Cash for Clunkers: Most Popular New Cars and Top Junked Clunkers

The federal government has released its list of the new cars most often purchased under the Cash for Clunkers program, and the “clunkers” most often traded in. In the first month of the program (July 1st through August 5th), the Ford Explorer was the most-junked vehicle, while the Toyota Corolla topped the list of government-subsidized new-car purchases.

Top trades

  1. Ford Explorer (4wd)
  2. Ford F-150 (2wd)
  3. Jeep Grand Cherokee (4wd)
  4. Jeep Cherokee (4wd)
  5. Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan (2wd)
  6. Ford Explorer (2wd)
  7. Chevrolet Blazer (4wd)
  8. Ford F-150 (4wd)
  9. Chevrolet C1500 (2wd)
  10. Ford Windstar (fwd)

Top sellers

  1. Toyota Corolla
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Toyota Prius
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Hyundai Elantra
  7. Ford Escape
  8. Dodge Caliber
  9. Honda Fit
  10. Chevrolet Cobalt

The program recently received additional funding, and is scheduled to run until November 1st, or whenever the rebate money runs out. To see if you have a car that qualifies for a rebate, go to:


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2009 Toyota Corolla

2009 Toyota Corolla

MSRP $15,350 Base (Manual) Sedan


27 City / 35 Hwy

Safety (IIHS):

Best Pick

Horse Power:

132 @ 6000