As Congress works to replenish the ‘cash for clunkers’ coffers, details on what drivers are trading — and buying — are emerging.
If you were wondering what America was going to do with all those Ford Explorers, wonder no longer. We’re euthanizing them by the tens of thousands.
Of the top 10 vehicles traded in since the “cash for clunkers” program went live in late July, six are different model years of the once-ubiquitous Explorer, according to data collected by the Department of Transportation and reported by the Jalopnik automotive blog. Lumped together by nameplate rather than model years, its death-row companions include the big Ford F-150 and Chevrolet C1500 pickups, the Chevrolet Blazer SUV, the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, plus the Dodge Caravan and Ford Windstar minivans.
The Explorer was for several years the nation’s best-selling passenger vehicle, with more than 400,000 a year leaving showrooms in the late 1990s. The most-popular versions got around 15 miles per gallon.
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