Gas guzzlers still popular

Despite poor gas mileage people prefer sports cars and trucks, says CarGurus analysis of its community ratings for 2007 models.

2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon CNET Networks

Cargo space and performance are the most important car traits among those who post to CarGurus.com, a site that rates cars like TripAdvisor rates hotels.

The No. 1 rated car is the 2007 Jeep Wrangler, according to CarGurus.com's community ratings of the top 10 2007 models, with the 2007 Ford Mustang coming in at No. 2.

The 2007 Toyota Camry, which is known for its gas mileage of 31 mpg on the highway, was No. 3 followed by the also sensible 2007 Honda Accord. The 2007 Ford Focus was also on the list. Except for those three, all the other cars in the top 10 are either sports cars or trucks with relatively poor gas mileage.

None of the top 10 cars for fuel efficiency as rated by the EPA made it to CarGurus.com's top 10. The Toyota Prius came in at No. 15.

The Ford F-series pick-up, which was the best-selling car in 2006 according to a Forbes list, was No. 8 among CarGurus.com posts for 2007 models. The Ford F-150 gets about 15 mpg combined, according to its rating by the U.S. Department of Energy's fuel economy site.

Other cars in the top 10 for 2007 models were the Toyota Tundra, Honda CR-V, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Focus.

CarGurus.com's analysis is based on the ratings posted by 1.5 million unique visitors between January and June.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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