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Carfax Study: Interest in Used SUVs on the Rise

September 03, 2008

A new study by Carfax shows consumer interest in SUVs remains strong despite the seeming popularity of hybrids and other high fuel efficiency cars.

There’s been a dramatic increase in consumer activity at carfax.com over the past year for SUVs and crossover vehicles, some by as much as 3000 percent. Evidence shows that consumers are more interested in these cars if there is a clear history and the vehicle is priced right.

“People are definitely looking at SUVs again. They’re safe, practical cars and smart shoppers are searching for great deals,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “The time is right for dealers to showcase their SUV inventory and make them stand out from the competition. Run a Carfax Vehicle History Report and leverage the information included to sell your cars faster.”

According to the study, ten SUV and crossover vehicles had at least nine times more consumer activity at carfax.com than a year ago. Listed below are the top ten SUVs researched by consumers, based on their year-over-year increases:

Kia Rondo – 3600%
Jeep Patriot – 2477%
Buick Enclave – 2242%
Mazda CX-9 – 1631%
Land Rover LR2 – 1166%
Saturn Outlook – 1116%
Lincoln MKX – 1040%
Suzuki SX4 – 1001%
Hyundai Tucson – 910%
GMC Acadia – 906%

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