Most Replaced Clunker With ... Another Guzzler Like This

Most common trade was old pickup (15-17 mpg) for new (1-3 better)
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 8:50 PM CST
A new Ford F150 pickup truck was 17 times more likely than a Toyota Prius to be the choice of owners trading in old pickups.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Think most who traded in a clunker under the government’s fuel-efficiency incentive program are now driving a hybrid? Guess again: The most common swap was an old, gas-guzzling pickup for a new, just-slightly-less-gas-guzzling pickup, AP analysis finds. Ford’s F150 is a prime example—it gets 1-3 mpg more than the 15-17 of older models, and those who traded ‘em in were 17 times more likely to get a new F150 than a Toyota Prius.

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