The most popularly queried cars this week ranged from utilitarian to fun and even extremely fuel frugal, making a very diverse list.
With little different for 2013, Toyota still refuses to fiddle with what proves year after year to be a popular package. That could be due in part to its reputation for reliability, but it also certainly doesn’t hurt that Ford discontinued its Ranger small pickup.
Similarly, Subaru didn’t do much with the Outback for 2013, but the car gets an improved engine for 2013 and remains a solid choice for anyone who might drive in the snow.
Rounding off the Japanese utility vehicles this week, it’s North America’s new runt of the litter — Mitsubishi. With Suzuki abandoning the U.S. market, the three-diamond brand found itself in last place, but people still seem to be interested in the 2013 Outlander, at least for browsing.
In a completely different driving vein, Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe was also a popular search item this week. It gained considerable power in both the 2.0T and V6 this year, along with fresh exterior styling.
Finally, the Ford C-Max — the American automaker’s laser-guided missile with the Toyota Prius in its sights. Ford hasn’t been shy about finding ways to boast about its new gas saver, and its launch heralds new competition in the hybrid market.