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The Toyotas and Hondas make the list because they are "compact and midsized cars -- family cars," says Rosten. A reputation for quality and, even more important, fuel economy, "has given them a boost, especially the past few years," he says.

Chevy's Impala and Cobalt, and, to some extent, the Nissan Altima, are popular with consumers and also with companies that buy cars by the fleet, Rosten says.

The top 10 list also encompasses a wide range of prices. Consumers paid an average of $30, 354 for one of the Ford F-series trucks, according to statistics from J.D. Power.  The Chevrolet Silverado cost consumers about $26,122. And the Dodge Ram went for an average of $30, 320.

Average selling price for the Camry? About $23,011, according to J.D. Power. And the Honda Accord typically went for $22,520.

Rounding out the list: No. 6, the Toyota Corolla, sold for $15,995, according to J.D. Power statistics.  The Honda Civic, ranked at No. 7, went for $19,233. The Chevrolet Impala came in at No. 8 and sold for $21,510 on average. The Nissan Altima, No. 9, typically went for $20,773. And at No. 10, the Chevrolet Cobalt averaged $14,850.

Green fading?

If Americans are talking lean and green, they are not putting their money where their mouths are.

All three of the top pickups get less than 17 miles per gallon, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's combined city/highway estimates.

The Ford F-series trucks average between 14 mpg and 16 mpg, depending on the version and engine type, according to new EPA estimates. The Chevrolet Silverados get between 14 mpg and 17 mpg, depending on the style and engine. A hybrid two-wheel drive version gets 17 mpg, while the four-wheel averages 16 mpg, according to EPA estimates. And the Dodge Rams average between 9 mpg and 16 mpg for 2006 versions, depending on engine and style, and between 14 mpg and 16 mpg for 2007 models.

"Why, in an era of high fuel prices, do pickup trucks stay so strong?" asks Jack Nerad, executive editorial director of the Kelley Blue Book. "They still answer a very important need that some people have."

The top-selling cars were much easier on gas. The Toyota Camry models average between 21 mpg and 25 mpg depending on the engine type, according to EPA combined estimates. A hybrid, introduced in May of 2006, averages 34 mpg.

The Honda Accords also get between 21 mpg and 25 mpg, depending on the type of engine, according to EPA estimates. Its 2006 hybrid version averages 25 mpg, while the 2007 gets 27 mpg.

-- Posted: Aug. 2, 2007
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