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Top 10 'cash for clunkers' trade-ins

Dec. 11, 2009, 8:02 a.m.
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1 & 4. Ford Explorer

Ford's midsize creation arrived just in time to capitalize on America's love affair with the SUV. As car reviewer Edmunds.com so aptly summed it up, "The Explorer was the first go-to SUV for the Everyman." During the '90s, the automaker sold more than 400,000 Explorers a year because consumers found it stylish, comfortable and — best of all — affordable. The vehicle developed an Achilles' heel in 2000 when owners learned that trucks fitted with certain tires were prone to tire failure and subsequent rollover crashes. This vehicle earned two spots on the top 10 list.