I just updated the list of most popular price comparisons for the first time since January 1st. As before the list is based on the past 90 days.
As in the past, the rankings remained surprisingly stable even though nearly four months have passed (I will try to update it more frequently going forward. I do update the “Top 6″ on the model information pages much more regularly, sometimes several times a week.) Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 remains #1, Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry remains #2, and nine of the top ten were in the top ten last time. This even though there was no overlap between the tiime periods.
Honda Accord vs. Nissan Altima was the only newcomer to the top ten, up to #9 from #17 (which represents about a 50 percent increase in the number of comparisons). Nissan Altima vs. Toyota Camry is even higher up at the list, at #6 (#8 last time). In general, the new Altima has been heavily researched, and this will only increase now that the new-for-2008 Altima coupe’s pricing has been added to the database.
The redesigned 2007 Acura MDX was a very popular subject of comparisons. Six of the top forty included the SUV.
The least common of these six comparisons is actually the most notable: Acura MDX vs. Buick Enclave. Never since I started tracking the most popular comparisons has General Motors had a vehicle in the top forty. This time around it has two, the Enclave and the Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban. And the Enclave hasn’t even gone on sale yet (it should start reaching dealers soon).
Acura and Honda models have always occupied many slots in the top 40. Of the 80 slots, 26 were filled by an Acura or a Honda this time around, up from 24 on the old list. Now shut out instead of GM: Chrysler. Though you can count on this changing once pricing for the redesigned 2008 minivans is posted.