Prius
  • 9. Nissan Altima
  • 10. Honda Pilot
  • 11. Ford Escape
  • 12. Chevrolet Camaro
  • 13. Honda Odyssey
  • 14. Ford Fusion
  • 15. Mazda3
  • 16. Ford Mustang
  • 17. Volkswagen Jetta
  • 18. Toyota Sienna
  • 19. Lexus RX 350
  • 20. Chevrolet Equinox

The Honda Civic, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry (in varying orders each year) have been the top three most-researched new-vehicles on kbb.com each year since 2004.

However, many vehicles made noteworthy jumps into the top 20 most-researched new-vehicles for 2009 that were not on the list in 2008. Chevrolet’s all-new redesigned Equinox and Camaro models both grace this year’s list for the first time. Also new to 2009’s top 20 are the recently revamped Lexus RX 350 and the popular, fast-selling Ford Fusion.

The stabilization in gas prices for 2009 led to a trend away from smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles over the past year, and thus some popular small cars that were among the most-researched in 2008 have fallen off the list for 2009. Subcompact cars like the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit, along with the compact MINI Cooper, were among the most-researched new cars last year, but did not make the list this time around.

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